This Christmas sees the final movie in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series with the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies” which itself is the final part of “The Hobbit” trilogy. So spoilers abound from the trailer for the final movie in this series if you haven’t seen the first two movies already. If you do want to catch back up with what has happened so far both “An Unexpected Journey” (2012) and “The Desolation of Smaug” (2013) are available on Netflix and most other streaming services. All the cast from the first two movies are returning this time around including Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott and James Nesbitt. Key players from the second movie are also returning including Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Premise
Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and his Company of Dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his wrath down upon the men, women, and children of Lake-town. Meanwhile, unseen by almost everyone but the wizard Gandalf, the enemy Sauron has returned to Middle-Earth and has sent forth legions of Orcs in an attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
The Story So Far
Approaching his 111th birthday, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins begins writing down the full story of his adventure 60 years earlier for the benefit of his nephew Frodo. Long before Bilbo’s involvement, the Dwarf king Thrór brings an era of prosperity for his kin under the Lonely Mountain until the arrival of the dragon Smaug. Destroying the nearby town of Dale, Smaug drives the Dwarves out of their mountain and takes their hoard of gold. In the Shire, 50-year-old Bilbo is tricked by the wizard Gandalf the Grey into hosting a party for Thorin and his company of dwarves: Balin, Dwalin, Fíli, Kíli, Dori, Nori, Ori, Óin, Glóin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur. Gandalf’s aim is to recruit Bilbo as the company’s “burglar” to aid them in their quest to enter the Lonely Mountain. Taking in places familiar and new within Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth the first two movies introduces us to the origins of a simple ring and it’s influence on the future of middle earth.