Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the Desolation of Smaug

Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the Desolation of Smaug

Well I’m certainly glad the Into the Fire rumour has been dealt a quick death. Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that the third instalment in The Hobbit trilogy has been renamed The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies.

Peter wrote “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.

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.

It looks like Peter will reference the Red Book of Westmarch again, and that would be a fitting title for the whole trilogy. The Battle of the Five Armies is the epic battle fought on the Lonely Mountain against the Goblins (orcs), from chapter 17, The Clouds Burst. Let’s hope it lives up to the Pelennor Fields (and I am sure it will).

Alan Lee's depiction of the Battle of the Five Armies "The Clouds Burst"

Alan Lee’s depiction of the Battle of the Five Armies “The Clouds Burst”

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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