Sorry folks this isn’t actually a spoiler of any kind as I was being literal when I asked if you wanted to hear the end of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’ In all actuality I meant the end credit soundtrack! Just released is ‘The Last Goodbye’ which will be the song that plays and is sung by none other than Billy Boyd (‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’,’Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’)! For those of you who may not remember Boyd off the top of your head by name you, might remember that he played a certain Peregrin Took or Pippen in the first three ‘Lord of the Rings’ films.
So yes, this is the same Billy Boyd that, as Pippen, sang a moving song called “The Edge of Night” in the last of the three films when Faramir went to battle Orcs to retake Osgiliath.
Here, you can hear the song in it’s entirety below though try to imagine listening to it after the epic ending that ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is sure to have.
Boyd isn’t just performing the song but co-wrote it with producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. He explains that for him the song is “a goodbye to all the fans who have been part of this amazing journey and to the whole world of [Hobbit creator J.R.R. Tolkien] as it has been told in the cinema for our generation.”
I know there are purists out there who haven’t been enjoying the films, though I’ll admit to being one of the ones who have completely enjoyed Peter Jackson’s reimaging.
What do you think of Boyd’s final song for Middle Earth?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ opens in theaters on December 17th and stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Fry, Ian McKellan, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter