Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’

When I heard about the name change for the last Hobbit movie, titled There and Back Again, I was acutely interested to see what the new title would be. I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey the first time watching it, and the Desolation of Smaug was fantastic. I had a few qualms with both (which will be elaborated on fairly soon). I was actually irritated with the notion that there needed to be three movies for one book, but that’s almost water under the troll bridge. Almost. The new title sounds great, I just hope the movie really brings it home.

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will be the title of the final film in Peter Jackson’s latest J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy.

The last installment, which previously had been titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is set to open Dec. 17, and will follow on after the events depicted in last year’s second movie, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Jackson announced the new title on Facebook on Thursday and offered an explanation for the change.

“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,” Jackson wrote.

“And so: ‘The…

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