It may be hard to believe, but “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” came out in December, 2001. The trilogy went on to become one of the highest grossing and most popular movies of all time culminating in a sweep at the Oscars in 2004. Everyone was clamoring for the filmmakers to bring “The Hobbit” to the big screen, but legal troubles kept it from happening for years. When Peter Jackson and crew was finally able to make the movie it was announced that it would be split up into two movies, “An Unexpected Journey” and “There and Back Again.” Then came the news that this one small book (less than 350 pages) would be turned into three movies! The third and final chapter, “The Battle of the Five Armies” opens today, December 17 and you can really feel the affects of these movies being so drawn out in this final farewell to the series.
“The Hobbit: The battles of the Five Armies” picks up immediately where the last movie left off. Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage) and the rest of the dwarves have taken back the Lonely Mountain and the massive treasure that lies within. However, word of this quickly spreads and everyone wants a piece of them including the people of Lake Town, Thranduil and his band of elves and Azog with his army of Orcs. It doesn’t help matters that Thorin has gone a little cuckoo like his grandfather before him.