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One scene to rule them all

The Hobbit trilogy will end with a 45-minute battle scene

Lord of the Rings fans have long wondered how Peter Jackson would stretch J.R.R. Tokien's The Hobbit — a 300-page children's novel — over three separate movies. With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the horizon, we finally have our answer: insanely long fight scenes!

The battle at the end of the final Hobbit movie will last for 45 unbroken minutes. "There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through," said Jackson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."

Jackson also shared a rough storyboard of the battle, which also features goblins, wargs, and eagles. But if that sounds like overkill, don't worry; Jackson says he's figured out how to keep audiences from getting "battle fatigue." (Bilbo might not agree.)