The Battle of the Five Armies was released in the United Kingdom on October 17th and in the United States on November 14th. Although the first two movies had already been made, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, this is the first movie in a planned trilogy.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens with an image of Smaug the dragon from The Desolation of Smaug. But in this movie he is now known as Azog. He has created some gigantic and very heavy bridges across the Great River that links Mirkwood to Greenwood the Great's realm of Dale.
The Battle of the Five Armies is not only the third movie in Peter Jackson's long-running Middle Earth saga, but it is also the first in which all the Dwarves are on the sides of the good guys. For the first time we see that the Dwarves are fighting alongside the Elves.
The battle in Hobbastion takes place during the winter. The weather in Mirkwood during this time of year is normally very harsh. But a group of Dwarves under Thorin and Company arrive at the fortress of Durin's Day.
In the course of the battle Thorin's Company is separated from his Dwarves. To make up for the loss of their companions, they attack Azog's forces.
Azog begins his attacks by using the dragon arms and razor sharp claws to create bridges across the river that separates the dwarves and the Elves. But as he does so, he also sends armies of orcs and goblins into the fortress. It seems that the mountains of Mirkwood are proving quite formidable in its defense.
Thorin's Company comes to the rescue of his Dwarves when they are surrounded by Azog. They break through the gates of Durin's Day and kill Azog in single combat. The battle in Hobbastion is a great victory for the good guys.
After the battle in Hobbastion, Thorin's Company makes their way to Dale. The other three Dwarves and the Elves follow them. But first they have to cross the Great River that gives them their only escape route.