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
Theatrical release 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 dates
  • 1 December 2014 (2014-12-01) (London Premiere)
  • 11 December 2014 (2014-12-11) (New Zealand)
  • 12 December 2014 (2014-12-12) (United Kingdom)
  • 17 December 2014 (2014-12-17) (United States)
Running time 144 minutes [1]
Country New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $250 million[2]

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 released at the San Diego Comic Con on 26 July 2014.[3][4] The movie stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch and Orlando Bloom.


Having reclaimed Erebor and a vast treasure from the dragon Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the Arkenstone, despite Smaug's fiery wrath and Bilbo's desperate attempts to make him see reason. Meanwhile, Sauron sends forth legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As the ultimate fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, the races of Men, Elves and Dwarves must decide whether to unite or die.



The Hobbit was originally envisioned as a two-part film, but Jackson confirmed plans for a third film on 30 July 2012, turning his adaptation of The Hobbit into a trilogy.[6][7] 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.[8] The third film was titled There and Back Again in August 2012.[9] In April 2014, Jackson changed the title of the film to The Battle of the Five Armies as he thought the new title better suited the situation of the film.[10] 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."[11] 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."[12]


As with all the previous films, Howard Shore has composed the score. Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings, wrote and recorded the song "The Last Goodbye" to be played over the end credits of the film.[13]


A teaser trailer for the film was released on 28 July 2014 attached to Guardians of the Galaxy, Into the Storm, and If I Stay. The second theatrical trailer was released on 6 November 2014 attached to Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.[14][15]


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, 17 December 2014 in the United States and 26 December 2014 Australia.[3][4] The film's première will be held in London at Leicester Square on 1 December 2014.[16]


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  2. ^ "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e O'Hara, Helen (24 April 2014). "The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies". Empire. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b McIntyre, Gina (24 April 2014). "Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Skipper, Ben (24 April 2014). "Hobbit Finale Renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies". International Business Times. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Zakarin (30 July 2012). "Third 'Hobbit' Film Confirmed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Peter (30 July 2012). "An unexpected journey". Facebook. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Outlaw, Kofi (24 July 2012). "'The Hobbit 3' Edges Closer to Production". ScreenRant. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ McClintock, Pamela (31 August 2012). "Third 'Hobbit' Film Sets Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Child, Ben (24 April 2014). "Peter Jackson retitles The Hobbit part three The Battle of the Five Armies". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Hewett, Emily (24 April 2014). "The Hobbit 3 gets awesome new title Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies". Metro. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Gunner, Shaun (28 April 2014). "The Battle of the Five Armies is the right name for the third Hobbit film". The Tolkien Society. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Our final trip to Middle-earth to finish with "The Last Goodbye" sung by Billy Boyd". 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Battle of the five armies trailer released". Guardian. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Frame by Frame Analysis of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Teaser Trailer – July 28th 2014". The One Ring. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "World premiere for “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” in London on December 1". The One Ring. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

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