Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’

April 24, 2014 | 10:21 a.m.
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Martin Freeman as Bilbo, from left, Jed Brophy as Nori and Richard Armitage as Thorin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (James Fisher / Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin, left, and Dean O'Gorman as Fili in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Graham McTavish as Dwalin, left, Ken Stott as Balin, Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and William Kircher as Bifur in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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William Kircher as Bifur, left, John Callen as Oin, Richard Armitage as Thorin and Ken Stott as Balin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, left, and Ryan Gage as Alfrid in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Peggy Nesbitt as Sigrid, Mary Nesbitt as Tilda and John Bell as Bain in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Lee Pace as Thranduil in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Luke Evans as Bard in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will be the title of the final film in Peter Jackson’s latest J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy.

The last installment, which previously had been titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is set to open Dec. 17, and will follow on after the events depicted in last year’s second movie, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Jackson announced the new title on Facebook on Thursday and offered an explanation for the change.

“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate,” Jackson wrote.

“And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.”

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Jackson’s latest adventures in Middle-Earth have been slightly more fraught than his landmark “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which launched in 2001 and enjoyed immediate, commanding creative and box-office success. When 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opened in theaters, critics and fans struggled to embrace the film, even as it raked in $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Detractors seemed saddened that the soaring sense of adventure and heart that had defined the “Rings” films had gone missing, replaced by flatulent trolls, moments of slapstick humor and sluggish pacing. Only the sequence featuring the creature Gollum was universally praised as matching Jackson’s earlier, Oscar-winning achievements.

By contrast, “Smaug,” with its grand scope and serious tone, was hailed as a return to form, brimming with action, including a show-stopping fight sequence filmed along New Zealand’s Pelorus River.

Peter Jackson, director of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," in Beverly Hills on Dec. 5, 2013. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Peter Jackson, director of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” in Beverly Hills on Dec. 5, 2013. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Jackson told Hero Complex in an interview last year that he felt freer with the second film — he had to neither introduce nor conclude the story. He introduced one wholly new character to the Tolkien universe, the warrior elf Tauriel, played with fiery gusto by actress Evangeline Lilly.

“We are consciously trying to deepen the characterizations and conflicts without straying too far from Tolkien,” Jackson said.

He also went on to say that he’s pleased that his films have helped bring Tolkien’s magic to new generations of readers.

“The great thing about the movies is that they have increased the book sales enormously,” Jackson said. “Huge numbers of people are reading Tolkien now, and I’m happy to claim some credit for that. Any of the liberties that we take in adapting, any of the changes we make, any of the things that might have upset Professor Tolkien … it’s not all take. We do give something back.”

In his Facebook announcement, Jackson did go on to say that the title “There and Back Again” could appear on future “Hobbit” offerings.

“As Professor Tolkien intended, ‘There and Back Again’ encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies,” Jackson wrote.

What do you think of the new title? Are you excited to see “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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33 Responses to Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’

  1. Michael Martinez says:

    "The Desolation of Smaug" is an awful movie. The first "Hobbit" film was excellent.

  2. Critique says:

    Who cares what this buffoon of a director does. I'm shocked he hasn't added King Kong or some T-Rex's to "help prolong the action".

  3. Alan Treiber says:

    “There and Back Again” was always the title for entire adventure of Bilbo Baggins, so using a critical chapter title from the book is appropriate and more suitable.

  4. donna says:

    As a loyal LOR fan – I am not crazy about the Elf King – in the 2 Hobbit flick so far- much preferred the Elf Ling in the LOR Trilogy

    • Jamie says:

      Are you referring to the male elf accompanying Galadriel in Lothlorien? He's pretty much a non-character in the films.

  5. Chip says:

    I'm getting the feeling he's doing this so he can make just 'one more movie' with that title.

  6. Robert says:

    I could care less what the title is, as long as the film is good.

  7. sharim says:

    What a wretched commercially motivated title. Tolkien is rolling in his grave. If Peter Jackson supported the title, my respect for him as a creative is even further diminished. The three movie spread for The Hobbit may be good business, but it is lousy story telling.

    • Jamie says:

      I think that the trilogy concept worked fine but that the particular execution of the second movie in particular — the elaborate and predictably futile effort to kill Smaug using molten gold — just didn't make much sense. That, and what was with Bolg bringing something like 200 orcs with him to hunt down Thorin's party? Seriously, they get killed left and right for a good thirty minutes. Makes no sense.

  8. Teri Edwards says:

    Of course I'm looking forward to the final episode. That's a given. The final name decision, I feel is a good one, as is "there and back again" for the set name. That's a given also. That's what it always was. No brainers. And by the way, the changes (liberties taken) in the stories made by Mr. Jackson, I truly believe Professor Tolkien would have approved of. I don't think there was a thing he would have been truly upset about.

  9. charles says:

    I would suggest that producers not pay so much attention to white male 30 something movie critics on the internet. The first Hobbit film was much better, more heart and more in keeping with the spirit of the book.

  10. A.L. Harris says:

    Reblogged this on Gods & Galaxies and commented:
    When I heard about the name change for the last Hobbit movie, titled There and Back Again, I was acutely interested to see what the new title would be. I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey the first time watching it, and the Desolation of Smaug was fantastic. I had a few qualms with both (which will be elaborated on fairly soon). I was actually irritated with the notion that there needed to be three movies for one book, but that’s almost water under the troll bridge. Almost. The new title sounds great, I just hope the movie really brings it home.

  11. fdileague says:

    Sadly none of these movies stack up to the original animated movie from the 70's. This new trilogy is completely without heart of any kind and it's just a bunch of ridiculous action sequences stitched together with emotionless foreshadowing. The final battle was of no importance to tolkein. It was the relationship between the Dwarves and Bilbo. Character Character Character.

    Peter Jackson sucks :(

  12. Steve Thickstun says:

    I go to movies to be entertained. I read Hobbit when it came out (yes, I am that old) and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the treatment of LOR, and, so far, have enjoyed both the Hobbit movies. I don't need it to be pure as long as it is entertaining and gives me a good bang for my entertainment buck.

  13. Sully says:

    The Hobbit book was shorter than any one of the three LOTR books. Thus, stretching it out into 3 movies has always seemed blatantly about milking as much money out of the story as possible, rather than making the best movie possible from the book. Although I have enjoyed the first two films overall, I feel they could have and should have been better if some of the unnecessary clutter was removed. I'm sure I will enjoy the 3rd film too, but I wish Jackson had kept the same spirit of making the best pictures possible with The Hobbit as he had with the LOTR.

  14. Lrobby99 says:

    First they killed off Glorfindel, only a 3000 year old Elf Lord. Now, they create from thin air a Tauriel whi just happens to be a hot babe Elf. I may see these films, but am in no rush.

  15. mboling52 says:

    They should never had divided this up into three movies. It would have been a great 2 parter at best. I have been very disappointed so far and see no reason why I won't be with part 3 as well.

    • Wes says:

      what really. you can't be serious. yes it sucks having to wait for a third but allowing it to go longer allows extra content. As a true fan you could never get enough LOTR/HOBBIT. You have obviously never read the books because there are some boring parts that are long drawn-out and confusing but it doesn't matter its fantasy and its amazing. Both story lines can drag out over another 10 movies and i would watch every single one of them on opening day. eagerly awaiting the next installment. These movies are great and there has never been a bad one.

  16. Ruddy Turnstone says:

    But the Lego sets are tremendous fun.

  17. Guest says:

    I've met some of the best story tellers in the world and they would say "The battle of the five armies" is a hideous name. Isn't there professionals Peter Jackson can consult with.

  18. jj says:

    Get rid of the most horrible actress evageline lilly or get her some acting lessons. ..Thank god there is a fast forward button on my remote. …she is just awful

  19. White Owl says:

    I wish for once a movie could be made that is base on a book that follows the book as it was written. This movie so far take liberties with the story and adds and subtracts as the director sees fit. I do enjoy movies of this sort and did enjoy this movie so far butbthere were discrepencies I didnt like. I hope the last chapter is better.

  20. White Owl says:

    I posted a comment. What did you do with it?

  21. David Crawford says:

    All the hobbits movies are excellent.

  22. Sissie says:

    I think Peter Jackson and cast kick butt! The name settled on is very appropriate. Give us more!!!

  23. Emmeli says:

    Peter Jackson is right! There and Back Again was the title of the whole of Bilbo’s journey and it would probably be on the trilogy box set, since all three films are covering his whole journey. I’ve no idea where the title of “The Battle of the Five Armies” has come from, but I enjoyed “Desolation of Smaug” as it left us on a cliffhanger, unlike the “An Unexpected Journey”.

  24. Victory says:

    Peter Jackson is awesome and I cant wait for the battle of the five armies!!! Anything that takes us out of this world for a few hours has to be a good thing, the desolation of smaug was brilliant…. If anyone else can do better, become a director and try it!!

  25. TMF says:

    I just finished watching the second instalment and loved every minute of them both. I read the Hobbit years ago and seeing these movies makes it so much easier to envision. I love the fun and the action. I can't wait until I get to see the third movie. I will be sorry when it is all over.

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