The ultimate endpoint of the upcoming Hobbit movies is not going to be a surprise. J.R.R. Tolkien’s book was already an extremely popular book before the Lord of the Rings turned halflings into movie stars, and it’s a good bet that most people have at least a vague memory of how The Hobbit ends. (Spoiler alert: There’s a battle! Like, a huge battle!) But since Peter Jackson and Co. decided to stretch Tolkien’s book into a full trilogy, the real question is: What are they going to add in? Jackson has said that they’ll draw from some of the mountain of supplementary material that Tolkien wrote. (However, Jackson doesn’t have the rights to The Silmarillion. So, alas, The Hobbit will probably not feature a lengthy sequence where Melkor leads his renegade group of Ainur against Ilúvatar only to be defeated by the power of music. Sorry to disappoint you, nerds!)
The newest trailer for The Hobbit (which you can watch in full here) offers some hints about new subplots while also overdosing on eye-popping imagery. Let’s take a look shall we?
The trailer begins with Gandalf explaining: “Far to the east over ranges and rivers lies a single solitary peak.” At that point, we see a shot of a distant mountain. Could this be Lonely Mountain, the dwarf-capital turned dragon-home? At first, I thought it was Weathertop, the old hillside keep where Frodo gets stabbed in Lord of the Rings. But that looks more like a mountain than a hill, and there are no other mountains around it. So we can all agree that it is a lonely mountain, if not The Lonely Mountain.