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In the book, it's the Wargs. it was called the Battle of Five Armies, and it was very terrible. Upon one side were the Goblins and the wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves. So in the book the armies are as follows: Dwarves. Men. Elves. Goblins (orcs). Wargs (wolves). The Eagles just turned up out of the blue. See also here. ...


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From Chapter 17: The Clouds Burst: “So began a battle that none had expected; and it was called the Battle of Five Armies, and it was very terrible. Upon one side were the Goblins and the Wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves. This is how it fell out."


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No In fact, the goblins don't even attack the town, so... The 'Battle of Five Armies' in the novel is when the goblins and Wargs attack the mountain where Thorin & co are holding fort, which the elves, dwarves, and humans (and me and Beorn) on one side, and the goblins and Wargs on the other. The only time that Laketown is attacked is when the dragon ...


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They were referenced only as mythical creatures in the books, so all we have to go by is what happened in the movie. Most likely, the were-worms were only useful (for whatever reason) for digging the tunnels the Orcs were traveling through, and could not be used in battle - perhaps they simply aren't trained well enough to fight, maybe hate noise and being ...


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There are a few different theories that people have proposed. My personal favorite is the idea that the "shiny armor" is largely ceremonial, meant to impress elves and men, and more decorative than functional. What they actually wear is leather and chainmail that they can move around in. Plus, recall that we typically see mithril in the form of chainmail ...


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tl;dr version: They take off the plate mail, keeping just the chain mail and the leather / cloth layers underneath it, to trade protection for agility. This is answered in the extras for The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies Special Extended Edition, in particular in the documentary called Out from the Gate in the first disc of the appendices which ...


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Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert. & Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Sauron knows them not; they are older than he. These two quotes, from Bilbo in the first chapter of The ...


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In the Director's commentary, Screenwriter Philippa Boyens and Director Peter Jackson discuss both the in-universe and out-of-universe reasons why they chose to have Legolas sacrifice his sword to save Thorin. The very short answer is that it boils down to two factors; that the elves hate the orcs far more than they hate the dwarves (and by this point, have ...


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I think this answer is more of a combination of various interpretations. However, the main three reasons that I have found that resulted in Legolas's departure from Mirkwood in BOTFA are these: Tauriel's Banishment I personally think that it was implied that Thranduil lifted Tauriel's banishment after the events of The Battle of the Five Armies after their ...


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It depends on whether you're talking about the book, or the movie. In the book, we see absolutely nothing about the Elves when Smaug first invades Erebor. They only enter the story when the party goes to Mirkwood. In the movie, there are many, many events that the books do not mention, and this is one of them. In the book, the only army of Elves that is ...


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This color-coded map by PJ & co shows the troops movements in the battle using 5 different colors + a sixth color for Thorin's 13 and Beorn (neither of which are "armies"): eagles (fuchsia) goblins and wargs (pink) elves (light blue) dwarves (light green / yellow) men (dark green) Thorin's 13 + Beorn (not an army, orange) This seems (to me, at least) a ...


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Probably literal "Dragon-sickness" is referenced in the book version The Hobbit on two occasions: Thorin himself Bilbo thought that Thorin would at once admit what justice was in them. He did not, of course, expect that any one would remember that it was he who discovered all by himself the dragon's weak spot; and that was just as well, for no one ever ...


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I think you mischaracterize Thorin; yes, the Arkenstone was of supreme importance to him, but that doesn't mean he didn't want the gold too. In fact, this isn't wholly an invention of Peter Jackson; Tolkien discussed the same idea, though less dramatically1: Long hours in the past days Thorin had spent in the treasury, and the lust of it was heavy on him....


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You are not quite right. Saruman is not more powerful than Galadriel. I guess she is the most powerful creature of the white council. Let me explain why I think so: In the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien clearly stated that "The only way that Lothlórien could have been conquered by the armies of Mordor is if Sauron had come there himself wielding the One Ring, ...


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Based on what I could find I'd say it's probably Mervyn (Merv) Smith. On the IMDb full cast & crew page Mervyn (Merv) Smith is credited as Tosser Grub (although this list is awaiting verification). Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Wiki states that Merv Smith portrays Tosser Grubb in The Battle of Five Armies as well as the extended edition of An Unexpected ...


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It is a clumsy attempt to picture the grudge between elves and dwarves. Let's remember that this aspect is never covered in the LOTR movie : why the mistrust exists is never explained. There are the usual puns between Legolas and Gimli, but they are not hostile nor ill-intended. Both characters are also good-hearted and not spitful, as some other of their ...


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The goats are not in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, and are entirely an invention of Peter Jackson et al. If the provenance of the AT Goats is unexplained in the film The Battle of Five Armies then there is no canon answer.


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Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens discussed this at some considerable length in the filmmaker's commentary for the Desolation of Smaug. In short, there was studio pressure to leave the film on a substantial cliffhanger and by resolving the dragon plotline, you'd lose the ability to involve the Laketown characters in the third film, without resorting to ...


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Wikipedia describes the strategy in a little more detail. Dáin sent a cadre of his skirmishers into the centre of the battlefield (along with some elf troops to support them) in order to bait the orc army into attacking en masse. When their enemy's troops were fully committed, the plan was to draw back their skirmishers, enabling the troops waiting on the ...


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We don't know This scene doesn't appear in the books, and Radagast never appears in the films after this point. As far as I know, there are no interviews that reveal what happened. This is just one of those elements introduced by The Hobbit films, and never followed up on. Any of the explanations given in the question are plausible, but there's no ...


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Gandalf's own (original) staff was indeed destroyed when he fought against Sauron at the end of 'The Desolation of Smaug'. As you can see from the footage, it quite literally turned into dust and blew away. As you can see from this (deleted) scene from the Extended Edition of 'The Battle of the Five Armies', his own staff ...


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Sauron raised and tamed them Okay, I'm going to give this more thought than Peter Jackson did... :) In LOTR, we learn that Sauron raised and tamed the fell beasts of the Nazgûl. A creature of an older world maybe it was, whose kind, fingering in forgotten mountains cold beneath the Moon, outstayed their day, and in hideous eyrie bred this last untimely ...


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The intent of the screenwriters could be for Legolas to replace Elrond's sons (Elladan and Elrohir), which do not appear in any of the six middle earth movies. So, Legolas could end up living at Rivendell and helping Aragorn in his first adventures, and maybe even acting as a liaison between Rivendell, Mirkwood (quickly visiting his former home from time ...


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