The third and very last movie in the unnecessary Hobbit trilogy is undergoing a name change from The Hobbit: There and Back Again to the much flashier sounding The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
Yeah, just ignore the book it was originally based off of. No biggie.
Based on the title alone, we assume it will contain that one big battle where all those main characters die and we still get zero appearances from Tom Bombdadil.
In all seriousness though, The Battle of the Five Armies refers to an upcoming fight between the Goblins and Wargs against the Men of Dale, Elves, Dwarves, Eagles and that pesky Shape-shifter Benedict Cumberbatch. Or rather Beorn the Bear Man.
Yeah, math that one out.
Peter Jackson defended/explained the decision to change the title on his Facebook page, writing:
“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”.
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.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will hit theatres in December of this year, and in celebration you should probably just re-watch The Return of the King.