Poor Bilbo Baggins. When we last saw him, at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he had barely escaped a tense encounter with Gollum and a ride under the claws of a giant eagle, and was putting on his bravest face to continue his journey toward the dragon Smaug. The audiences got the briefest glimpse of Smaug at the very end of the film, but Bilbo still had a lot of walking to do before he got there-- and apparently he's still doing that walking, as seen in this new teaser poster for the second Hobbit film. Like nearly everything else in this series that's almost constantly engaging with its fans, the poster premiered on Facebook.

That ominous looking door behind Billbo is gold for a reason, of course-- Smaug sits upon a giant pile of coins, the treasure belonging to the dwarves who got Bilbo wrapped up in this whole mess to begin with. Because of the way Jackson and his collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh have adapted The Hobbit into three entire films, we can't be entirely sure what adventures will meet Bilbo in The Desolation of Smaug, but at the very least we know he'll get inside that door. Though the filmmakers have been very careful not to reveal any looks at the dragon himself (to be played in motion capture by Benedict Cumberbatch), that sure seems to be what Bilbo is eyeing in the shiny and golden image released last December:

The recent ramp-up of peeks at The Desolation of Smaug-- you caught the first look at Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel, right?-- is no coincidence. The film's first teaser trailer will premiere online tomorrow at 10 am PT/1 pm ET, and will play in theaters in front of Man of Steel this weekend. Of course,if you were paying attention back around April Fool's Day, you've already seen a good bit of the footage revealed by Peter Jackson himself, part of a livestream event in which he showed Orlando Bloom back on set as Legolas, introduced us to Stephen Fry as the master of Laketown and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, and answered questions from Stephen Colbert-- because hey, why not?

We'll have the Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer posted for you as soon as it appears tomorrow, and in the meantime you can click here to catch up on everything else we know about the movie. And if you want to see that early footage-- Stephen Colbert included-- check out that bit of the livestream event below:

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