WIN: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug preview tickets

Bilbo Baggins returns next week in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – and lucky readers of The Star will get to see it FIRST and FREE at a preview screening, writes Graham Walker.

Cineworld Sheffield has an advance 3D screening of the new Warner Brothers blockbuster next Tuesday, December 10, three days before its general release on Friday.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in cinemas Friday, December 13, 2013.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in cinemas Friday, December 13, 2013.

And we have 40 tickets to be won - see below.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the official UK trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The 12A film, at an epic two hours and 41 minutes, is co-written, produced and directed by Oscar winning Peter Jackson - the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, in the books by J.R.R Tolkien, set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings films.

It continues the adventure of An Unexpected Journey, with title character Bilbo (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and a company of 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), out to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor from fearsome Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch).

They journey through the giant spider-infested Mirkwood, homeland of Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

To guarantee general release tickets, buy in person at Cineworld Sheffield, call 0871 200 2000, or visit and The Star’s online entertainments site at

For a chance to win a pair of advance screening tickets enter our draw by text, post, email or Twitter.

The deadline is Monday at 10am. Doors on Tuesday are 6pm, for a 6.30pm start, with 3D glasses provided.

Text STA (SPACE) followed by RED1(SPACE), then your name, house number and postcode and send to 61500. Texts cost £1 plus your usual network rate.

Post entries to The Hobbit Competition, StarCompH2, Graham Walker, Digital Editor, The Star, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.

Email your full name, address, mobile and day time contact number, with StarCompH2 in the subject field, to

Or follow Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompH2.

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Deadline Monday, December 9, 2013, 10am.

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