Spoiler Alert: The Hobbit series is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic of the same name. Anyone who has read the book will likely already know the details in the following article. Those unfamiliar with the book might be disappointed with the outcomes.
The final chapter of the Hobbit is due out in December with a number of questions circling the upcoming movie. One of the key questions is simple: Will all of these characters that we have come to know through the previous films survive the Battle of the Five Armies? The quick and simple answer is no. There will be several key losses during the coming battle that might surprise those not familiar with the Hobbit novel.
Some of these are based on speculation and others on the Hobbit novel itself. There are certain characters that we know will survive because they appear later in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We can rule out several key characters such as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and Legolas.
Characters Who Die in the Battle
The days of Smaug’s desolation are about to come to an abrupt end. The great dragon that conquered the kingdom of Erebor will meet his match attacking Laketown. Bard will kill the dragon with the last of the Black Arrows handed down from his descendants. The missing scale on Smaug’s monstrous hide will lead to his undoing. The Battle of the Five Armies is a direct result of the death of Smaug and several different races scramble to claim the treasure beneath the mountain of Erebor.
Kili is best remembered for a budding romance with the elven Tauriel. After being struck by a poisoned arrow, Kili begins to die a slow and painful death by poison. Tauriel races to lend assistance to the dwarves and Kili. Tauriel finds the dwarves and heals Kili from the poison. Kili survives the poisoned arrow but will sadly fall beside his brother in the Battle of the Five Armies defending his uncle Thorin Oakenshield.
The brother of Kili and nephew to Thorin Okenshield will fall in the battle attempting to protect his uncle. Fili remains behind with his brother in Laketown and does not journey with the rest of the company to Erebor.
The dwarf prince and leader of the company will fall in battle at Erebor. The quest will end in his death during the conflict. His nephews Kili and Fili will also fall in the battle trying to defend their uncle. All three will be buried at Erebor with full honors.
Characters who will likely die
Azog has been battling with these dwarves for decades and was responsible for the death of King Thror. The orc leader is likely one of the villains who will lose their life in the battle. Some speculation shows that Azog will die at the hand of Dain, the dwarf king from the Iron Hills.
Tauriel is not in the Hobbit novel and does not appear in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While there is no evidence showing that the character will die in the battle but it is likely. Tauriel’s character was created as an addition to the Hobbit trilogy and is unfortunately expendable.
The outcome of The Battle of the Five Armies is not completely clear but the final film will be an action packed ride filled with some serious surprises. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes to theaters on December 17, 2014.