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Third Hobbit film re-named The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson has re-named the third film in his Hobbit franchise to The Battle of the Five Armies.

Formerly known as There and Back Again, the original title felt “misplaced” according to the filmmaker via a Facebook post.

He added that the journey to make the trilogy had been “in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along”.

He continued: “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.”

The new name now references a battle waged between the goblins and the wargs against the elves, dwarves, eagles, men of Dale and a shape-shifter as depicted in JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel.

The movie is due out this December (2014). The first two instalments took about $1bn (£600m) each at global box offices.

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