The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The Hobbit:
The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Hobbit 
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Edited by Jabez Olssen
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) (United Kingdom)
  • December 17, 2014 (2014-12-17) (United States)
Country New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $250 million[1]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an upcoming 2014 epic fantasy adventure film, directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. It will be the third and final installment in the three-part film adaptation based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013). Produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is scheduled for release on 12 December 2014 in the United Kingdom and 17 December 2014 in the United States and the first teaser trailer was first released at the San Diego Comic Con on 26 July 2014.[2][3]


The Company of Thorin has unleashed the dragon Smaug upon Laketown. A battle will ensue between five armies that will change the face of Middle-earth forever.



Originally envisioned as a two-part film, Jackson confirmed plans for a third film on 30 July 2012, turning his adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy.[5][6] According to Jackson, the third film would contain the Battle of the Five Armies and make extensive use of the appendices that Tolkien wrote to expand the story of Middle-Earth (published in the back of The Return of the King). Jackson also stated that while the third film will largely make use of footage originally shot for the first and second films, it would require additional filming as well.[7] The third film was titled There and Back Again in August 2012.[8] In April 2014, Jackson changed the title of the film to The Battle of the Five Armies as he thought it better suited the situation of the film.[9] He stated on his Facebook page, "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."[10] Shaun Gunner, the chairman of The Tolkien Society, supported the decision: "‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ much better captures the focus of the film but also more accurately channels the essence of the story."[11]

Visual Effects[edit]

As with the previous two instalments 2012 and 2013 respectively, the films visual effects are being done by Jackson’s company Weta Digital. Benedict Cumberbatch again provides motion-capture and voice for the film’s antagonist, the dragon Smaug.


The Battle of the Five Armies panel at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International

Warner. Bros will distribute the film on 12 December 2014 in the United Kingdom and 17 December 2014 in the United States.[2][3] The film's première will be held in Wellington, New Zealand,[12] though a date has yet to be confirmed.


  1. ^ "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Helen O'Hara (24 April 2014). "The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies". Empire Online. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Gina McIntyre (24 April 2014). "Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Ben Skipper (24 April 2014). "Hobbit Finale Renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". International Business Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Zakarin (30 July 2012). "Third 'Hobbit' Film Confirmed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Peter (30 July 2012). "An unexpected journey". Facebook. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Outlaw, Kofi (24 July 2012). "'The Hobbit 3' Edges Closer to Production". ScreenRant. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  8. ^ McClintock, Pamela (31 August 2012). "Third 'Hobbit' Film Sets Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Ben Child (24 April 2014). "Peter Jackson retitles The Hobbit part three The Battle of the Five Armies". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Emily Hewett (24 April 2014). "The Hobbit 3 gets awesome new title Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies". Metro. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Gunner, Shaun (April 28, 2014). "The Battle of the Five Armies is the right name for the third Hobbit film". The Tolkien Society. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
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