The trailer also provides glimpses of several other well-known Middle-Earth inhabitants: Dwarves, humans and Harfoots, a breed of Hobbit (easy to spot thanks to their signature overgrown bare feet), as well as locales like the elven city of Rivendell, but their peace won’t last.
“Darkness will march over the face of the earth,” one character ominously utters. “It will be the end not just of our people, but all peoples.”
In one scene in the trailer, Galadriel, caked in ash, gazes upon countless bodies suspended in air above a fiery landscape. Middle-earth didn’t even look this terrifying when Frodo and Sam were nearly swallowed by lava on Mount Doom.
And though familiar characters like Galadriel and Elrond are returning, their original actors are not. Those roles, originated by Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, respectively, are now portrayed by Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo. The cast also includes Benjamin Walker, Nazanin Boniadi and several lesser-known actors.