I almost wrote The Lord of the Rings: The Desolation of Smaug, but can you blame me? Seeing Gandalf and Legolas again really secures the connective tissue in place alongside Peter Jackson and company’s palette.

Readers will feel the padding here, but the first whole trailer for the second installment of the second franchise feels appropriately large and conspicuously gilded. Heroic action, bravery, grand bouts of honor (and a little pointy eared romance) should make for an epic tale. If they can get away from the dinner table this time, that is.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming December 13th, but you can check out Benedict Cumberbatch’s rasp right now:

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