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The journey of the making of The Hobbit movie has almost been as epic as that of Bilbo Baggins himself.

There have been the change of director, the expansion of one book into two films, then three, and now we have another unexpected twist in the unexpected journey.

The third and final movie has a new subtitle. No longer The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the film will now be known as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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It certainly gives a different emphasis to the movie, stressing the epic battle rather than the conclusion of Bilbo's journey. But is it a justified change? Peter Jackson, the movie's director, said:

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

It has also been pointed out that as There and Back Again was the subtitle of Tolkein's book, this could now become the same for the entire three movie box-set, rather than simply the last film.

But what do you think? Which subtitle do you prefer, There and Back Again or The Battle of the Five Armies?

Write in with your thoughts below!

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