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Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition set for cinema release

The final part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy – The Battle of the Five Armies – is set to be released in an extended edition in cinemas on the 5th October.

The theatrical release of the film, at 2 hours and 24 minutes, is the shortest of Jackson’s six Middle-earth films. Even with the expected extra 30 minutes that would make this film the shortest in the two trilogies. It is not yet known whether the Extended Edition will be released in cinemas the UK and Europe, but the MPAA have given the Extended Edition an “R” rating (roughly equivalent to a “15” in the UK) for violent scenes. Previous films have never been rated more than a “PG-13” or “12A”.

Content rumoured to be in the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies includes:

  • More Beorn. It has already been confirmed by Peter Jackson that we will see more of Beorn; presumably of him attacking orcs and bats;
  • Thorin’s funeral and Dáin’s coronation – the former of which is widely expected and has certainly been filmed;
  • Dwarven chariot race. Richard Armitage said: “There’s also a fantastic chariot chase during the battle – they built this incredible chariot with a crossbow on the back, and I think we had Dwalin and Balin and a couple of the other dwarves on the chariot.“;
  • Various quotes from trailers that didn’t actually make it into the final film.

For those who are not interested in seeing the film at the cinema, the Extended Edition will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on the 16th November.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • Apparently there is roughly 20 more minutes however, not 30. 🙂

  • LOTR_Nerd_3791

    It would be interesting to see an “R” rated middle-earth film. I hope they add a lot more to the ending because I thought it was rushed in the theatrical cut. I’ll definitely be seeing this in cinemas.

  • AJ

    I wanna know what happened to Tauriel in the end. Did she leave fo The Grey Havens? Did Legolas ask his arrogant father to un-banish her? Did she decide to remain in Middle-Earth the rest of her life outta love for Kili’s memory? C’mon Mr Jackson. I wanna know 🙂

  • Michael Wilson

    Good news, hanging out for this big time

  • Marshall David WahlstromHelgre

    Oh I can’t wait!