Greendragon over at The Lord of the Rings fansite TheOneRing.net has broken news that a source going by the pseudonym The Knocking Thrush - I know, this sounds like an overbaked spy thriller, but I don't care! I love it! - has reported that New Line Cinema just registered the title The Hobbit: Into the Fire.
This is the same source that correctly reported the announcement of the second chapter in the series: [The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug](movie:512310); so, they do have a relatively good track record - can't beat one out of one, that's 100%!
It had been assumed that the third entry would be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, as that was the case when there were only two films releasing, but it appears New Line may want a title with a little more pizzazz, and one could argue it was more appropriate, considering what's about to go down. Spoilers: it involves fire, and lots of it.
That being said I personally find The Hobbit: There and Back Again to be a far more heartfelt and elegant title. Having been a Tolkien fan since I learned how to plop myself in front of the TV for the old Bakshi cartoons, it holds a great deal of significance to me. I can understand the studios wanting a title that more readily foreshadows the epic conflicts coming to a head in this final entry - this is going to be almost non-stop action at this point - but do they really need to market a more feisty title? Anyone with a modicum of interest in Middle Earth is going to feel obligated to watch this movie, anyway.
Either way, let me know in the comments below whether you like the new title or not, and let's toss around some of our own titles! You never know, New Line and Peter Jackson might be listening...
JabberTalky's rejected Hobbit titles:
The Hobbit: This Film Goes Ever On and On...
The Hobbit: The Return of the King, Too...
The Knobbit (Whoops! Already taken!)
The Hobbit: Beorn to be Wild
The Hobbit Rises
Mordor's Agents of S.A.U.R.O.N.
The Hobbit 3: Cashing-in Part 1
Sherlock Vs. Watson
How to Train Your Dragon 3: You Don't