The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – Thorin Oakenshield

The climactic film, The Battle of the Five Armies, had its World Premiere in London, 1st December, 2014. By this time, Richard Armitage had joined Twitter and invited his fans to join him for this last part of the journey, using his hashtag #OneLastTime.

Having achieved their aim, to re-enter the Lonely Mountain, the Dwarven company is now dealing with the consequences. They have woken Smaug who is bent on taking revenge on the townspeople of Lake Town and Thorin succumbs to Dragon Sickness, isolating himself from his friends and not even Bilbo can reach him. However, ultimately, Thorin is allowed his heroic redemption and Bilbo his own moment of heroism for this episode. This last part of Peter Jackson’s revisioning of the Tolkien story, in most ways, stays closest to the original with the emergence of Bard as a hero, defeating Smaug, and the development of the set piece of the film’s title, the Battle of the Five Armies pitching the Dwarves, Elves, Eagles and Men against Orcs (goblins and wargs in the original story) and their machines of war. We are introduced to Thorin’s cousin, Dain Ironfoot (Billy Connolly) and re-introduced to Beorn and the Eagles. We also witness Sauron’s defeat by the White Council and get a hint of Saruman’s future. Finally, Bilbo returns to Bag End, and we are brought back to the night of Bilbo’s Party – another link with the Lord of the Rings.

This film did not earn as much as the previous two, not quite making the US$1,000,000,000 mark (over US$956 million worldwide). In a bit of a turnaround, critics were, for once, mostly pleased with this film as were the fans. It was also, perhaps not coincidentally, the shortest of the trilogy.

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Cast

Hobbits

Bilbo Baggins – Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually, Sherlock Holmes, Fargo)

 

 

 

Dwarves

Thorin Oakenshield – Richard Armitage

Balin – Ken Stott (Rebus)
Kili – Aidan Turner (Being Human, Desperate Romantics)
Fili – Dean O’Gorman (The Almight Johnsons, Nights in the Gardens of Spain)
Dwalin – Graham McTavish (Secretariat)
Oin – John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Bombur – Stephen Hunter (All Saints)
Dori – Mark Hadlow (King Kong)
Gloin – Peter Hambleton (The Strip)
Nori – Jed Brophy (Lord of the Rings)
Bifur – William Kircher (Out of the Blue)
Bofur – James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Jekyll, Murphy’s Law)

Other Characters

Gandalf – Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The X-Men, Richard III)
Saruman – Sir Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Hugo, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Galadriel – Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood (movie), Charlotte Gray, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Golden Age)
Radagast the Brown – Sylvester McCoy (7th Dr Who)
Azog the Defiler/The Pale Orc – Conan Stevens (Mystic Blade)
Thranduil, King of the Woodland Elves – Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Lincoln, Halt and Catch Fire)
Legolas, son of Thranduil – Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Carribean, The Three Muskateers, Extras)
Tauriel, a Woodland Elf – Evangaline Lilly (Lost, Real Steel, Ant Man)
Bard the Bowman – Luke Evans (High Rise, Dracula Untold, Fast and Furious)
Bain, Bard’s son – John Bell (Midsomer Murders, Hatfields & McCoys)
Sigrid, Bard’s daughter – Peggy Nesbitt
Tilda, Bard’s daughter – Mary Nesbitt

Director – Peter Jackson

Writers – Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

 

BOTFA_Thorin2Yeah, I mean, I think that’s one thing that Tolkien really described in the book was the … dragon sickness and the effect it has on the minds of Thror and Thrain and Thorin, and … we took that idea from … the book and the appendices and, and really decided to allow Thorin to descend into a, a kind of mental illness, a sickness of the mind and an irrational place while, at the same time, not … alienating the audience so that we can have him emerge from the mountain and be redeemed in a, in a heroic way, which is something which I think was always promised of the character. (RTBF.be interviews Richard Armitage – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 10, 2014))

 

 

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It was very nostalgic watching the film. I was very emotional in many moments because I remembered when we shot them but also the way that the, the story is constructed; you know, there’s a real sense that there’s a finality to what’s happening and that they’re fighting for their lives, they’re fighting for their love, they’re fighting for race and they’re fighting for the security of Middle Earth. Again, it’s something that was acutely apparent in Tolkien’s world in 19-, in the late 20’s, early 30’s. I think it was – 37 when the book was published. You know, war was looming in Europe, and I think that certainly gave me a sense of honor. (RTBF.be interviews Richard Armitage – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 10, 2014))

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It was one of the things that I asked Peter quite near the end, is that I wanted to do as much of that fight as I could myself, without exchanging for a stunt double, and he let me do it, and 98% of my work is in the film and then there’s a scale double that is also there.  … I really wanted to know what it felt like to be inside Thorin’s shoes but there were moments when I regretted asking because it was so physically exhausting and Pete really pushed me to the point of, of being on my knees, but I think he wanted to show just how hard it was in, in that last part of the story. (Omelete Entrevista-Brazil interviews Richard Armitage – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 12, 2014))