‘Battle of the Five Armies’ Trailer Breakdown – What You Might Have Missed

You will cry a lot over Fíli and Kíli

Perhaps the moment we’re most dreading in BotFA is the death of young Fíli and Kíli. Peter Jackson knew this from the very beginning and has been peppering the trilogy with heartfelt moments between Thorin and his two nephews. For those who aren’t fully versed in the history of Middle Earth, Fíli and Kíli are the sons of Thorin’s beloved younger sister, Dís. As Thorin has no sons of his own, that makes the two of them (Fíli in particular, as he is the oldest) the heirs to the throne of Erebor. Aside from Thorin, Balin, and possibly Bombur, Fíli and Kíli receive far more solo attention in the book than the other dwarves (who are often simply grouped together as “the company”), described in ways that tell us they are cheerful, young, and have never seen battle, but are eager to prove themselves to their uncle. The previous films have showcased the close eye Thorin kept on his heirs, even going so far as to dampen their spirits in order to keep them focused on the dangers that lie ahead.

What makes this all the more tragic is the promise young Kíli made to his mother to return home.

The affectionate touching of the foreheads and the fight we see brewing between Kíli and Thorin show us that we’re in for a bit of a roller coaster of emotions, but we all know we’re going to wind up in total agony the moment the two young dwarves are slain while defending their mortally wounded uncle.

“Everything I did, I did for them.” Thorin pleads in the trailer, obviously referencing his two nephews.

It hurts already.

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Tauriel’s probably definitely going to be a badass

Tauriel has been a controversial enough character due to her not existing in the books, but she’s provided the trilogy with a MUCH NEEDED female presence. She’s a warrior badass who has the purest, kindest heart, and is a wonderful role model for young girls watching the movies. We already know she’s a force to be reckoned with, especially after we saw her fight in The Desolation of Smaug, but the beauty of an unwritten character is that we have absolutely no idea what happens to her or how she ties into this battle. It’s safe to say she will still fight on the side of her Elvish kin (much like her paramour Kíli is fighting with his own dwarvish kin, which, you know, traaagiiiiic), but we do spy some hints of conflict within the ranks. She’s shown in one brief clip fighting with Thranduil, perhaps over her disagreement with his isolationist views and his own brand of greed. She’s also seen being thrown against a wall by Bolg, so hopefully she walks out of this in one piece.

Her romance with Kíli also appears to have extended to this film, with a clip of Kíli giving her what appears to be the rune stone from his mother. Perhaps a farewell gift before they march with their respective armies into battle? It may not be the last time the two are together, however, as Tauriel is also spotted kneeling over a body that may very well be Kíli.

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