The “Which Five Armies?” Debate: Settling It Once and for All …

Always seemed pretty straightforward to me . . .

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Orc Army (Dol Guldur)

**SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read the book yet (really?!), you might want to avoid this article to keep your final film experience intact. To all the rest, carry on!**

– Case Closed

I can start this post by saying, it’s a needless post. The case is pretty much closed as the answer to the question, “Which Five Armies is Tolkien referring to in the Battle of Five Armies?“, can’t be more plainly given than it is in the book.

I’m not sure why the question keeps cropping up, and why people tend to give a variation of solutions to it (most of which, are wrong … seriously wrong).

So I’m hoping to settle this debate once and for all.

Dwarves (on rams)

– What Tolkien said

In the chapter that introduces us to the battle, Tolkien wrote a distinctive image of what the five armies consisted of:

So began a battle that none…

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