The final film in The Hobbit trilogy has officially been given a new sub-title.
Last week it was speculated that a new title would be used for the film – with Into the Fire believed to be the chosen title – but now director Peter Jackson, writing on his Facebook page, has confirmed the picture will now go by the name The Battle of the Five Armies instead of the originally-named There and Back Again.
Jackson also suggested that the original title could be used for a future boxset of all three movies.
“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.”
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is due to be released on December 12.