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“The Hobbit” Finale Retitled

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Director Peter Jackson has changed the subtitle of The Hobbit finale. From a post on his Facebook page, he simply put:

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.

First of all, when Peter Jackson decided to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy book into a trilogy, I had mixed feelings. I had no idea how if it was necessary to add more subplots that weren’t in the original source material. When Tolkien was alive, he didn’t want anyone to adapt any of his work to the big screen. As a big fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was quite refreshing to revisit Middle-Earth. Although it will never surpass its epic scale of The Lord of the Rings, I love the first two Hobbit films on their own terms. Despite the countless subplots, it does not necessarily mean the movies are slow. It stays true to the original source material, and it captures the heart and soul of Middle-Earth.

With the finale retitled to The Battle of the Five Armies: it’s not that bad of a subtitle. Although its title may attract more to the action junkies, it makes sense on why Peter Jackson made the change. I am still looking forward to see how the underrated trilogy will unfold. I have a feeling the climactic battle will be considered the best movie battle since The Return of the King. Please make December 17th come quicker!

What are your thoughts about this title change? Are you still looking forward to the last installment to The Hobbit trilogy?


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