Peter Jackson has declared the final Hobbit film will not be called There and Back Again or Into the Fire, so internet meme creators can stop mashing up Johnny Cash and Bilbo photographs now.
Originally, the third film was supposed to be called There and Back Again, but in a Facebook post Thursday, Jackson explained the title didn’t quite capture where Bilbo was currently situated in his journey. Instead, the director said, he and his production team decided upon The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
“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,” Jackson said. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there.”
Jackson explained he had wanted to change the name since late last year, and when he approached the studio with the possibility, they unanimously decided to wait until the final cut of the film had been seen.
“We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is,” he wrote.
The change has divided people online, who began tweeting about it as soon as the news dropped. While some welcomed the change, others were adamant Jackson’s original title was the best and only choice.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I like it but I’m waiting to hear all the complaints about it.
— Ephrain Silva (@SilvaOfSteel) April 24, 2014
Officially The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I like it — Tyler Glass (@irishfan10839) April 24, 2014
Part III of The Hobbit has been retitled “The Battle of the Five Armies” shite. “There and Back Again” was better. — Adele Dazeem (@CalumNorth) April 24, 2014
“the hobbit: the battle of the five armies” doesn’t work, in my opinion. “there and back again” was better.
— RJ Moore (@theRJMoore) April 24, 2014
The Hobbit: The battle of the five armies. Is it just me or does it sound like they are trying to dumb down the title
— Melissa Minshull (@mmelonish) April 24, 2014
Then there were legions of Tolkien fans who were just overjoyed that Jackson and the studio had decided against using the hilariously ominous Into the Fire title that had been spread around as rumour last week.
“The Hobbit – There and Back Again is now The Hobbit – The Battle of The Five Armies” HECK YEAH AT LEAST IT’S BETTER THAN INTO THE FIRE
— chacha (@sherIock) April 24, 2014
Hmmm… The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies… Better than “Into the Fire,” I guess. #terribletitle Still probably gonna be a mess.
— Michael Carey (@jburks63) April 24, 2014
I like “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” much more than “Into the Fire”, as was rumoured the other day.
— Gareth Williams (@GarethW_1) April 24, 2014
— A.R. Farryn (@ARfarryn) April 24, 2014
Not a fan of the new Hobbit 3 subtitle, The Hobbit: There and Back Into the Fire of Five Armies.
— Brandon Hart (@filmfanWA) April 24, 2014
Jackson added that although the film is a little ways off and their team is still in the editing stages, fans should stayed tuned for more information on the final film soon.
“…Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.”
Who’s got money down on a trailer announcement within the next couple of months?