Evangeline Lilly appears in new still from The Desolation Of Smaug

Plus Peter Jackson answers some questions from the fans

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has released a brand new still online, featuring Evangeline Lilly as the Elven warrior Tauriel.

As mentioned when we reported back on our sneak-peak of early footage, Tauriel will be a distinctly badass creation, with Lilly looking suitably steely as the bodyguard of the Elven king Thranduil.

Meanwhile, Peter Jackson has also posted a new video on Youtube in which he addresses some questions from the fans, covering everything from stretching the source material into a trilogy to the specifics of Middle-earth geography.

Take a look at the new video, below…



We particularly enjoyed Stephen Colbert's geek-tastic question as well as Jackson's suitably deadpan response, including an indictment of the poor quality of mugs on the former's talk show…

Directed by Jackson and co-starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug will open in the UK on 13 December 2013.

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