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Fans petition a plot change for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

Sir Peter Jackson looks on during dawn service at the Wellington Cenotaph on April 25, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public today marked the 99th anniversary of ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day.
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According to Enstars on Saturday, Peter Jackson's third film "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", has fans petitioning for the plot to take a different route than that of the J.R.R. Tolkien book. The first major change that was announced with the movie title which was originally "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and now fans are demanding to change the outcome of Thorin Oakenshield's destiny.

Jackson's change to the title was motivated by the appropriateness of the film as he kept up with it during its course. The director thought since Bilbo was already "there" at the destination of The Lonely Mountain in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", it just didn't seem to be the right fit considering the circumstances of Bilbo. Now "The Battle of the Five Armies" title seems to be an accurate representation of the events about to transpire in the third film.

Fans expressed in their petition that Thorin could have greater potential as a character had he been kept alive in Tolkien's version. Fans may think that the leader of the dwarves of Erebor could have gone on to live out his life among the dwarves in peace, away from the treasure in the mountain that poisoned his mind.

"Despite the many fans' love to the familiar main characters such as Bilbo and Gandalf, not less we liked Thorin Oakenshield. For many of us, he means more than might be imagined: for each of us, his fans, he represents something different, attractive in his own way, and this is not just a hysterical fan love. We deeply regret that Professor Tolkien killed Thorin in the book, but do not absolutely want and are not going to challenge the correctness of this action. Instead, we decided to turn to you with a request not to kill him at least in the movie".

Even during the red carpet premiere of the most recent film, Jackson said he wanted to wait until a cut of the film was already viewed. He and his crew reached a consensus about the finality of the title and thus renamed it "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies".

During the course of his filming, Jackson kept a continuing video blog of his work. Behind-the-scenes looks at the characters' make-up, the astounding New Zealand scenery, and also the attempt to explain the intricacies of filming at a higher frame rate was even included in the video blog ensemble.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is scheduled to be released in theaters come Dec. 17.

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