With just under a month to go until the second instalment in The Hobbit trilogy, and with the release of new trailers and posters, excitement from the fans is reaching giddy new heights (like Bilbo getting snatch up by eagles, but with less motion sickness). And so it should – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug looks like it’s shaping up to be entirely awesome. Director Peter Jackson has done what few have managed – he has created a fandom with Lord of the Rings, and has now fed it industriously with production blogs and exclusive titbits from the set of the Hobbit films ensuring that, good or bad, his films will have an audience.

As a die-hard fan myself (like, the weird sort who decides it would be fun to go to the opening night in costume), I can admit there were issues with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. However, like every other LOTR nerd, that’s not stopped me from getting unbelievably excited about the latest instalment in the trilogy. However, more than just a crazy fan’s hype about The Desolation of Smaug, I have real hopes that it’s going to be the best film in the trilogy.

Here, I’ve listed the 10 reasons why that is…

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This article was first posted on November 13, 2013