ByVahn Gharakhani, writer at Creators.co
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Hey Hobbit and Tolkien fans. Ok, lets cut to the chase. You all know how excited I am for The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies and this story got me more amped up and ready for war!

Director Peter Jackson recently talked to “Entertainment Weekly” about his plans on the battle of the five armies. He stated that he and his team had a rule in hope to keep the emotional core of the battle and story on the main characters.

“We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters. Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.”

Concept art of the battle at the gates of Erebor.
Concept art of the battle at the gates of Erebor.

In planning out the battle sequence that takes place in a confined space, Jackson and his team had to logistically plot out exactly how things would go down.

“Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, ‘Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up? Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?’ Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics.”

Jackson also went as far as to color a diagram displaying the position of each army during the battle.

“Tolkien uses eagles in a way that can be kind of awkward because they tend to show up out of the blue and change things pretty quickly. So here they’re just part of the plan, not the saviors. I mean, I do realize that if the eagles had just been able to bring Frodo to Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings and let him drop the ring in, those movies would have been much shorter.”

The detailed diagram placing each army in their designated place.
The detailed diagram placing each army in their designated place.

In other Hobbit Trilogy news Warner Bros. has announced that Actor and Songwriter Billy Boyd, Pippin from The Lord of the Rings, will write and perform the end credits song to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies titled “The Last Goodbye”. Here is what Boyd told "Entertainment Weekly" about the song.

“I wanted the song to be a goodbye to all the fans who have been part of this amazing journey and to the whole world of Tolkien as it has been told in the cinema for our generation. No one knows the world of Tolkien better than Peter, Fran and Philippa, and I feel incredibly touched and honored to be asked to write and perform this song, and to be at the start and end of these beautiful, historic stories. To once again work so closely with them has been one of the true honors of my working life.”

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Special Edition].
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Special Edition].

So what do you think about all this? Do you like Peter Jackson’s strategy to mostly focus on the main characters during [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312)? Are you excited to hear Billy Boyd finish the Middle Earth Saga with his emotional song “The Last Goodbye”? Whatever you think or want to say; comment below let me know!

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