'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' May Be Getting a Different Title

April 16, 2014

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Towards the end of this year, we'll get the final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book with The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But some might remember that the adaptation was originally only going to be two films, and when it was expanded to three, the title of what would have been the second film was merely applied to the third. Now it sounds like the conclusion to the fantasy epic might get a title change. has learned that New Line Cinema has registered both the new titles The Hobbit: Into the Fire and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. More below!

Now there's no guarantee that the registration of those titles means that the film will make a change, but similar information was found just before the two-film series was revealed to be expanded into three. The title The Desolation of Smaug was registered in the same fashion, and we all know how that turned out. As for the new titles, Into the Fire seems to be inspired by an earlier chapter in The Hobbit called "Out of the Frying-Pan Into the Fire," and it also sounds like it has broader appeal for general audiences not engrained in Tolkien lore. Meanwhile, The Battle of Five Armies takes its inspiration from the events of the end of the book, but it sounds too much like a 300 sequel. Stay tuned to see what happens.

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    Boo! Those other titles are ass.
  • davidshaw
    They'd better stick with "There and Back Again"!! There is NO excuse for changing that title!!
  • Cal J.
    This is ridiculous.
  • Nielsen700
    There and Back Again isn't the most marketable title I guess, but Into The Fire... Seriously?
  • Quynh Truong
    the original title sounded way better
  • LosZombies
    Seriously? There and Back again is WAAAY more appropriate than those crap titles. But I guess anything goes just so they can pander to people who arent familiar with the lore.
  • Chris Groves
    I honestly don't care what subtitle they give it, ultimately it's not THAT big of a deal. There and Back Again has the biggest 'nostalgia/source material' factor, but Into The Fire and The Battle of Five Armies aren't exactly completely off-base. It's not like they want to call it 'The Hobbit: Electric Boogaloo' or something. In OTHER news, I would like to see Interstellar and The Hobbit 3 swap release dates. Give us The Hobbit on November 7th, so we get it sooner, and release Interstellar on 'Avatar weekend' of December 19th.
  • OfficialJab
    Assuming this is the last in this Tolkien series of movies, and knowing that it links back into the first one, why in the world would you change that title?
  • Wafffles It sounds like some child's imaginary movie, starring action figures and a lego Middle Earth. "Mommy, mommy, I made a movie with Bilbo! I'm calling it 'The Hobbit: Out of the Frying Pan.' " Maybe they're registering these for some Animatrix-esque spinoff or something, but "The Hobbit: Into the Fire" as the title of the film completing, essentially, a six-film series that's spanned two decades - a film series based on some of the most beloved fantasy literature in history, no less - there's just no way.
  • Krishna Shenoi
    They should name it "The Hobbit: Been There, Done That," to most accurately represent the film.




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