Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans may find this interpretation of the events leading to and the battle of the five armies.
The video is an animated presentation similar to the battles covered by the Kings and Generals channel and outlines the events, in my opinion, better than the movie and is useful if you wish to play this as a big battle game.
… in my opinion, better than the movie and is useful if you wish to play this as a big battle game.
'Better than the movie' is an incredibly low bar to get over! I enjoyed this video, so I reread the chapters in the book and then looked at some comparisons of the movie and the book. The silly goat and reindeer of Thorin and Thranduil, along with the ridiculous kung-fu style fight between Thorin and 'Azog' (despite Azog being without a head, one would have thought) had stuck with me, as had the dwarves in plate (even though Tolkien's description is clear of angry short vikings).However, I'd forgotten about the 'Wereworms' and other silliness (No Beorn). It was so bad I've still not been able to bring myself to see Jackson's film on WWI.