Peter Jackson has released three new images from his final Hobbit film, The Battle of the Five Armies, which is slated to open nationwide on December 17th, 2014.  The new images include a shot of Evangeline Lily as Tauriel.  Tauriel is one of the characters that does not appear in Tolkien’s book.  She was created by Jackson and his wife and producing partner Fran Walsh, largely to bring another female presence to a cast of characters that is dominated by males (see "First Pic of Tauriel").

The new stills appear in the Comic-Con issue of Entertainment Weekly, which in addition to the shot of Tauriel also includes shots of Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman surrounded by archers.  Bard, who is the heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale, is a key player in the Hobbit saga.

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The third new still depicts Lee Pace as Thranduil, the Elven king, who had a major role in The Desolation of Smaug and returns to take part in The Battle of the Five Armies, joining with humans and dwarves to take on an army of Orcs and Wargs.

Finally, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have releases this poster image, which shows Smaug attacking Lake Town, with Bard the Bowman ready to face the dragon.