As we leave Middle-earth and say goodbye to some of the most amazing and memorable characters we have ever come across it seems only fitting that the final words we will hear is from one of the original members of the Fellowship of the Ring.
Billy Boyd, who played the ever loyal Hobbit, Peregrin Took (Pippin for short) has been given the honour of singing the final song for the upcoming Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five armies.
The song, entitled 'The Last Goodbye' is a collaboration between Boyd as well as the films director Peter Jackson, and producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd
“But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.
“After seeing the film, I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, and along with Fran and Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed,
“A lot of ideas took us to dead ends or we found the tone wasn’t just right. I think we discovered very quickly this wasn’t just a song to end The Battle of the Five Armies—it was a song to say goodbye to Middle-earth.”
Billy Boyd's singing talent was first shown to us in the third film of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King when Pippin was asked to sing for Lord Denethor of Gondor, played by John Noble.
The song was recorded in a studio in Wellington, New Zealand, where all the films in the Middle-earth saga were filmed.
“The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways—working with Pete, Fran and Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien’s work or even just the incredible friends I made,” says Boyd.
“And being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again and to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved and the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor.”
After 16 years and six outstanding movies our journeys in Middle-earth come to an end on December 12 with.