It's the epic conclusion to the critically acclaimed Middle Earth saga. It sets the stage for The Lord of the Rings. It features one of the longest, most complex battles ever filmed.
It would have been a lot simpler if unified communications tools were readily available.
The Battling Bard
Bard never asked to become the leader of the people of Laketown following Smaug's near-destruction of the city. But with the corrupt Master dead and no other candidates forthcoming, the man who killed Smaug accepts the position. He leads his people to Dale and, later, rallies the men to battle Azog the Defiler and his army of goblins and orcs.
Yet Bard is a family man, too. And when he discovers that Azog is attacking Dale, he rushes back, panic-stricken, desperate to find and protect his children.
"Bain!" he yells, dodging spears and swinging his sword. "Sigrid! Tilda!"
He can't find them, and the enemy is everywhere.
Then Bard remembers something - his UC-enabled mobile device. He pulls out his phone and zeroes in on the presence features. There, he sees Bain's status: "In the marketplace, SW corner, with Sigrid and Tilda. Tell my dad if you see him plz. Don't tell Azog."
Bard doesn't need to ask the fleeing townspeople if they saw his children - he knows precisely where they are. He shoots his son a quick message - "otw" - and then beelines for his children.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
Elves don't trust dwarves. Dwarves don't trust elves. Such has been the way of Middle Earth for eons.
Until recently, that is, when both races finally embraced video conferencing solutions.
Once that happened, everything changed between the dwarves and the elves. In the past, the two groups would come into contact only rarely, and usually in unpleasant, war-related circumstances. Most of their information about each other came indirectly through rumor, and that led to misunderstandings and animosity.
Then, thanks to a unified communications platform featuring advanced video conferencing capabilities, elves and dwarves began to communicate with each other regularly and face-to-face. By talking to and seeing each other, each race began to better understand and appreciate the other. Fear and confusion gave way to to a productive, respectful, friendly relationship.
So when the two groups met at the base of the Lonely Mountain, there was no tension - just glad tidings. And when Azog's army showed up, the elves and dwarves didn't waste any time before collaborating to fight off the attackers.
Video conferencing - strengthening professional relationships in Middle Earth since the end of the Third Age.
But I'm Not Dead Yet!
It's been a long time since Bilbo first set off on his adventure with Gandalf and those dwarves, and his fellow hobbits' patience is wearing thin. Bag End is a highly coveted property in Hobbiton, and many hobbits have had their eye on the place for some time. It's been many months since Bilbo was last seen - isn't it reasonable to conclude he is no longer among the living? And if so, wouldn't it be reasonable to auction off Bag End and all of Bilbo's possessions? The Sackvile-Bagginses certainly think so.
But then one of the assembled hobbits remembers - doesn't Bilbo have access to a unified communications solution? The people of Hobbiton don't need to guess whether or not Bilbo is alive - they can ask him directly.
The head auctioneer reluctantly initiates a live chat with Bilbo, asking "Are you alive, Mr. Baggins?"
A moment later, the reply, "Indeed I am! And I'm returning to the Shire! Be there in an hour or two!"
"Oh... good," the auctioneer replies. Then he cancels the auction.
At the end of his unexpected journey, Bilbo returns to find his home unaffected - just the way he likes it.