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Third 'Hobbit' film receives new subtitle

The third and final "Hobbit" film will debut in theaters on December 17.

By Annie Martin
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Third 'Hobbit' film receives new subtitle
Cast member Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington attend the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on December 2, 2013. Storyline: After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

PUKERUA BAY, New Zealand, April 24 (UPI) -- The third Hobbit movie has received a new subtitle, The Battle of the Five Armies.

The upcoming film was originally subtitled There and Back Again, and director Peter Jackson took to his Facebook Thursday to explain the change to fans.

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"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," he writes. "There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling... 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," the director continues. "After viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate... The Battle of the Five Armies."

"Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in coming month," Jackson teases.

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Parts one and two of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, were released in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The Battle of the Five Armies debuts in theaters December 17.

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