When the movie was promoted with a panel at San Diego Comic Con, several fans camped outside hall the day before the panel, in order to get seats. In the middle of the night, the fans were woken up by cast members Lee Pace and Andy Serkis who greeted the waiting fans and delivered autographs and photos for hours. In the end, Pace passed out from exhaustion and shared a mattress with a fan.
Several cast members kept props from the film, upon filming wrapped. Martin Freeman kept his sword and prosthetic ears, while Richard Armitage kept the original Orcrist-sword. Finally, Lee Pace kept his elven-sword, which he keeps in his umbrella stand.
Lee Pace's parents visited him on set and subsequently Peter Jackson offered them to be extras in the film. They were given roles as Laketown villagers and filmed a scene with Ian McKellen. However, according to Pace, they were cut out of the film, because his father was "hamming it up" during his scene.
Legolas is not in the Book, though the film does not deviate from Tolkien canon. Legolas, being an immortal Elf, is almost certainly likely to have been in his father's realm when the dwarves were there.
Originally going to be only two films, the filming wrapped on July 6, 2012 after 266 days of principal photography. However, following the decision to split the story into three films, the two films became the first and last films, and the ending from the first film became the beginning of the now second film, and likewise the beginning of the Third film became the end of the second film. Additional scenes for the second film were written and shot during several months of summer 2013.
Smaug the Dragon made a guest appearance and was interviewed by Stephen Colbert in his satire show The Colbert Report on December 11, 2014 to promote the film. Benedict Cumberbatch who voiced the dragon in the trilogy also provided the voice of Smaug for the interview.
The three songs from The Hobbit's trilogy ("Song Of The Lonely Mountain", "I See Fire" and "The Last Goodbye") have been performed by men: Neil Finn, Ed Sheeran and Billy Boyd, respectively. In the opposite way, the three songs from The Lord of the Rings' trilogy ("May It Be", "Gollum's Song" and "Into the West") have been performed by women: Enya, Emiliana Torrini and Annie Lennox.
Though the movie revolves around the thirteen dwarves, there is lesser screen time devoted to Thorin's company in the Theatrical Version compared to the previous movies. However, as Peter Jackson claims, the Extended Version will add 30 minutes of film, thus making it the longest addition in the franchise.
Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) does not feature in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy because her character was made-up by Peter Jackson. Jackson met Lilly after he finished filming the first Middle Earth trilogy and liked her so much that he promised to include her character in Tolkien's other stories, should they be made into film. When they started filming the Hobbit, Lilly received a phone call from Jackson, bringing Tauriel's character to life.
Peter Jackson confirmed that principal photography on the movies had finished after 266 days. The exact same amount of days as The Lord of the Rings, Jackson has described this accomplishment as having done a once in a lifetime experience twice, in a production video.
At a point in the film, Bard (Luke Evans) asks a woman in Dale if she has seen his children. She replies by saying they are on the market in Stone Street. Stone Street is the name of the studio in Wellington where large portions of the film were shot.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the shortest movie in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth movies. An Unexpected Journey is 169 minutes, The Desolation of Smaug is 161 minutes, The Fellowship of the Ring is 178 minutes, The Two Towers is 179 minutes, The Return of the King is 201 minutes and The Battle of Five Armies is 144 minutes.
Despite being one of the main antagonists in the second film and featured in the cliffhanger, Smaug barely appears in the final trailer, nor does he appear much at all in the final film, save the first eleven minutes and a cameo later on.
Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, and Christopher Lee were in 5 out of the 6 middle-earth movies. Bloom was not in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", Lee and Weaving did not appear in "The Desolation of Smaug"
Peter Jackson had previously stated this will be his last film he would do with the J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth properties, but recently said he would consider returning to it due to his emotional attachment.
The story of Thranduil's heirloom, the white gem necklace of Lasgalen showed by Thorin, being stolen by the dwarves is not in The Hobbit book. Thranduil does get the recovered emerald necklace of Girion from Bard after the Battle as thanks for his aid.
This is the only one out the six movies to not begin with a flashback. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) begins with the flashback of how the nine, seven three and One Ring came to be and the defeat of Sauron in the first and second ages; Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) begins with the flashback of Gandalf and the Balrog fighting in Moria; Lord of the Rings: The Return Of the King (2003) begins with the flashback of how Sméagol acquired the Ring and how Gollum came to be. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) begins with the flashback of Bilbo writing his book and talking about the attack on Erebor by Smaug; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) begins with a flashback of Thorin at The Prancing Pony in Bree, talking to Gandalf; but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) begins with the bell ringing out at lake town as Smaug comes.
The Battle of The Five Armies (2014) marks the third time Sting, Bilbo's silver sword is featured in the theatrical poster alongside the titular character, following An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013), thus making its appearance more than key characters of the trilogy Gandalf The Grey and Thorin Oakenshield, who were only seen in the poster of the second installment. It is also seen used by Frodo on the poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), meaning it has appeared on four Jackson/Tolkien universe movie posters.
Only entry in the series to feature two female characters among the promotional materials for the film. However, Éowyn and Arwen appear together on the main posters and DVD cover for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies post production officially concluded November 15, 2014. On November 17 , 2014 one month before the release in cinemas, director Peter Jackson showed the cinematic version of the movie with an exclusive projection at the "Weta Studios" in Wellington only for the "Hobbit Contest international members" who have visited New Zealand and the locations where the two trilogies were filmed (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), after having won "The Hobbit: The Fellowship Contest". An international contest for all Tolkien's fans around the world, organized by Peter Jackson with the collaboration of: Air New Zealand, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. and WingNut Films. The contest officially started the first week in September 2014 and has concluded in the first weeks in October 2014.
Towards the end of the film, Thranduil instructs his son Legolas to go find the ranger Strider (Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings). Aragorn would have been roughly 27 years old at this time according to the timeline of the Middle-earth films. However, there's a slight discrepancy between the timelines of the films and the novels. In truth, The Hobbit occurs in the Third Age in 2941-2942. Aragorn was born in the Third Age in 2931, making him between 10 and 11 years old at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies and unlikely to be a Ranger. But in "An Unexpected Journey", the old Bilbo begins describing events that occurred 60 years prior to The Fellowship of the Ring which begins in the Third Age in 3018 when Aragorn is 87 years old.
When the Hobbit film series was in early development under then-director Guillermo del Toro, it was originally going to adapt Tolkien's book as a single film to be followed by a 'bridge film' set between it and The Lord of the Rings. Then the project was altered to be a two-film arc, with the first film subtitled as "An Unexpected Journey" and the second film subtitled "There and Back Again". When the decision was made in July 2012 to extend the series to three films, this second subtitle was still kept for the final film while the second film became "The Desolation of Smaug". However, in April 2014, Peter Jackson announced that the third film's subtitle had been changed to "The Battle of the Five Armies". The primary reasons for the change were that the titular battle is the central focus of the film, but also, as Jackson stated on his Facebook page, "'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' in the Desolation of Smaug."
Bilbo finds a handkerchief back at his Bag End home. In the novel and first film, he had forgotten his handkerchief as he hurried out of his home to catch up with the dwarfs at the beginning of the adventure.
During the confrontation between Galadriel, Saruman, Elrond, Radagast and Gandalf in Dol Guldur, Galadriel fights Sauron using Earendil's Light. In the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, she gives it to Frodo in Lothlorien.
During the confrontation in Dol Guldur between Galadriel, Saruman, Elrond, Radagast and Gandalf against Sauron, the latter is helped by the Nazgul. It's the first time that they reveal their true appearance, embodied in their own armors.
Near the end of the film, when Bilbo gets home to see his things being auctioned off, he takes away spoons from Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. This is a reference to the first hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, when Frodo asks Bilbo why he is hiding some of his things. Bilbo tells him it is because once, he'd caught Lobelia trying to take his spoons. In the book, the spoons were never recovered.
Although Thranduil tells Legolas to go and "seek out a ranger" meaning Aragorn, Aragorn would have only been 10 at the time if one follows the book timeline. He is 87 at the time of the Two Towers, take away the 17 years between when Frodo got the Ring and when he actually left the Shire, and then the 60 years between then and the events of the Hobbit, and it shows he would be only 10 years old. However, in Jackson's timeline, Gandalf leaves the Shire for only two months between Bilbo's birthday and giving Frodo the Ring in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), meaning Aragorn is 27 at the time of this film.
When Tauriel and Legolas arrive in Gundabad and she questions him about what is beyond the fortress, he answers: "An ancient enemy". This enemy is the Witch-King of Angmar, leader of the Nazgul. Angmar was the kingdom that existed beyond Gundabad. The word means "house of iron".
In the book, Thorin doesn't get his sword Orcrist back until after he dies and it's buried with him. In the film, Legolas gives it back to Thorin by throwing it at an Orc who is about to strike the dwarf. Thorin then uses Orcrist to kill Azog.
When Galadriel is in Dol Guldur, she wears Nenya, her ring of power on the right hand. Nenya, also named the White Ring, the Ring of Adamant and the Ring of water, is a word in Sindarin that means "water".
Balin the elder dwarf, who is in all three of The Hobbit films, is mentioned in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). The Fellowship discovers his tomb in the Mines Of Moria, and Gandalf reads from it: ("Here lies Balin, Son of Fundin, Lord of Moria")
At the epilogue of the movie, the aging Bilbo is sat down looking at the One Ring. When Gandalf knocks his door, he stands up to open it, keeping the ring inside the right pocket of his vest. This establishes a straight connection with the beginning of the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), when Bilbo, talking with Gandalf in the kitchen, introduces his hand in the same pocket, in order to touch the One Ring.
The runestone that Kili gives Tauriel is the same one he showed to her in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), a gift from his mother with the word "inikhde" which means "Return to me" in Khuzdul, the Dwarvish language.
When Dain (Billy Connolly) questions where is Thorin during the battle of the five armies, at the right of the screen can be seen a giant white orc. This is the same orc that later tries to kill Legolas in Ravenhill, looking to destroy the tower Legolas stands atop.
At the beginning of the end credits, all characters from the three movies are presented with Alan Lee's illustrations, in the same style as the credits of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). When the main credits begin, there can be seen a chronological review of The Hobbit's trilogy with the landscapes, creatures and several scenes from the three movies.
Bilbo uses The One Ring to make himself invisible a total of five times throughout the trilogy: 1st - to escape Gollum in the goblins' caves; 2nd - to help Thorin and the rest of the company to escape from Thranduil's cells; 3rd - to hide from Smaug's sight after his awakening; 4th - to avoid being eaten by Smaug, running from Smaug's fire breath, and 5th - to travel from Dale to Ravenhill to tell Thorin about Azog's trap.
WARNING - contains spoiler for the TV series Fargo (2014).] Thorin initially tried to kill Azog by drowning him beneath a frozen river. Martin Freeman's character in "Fargo" (2014) dies by drowning into a frozen lake.
The dwarves who appears at Erebor's gates when Bilbo says them good-bye are (from left to right): Dori, Gloin, Bombur, Bifur, Ori, Nori, Bofur, Dwalin and Oin. Balin is the only one separated from the group, at the side of Bilbo.
During their visit to Gundabad, Legolas tells Tauriel that his mother died in a battle against Gundabad's orcs long time ago. This is a ad-libbed, since then Tolkien never mentioned Legolas' mother in his stories. This, essentially, justifies her absence from Jackson's (and Tolkien's) Middle-Earth work.