Peter Jackson announces name change for the final ‘Hobbit’ movie

Originally called There and Back Again, the final movie is now titled The Battle of the Five Armies.

Mar 2, 2020, 5:43 am*

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Michelle Jaworski 

Michelle Jaworski

Director Peter Jackson revealed on his Facebook page today that he changed the name to the final Hobbit film.

Originally called The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the movie, set to be released Dec. 17, is now titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

This isn’t shocking for attentive Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans; just last week, reported that New Line had registered the title The Hobbit: Into the Fire. The Battle of Five Armies name was registered as early back as July 2012, and staffer Demosthenes theorized at the time that There and Back Again was only a holding title.

Jackson explained on his Facebook page that originally when The Hobbit, a 300-page book, was set to be only two films, There and Back Again was a perfect title for the story of Bilbo Baggins’s arrival and departure in Erebor, the land belonging to the dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield.

That all changed when The Desolation of Smaug was introduced as a third movie to bridge the two films originally planned.

“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title,” Jackson wrote. “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 also touched on the extended edition of The Desolation of Smaug, but people are more interested in the title change. 

The move makes sense in terms of the plot. The Battle of the Five Armies takes up almost an entire chapter of The Hobbit, and it’s likely that the battle will be a good chunk of the final film, especially if the battle scenes in The Two Towers and The Return of the King are any indication. 

Despite what may be a more representative movie title in the long run, some fans can’t help but feel the title should have stayed There and Back Again, which was the name of Bilbo’s book of his travels that he was working in both An Unexpected Journey and The Fellowship of the Ring.

They’ve taken to Twitter to guess what could happen in the upcoming film, as well as to suggest alternate titles.

There may have been a title change, but at least there wasn’t another movie split.

Maybe Jackson is a Game of Thrones fan?

Hopefully Tauriel’s presence can help fix this.

And as Jackson continues to finish his final film, a final word.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2014, 2:16 pm