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The Hobbit and the five armies.

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The release of the first teaser trailer for the third installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, brought joy, tears and a question: which are the five armies? At first my heart skipped a beat when I heard that, but then I remembered not everyone has read the book (lucky them, they will only have to go through the pain once with the movie). The Hobbit is one of my favorite books ever and unlike many I didn’t read it when I was a kid; in fact, I started it after the first trailer of An Unexpected Journey came out. So really, there isn’t a required age to pick up a Tolkien book. But back to The Battle of the Five Armies, the final piece of this journey. Sure, it won’t be on the big screen until December 17th, but I am too hyped up with the new poster, teaser trailer and the SDCC fuss to not talk about it. And that’s why today I am going to explain a little bit about those five armies that will enter into one of the most epic battles in the history of cinema:

1. Elves


1 lotr.wikiaLed by Thranduil, Elf king of the Woodland Realm and father of Legolas. They arrive to the Lonely Mountain to collect a part of the treasure based on historical claims. Obviously, Thorin refuses, and well… war declared.

2. Dwarves

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Thorin, the company and Dain II Ironfoot (Thorin’s cousin) with 500 dwarves are the army defending the Lonely Mountain but specifically the Arkenstone, the gem placed on King Thror’s throne. The Arkenstone is also referred to as the “Heart of the Mountain”.

3. Men

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The men from Dale, a city near the Lonely Mountain which was also attacked by Smaug; the remnants then fled to Laketown. Commanded by Bard the Bowman, they claim a part of the treasure as well.

4. Orcs/Goblins

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There’s a bit of confusion with the terms but they are the same. The Orcs, as seen on the previous films, are long-time enemies of the dwarves so there’s no need to explain more. Oh yeah – they’re gross.

5. Wargs

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Also known as “wild wolves”, that evil race of demonic wolves who are loyal allies of the orcs. Wargs and orcs have to be one of the most dangerous combinations in the fictional world. The origin of this breed is unknown, but it is believed that they were bred by Morgoth in the Elder Days. They are evil, which is why I am quite curious to see them in battle (I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret that curiosity).

Can you feel the epicness approaching? Plus, let’s not forget that Tauriel is part of the elves army and she is one hell of a kick ass warrior. And it’s Peter Jackson. And Andy Serkis’ work. And the story alone is already epic so just imagine the visual greatness this film is going to be. The first teaser trailer was shown to SDCC attendants last Saturday and it was shared with the rest of the world on Monday. I cannot lie: I cried. Here it is for you to cry too (also, the song gives a very special and nostalgic touch to it). Now we just have to get emotionally ready for December 17th!

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  • Corry Igo

    This one is the only of the 3 Hobbit movies I am excited to see, The first one was OK 2 felt very drawn out and way to long.