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8 Lessons from Battle of the Five Armies

hbfa_wps_1280_quad, battle of the five armiesThe highly anticipated third part of the Hobbit Trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies comes out this week. This is Peter Jackson’s third installment in the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with his dwarfish friends to take back what is rightfully theirs. Don’t worry you can keep reading there are no spoilers, in fact this is not even going to be a review. It would be unfair to take away the fantastic “ending” of this journey. However there are some great lessons we could all learn from.

Lessons Learned from the Battle of the Five Armies

“Thorin. You gave a promise.” – Bilbo Baggins- the innocence of Bilbo is challenged as we are when someone goes against their word. No matter how big or small, dwarf or man, a promise is a promise.

“The town is lost save the gold” – the greed of money is many times held even above that of humankind. We can look in our own lives to those business owners, churches and even in our own families. Humankind many times will worry about how much they can save rather than how many.

“If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” – In a word where the mighty dollar represents power, it also brings pain. We forsake what is right, moral and good just to make more. If we valued the things at home, like love, family and comfort the world would be a much happier place.

“If this is love, I don’t want it. Take it away, please! Why does it hurt so much?’ – Anyone that has been in love knows it is not always easy. Many times we would rather not love at all than go through the pain. Yet the pain and hardships molds us into who we are.

“I will not part with a single piece of the treasure, not a single cent of it!” Excess and gluttony causes selfishness. Many people would rather roll around in a sea of gold or dollar bills than to give to those deserved. People struggle to make ends meet and yet CEO’s and corporations continue to thrive. It is not our treasure to hold onto so tightly.

“People who have lived through dragon fire should be grateful.” – shaped by hardships and fire of life, we are said to come out stronger. Trials by fire make us the people that we are. Whether we stand and fight or run and hide, the fire will make us decide.

“I was blind, but now I begin to see… the Arkenstone! One of them has taken it from me. One of them is false” – power and greed causes a blindness like no other. We will turn even against our own friends and kin.

“I will not hide, when others fight our battles for us.” – People that have moral courage to stand up for what it right will remain to fight. They will fight for their beliefs and values rather than hide behind closed doors. This can be taken all the way to the ground level of our homes and neighborhoods. The battles we face are ours to fight. No longer can we hide in fear, hoping that someone else will fight it for us.

Battle of the Five Armies is an incredible venture as all the other Hobbit movies have been. It answers some questions and provides some closure. The extraordinary journey of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves  comes to an end.

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About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.

5 Replies

  1. Sounds like a great movie Charles! I plan on seeing it on Friday or Saturday. Thanks for the review and lessons and letting me know it’s worth it!

    1. Definitely worth checking theaters..if you like 3D movies I would go that route as is a fun ride and a great ending to this epic saga.

  2. I’m looking forward to this movie. Unlike other nerds, I’m not as annoyed by how much the movies have deviated from the book. Just enjoy it for what it is. This gives me an added appreciation.

    1. I feel the same way Nic.

      1. It was funny hanging out with the ‘nerds’ that were so busy trying to dissect the movie.. great movie anyway!