Image of the day: Breaking down the strategy of The Hobbit's Battle of the Five Armies

The final Hobbit movie has been open for a few weeks, now, and a massive chunk of the film focuses on the namesake Battle of the Five Armies. In case you had trouble keeping it straight, this should help.

An epic infographic from has been put together, breaking down the groups involved and the shifting fronts that pop up as the battle evolves. The back half of the movie makes for a wild sensory overload of war, but it could be a bit hard to follow, with so many factions coming from different directions.

Along with the bird’s-eye view, data has also been compiled on each army’s strengths and weapons of choice. With so much happening on screen, it’s easy to lose touch with the strategies involved in the battle, and this is a fascinating reminder of the planning and attention that goes into the process.

So, if you’ve seen the movie, check out the battle breakdown below and let us know what you think:

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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