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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Poster

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Anachronisms 

During the fight on the ice there are several shots of the soles of Thorin's boots. In most of the shots they have been digitally smoothed, which would make them unlikely to give him any grip on the ice. However, in several shots the post-production has not removed the treaded rubber soles.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Galdalf is seen horseback loping, the 3 beat footfall of the horse and Galdalf's up and down motion are not aligned properly. The footfall of the horse would be when Gandalf is down, not up as in the movie.
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When the horn is playing in Dale after the battle, there is only one shown. However, the horn proceeds to play double-stops (which are near impossible), then triple stops/chords (which are impossible). While it is possible that the horn in Erebor plays some notes, that still only accounts for the double stops and it probably would have been shown in the film. The cheeks of the man playing the horn remain inflated, suggesting he is playing a single, long note, while the music changes notes.
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Character error 

When the villagers gather on the shore after Smaug's attack on Laketown and learn of the treasury being lost, one villager says it's probably halfway down the Anduin. Anduin is not a tributary river to the lake and runs on the other side of Mirkwood, a world away for a simple villager and therefor not a likely reference even for the village idiot.

Continuity 

Thorin and Dwalin fight off "no more than a hundred" goblin mercenaries at Ravenhill while Fili and Kili search for Azog. When we go back to Thorin and Dwalin, there are no signs of the dead goblins.
When Legolas grabs the Gundabad bat to fly to nearby tower, he is upside down for couple of minutes. His arrows should have fallen out of his quiver. However, when he lands, his quiver is full of arrows.
When Bard first approaches Erebor there is a deep moat under the bridge and can be seen to have a line of ice at the bottom this is seen again when the Dwarves block off the bridge by destroying the statue. Then when Bilbo escapes later that night the entire moat is filled to the brim with out showing any sign of running water.
When Legolas is running up the hill with Tauriel he has no quiver but when the camera cuts up to a close-up of him, the quiver is back on his back.
When Thorin and Company finally decide to fight in the battle, they break the barrier that blocks the entrance with a giant gold bell. In one scene the bell is shown breaking the barrier and the bell swings out again. When a front view of the door is shown, the bell is no longer there and has disappeared.
At the beginning of the final battle, several sand wurms are summoned, which terrify everyone and but they are never seen or mentioned again.
The huge bell inside the entrance of Erebor changes position or disappears in various shots: When the 4 dwarves first arrive from Lake Town, it is hanging off the floor facing inwards; it faces outwards when they are blocking the entrance; it is gone when they all line up to say good bye to Bilbo.
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Bard picks up a quiver full of arrows and runs atop roofs to the bell tower. When he grabs the arrows from the quiver, there are only four.
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On the beach at Dale, when Fili calls to Kili to come as they are leaving, their boat is already in the water. When he calls again, the dwarves are pushing the boat from the pebbly shore.
When the dwarves storm out of the mountain Thorin has a shield and a sword in his hand while the camera is facing towards them, but when seen from the side he is only carrying the sword. In the same scene he also changes from holding the shield in his left and his sword in his right hand to the opposite.
Gandalf rides to Dale with only his sword on his right side. When he arrives in Dale, he has his staff as well, with his sword on his left side.
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When finally in Erebor, Kili's pouch,swung in front of him, appears and disappears between shots.
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When Bard is riding to talk to the Dwarves, he clearly has a white horse with a long white mane. After he dismounts, the camera shows him walking up the steps to the lonely mountain, you can see his horse in the background. Now, it is a white horse with is short gray mane.
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The whole army of Dain Ironfoot's dwarves approaches Erebor and is only heard and seen when it appears over the smooth crest of the ground.
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An army of elves arrive in Dale without anyone hearing or seeing it as they are known to move quietly. When it proceeds to leave, it makes a loud marching noise.
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The terrain in front of Erebor changes in between shots with the road and river being more or less visible and the land flat with the road leading straight to Dale. However, Bard comes around an outcrop on his horse which hides him from view.
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In the beginning after Bard escapes from jail, he grabs his bow and quiver full of arrows which he throws over his back. As he runs across the roof tops the camera switches to a wide angled shot over Laketown where Bards quiver of arrows disappears as he runs across the rooftops holding just his bow. The next scene his quiver is back on his back again full of arrows.
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The heavy Erebor bell breaks through the huge stones blocking the entrance. This would require a mighty long swing and it would then keep swinging out and in for some time. Yet, the bell just comes to a slow stop behind the dwarves as they roar out.
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When Thorin meets with Bilbo, Balin and Dwalin in front of the throne, the passageway is littered with broken rocks. In a distant shot, the passage is mostly clear of debris.
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When Bilbo Baggins climbs down from the mountain on a rope(to warn the others the dwarfs will fight to the death): first shot it's a short rope and does not reach the rocks, next comes the close-up where Bilbo jumps down to the rocks with a longer rope as it clearly touches the rocks, and the next shot the rope has mysteriously disappeared.
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The thin lines of black blood on Thranduil's face change a couple of times.
The tail end of Smaug is not the same thin one seen disappearing in the entrance in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is now thicker.
When the refugees enter Dale, Alfrid is walking a few feet behind Bard. He then rushes to call Bard from above to show him the lit braziers seen in Erebor from high atop the walls.
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As the battle in Dale begins Bard orders the women and children to go to the Great Hall for protection and his children are shown running to the hall. Later when he confronts Alfrid for being a coward and Alfrid asks Bard why he is fighting, Bard nods to the side where his children are seen huddled in a doorway.
At the end of the movie when Bilbo says goodbye to Gandalf, they shake hands, but their hands are the same size, which is impossible because Bilbo is a Hobbit and he is very little, and so are his hands, compared to Gandalf.
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In the beginning when Bard escapes his cell in Laketown by using rope tied at one end to the bars on the window of his cell and at the other end a loop to catch the hook on the back of the Master's boat which is passing underneath, Watch carefully, the first tug that bends the bars happens before the rope is pulled tight by the hook on the back of boat.
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Bain is holding the black arrow in his left hand when Smaug first smashes the bell tower. When Bard goes to haul him back while he's hanging off the ledge, Bain is holding on to the tower by that left hand and the arrow is in his right. When lying on the floor of the tower, the arrow is back in his left hand.
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When Bilbo explains in the King's tent why he has brought the Arkenstone, Gandalf's line of vision when looking at Bilbo is too high up to be on a level with a hobbit's.
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Bilbo's brown kerchief disappears after he discards his coat to put on the mithril shirt but is back only when he leaves Erebor for home.
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In the Extended Cut, during the fight between Bolg and Legolas, Legolas thrusts a curved dagger through Bolg's left palm and out the back of his hand. Bolg pulls his hand away, leaving the blade embedded, then curls his fist, intending to use the portion protruding from the back of his hand against the elf. When the dagger goes in, the leading edge is clearly facing Bolg's forearm, and the back of the blade is closer to his fingers. Two shots later, the blade has reversed itself, so that the edge is facing the fingers (and into the blow he intends to throw).
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During the big battle, when Bilbo is wielding Sting, sometimes it shines and sometimes not, despite the fact that there are always Orcs nearby.
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In the first segment of "The Hobbit", "An Unexpected Journey". Gandalf meets Thorin in Bree and introduces himself as if they had not previously met.

In the battle scene in the "The Battle of the Five Armies" as Gandalf and Bilbo walk toward the confrontation between Thranduil and Dain, Gandalf tells Bilbo he's 'Found Thorin to be the more reasonable of the two.'

This would seem to indicate that Gandalf had previously met both Thorin and Dain.
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Errors in geography 

When Thorin's company uses the stone dwarf head to break the bridge, and prior, there is a moat with a frozen river underneath, far below. However, Bilbo later jumps out of the mountain where a river is beneath him, and the walkway remains intact.
On Thror's Map, Ravenhill is at the end of the southernmost spur of the Lonely Mountain, several miles to the west of Dale. In the plot, Ravenhill is just north of Dale, between the ruined city and Erebor.
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The Celduin river is the lake that runs out of Long Lake. When the villager suggests that the master is "halfway down the Anduin" with the gold, he would actually be heading down the Celduin towards the Sea of Rhûn.
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Factual errors 

A tower falls over and becomes a bridge. When a tower goes over more than ten degrees it will fall over and become a pile of stones. It is impossible for it to rotate 180 degrees and become a self-supporting bridge.
Legolas runs and jumps along falling stones as if they were solid ground, in breach of the laws of physics.
Bard escapes from the cell and takes a strung bow from a weapons rack. Bows are not normally stored with the string under tension.
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Plot holes 

Though many Elves are seen armed with bows, not a single arrow is shot from these troops during the entire 45min fight scene.
When Azog falls under in the water he keeps floating under the ice without sinking despite wearing metal armor.
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Bard escapes his cell in Laketown by using rope to catch the hook on the back of the Master's boat, the rope is braided. Moments earlier we see Bard tearing up the sheets from the bed in his cell. It would have been impossible for him to make a braided rope that long in such a short amount of time.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Kili gives Tauriel his rune stone, either Aidan Turner is not wearing his hand prosthetics or someone else's hands were used, as they are of normal human proportions.
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The height dimensions of Kíli and Tauriel shift at various points.
When Thranduil comes to parlay with Thorin, the digital elven (female) soldiers arrayed are all of the same person.
When Bilbo is carrying his chest of treasure it appears to have little weight. If it was full of gold, it would weigh more than a hobbit could carry.
When Azog holds his sword/arm to Thorin's chest, the camera angle changes and it is visible that the sword/arm points above Thorin's shoulder.

Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Bolg pulls his sword from Kili, it drips with blood. When Azog pulls his weapon from Fili, it is completely clean and shining bright.
The Dwarfs are seen getting ready to defend Erebor by putting on suits of armor. Later, when Thorin realizes the error of his ways, and is requesting his kinsman to follow him into battle one last time, he and all his kinsman are not wearing any armor and even go into battle without their armor.
The area where Thorin succumbs to his wounds changes from when he is alone, to where Bilbo finds him and to where his companions come to mourn him.
When Radagast arrives with the Eagles, the dirt is his hair is on the left, not the right as it's always been before.
When Thorin faces Azog on the ice, behind him are many broken pieces of floating ice. When he throws the rock into Azog's hands and steps back, he stands on a solid block of ice.
When Thorin stands up after killing Azog, his wound is not visible.
Legolas grabs and holds on to a giant bat with both hands as it flies past. When he nears Ravenhill, he is shown thrusting both his silver knives back in their sheath before getting ready to alight.
When Gandalf is rescued by Radagast in his sleigh at Dol Guldur, Gandalf has no hat or sword - when they reach their destination, Gandalf has both hat and sword in the sleigh.
Four dwarves ride to Ravenhill on mountain rams that appear out of nowhere in the battle. Once there, the rams disappear never to be seen again; Dwalin disappears after Bilbo gets knocked out to reappear only with the surviving dwarves by Thorin's body.
In the final fight scene with Thorin and Azog, the shape of the tip of Azog's sword changes. As Azog stands over Thorin and thrusts down, the upper tip of Azog's sword is at least twice the length of the lower tip and extends significantly past the width of Thorin's sword. When Thorin finally moves his blade aside, the two tips of Azog's sword are nearly the same length and neither tip is significantly longer than the width of Thoren's blade.
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After Azog has dealt with Fili, the latter slumps forward with eyes closed and is then dropped down the ledge. However, he lands on his back with his eyes wide open.
When Azog kills Fili, Fili falls face down. When he lands on the ground, he is face up.
During the last scene of Thorin fighting Azog on the ice, Thorin blocks the killing blow with his sword under Azog's. When the camera cuts to the side view Thorin's sword is blocking from between the two blade tips.
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Tilda's red-haired doll which she carries everywhere with her disappears during the flight from the orcs' attack on Dale and reappears in her arms at the end of the movie when they are blowing the horn in the city.
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When the orc knocks Thorin to the edge of the waterfall and then stabs him, he threw him off with the broken sword lodged in the orc's neck, but in the overhead shot of another orc walking over to him, he has the sword in his hand and in the next shot it is gone again.
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When Thorin was knocked back to the edge of the waterfall, he stabs the orc in the neck with the broken sword in his right hand and throws him over the edge taking the sword with him. In the overhead view of another orc walking toward Thorin, he is holding the broken sword again in his right hand and in the closeup of Thorin, his right hand is empty again.
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Factual errors 

Thorin sees Azog under the ice as the water drags him underneath. If the view is so clear and the ice can be pierced with a sword into a thick boot, the ice is too thin for anyone to walk, stand or lie upon without it cracking and giving way.
When Bard uses his last shot to kill the dragon Smaug, his bow is broken and he uses the remainders of the tower to attach the string and his son's shoulder to rest the arrow upon. After the steel arrow is shot, the string would have injured the boy.

Revealing mistakes 

After Azog comes out of the frozen lake, there is not a single drop of water visible on him. The feathers on his armor are also completely dry.
The last scenes with Gandalf and Bilbo on a horse and pony clearly show it's the scale double Bilbo.
Bilbo leaves the Shire in summer and comes back to it in late June which is full summer, yet he is swathed in a blanket and wears woolly mittens as folks did in Erebor in the winter.
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Thorin thrusts his sword completely through Azog's chest and through the ice beneath them. When Thorin then rolls off Azog's body, the sword hilt sticking up from Azog's chest wiggles noticeably from side to side. A sword stuck completely through the orc and through the ice below should not move at all.
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