[Warning – spoilers for the last Hobbit movie! ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’]
At the end of the last film, we saw Smaug flying away to kill the people in the neighbouring towns.
As this movie begins, we see him arriving at the town and attempting to set everything on fire. Fortunately he is soon killed by the brave men in the town and they are free again. The dwarves that stayed behind in the town now set off to find the rest of their Company.
At this time, Gandalf is still being held prisoner by the Necromancer. Galadriel and Radagast rescue him, while Elrond and Saruman protect the little group from the terrible Nazguls. After this, they start to go to Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, the orcs are also on their way to Lonely Mountain.
Soon, all the armies are massing at Lonely Mountain. Thorin has become obsessed with Smaug’s treasure and refuses to share it with anyone, even the townspeople he promised it to. Bilbo smuggles the Arkenstone out to Gandalf. Soon after, the battles begin. The orcs attack and a new dwarf army is there to fight it. Fortunately Thorin comes out of his madness and his group join the battle.
The battle rages on for some time, with many of the Dwarves being killed. Bilbo and Gandalf survive, as does Legolas. When the battle is done they return to the Shire, where Bilbo goes back to return to his normal life. He keeps the ring, and though Gandalf knows about it, he does not know the effect it will have and they part on good terms.