The Hobbit: Is 'There and Back Again' Getting Renamed 'Into the Fire'?

New Line Cinema has reportedly registered the new title 'The Hobbit: Into the Fire', although it currently isn't known what it may be used for.

Even back when director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was set to be just a two-part movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again was always meant to be the finale's title, with New Line Cinema deciding on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as the second part of this trilogy that begins with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today, we have word from that the last movie may now be re-titled The Hobbit: Into the Fire.

New Line Cinema has registered this title, although the site's source, dubbed "The Knocking Thrush," claims that studios often register multiple titles while deciding on the final version. New Line previously registered the title The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies, before it was confirmed in August 2012 that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again would be the final two movies. With that being said, New Line registering a new title, eight months before The Hobbit: There and Back Again's release, has fans speculating if this is actually the new title for the final film, or if it is for some sort of movie tie-in product that hasn't been announced yet. On the other hand, the studio has not released an official trailer or a poster for The Hobbit: There and Back Again yet, so it's possible that the studio is having last-minute thoughts about the title before they release any official promotional material.

Given that The Hobbit: There and Back Again's title has been around since the adaptation's early days, and has so much name recognition already, it would be surprising if the studio simply changed the title so late in the game. The Hobbit: Into the Fire could be a nod to a chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire, but then again, There and Back Again is part of the novel's actual title. Portions of dialogue from the original novel has been reconfigured for the movie in a similar fashion, but The Hobbit: There and Back Again already has a handy acronym that is being used by the fans, TABA. There is also speculation that There and Back Again may be confusing to some viewers, since Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his company are already "there" at Erebor. At any rate, The Hobbit: Into the Fire would actually be a more proper name for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, given Bilbo's fiery ordeal with the dragon Smaug.

New Line and Warner Bros. haven't officially announced a new title for The Hobbit: There and Back Again yet, so we'll have to wait and see what The Hobbit: Into the Fire really means.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies was released December 17th, 2014 and stars Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.


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Comments (8)

  1. Titanictom

    Most Likely Will Be Used in Trailers and Or Poster Campains But Title Will Not Change!!!!

    9 months agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. Dragonfoxmem

    Into the Fire may make more sense, especially with dragon. Hobbit and dwarfs will be "out of the frying pan" and "into the fire" in final movie

    9 months agoby @dragonfoxmemFlag

  3. Bellandedward1

    I do not care there and back again or into the fire it does not matter I will be seeing it and am wondering if there will be an extended version of the desolation of smaug later this year before the final film

    9 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  4. Josh

    @writer220 Actually everyone has the right to do that. That's how freedom of speech works.

    9 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Raoul Duke

    Lmao. So much love for this sh*te. Just an attempt at cashing in on what LOTR did years ago. So sad.

    9 months agoby @raoulduke33Flag

  6. Writer220

    @raoulduke33 watch your mouth. No one has the right to bad mouth excellent films.

    9 months agoby @writer220Flag

  7. undeadslayer4

    @raoulduke33 thats ur opinion

    9 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. Raoul Duke

    Out of the frying pan, and into the fire. Too bad these movies are dog sh*t. Even a new title can't save this painted whor* of a trilogy.

    9 months agoby @raoulduke33Flag