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Mark Pokorny, Associated Press
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

Audiences around the world are joining Peter Jackson on a last journey to Middle Earth with the release of the third and final "Hobbit" film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," on December 17.

The film may be the last foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's world for quite some time, since the rights for "The Silmarillion" and other connected works still rest with the Tolkien family.