Peter Jackson: the Final Hobbit Movie Will be Called The Battle of the Five Armies

Posted on April 24, 2014

Gandalf in the Desolation of Smaug


Peter Jackson announced that the final film in The Hobbit series will be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He explains how the decision was made saying, "Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo's arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced-after all, Bilbo has already arrived "there" in the Desolation of Smaug.

"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."

Jackson titled the post "inside information." He noted that J.R.R. Tolkien intended the title "There and Back Again" to encompass the entire adventure, so they will most likely use that as the title for the future box set of all of the films. He said he is currently working on the extended cut of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which will have more than 25 minutes of new scenes, all of which are scored with original music by Howard Shore.

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