When the movie was promoted with a panel at San Diego Comic Con, several fans camped outside the 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 when shooting wrapped. Martin Freeman kept his sword and prosthetic ears, while Richard Armitage kept the original Orcrist-sword, and Lee Pace kept his elven-sword, which he keeps in his umbrella stand.
This is the last film featuring legendary screen actor Sir Christopher Lee (Saruman the White) to be completed and released before his passing on June 7, 2015 at age 93. Lee was one of a handful of cast members to star in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
In the theatrical version, Bombur does not get to say a single word, but he does get to blow a horn. [He does, however, have one line in the Extended Edition (hands Bifur the axe that had been dislodged from his head) "Here you go cousin."]
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 Lake-town 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, however, the book stated that all of the Woodland Elves were present during a battle, and him being an immortal Elf, he is almost certainly likely to have been near his father when the events took place.
The story of Thranduil's heirloom, the white gem necklace of Lasgalen showed by Thorin, being stolen by the Dwarves, is not in the book. Thranduil does get the recovered emerald necklace of Girion from Bilbo, after the battle, as thanks for his aid.
Peter Jackson confirmed that principal photography on the movies had finished after two hundred sixty-six days, the same amount of days as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson has described this accomplishment as having done a once in a lifetime experience twice, in a production video.
The three songs from The Hobbit 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.
Peter Jackson met Evangeline Lilly after he finished filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and liked her so much that he promised to include her in J.R.R. Tolkien's other stories, should they be made into film. When they started filming The Hobbit, Lilly received a phone call from Jackson, that he created the character of Tauriel for her.
Though the movie revolves around the thirteen Dwarves, there is less screentime devoted to Thorin's Company in the Theatrical Version, compared to the previous movies. However, Peter Jackson claims the Extended Version added thirty minutes of film, thus making it the longest addition in the franchise.
This is the only Middle-Earth film to have any profanity at all, unsurprisingly spoken by Billy Connolly's character, Dain Ironfoot. Dain yells for all the non-Dwarf soldiers outside the gate of Erebor to "SOD OFF!!!", a common British insult.
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".
For the scenes where Galadriel picks up Gandalf, a dummy of Sir Ian McKellen was used. This dummy was called Michael Gambon (it was even included with that name on call sheets (as seen in the appendices documentary)) because Gambon and McKellen sometimes get mistaken for one another.
This is the first Middle-Earth film in the franchise, in which the Extended Edition received an R rating by the MPAA. It is also the first Extended Edition, with the second least amount of new footage (twenty minutes), the film with the least amount of new footage is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (thirteen minutes).
Bard 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.
Peter Jackson had previously stated this will be his last film he would do with J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth properties, but recently said he would consider returning to it, due to his emotional attachment.
Sir Christopher Lee reappears as Saruman, and it is his final time in the role. The film takes place sixty years prior to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The role of Saruman the White is similar to Sir Christopher Lee's role in the Star Wars prequels. Count Dooku, a former Jedi Knight, who turned to the Dark Side, and became apprentice to the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
Reports of studio interference were confirmed by by Peter Jackson, Graham McTavish, and Evangeline Lilly, with McTavish confirming the theatrical cut for the third film isn't what Jackson intended, and that the extended cuts of all three films are closer to Jackson's original vision. Amongst other things, the studio demanded more emphasis on the love story.
There are three Sherlock Holmes in the film: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Holmes in the television series, Sherlock (2010), Sir Christopher Lee was Holmes in three films (he also played Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville), and Sir Ian McKellen played the retired detective in Mr. Holmes (2015). Martin Freeman, of course, is Watson in Sherlock (2010), and Stephen Fry was Mycroft in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films.
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 trilogy with the landscapes, creatures, and several scenes from the three movies.
Only entry in the franchise, 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).
This movie's post-production officially concluded November 15, 2014. On November 17 , 2014, one month before the release in cinemas, Peter Jackson showed the cinematic version of the movie to an exclusive projection at the "Weta Studios" in Wellington, only for the "Hobbit Contest international members" who had 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 Brothers, and WingNut Films. The contest officially started the first week in September 2014, and was concluded in the first weeks in October 2014.
In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Gandalf tells Frodo that he was barely involved. While true, Sir Ian McKellen still holds top billing for in all three films Gandalf is hardly involved in.
In Bard's speech to the people of Lake-town, he says "the winter is upon us". This quote is similar to the trademark and tagline of the television series Game of Thrones (2011). The Lord of the Rings trilogy actor, Sean Bean, had a major role in the series' first season.
Both actors who portrayed Bilbo, each appeared in movies involving interstellar travel. Sir Ian Holm played Ash the android in Alien (1979), while Martin Freeman played Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
Jamie Haugh: A somber villager, who appeared after the destruction of Lake-town, and after the battle, mourning the dead. Haugh during the scenes with the villagers angry with Alfrid had appeared in every single shot taken for the scene.
Bruno Du Bois: A resident in Lake-town moving a wheelbarrow before Smaug's attack. Du Bois' scenes were not included in the film's theatrical version or the Extended Edition, but were shown in the appendices.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
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 trilogy, she gives it to Frodo in Lothlorien.
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 twenty-seven-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 ten and eleven years old at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies, and unlikely to be a Ranger. But in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the old Bilbo begins describing events that occurred sixty years prior to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), which begins in the Third Age in 3018, when Aragorn is eighty-seven years old.
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, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), 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.
In the novel, Fili and Kili died to protect Thorin Oakenshield. In the film, they die for different reasons: Fili is murdered in battle by Azog, and Kili is killed trying to save Tauriel, while Thorin is actually trying to protect them.
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")
Bilbo finds a handkerchief back at his Bag End home. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), he had forgotten his handkerchief as he hurried out of his home to catch up with the Dwarves, at the beginning of the adventure.
When the Hobbit film franchise was in early development under then-director Guillermo del Toro, it was originally going to adapt the 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 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 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 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). 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 title 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."
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.
At the epilogue of the movie, the aging Bilbo is sitting 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 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.
Azog's primary goals throughout the trilogy are to kill Thorin and end the bloodline of Durin. If Daín II Ironfoot and Thorin's sister, Dís, were technically not Durin's bloodline, then Azog would've succeeded.
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 trademark armor.
Peter Jackson claimed that the nonverbal scene of Gandalf sitting next to Bilbo and fumbling with his pipe was Sir Ian McKellen's last day during production. Jackson became overwhelmed with sentiment that he was filming McKellen's swan song as Gandalf, and made the decision to disregard the scripted dialogue for the scene.
The five armies in the movie, are the Dwarves, the Elves, the men of Lake-town, the Orc army from Dol Guldur led by Azog, and the Orc army from Gundabad led by Bolg. In the book, the Five Armies are the Elves, the Men of Lake-town, the Dwarves, the Eagles, and the Orcs.
At the end of the film, when Gandalf knocks on Bilbo's door, the dialogue between Bilbo and Gandalf "No thank you! We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers or distant relations!" seem to be the audio recordings taken straight from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
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".
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 fleeting shot later on.
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.
During Bard's speech to the people of Lake-town, after they reach dry land, the fourth wall of cinema is broken by a Siberian Husky, as it looks directly at the camera during a widescreen shot, though it is highly unlikely the Husky's gaze was intentional.
In the theatrical release, Alfrid escapes with some of the gold that the Master of Lake-town was trying to steal. However, in the Extended Edition, Alfrid is killed when he falls onto a catapult as it is fired, and he becomes stuck in the throat of a troll.
Bilbo uses the One Ring to make himself invisible a total of six times throughout the trilogy: -1st - to escape Gollum in the Goblins' caves. -2nd - to escape the spiders. -3rd - to help Thorin and the rest of the Company to escape from Thranduil's cells. -4th - to hide from Smaug's sight after his awakening. -5th - to avoid being eaten by Smaug, running from Smaug's fire breath. -6th - to travel from Dale to Ravenhill, to tell Thorin about Azog's trap.
When Dain 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, upon which Legolas stands.
In the movie Furious 6 (2013), Luke Evans''s character (Owen Shaw) blames another character's flaws on loyalty, claiming that he is "loyal to a fault". Here, Bard is present when Bilbo Baggins claims that the Dwarves are "loyal to a fault".
As seen in the behind the scenes footage of the Extended Edition, the last shot filmed, is that of Kíli watching his just killed brother Fíli fall down on Ravenhill, which was shot by the Second Unit. The first main unit just finished filming Thorin fighting Azog on the ice plate beforehand.