The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Film Review

The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies Poster

It’s the end of an era. *Sniff, sniff.*
I can’t believe that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last new Middle Earth film I’ll ever see. Sure, I’ll rewatch them (probably numerous times) on DVD, but I’ll never feel that same rush of awe as I did seeing them the first time, nor the nervous anticipation. I felt collected when I first entered the cinema and found my seat, but half an hour in I felt a sudden, overwhelming panic about how NOT READY I was for shizz to go down, and for this to be the final part… and for all the feels about to descend…!
As the film ended and the credits began to roll to the beautiful melancholy song The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd (mirroring his previous haunting song Edge of Night from Return of the King) my friend and I, as well as the other people in the cinema, all sat in complete silence for a good 3 minutes as if suspended in the moment, awed, with our hearts just a tad broken, not quite ready to let go of the hobbits dwarves and elves that had been our companions and friends for so many years.

The Plot
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), riddle solver, barrel rider and professional burglar has come a long way since the Shire. With a little help from his friends and a magic ring he has made his way to the Lonely Mountain to help his dwarvish friends reclaim the homeland that was stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. But just when Bilbo thinks his adventure is almost over, a new host of problems present themselves. Thorin (Richard Armitage), leader of Bilbo’s company and king under the mountain is acting strangely, caught in a selfish lust and greed for gold he is mistreating and accusing his closest friends of betraying him. Meanwhile armies gather outside their gates, armies of humans and elves determined to right old wrongs that were done to them to quench their revenge. But when a new far worse enemy, an army or orcs arrives, will the people of Middle-earth be able to put aside their century old bickering to band together and defeat a far worse evil?

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The Verdict
From the moment The Battle of the Five Armies starts (whether you’re seeing it in 2D or 3D) the eyes are bombarded with beautiful scenery, magnificently vivid sets and dramatic sweeping camera shots that will take your breath away. Of course, this is what we’ve come to expect from Peter Jackson’s blockbuster films, so how did the actual story and entertainment factor stand up?

Well, I have to say the final Hobbit installment turned out to be my favourite of the three, which is surprising as I was originally expecting it to be the worst! Why? Because having read the book I was aware of how little material was left to fill a two and a half hour movie and was worried about how it would be padded out. Pacing was a big issue for me in both the previous installments but it seems that Jackson has finally got it right.

Unlike the previous films, The Battle of the Five Armies kept my attention all the way through. Beginning where The Desolation of Smaug left off, the film begins with the dragon Smaug descending on Lake-town and viewers are rewarded with adrenaline filled, heart-wrenching scenes where innocents are slaughtered and the town goes up in horrific, mesmerizing flames. It’s an impressive way to start a movie, and gives you the feeling of being chucked right into the middle of the action. After this there is a lull where we switch back to Bilbo and company, and events slowly build from there, growing in intensity. The movie is composed mainly of battle scenes, whether strategizing, worrying about what is to come or the actual fighting itself and this is an area where I always feel the Middle-EarthHBT3-fs-348347.DNG movies shine with their inventive fight scenes that mix tension with awe and comedy (I mean, who could forget the epic Legolas skateboard scene from The Two Towers?) BUT, most importantly, the action and exposition is never at the expense of emotional investment or the characters. There was a lot of heartbreak and angst, and oh how I cried…repeatedly!

There are a lot of character moments that stand out and make this film great, the conversation between Bilbo and Thorin about an acorn and the hope of returning home, the moments between Bard and his children, not to mention the emotionally powered scenes Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) has with Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Kili (Aidan Turner), and Thranduil (Lee Pace). (Aka, just ALL THE TAURIEL OKAY. SHE IS AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED CHARACTER.) There were also some great character arcs such as Thorin’s decent from fearless warrior into madness from greed and back again as well as his standoff with his nemesis, Legolas’s fractured relationship with his father and his fight for independence, and of course, Bilbo’s continued development from small town Hobbit to brave and loyal hero. Add it all together and you’ve got some satisfying character development that I felt the other installments were lacking!

Bard The Battle of the Five Armies
Now, I know a lot of people were upset with the changes from the book (particularly one certain aspect related to Fili and Kili), and in all honestly it’s been a while since I read the novel so I can’t say I have a perfect memory of the original anyway, but I didn’t feel the changes were to the detriment of the story this time because the heart of the tale was in the right place. Two positive changes for me for instance, was increasing the role Bard in the battle because firstly yummy guy candy, but secondly I always thought he was a brilliant character so it was great to see more of him. It also added to the tension of the battle because he became another character to worry about. Additionally, the inclusion of Tauriel’s character really worked for me. Not only does she fulfill the minimal female actress quota for the film, but the crescendo of the romance element of her storyline was great. I feel with these kind of epic stories you need an epic romance to heighten the stakes, making you root for the characters adding to the emotional investment.

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There were only a couple of niggles that bothered me about The Battle of the Five Armies. One was the inclusion of the showdown with Smaug. I’m a little torn with this one because using it made a great, dramatic opening scene but I think it would have been better if this had happened in the second film because it kind of just felt like it had been stuck in there quickly at the start of the movie because they needed to get it out of the way, and because of that it felt quite anticlimactic for him to be dealt with so quickly. The second thing that bothered me was the annoying scenes with Alfrid (Ryan Gage) a greedy resident of Lake-town. He was the running punch line throughout the movie and while I get that Jackson probably wanted a way to add in some funnies between big scenes, his inclusion kind of cheapened the whole thing and felt lazy to me!

While The Hobbit films didn’t even get close to my love for the Lord of the Rings ones, this tale has ended on a high for me both story-wise and emotionally. The Hobbit will tie in well with the original films, adding depth and extra knowledge that will make Tolkien’s story feel all the more satisfying. It sounds crazy, but Middle-earth and the people within it really do feel like home because I’ve known them so long, and this last installment felt like saying goodbye to old and cherished friends. 🙂

Did you see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? How did you think it compared with the previous two films? Were you upset by any of the changes? I would love to talk Middle-earth in the comments!

Originality: 4/5
Entertainment: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Cinematography: 5/5
CGI (
Computer-Generated Imagery): 4/5
FANGIRL FACTOR: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Image Sources:
Battle of the Five Armies Poster // Stills of Bilbo, Thorin and Tauriel // Still of Bard //

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29 thoughts on “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Film Review

  1. I haven’t seen any of the LOTR in the cinema, but I have seen them on DVD. That way I can pause for chocolate and Hooch refills. 🙂 Good to know that it wasn’t all filler…I’ll add it to my TBW list!

    • I didn’t get to see the Lord of the Rings original film trilogy in the cinema because I was too young at the time, which is one of the reasons (being a serious fangirl) I was so obsessed with being able to right that wrong with The Hobbit!
      Can’t blame you for choosing the home cinema option though, they are some loooooooooong movies.
      Look forward to seeing what you think. 🙂

  2. I saw The Battle of the Five Armies but I mainly went so a mate of mine would get to see it in cinema. I missed Smaug and it’s been years since I’ve seen LoTR. It was a great movie but I definitely felt like I was in the outside looking in. Maybe I need to have an epic marathon of all six movies so I get the story 🙂

    • Ahaa, and such a good mate you are going to see a film when you hadn’t seen the middle one! I’m glad you could appreciate it somewhat despite having missed one and having not really followed the story consistently, it would have seemed painfully long otherwise!

      That marathon idea, you’re onto a winner there. 😉 *Whispers* I tend to do that yearly, it’s a lot of fun.

      • At least it was interesting! But yeah, some of the finer plot points were lost on me. Like Tauriel and Legolas. Brother and sister or love triangle with the dwarf?

        I may have to do the marathon thing. Might make a long weekend of it 🙂

      • Hahaa! That would be a love triangle. Legolas likes Tauriel but Tauriel likes the dwarf. But they’re very close and come from the same pace etc etc and Legolas isn’t really pushy about it so I guess I could get the sibling thing!

        Sounds awesome to me. 🙂

  3. I agree- I definitely think that the defeat of Smaug should have been included in the second movie rather than the third. He died even before the title of the movie was displayed! (And the title of the second movie was called The Desolation of Smaug, after all). Awesome review!! 🙂

    • It definitely felt a bit…off didn’t it? It had such little relevance to the rest of the course of the story in terms of the battle. That’s such a good point about the title as well! Smaug’s demise should have been in The Desolation of Smaug otherwise why call it that?

      Awwh, thank you so much. 😀

      P.S. I love your new blog look and gravatar, very snazzy! (I don’t think I’ve mentioned it to you yet.)

  4. I was disappointed with the final Hobbit film. Mainly because of what happened to Killi but I’ll try to remain objective. Which is very, very, very hard. It ruined everything for me. Normally, when a series has ended, you should feel happy and satisfied but I left the theatre feeling sad and empty and in not a good way either. There was no closure for me. Not like with Return of the King (although that ending sort of dragged at some point too, jeez).

    It’s hard for me to pinpoint what exactly left me disappointed though. I agree with a lot of what you said, including the first scene of the film with all the Smaug action. It felt misplaced and would have fit better at the end of the second film, which was all about the dragon anyway. Now, it felt like they forgot to kill the dragon in the second film so Jackson had to quickly add this scene – something like “oh hey, we still have to kill that dragon, let’s do that first….totally forgot about him when I decided to kill *beep*” – angry face inserted here. The action was amazing though. Absolutely loved it. Just a bit out of place. But really, really good. And the connection between Bard and his son was just ❤

    I missed the humor too. LOTR always tried to balance heavy material with something light (Gollum was great in a sad way) or with sharing the bond of friendship between the different characters and species but with the Hobbit, this felt incomplete.The humor in the third film really did feel cheap – although I have to admit I chuckled at some point with an action related to fake boobs but even that made me think of something that belonged in a Pirates of the Caribbean film and not in a Peter Jackson film. I don't know. It felt wrong.

    And then the battle. I wasn't interested. I liked Bilbo and how he tried to convince Thorin but that's all I liked. I find it hard to accept that three different species are fighting a war against each other, killing each other only to work together to kill the orcs as soon as they arrive. And I understand orcs are the greater evil, but still. It's just causing a brain freeze. If a dwarf killed my best friend, no way am I going to protect his life when he's facing an orc. I'd say "karma is a bitch eh?". But maybe that's not Jackson's fault, or maybe he didn't a very good job to make this brain freeze believable *shrugs* but either way, I watched it and wondered "when is it over?" – until…until…some dwarves decided they needed to be heroic. JMHFDHFZHDHZD. Just. mqfjqhfqh ARGH.

    The thing is, Peter Jackson had so many hours to film emotional bonds with the Hobbit series compared to everything that needed to happen in LOTR. He had so much time, that I'm scared he tried to find scenes and side stories that would fill up screen time he forgot to create emotional involvement between characters from different species. Yes the characters were great and had depth and their growth was epic in itself, but I'm talking about the fact there was never a real connection. Even Gandalf felt boring during this film. His story is just so pointless when he's hanging there, waiting for the elves to save him. And I understand it's a fundamental moment in the whole Middle Earth saga but in the film itself? Meh. It's hard to explain. In LOTR all species had the same goal and now, we root for humans and dwarves and elves but they all stand opposite of each other and never together.
    So how can I feel victorious then?
    How can I be happy when the orcs are defeated when just moments before dwarves were fighting against elves and humans?
    How can I be happy when things like Tauriel, Legolas, Killi happen? (although that character connection story was epic). Hmm.

    Also, this whole Legolas, Tauriel, Killi thing makes me look at Legolas and Gimli's friendship in a whole other way, especially when they first met and needed to get to know each other. WOW. Perhaps that's one good thing then.

    Oops. Sorry about the essay/rant. I knew I wouldn't be able to stay objective after what Jackson did to Killi 😦 :p

    • Also, I forgot to say that I thought your review was amazing even if I don’t always agree :p You really have a thing for pointing out the right things to focus on and putting them into a different light. Sometimes making me nod and agree with you when just moments ago I was certain I thought differently. But you know, Killi was too painful for you to convince me otherwise this time! You should blame Peter Jackson 😉

      • Awwh, thank you so much! *Blushes.* That’s really kind of you to say. I’m glad you thought I pointed out the right things and put a different spin on them. 🙂 I never have a problem with people who disagree with me because usually they lead to really awesome/interesting discussions!

        I’m sorry that Peter Jackson traumatized you with Kili! Maybe if you get the DVD you can just forward quickly past that bit a pretend it never happened. 😉

    • Wow, thank you for the long comment!! It’s great to come across someone else who feels equally passionate about these movies. 😀

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get the closure you wanted! But I know you’re not the only one. (I’m sure that’s not much of a comfort though). Ha, I remember the first time I watched Return of the King, I thought it was about to end at about 5 separate occasions and then there was another scene… and another. It almost turned into a fun guessing game!

      In terms of Kili, did you read the Hobbit book first? Because I know that a lot of people were frustrated by the ‘way’ the ‘thing’ happened because it was different to the original. But in all honestly, my memory is so rusty that I can’t actually remember the details of it – maybe if I could I would be more angry. I’m not sure how I would have felt if I didn’t know it was coming. More shocked maybe? More hollow? I don’t know, it’s hard to imagine.

      Hmm, I think it’s really frustrating when you can’t pinpoint exactly what disappointed you. Maybe that’s because it was lots of little things? I think you’ve done a good job explaining it in this comment though! Love what you’ve said about the dragon, about how it felt as if they had forgotten to put it into the last film so had to quickly smoosh it into the start of the first one, LOL. 🙂 I have to say I did love the Smaug descending on Lake-town scene, it really choked me up for some reason. But I still think that the Smaug sitch should have been sorted in the other film. And yes, I loved the bit with Bard and his son!

      I totally get what you mean by the humour, I missed that in all 3 films in general. It was something they did so well with the previous trilogy. I definitely wasn’t a fan of Alfred or the Stephen Fry stuff. But I did laugh at the ‘Alfred, your slip is showing’ bit! I think, because I loved so many of the other aspects of the movie I was able to overlook that problem. But if I hadn’t like it, it would have been a serious angst point for me!

      Ohh wow really? I LOVED the battle. But having said that, I’ve always loved them and how Jackson and his team coordinate them. They never fail to entertain me. I thought the interplay between races was really interesting, but I kind of get what you mean. The sudden turn from foe to ally felt quite rushed I guess and could have been explored more seeing as there was so much film time. I think your onto something important when you say that because Jackson had so much time that he spent too much of it trying to fill it rather than focusing on character bonds – that was my main complaint about the previous two movies! And yes agreed about Gandalf! I didn’t care about his role in The Hobbit at all, and all those extra scenes just to tie in The Hobbit to LoTR more? I’m not sure it was worth it.

      What you say about the bickering species and it not feeling victorious – I guess I get that. But for me, that was kind of the point and I think it makes the whole thing more realistic. I mean, in real life we all get caught up in our petty grievances and it’s only when something bigger comes along to shake us up that we realize what’s really important. Dwarves and Elves are destined not to get along because they have fundamentally different values and ways of living that are pretty much opposite and there’s a lot of past history. Dwarves are shortsighted and act on impulse, elves are calculated and take too long to make decisions, etc. Just because they have longstanding prejudices that cloud their judgment doesn’t mean they’re not decent people otherwise, but it is their flaw. The Hobbit is a happy tale overall because Bilbo makes it home from war, mostly in one piece, in a way that most ‘soldiers’ or casualties o war don’t (like Frodo, he makes it home but never reallllyyyy makes it home). But that still doesn’t mean it’s all happy, because other people died in war, and war is a horrible thing!

      That’s a good point about Legolas and Gimli, I hadn’t thought of that before! I like the way you think. I’m so going to look at their first meeting The Fellowship differently now. 🙂

      Feel free to essay/rant here any time! I always enjoy chatting to other people. 😀

      • I understand what you mean about dwarves and elves not meant to be working together but when they have to, that’s what they’ll do. And it is realistic, especially when we think about everything that’s going on lately. We (humans) are so different in so many ways and most of the times we don’t agree with cultures we don’t understand. We live in our bubbles but we all want the same thing in the end: to protect the ones we love and fight for a better world. So if we have to work together when it’s needed, we’ll do it, differences aside.

        So yes, in that way, it’s realistic and I have to say, you did it again: making me nod and agree with something I didn’t agree with first. Perhaps, Peter Jackson or Tolkien (?) (I’m not entirely sure where the fault rests) could have taken more time to make it feel less rushed and more believable because that’s what’s still bothering me about the battle.

        Then again, The Hobbit is a children’s book so maybe I shouldn’t judge this so hard. Children don’t need the hardcore explanations like adults do before something can be believable. :p

      • Yes, that’s another thing about Tolkien, isn’t it amazing how his story still feels so relevant to events going on today? I always think that’s the test of a really good story, whether it’s timeless. 🙂

        Haha, awhh thank you. Your still perfectly entitled to not agree though if you don’t want to! There’s no concrete right answer after all. It’s just one small blogging gal’s view. 🙂 But yes, you’re definitely right, they should have taken more time to develop the relationship between races, maybe they were relying too much on the original trilogy to do the talking for them so didn’t convey it properly. Or they were just lazy… or ran out or money… or something.

        True, true, I guess us bookworms just can’t help it!

  5. Oh Book Buddy, now you’ve flooded me with waves of hobbity feelings once again. I loved this movie soooooo much, and I, too, sat in the theatre for a long time afterwards unable to believe it was over forever. In fact, I had to compose myself and wipe my eyes before I could leave. Oh, and when I think of Kili my heart just clenches in anguish. He was my favourite hottie to drool over, and I still get teary when I remember “that” scene. Wahhhhhhhhhh!! Damn, now I feel like reading the book again. Stop tempting me like this. I have too many books to read LOL!!

    • Heheee, hopefully that’s a good thing because you know, hobbity feelings are pretty awesome!!! So glad that you loved this movie too book buddy, because I’ve spoken to quite a few people that didn’t and that makes me sad (because who doesn’t want to enjoy Middle Earth?) Like you, I had to compose myself before leaving my cinema and my friend and I makeup checked each other for signs of mascara tear tracks, LOL. Hahaa, they blatantly made Kili a hottie just to make us cry even more! I thought that when they first cast him.

      READ THE BOOK AGAIN. DOOOOOOOO IT.
      I WILL.
      EVENTUALLY.
      (I am a bad influence) 😛

  6. I only just realised that now that the Hobbit is over I have no more movies to look forward to in that series. Unless Peter Jackson decides to make a movie out of every single Tolkien book out there (which would be awesome).

    That said, I loved this one so much. I’m with you on the Smaug part. I believe the only reason they didn’t include it in the second movie is because they wanted to leave things at a cliffhanger but damn it, it felt so abrupt!

    The ending was heart-wrenching. Not just the part with Fili, Kili and Thorin (which smashed my heart to pieces – THE BOOK SHOWED NOTHING OF THAT AND IT WAS BRUTAL), but the part where Bilbo was saying goodbye. God the goosebumps I got. Martin Freeman was perfectly cast as Bilbo; I do not believe anyone could’ve pulled off the role as good as he did.

      • I know, right? IT’s SO SAD. 😦 What are we going to do to fulfill our Hobbit/Middle Earth fix? Fingers crossed Jackson will give us more awesome in the future – whether Tolkien related or not.

        So glad to hear you enjoyed the final movie too, Zen! I did read something about Jackson doing it for the cliffhanger factor so I think you’re right there. But yes, it felt so abrupt and out of place. It was an awesome scene but just not in the right movie maybe.

        Couldn’t agree with you more about the heart-wrenching, I cried so much during this movie, it was crazy. I even felt my eyes tearing up during the Smaug Lake-town scene because it was such senseless destructing of innocent people’s livelihoods. Bilbo’s goodbye was perfect. 🙂 I was unsure about Martin Freeman as Bilbo at first, but he changed my mind!

        P.S. That link was hilarious!

  7. I admit to having held off watching this – far too much crash, bang, wallop.
    Loved the Tauriel inclusion in 2, that made up for the sometimes thin feel of the film.
    Ok, you may have convinced me to give it a go – with ear plugs?

  8. I STILL HAVEN’T SEEN THIS. No fucker will go with me.

    Like you, I’ve got major reservations about how little of the book there was left to fill an epic film, but the fact that you enjoyed it gives me hope. Jackson is the king of fighty action scenes after all. It’s no LOTR but I still want to watch this final film to tie The Hobbit off.

    Fab review as always 🙂

    • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. That sucks! Are there no Tolkien obsessed people around you?!

      I don’t blame you at all – I think that’s why I felt so calm going in even though it was the final installment because my expectations were so low after being disappointed last time. I thought what they did with this movie was great though, especially emotionally. It got my tear ducts going that’s for sure!

      Thank you, lovely. 🙂

  9. I’m glad to hear somebody liked it! Personally I hated it but I know I went in with the wrong attitude – I was annoyed that they made it into three films in the first place when three would have been quite adequate. I feel like they only did it to make more money out of the franchise and that as a viewer I was being ripped off.

    I also don’t feel that their additions worked – I think Tauriel was a great addition to the second film because she was kinda kick-ass and as we all know Tolkien didn’t write women but in the third film she sort of deflated. It felt like they added her purely to be a love interest rather than to give the film some girl power and that for me is cheating.

    I also think that a lot of the battle scenes were hugely overdone – all that business with Thorin on the ice and with Legolas running up that falling rock column was too much and as for the concept that the 13 dwarves in the mountain could turn the tide of the whole war? No, they couldn’t. And where did they get the goats from?!?

    Having said all that I also remember thinking that the whole battle bit was shoved in at the end of the book as a bit of an after-thought and I don’t really feel it added anything there either. So maybe they should just have disposed of Smaug at the end of the second film and pretended that the battle never happened? I probably would have been happy with that!

    Also much as I love Martin Freeman, I don’t buy him as Bilbo, I think he’ll always be Tim from The Office in my head.

    I think I need to rewatch LotR to remind myself of how awesome Peter Jackson can be when he gets it right. Thinking about it I have a load of annual leave I need to use in the next two months – there’s a day off right there 🙂

    • Ohh no, I’m really sorry to hear that! I definitely agree with you about the 3 film splitting, I think it would have been so much better if there were only 2 movies, the plots wouldn’t have felt so thin, dragged out and padded that way. I don’t blame you for being annoyed, it was too much! I remember loving the first movie when I first watched it and gave it 5 stars on the blog, but as soon as I rewatched it I really went off it, because once you know what’s going to happen and get over the excitement that Middle Earth is back it’s excruciatingly slow (and all the malarky with the white orc is really irritating).

      Ohh wow really? You’re the first person I’ve spoken too that wasn’t a fan of the Tauriel angle. I get what you mean because in the fight scene where she was struggling she was saved by two men and I was just thinking SERIOUSLY, you’re a super awesome elf and you can’t defeat this one orc? What the hell. However I don’t think the fact that she was a love interest stopped her from being girl power-ish. After all, a girl can still be strong and awesome and in love and vulnerable. Although, I do think the whole fight-so-the-love-interest-could-jump-in scene was a really lazy way of tying up that story ark (but it did make me blubber).

      Hahaa the battle scenes were definitely overdone and far-fetched, but what can I say? I just LOVE Jackson’s battle scenes. They entertain me to no end and play on my emotions and I can’t get enough of them! So I may be slightly biased there. 😉 Yes agreed, in the book the battle was really short and shoved right in at the end which was why I was so amazed that they were making a whole movie out of it!

      I wasn’t sure about Freeman as Bilbo at first either, but I think he did a pretty good job by the end. Having said that, I never watched The Office and have only seen him in things post Hobbit like Sherlock and Guide to the Galaxy.

      Yes, definitely! The Lord of the Rings films will always be far superior to The Hobbit in every way. I felt really disillusioned with Middle Earth after watching the second film (probably like you do now) but I’m sure a rewatch or reread will restore your faith! An annual leave marathon sounds like the perfect day to me. 😀

      Thanks for the long comment!

  10. Hi Becks! Okay, I know I’m sooooooo late to this party but I know you won’t mind since you like talking about all these precious Hobbitses. A couple of things I really liked about this finale: the way they ended it made you want to watch LOTR again to see where Five Armies left off. I love the LOTR references and how Legolas came to be where he was in the first LOTR.(I forgot he was the son of a king) Although I’m slightly confused: Tauriel is not in the LOTR canon but yet she seems to be the reason that Legolas cut ties with Thranduil (did I read that right?).
    The best part for me was Thorin’s descent into madness. How brilliant was Armitage? And I’m not just saying that coz he’s my husband ;D he truly did a sterling job. Also, I actually like the way the last movie ended because it provided a cliffhanger and made you eager for Five Armies. It was very dramatic(in a good way) as you’re like “oh shit, what’s gonna happen to Laketown?????”, so I liked it. 🙂
    I got so excited when I saw Billy Boyd’s name in the credits but alas, my bf and everyone else didn’t know what I was talking about and they didn’t know who Billy was, pfff. I mean…HELLO? PIPPIN? COME ON PEOPLE… Peoples’ memories are sooo bad…

      • Nisha!!! So happy to see you hear on the blog again. 😀 How are you?
        Hmm, you are a tad late, but I’ll forgive you. 😉 And yes, I never tire of Hobbit talk, never ever.
        Agreed, the way the film went full circle did leave me craving more of Middle Earth and tempted me to do a rewatch or the original trilogy for the millionth time. I got so excited when they mentioned Strider, it’s satisfying when a story clicks into place like that. 🙂
        Yeah you’re right, Tauriel was the main reason for Legolas leaving, along with him being generally fed up with his overbearing father who didn’t want to get involved in other races difficulties. I don’t know the LOTR appendices well enough to know what was really supposed to happen – I don’t even know if it is mentioned in the appendices! I’m sure Tolkien would have been annoyed with Jackson playing with and making up new characters, but overall I think the good outweighed the bad. The film would have felt so male dominated otherwise.
        Ahhh, Armitage is always brilliant, and so lovely to look at too, although I must admit that Bard has somewhat taken over and won my heart. So I’ll make you a deal, you can have Armitage if I can have Luke Evans. 😉 *Ahem* sorry getting distracted. What were we on about? Oh yes, the acting! Armitage was brilliant.
        I like the way the second movie ended as well, but I think it felt a bit awkward how quickly they killed off Smaug in the third, it’s a bit of a catch 22.

        WHAT. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHO IT WAS?!?! OY. I fear for humanity sometimes… I mean, HOW COULD THEY FORGET?

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