The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 2014
Movie Info

Rating: PG-13


Age-appropriateness: violent battle sequences, scary images, includes the use of magic


Overview: Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness. Thorin must overcome his greed and his desire for gold. It's become more important to him than his relationships with the people closest to him. There are many things in our lives that can distract us from the most important things. It's essential that our friends are there to help us and support us.


Themes: adventure, evil, greed, selfishness, meekness, loyalty, betrayal, bravery, loyalty, friendship, corruption, kingship, love, death/grieving , family

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Corruption. Have you ever become so wrapped up in something that you lost focus on the things that really matter in life? How were you able to snap out of it?

  • Thorin became corrupted by the gold in Erebor. He became so focused on the gold that it was all he cared about. Even more than how much he cared for his friends and family. When Smaug was burning Lake Town, all of the other dwarves were grieving the lives lost - but Thorin couldn't take his eyes off of his treasure. Gandalf warns Biblo about the "evil of gold". Balin calls it a "sickness", saying that Thorin is going crazy with the "terrible need" for more and more riches.


2. Greed. Have you ever felt greedy? Has your greed ever negatively impacted your relationships with others?

  • When the word got out that Smaug was destroyed, many different groups of people went to the mountain. They wanted to live there and acquire all of the wealth that was inside Erebor. These people were willing to fight one another in order to get to the gold. They were all motivated by greed. Greed is having a selfish desire for money and toys. 1 Timothy 6:10 warns against the dangers of greed: "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."


3. Evil. What type of evil in the world do you think you have to watch out for?

  • Gandalf was fearful that his enemy, Sauron, would gain strength and do his evil deeds. Gandalf fought hard to protect Middle-Earth from this primary enemy. We, too, have an enemy in this world that has bad intentions towards people. Gandalf is taking action, much like what we see encouraged in 1 Peter 5:8: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."

  • For more, check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Satan/Evil.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Thorin became corrupted by the gold in Erebor. He became so focused on the gold that it was all he cared about. Even more than how much he cared for his friends and family. When Smaug was burning Lake Town, all of the other dwarves were grieving the lives lost - but Thorin couldn't take his eyes off of his treasure. Gandalf warns Biblo about the "evil of gold". Balin calls it a "sickness", saying that Thorin is going crazy with the "terrible need" for more and more riches. Have you ever become so wrapped up in something that you lost focus on the things that really matter in life? How were you able to snap out of it?


2. Bilbo made a difficult decision to keep the Arkenstone from Thorin. He wanted to help his friend, and knew that the gigantic jewel would continue to corrupt Thorin. Have you ever had to make a really difficult decision in order to help a friend? Did that decision make them mad at you?


3. When the word got out that Smaug was destroyed, many different groups of people went to the mountain. They wanted to live there and acquire all of the wealth that was inside Erebor. These people were willing to fight one another in order to get to the gold. They were all motivated by greed. Greed is having a selfish desire for money and toys. 1 Timothy 6:10 warns against the dangers of greed: "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows." Have you ever felt greedy? Has your greed ever negatively impacted your relationships with others?


4. Bilbo describes dwarves as "obstinate and pig-headed and difficult. They're suspicious and secretive with the worst manners you could possibly imagine. But they are also brave and kind and loyal to a fault". Loyalty is showing trust and constant support for someone. Would you describe any of your friends this way? What are some of the things that you dislike and like about your best friends?


5. Gandalf was fearful that his enemy, Sauron, would gain strength and do his evil deeds. Gandalf fought hard to protect Middle-Earth from this primary enemy. We, too, have an enemy in this world that has bad intentions towards people. Gandalf is taking action, much like what we see encouraged in 1 Peter 5:8: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." What type of evil in the world do you think you have to watch out for?


6. Throughout the story, there are dark spells, magic, and sorcery. Which parts of the movie did you think were real, and which parts were pretend?

  1. Here's an article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Magic.

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:03 During their attempted escape from Smaug, the Master and Alfrid fill up their boat with gold instead of helping people escape. They even say, "If only we could take more of these poor people with us, but they're hardly worth it." They are acting very selfishly. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others. What does this selfish behavior say about the Master and Alfrid's character?


:17 The people of Lake Town see through Alfrid's lies. Alfrid's self-centeredness led him to cheat, lie, and steal. The people sought justice for his misdeeds. Meanwhile, Bard rallied the people to help the "wounded and the helpless". Isaiah 1:17 says, "Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows." In whats ways can you seek justice and provide help to people who need it?


:29 Galadriel is described as a "light, alone in the darkness." Jesus was also described as a light. He said that he symbolically came to bring light into a dark world, meaning he would bring love, joy, peace, and hope to those that needed it. In John 8:12, Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." How do you think Jesus continues to shine a light into the darkness of our world today?


:37 While Thorin searches for the Arkenstone (the king's jewel), Bilbo reveals that all he's planning to take home from his journey is an acorn. Bilbo plans to plant the acorn in his garden and watch it grow, so that when he looks at the plant, he can remember his incredible experiences and how lucky he is to be home. Bilbo lives a simple life and he embodies meekness. Meekness is being patient and gentle, even when treated unfairly. How might your life benefit by becoming more simple and meek?


:51 Thorin made a promise to share the riches of Erebor with the people of Lake Town. Bard helped the dwarves get to the mountain, and Thorin promised to re-pay him. Then, when it was time to keep his promise, Thorin decided that he would instead keep all of the gold for himself. How does it feel when someone doesn't keep a promise they made for you? Have you ever failed to keep a promise?


1:06 Thorin was willing to hurt one of his friends to get what he wanted. He cared so much about the Arkenstone that he was ready to throw Bilbo off the wall. Have you ever been so angry at a friend that you were willing to hurt them? What did they do and how did you feel?


1:21 Dwalin confronts Thorin for his lack of loyalty, saying, "you sit here in these vast halls with a crown upon your head, and yet you are lesser now than you have ever been." Dwalin knows that fighting for one another and protecting our friends matters way more than gold and other things. Have you been neglecting your relationships with your friends at all? How can you protect and fight for those around you who could use your help?


1:35 Tauriel confronts Thranduil and says that he is unloving for leaving the dwarves to fight on their own. She says that he does not have any love in him. In his first letter to the Corinthians, in chapter 13, Paul talks a lot about love. He says, "If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing." (1 Cor 13:3). Why do you think that Paul considers loving others to be so important? Why do you think Paul says that if he doesn't love other people, then nothing else really matters?


1:45 Both Fili and Kili die in battle against the Orcs. What do you think must be going through their friends minds and hearts right now?


1:57 Thorin asks for Bilbo's forgiveness. Some of Thorin's last words included him saying, "if more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place." Bilbo says goodbye to his friend. Ephesians 4:32 says, "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." How hard do you find it to forgive someone who has hurt you? Is there anyone in your life who did something to you, and you haven't forgiven them yet?