The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (portrayed by actor Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (portrayed by Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (portrayed by Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a joint production between New Line Cinema and MGM Studios, opens in movie theaters throughout the U.S. on Friday Dec. 13.
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