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The Third Hobbit Film Has Been Renamed

Peter Jackson announced the change from "There And Back Again" to "The Battle of the Five Armies"

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Apr 2014

Hobbit Name Change
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The Desolation of Smaug left us all aching for the third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film series, and so we've been looking forward to watching The Hobbit: There and Back Again for months now.

However, Peter Jackson announced that "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.

We've been looking forward to watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for months now.

Call us literature elitists, but There and Back Again obviously had more of a ring to it – and not just because Bilbo named his book that way – but we suppose this is the price to pay for stretching a children's fantasy novel into a half-a-billion-dollar epic trilogy. Maybe we'll just see dropped title on a Blu-ray DVD box set.


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