Monday, December 22, 2014

The Battle of Five Armies

Hey y'all!

So I'm sure that y'all saw my tweets about it but this weekend I saw the last Hobbit movie as well as when it opened on Wednesday. So obviously this movie monday, it's Hobbit time. I will say first, this movie was not as long as I thought it was going to be. It was only 2 1/2 hours, at that. That's insane for a Jackson movie considering I plan on having 3 hours of my life consumed each time. Quite happily, I might add.

Also, I don't know if you guys have fully stalked me on my Instagram, but a year ago around this time, I saw Hobbit 2 with my little plushy Bilbo. I wished to do the same for the last movie, but alas, he was nowhere to be found! You can imagine my dismay at not having located him and seeing the last movie without him. I'm planning on making it up to him by having a Hobbit marathon once the last one comes out on DVD.

Plot time! (*Note that if you have already seen the movie, this timeline of sorts is completely out of tune with how the movie happened. I'm literally just typing and trying to not write about details from the other two movies)

In the last movie, The Desolation of Smaug, Fili, Kili, Bofur, and Oin have been left in Laketown so Kili can recover with Bilbo and the rest of the Company at the Mountain. Smaug has taken off and he is headed to put the fear back into Men as per a dragon is wont to do. Bilbo is distraught at the obvious danger the other dwarves and the people are now in.

Once Smaug has been defeated by the combined efforts of Bard and his son, Bain (and it took a lot, let me tell you), Laketown has been left in ruins and they are trying to rebuild. The entirety of the survivors move into Dale, which is much closer to the Mountain since Laketown was burned to ruins. Thranduil comes with aid but it is not out of the goodness of his heart. There is a treasure in the mountain he wants, jewels made of pure starlight. Thorin starts fortifying the castle, knowing that there are others who now will come to the Mountain for the treasure it holds, which is immeasurable, really. Kili and the rest of the Company rejoin their brethren now that Kili is much better.

The dwarf king has gone insane. His mind has been addled with what they call the "dragon sickness" and all he wants is the Arkenstone and for the gold to stay safe so that no one else will take it from him. He doesn't care about the other dwarves or that a war might brew and he has the chance to stop it. When Bard rides out to the Mountain, he asks Thorin to make good on his promise to the people of Laketown and just give them enough of the treasure so that they will be able to rebuild.

Thorin refuses him and that night is when Bilbo goes to Dale to give Bard and Thranduil the Arkenstone, the one thing Thorin desperately wants. Gandalf has returned and is in Laketown after being held captive at Dol Guldur. He found it when he was alone in the Treasure Room with Smaug in the last movie. He's held onto it seeing how Thorin has changed. The two accept and ride back to the Mountain in the morning. Thorin and the Company do not believe it is truly the stone until Bilbo comes forward and speaks out of his actions. Thorin feels utterly betrayed and if not for Bilbo being ingratiated into the group, he might've actually died when Thorin ordered him thrown from the ramparts where they stood.

Bilbo escapes and runs to Gandalf's side, who has ridden along with Bard and Thranduil to confront Thorin a final time. Dain, Thorin's cousin, comes along with his army and at that time as well, the army of Orcs is seen. So while the Elven and Dwarvish armies and the army of Men are fighting the Orc one, Thorin and the Company stay in the Mountain. The Men fight in Dale while the women and children barricade themselves. The other two armies fight in the fields against the other part of the Orc army. It isn't until Thorin comes to his senses that the Company then breaks the bridge and joins the fight.

Since Thorin has now come out of the Mountain, he, Kili, Fili and Dwalin go to fight Azog to finish off the fight. Legolas and Tauriel have already come back from their journey to Gundabad and warned of the other Orc army on its way. Gandalf knows that Azog is setting a trap and that Thorin needs to be warned. Bilbo offers to go and uses the Ring not to be seen. Tauriel also heads that way. Once the Hobbit's there, Thorin tries to call back Kili and Fili, who he sent to scout, and instead sees Fili in the hands of Azog. He's then killed. Kili throws himself into the fray and starts to fight Bolg.

Tauriel fights other Orcs in her way to get to Kili. She's injured and that's when Kili comes to her aid, but he is killed in the process as well. Legolas has already found a perch to start shooting people out but he runs out of arrows before he can help out Tauriel. He does manage to kill Bolg though, and that helps me feel way better about everything else. Thorin is currently engaged in a battle with Azog at the moment and Bilbo has been knocked out so he's out of the battle. That calmed my nerves immensely. I was extremely nervous for Bilbo and his state of well-being so to know that he was out of the way was great.

After all that, Legolas says he cannot stay. Thranduil urges him to go on and find Aragorn, who is known as Strider then. Of course, a lot of people had issues with this cause it doesn't work out timeline-wise. If the actions in The Hobbit happened 60 years before The Lord of the Rings trilogy, how old is Aragorn really?! Personally, I don't care. I love these movies, I think Peter Jackson did well once again, and that's my final stand on this whole thing.

Thorin gains the upper-hand several times during the fight but it is only until he is at a stalemate that he has Azog stab him in order to finally kill Azog fully. Bilbo finds him and spends Thorin's last moments with him. The Battle is finally over and everyone gets together to put the pieces back. Bilbo decides to leave for The Shire and the rest of the Company gathers to tell him goodbye. He offers them a place anytime for them at Bag End and heads out. 

When he's back at Bag End, they are having an auction to sell Bilbo's possessions since he has been gone so long. He has an altercation with his cousin, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (which I love. It's one of my favorite parts of the movie, to be honest. I just think it's hilarious) and takes back his Hobbit Hole. The movie ends with him being old and reflecting upon his adventure and Gandalf knocking on his door. Pretty much, the start of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Alrighty, this is super long, but what else did you expect of a Jackson movie? If I left out parts, I'm not too concerned cause this blog post is just an overview, not an actual play-by-play, no matter how much it may seem like one.


"You know very well who I am, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. And those are MY silver spoons!"
-Bilbo to Lobelia, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

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