As suspected, the third Hobbit movie is officially getting its subtitle changed from "There and Back Again". But instead of the rumored "Into the Fire," New Line has announced the movie shall henceforth be known as The Battle of the Five Armies. Peter Jackson explains...
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.
Okay, that's pretty reasonable. If you haven't brushed up on your Tolkien recently, the five titular armies are comprised of the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, the Elves of Mirkwood, the Men of Lake Town, the Eagles of the Misty Mountains, and the horde of goblins and wargs they all battled.
[Via First Showing]