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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a 2014 epic fantasy adventure film, and the third and final installment of The Hobbit film trilogy, with a duration of 2 hours and 44 minutes, the shortest of the trilogy. Like its predecessors The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the film was produced and directed by Peter Jackson, who had directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The film is the sixth and final Middle-earth film adaptation to be released and the third chronologically.

Filming took place primarily in New Zealand. It stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and the Necromancer, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.

On February 28, 2013, a new release date in December was confirmed for the film, mirroring the release dates of Peter Jackson's previous Middle-earth films, The Lord of the Rings and the first two films of The Hobbit. The film was released on December 12, 2014 in the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe (e.g. Austria), and on December 17 in the United States.[1] The film was a major box office success, grossing over $956 million worldwide.


The film's title refers to the climactic battle of the same name between the Men of Lake-town, the Elves of Mirkwood, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, the Orc armies from both Dol Guldur and Gundabad, and the Great Eagles.




Smaug destroys Lake-town

Bilbo and the Dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain as the dragon Smaug destroys Lake-town. Bard breaks out of prison and kills Smaug with the black arrow, whose falling body crushes the fleeing Master of Lake-town. Bard is chosen as the new leader, and the people of Lake-town seek refuge in the ruins of DaleTauriel travels to investigate Mount Gundabad with Legolas. Upon arriving at Erebor, Fíli and Kíli, Bofur and Óin are informed by Bilbo that Thorin has been inflicted with Smaug's "dragon sickness" as he searches for the Arkenstone. It is revealed that Bilbo actually stole the Arkenstone from Smaug but knows it should be hidden from Thorin, who orders the entrance of the Lonely Mountain be sealed off.

Attack on Dol Guldur[]


The Nazgul surround Gandalf and Galadriel

Meanwhile, having become a prisoner in Dol Guldur, Gandalf is saved by Galadriel. Galadriel carries an unconscious Gandalf into a more open area while being taunted by the Necromancer. Elrond, Saruman, and Radagast arrive and rescue the Grey Wizard. Gandalf is saved by Galadriel and given to Radagast while Elrond and Saruman hold off the Nazgûl. Sauron appears to them with the Nine at his side. Using the power of Nenya, Galadriel takes on the Dark Lord and the Ringwraiths, banishing them out of the fortress. Galadriel falls back, fainting as Elrond supports her, realizing she has used her full strength in order to cast him away. Though Elrond believes they must warn the Free People of the enemy's return and set a watch upon the boundaries of Mordor, Saruman tells him to take Galadriel to safety while he deals with Sauron.

Radagast provides Gandalf a horse and his staff before riding to Dale. At that time, Azog approaches the Lonely Mountain with his vast Orc army while learning from Bolg that an Elf army under Thranduil is also approaching. Azog tells Bolg to head to Gundabad and ready their other army.


Following Bolg to the fortress of Gundabad, Legolas and Tauriel see Bolg with another army of Orcs and hundreds of war-bred bats. They decide to return to Lake-town to warn the others.

Gundabad fortress

The fortress of Gundabad

When Thranduil's army arrives in Dale, he forges an allegiance with Bard to claim a necklace of white gems from Thorin's treasure. Though Bard attempts to reason with Thorin to avoid further bloodshed, the stubborn dwarf refuses to listen, to his company's dismay. As they prepare for the battle, Thorin gives Bilbo a mithril vest. Thorin begins to talk like Smaug, telling Bilbo that he will never share the treasure with Bard and Thranduil, not wanting to part with a single coin. After Gandalf arrives at Dale, Bilbo sneaks out of the Lonely Mountain to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil and Bard. Inside the camp, Thranduil reminds Gandalf that he is the one who started all this and he will finish it.

The next day, the Elf army and the armed people of Lake-town gather at the entrance of the Lonely Mountain. Thranduil and Bard ride at the front, where Thorin threatens to kill them if they get any closer. Bard unveils the Arkenstone at the gates of Erebor. Thorin refuses to believe them, thinking it was a ruse, until Bilbo reveals he gave it to them. Bilbo admits he wanted to give it to Thorin, but nonetheless, chides the dwarf for letting Greed corrupt him and cloud his judgement. Enraged, Thorin orders the Dwarves to throw Bilbo from the Rampart, which they refuse. Thorin instead decides to kill Bilbo himself. Luckily, Gandalf approaches at the front with Bard and Thranduil, telling Thorin to return the hobbit to him. The other Dwarves hold off their leader so Bilbo can escape down the wall to Gandalf. Then, a Dwarf army under Dáin Ironfoot arrives and is about to attack the Elves on Thorin's call, but Azog sends one branch of his army to attack Dáin's force. While Thranduil assists Dáin's army, Azog sends the rest of his forces to attack Dale with Bilbo, Gandalf, Bard, and the other Elves coming to its defense. Gandalf, Thranduil, Bard, and Dáin do the best they can to hold off the Orc armies as more and more come, killing more Dwarves, men, and Elves. Meanwhile, Alfrid takes a pile of treasure and escapes the battlefield, with Bard permitting him to do so.

Eagles destroy Gundabad Army

The Great Eagles arrive at the battle

Inside the Lonely Mountain, Thorin eventually overcomes his madness after a lengthy hallucination. Thorin and company burst out of the Mountain and join the battle, much to Dáin's delight. While the others aid what remains of Dáin's forces, Thorin rides towards Ravenhill with Dwalin, Fíli and Kíli to kill Azog. At the same time, after being banished by Thranduil despite her and Legolas warning him of Bolg's army, Legolas and Tauriel set off for Ravenhill with Bilbo following to warn the Dwarves of the second Orc army. Thorin tells Fíli and Kíli to scout the towers as Bilbo came and warned them. But he is too late. Azog captures Fíli and stabs him in the back before throwing him off a tower. While Thorin fights Azog to avenge Fíli, Kíli dies protecting Tauriel from Bolg. After Legolas kills Bolg, the Great Eagles arrive, led by Radagast and Beorn, to assist in the battle, quickly decimating the Orc army.


Thorin kills Azog

Azog defeated by Thorin Oakenshield

When Bilbo regains consciousness, he finds that Thorin has killed Azog but was mortally wounded in the process and dies soon after making his peace with the hobbit. Sometime after, a disillusioned Legolas leaves his father to meet with one of the Dúnedain, a man who goes by the name of Strider. Thranduil, after seeing Tauriel kiss Kíli's dead body, finally accepts Tauriel's love for Kíli and agrees with her plan to bury the Dwarf. Bilbo bids farewell to the surviving members of Thorin's company, telling them they are welcome to join him for tea whenever they are in the Shire, to which he returns with Gandalf. As they part on the outskirts of the Shire, Gandalf reveals that he knows of the Ring that Bilbo found in the Goblin tunnels (though unaware that it was the One Ring) before they part ways on good terms. Bilbo's story ends when he returns to Bag End and finds the Sackville-Bagginses are auctioning off his belongings and are about to sell his house. The scene transitions to Bilbo on the day of his 111th birthday when he receives a visit from Gandalf, ending where the The Fellowship of the Ring begins.





Appearances and mentions[]

By type
Characters Species and creatures Locations Factions, groups and titles
Events Objects and artifacts Miscellanea

Extended edition[]

The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has an additional 20 minutes of footage:

  • More scenes of Bard attempting to kill Smaug.
  • More scenes of Smaug destroying Lake-town.
  • Elven archers shooting at Dáin's army.
  • Dwarves with Ballista's firing at the Elves
  • Dwarven Goat Riders attack the Elves.
Thorin's burial

Thorin's funeral

  • Funeral of Thorin, Fíli and Kíli.
  • Coronation of Dáin II Ironfoot, the new king of Erebor.
  • Gandalf interrogated about one of the Elven Rings of Power, Narya in Dol Guldur.
  • More footage of Elrond and Saruman fighting the Ringwraiths.
  • The death of Master of Lake-town, and Alfrid Lickspittle.
  • More fighting in the city of Dale.
  • More battle scenes.
  • The war beasts Azog sends just after the battle begins.
  • Axe blade removed from Bifur's forehead.
  • Conversation between Bilbo and Bofur before he hands over the Arkenstone.
  • Galadriel unveils her true power when she slays an Orc.
  • More graphic and brutal Orc kills.
  • Bilbo when planting a acorn in Dale (Deleted Scene).
  • Balin, Fíli, Kíli and Dwalin while riding a Battle Wagon.


The film's world premiere took place on December 1st, 2014 in Leicester Square, London. Many of the cast members were there, and the event reportedly went very well. The film was well received by those in attendance, and many critics praised the film's visuals, acting, and action sequences, while some also expressed criticism on the short length of the film.

Financially, the film was a success, earning over 255 million in North America and another 700 million overseas for a total of over 956 million US dollars.

Critically, the film was less well-received, with many critics complaining about the film's perceived shortcomings in terms of plot and pacing. The film's current Rotten Tomatoes score is 59%, based on 265 reviews.[3]








Promotional Images[]

Character Posters[]



Regular Album[]


Original Soundtrack Cover

Disc 1

  1. Fire and Water
  2. Shores of the Long Lake
  3. Beyond Sorrow and Grief
  4. Guardians of the Three
  5. The Ruins of Dale
  6. The Gathering of the Clouds
  7. Mithril
  8. Bred for War
  9. A Thief in the Night
  10. The Clouds Burst
  11. Battle for the Mountain

Disc 2

  1. The Darkest Hour
  2. Sons of Durin
  3. The Fallen
  4. Ravenhill
  5. To the Death
  6. Courage and Wisdom
  7. The Return Journey
  8. There and Back Again
  9. The Last Goodbye performed by Billy Boyd
  10. Ironfoot

Special Edition Album[]


Special Edition Cover

Disc 1

  1. Fire and Water
  2. Shores of the Long Lake
  3. Beyond Sorrow and Grief
  4. Guardians of the Three
  5. The Ruins of Dale
  6. The Gathering of the Clouds
  7. Mithril
  8. Bred for War
  9. A Thief in the Night
  10. The Clouds Burst
  11. Battle for the Mountain

Disc 2

  1. The Darkest Hour
  2. Sons of Durin
  3. The Fallen
  4. Ravenhill
  5. To the Death
  6. Courage and Wisdom
  7. The Return Journey
  8. There and Back Again
  9. The Last Goodbye performed by Billy Boyd
  10. Ironfoot
  11. Dragon-Sickness (Bonus Track)
  12. Thrain (Bonus Track)


  • The film ends with a shot of Thorin's map lying on Bilbo's desk, with nothing covering it. However, when Gandalf visits Bag End in The Fellowship of the Ring, the map is partially covered with scrolls and parchments.


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  • This is the only film in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchise that does not begin with a prologue, as it begins immediately from the cliffhanger where The Desolation of Smaug leaves off from.
  • This film is the last film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and related works, as the Tolkien Estate has forbidden any more films from being made for the time being.
  • In Sir Christopher Lee's Christmas Video leading up to the film's release, he speculated that Saruman the White would have a lot more screen time in the film.
  • Aragorn II is mentioned by King Thranduil, who is referred as "Strider" and the son of Arathorn. In the books, he is still supposed to be a child and not yet bear the name of "Strider". However, given the apparent lack of a time skip in the film of The Fellowship of the Ring, how Bilbo was stated to carry the Ring for sixty years, and how Aragorn stated that he was 87 in the Extended Edition of The Two Towers, it's possible that Aragorn is supposed to be 27 at this point by the film adaptation's timeline.
  • The Extended Edition was given an R for Restricted rating by the MPAA for "Some Violence", making it the first time any of the films, theatrical or extended, has been given an R rating, as all previous ones, including this film's theatrical release have got PG-13 as their rating.
  • The film would currently be the 49th highest-grossing film of all time if Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and The Lion King had never been re-released.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Hobbit: Die Slag van die Vyf Legers
Albanian Hobiti: Beteja e Pesë ushtrive
Amharic የ ሖብቢት: አምስት የሠራዊት ውጊያ
Arabic الهوبيت: معركة الجيوش الخمسة
Armenian Հոբիթ։ Հինգ զորքերի ճակատամարտը
Azerbaijani Hobbit: Beş Ordunun Döyüşü
Basque Hobbita: Bost Gudarosteen Gudua
Belarusian Cyrillic Хобіт: Бітва пяці войскаў
Bengali দ্য হবিট: দ্য ব্যাটল অব দ্য ফাইভ আর্মিস
Bosian Hobit: Bitka pet vojske
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хобит: Битката на петте армии
Catalan El hòbbit: La Batalla dels Cinc Exèrcits
Cebuano Ang Hobbit: Ang Gubat sa Lima ka mga sundalo
Chinese 哈比人:五軍之戰
Corsician U Hobbit: U Battagghia di a Cinque Asèrciti
Croatian Hobit: Bitka pet vojski
Czech Hobit: Bitva pěti armád
Danish Hobbitten: Femhæreslaget
Dutch De Hobbit: De Slag van de Vijf Legers
Esperanto La Hobito: La Batalo de la Kvin Armeoj
Estonian Kääbik: Viie väe lahing
Finnish Hobitti – Viiden armeijan taistelu
French Le Hobbit: La Bataille des Cinq Armées
Frisian De Hobbit: De Slach by de Fiif Armeen
Galician O Hobbit: A batalla dos cinco exércitos
Georgian ჰობიტი: ხუთი ლაშქრის ბრძოლა
German Der Hobbit: Die Schlacht der Fünf Heere
Greek Χόμπιτ: Η Μάχη των Πέντε Στρατών
Gujarati હોબીટ: પાંચ આર્મી યુદ્ધ
Hebrew ההוביט: קרב חמשת הצבאות
Hungarian A hobbit: Az öt sereg csatája
Icelandic Hobbitinn: Bardaga af Fimm heri
Indonesian Hobbit: Pertempuran Lima Pasukan
Irish Gaelic An Hobad: Cath na Cúig Arm
Italian Lo Hobbit: La Battaglia delle Cinque Armate
Japanese ホビット 決戦のゆくえ
Javanese Ing Hobbit: Peperangan saka Limang Tentara
Kannada ಹೊಬ್ಬಿಟ್: ಐದು ಸೈನ್ಯಗಳ ಬ್ಯಾಟಲ್
Kazakh Хоббит: Бес әскердің шайқасы (Cyrillic) Xobbït: Bes äskerdiñ şayqası (Latin)
Korean 호빗: 다섯 군대 전투
Kurdish ھۆبیت: جەنگی پێنج سوپاکە (Central Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Хоббит: Беш аскер күчүнүн салгылашы
Latin Hobbitus: Quinique exercitus praelio
Latvian Hobits: Piecu armiju kauja
Lithuanian Hobitas: Mūšis Penkių kareivijų
Luxembourgish Den Hobbit: D'Schluecht vun de fënnef Arméien
Macedonian Cyrillic Хобит: Битката кај петте војски
Malagasy Ny Hobbit: Ny adin'ny tafika dimy
Malaysian Hobbit: Pertempuran Lima Pasukan Tentera
Maltese L-Hobbit: Il-Battalja tal-Ħames Armati
Marathi द हॉबिट: पाच सैन्याने लढाई
Nepalese ? पाँच सेनाको युद्ध
Norwegian Hobbiten: Femhærerslaget
Persian هابیت: نبرد پنج سپاه
Polish Hobbit: Bitwa Pięciu Armii
Portuguese O Hobbit: A Batalha dos Cinco Exércitos
Romanian Hobbitul: Bătălia celor cinci armate
Russian Хоббит: Битва пяти воинств
Scottish Gaelic An Hàbad: An Blàr de an Còig Armailtean
Serbian Хобит: Битка пет армија (Cyrillic) Hobit: Bitka pet armija (Latin)
Sinhalese හොබිට්: යුද්ධ හමුදාවේ සටන ?
Slovak Hobbit: Bitka piatich armád
Slovenian Hobit: Bitka petih vojska
Spanish El Hobbit: La Batalla de los Cinco Ejércitos
Swedish Hobbit: Femhäraslaget
Tajik Cyrillic Хобби: Панҷ Армияҳо мубориза ?
Thai เดอะ ฮอบบิท: สงคราม 5 ทัพ
Turkish Hobbit: Beş Ordunun Savaşı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Хоббіт: Битва п'яти воїнств
Vietnamese Người Hobbit: Đại chiến Năm cánh quân
Zazaki Hobbit: Lecê panc ordiyan


  1. Mrcere (February 28, 2013). Third 'Hobbit' movie release moved from July to December 2014. Retrieved on March 2, 2013.
  2. Twitter.
  3. Rotten Tomatoes rating. Retrieved December 22, 2 014

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