The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Is Here!

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Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, returns to the big screen for the final chapter of his epic adventure, having already encountered much more than he bargained for when he left behind the simple life of the Shire.

We re-join the story as the enraged dragon Smaug – voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch – bombards Lake-town with balls of fire and sizzling flames, unleashing his wrath on the helpless men, women and children.
 
 
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Having reclaimed his homeland, the Lonely Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard the vast wealth of treasure within it, much to the anguish of Bilbo who tries to make him see reason.

But more danger lies on the horizon. The Dark Lord Sauron has summoned a huge army of Orcs to attack the mountain. Dwarves, Elves and Men must unite to rescue Middle-Earth from the grips of despair.

It’s everything we’ve come to expect from director Peter Jackson – and much, much more!
 
 
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Get dressed for the occasion!

An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug – the previous films in the fantasy trilogy based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – captivated millions of movie-goers around the world.

The Battle of the Five Armies has also enjoyed a lucrative opening weekend here in the UK. People were pictured queuing outside cinemas dressed as Hobbits and other characters from Middle-Earth to see the first screenings.

Hobbit outfits, wizard hats and elf ears were some of the more common accessories adorned by fans nationwide, while The One Ring – created by Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom – was also a popular choice. 

If you’re planning on going to see the film in the coming days, a replica of Bilbo’s sword – called Sting – will make you stand out from the crowd, plus you can’t go wrong with Gandalf The Grey’s iconic staff.

But before you make a beeline for the nearest cinema, can you remember everything that happened in the previous instalments? If not, check out the films on DVD and relive the heroic quest. If you can, watch them again anyway!
 
 
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The Hobbit: Did you know?

Here are five fun and interesting facts about The Hobbit.

1. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s first draft of the much-loved book, Gandalf the wizard originally went by the name of Bladorthin. Fearless Dwarf-leader Thorin, meanwhile, was initially going to be called Gandalf

2. Orlando Bloom’s character, Legolas, doesn’t actually feature in the novel, but Peter Jackson decided to bring the character back and wrote him into the story. Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett, also doesn’t appear in the book

3. The giant elk antlers seen on King Thranduil’s throne are actually real. They belong to the now extinct Megaloceros Giganteus – aka Irish Elk – one of the largest deer species to have ever walked the planet

4. Hundreds of pairs of prosthetic hobbit feet – with glued on hair – had to be made for Martin Freeman

5. The production team used so much gold paint to create Smaug’s lair that they exhausted all supplies in Australasia and had to ship in more from Germany
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