The Third 'Hobbit' Movie Gets a New Title, But What Does It Mean?

Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarfs.
(From Warner Bros.)Eight months from release, Peter Jackson has decided The Hobbit: There and Back Again (a reference to Bilbo's first-person account of the adventures) will now be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Jackson revealed the change on his Facebook page this morning.
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.

And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.
So what does that mean? It means the Battle of the Five Armies is going to be completely epic. After Desolation we weren't sure what the third movie would encompass. It was clear they needed to fight Smaug and that they were setting up the climactic battle, but they could also spend more time filling in the gaps between the Necromancer and Sauron, or fleshing out the unexpectedly wonderful romantic tension between Kili the dwarf and Tauriel the elf. And doesn't Bilbo still need to get back home by the end of the movie?

Based on the new title, it's safe to assume the majority of the movie is going to be setting up and executing the Battle of the Five Armies. Jackson fans remember fondly the Battle of Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Jackson put together an even bigger fight for The Return of the King, but it's his take on Helm's Deep that's been elevated to a place of reverence in the LotR canon. It's probably a safe guess that while working on editing his third Hobbit movie, Jackson began to realize he'd put together something really special in his new battle — something that will rival, if not outright surpass, Helm's Deep.

Hardcore fans will also be pleased to know Jackson says he's working on the Desolation of Smaug extended cut, packed with "over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore." The Battle of the Five Armies is due out December 17.
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