Final “Hobbit” Battle Clocks In At 45 Mins

When it scored the title “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” you knew the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy would feature a massive battle. Just how massive though has come to light – it’s approximately 45 minutes of screen time.

Jackson tells EW: “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”

The fight takes place at the foot of the Lonely Mountain as various armies duke it out for the dwarven treasure of Erebor. In order to avoid audience boredom, there’s also a rule that the filmmakers have followed: “We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters. Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.”