Exclusive Music Video for The Hobbit’s Last Goodbye’ by Billy Boyd
(this next part is written by Jeff Labrecque on November 21, 2014 although I paraphrased a little)
When it came to finally bid farewell to Middle-earth after 16 yrs & 6 pic films, Peter Jackson gave the last word to one of the original members of the Fellowship. Billy Boyd (Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), collaborated with Jackson, Fran Walsh, & Philippa Boyens to write ‘The Last Goodbye’ which will play over the credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17.
"We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way [possible]," says Boyd, in an email. "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."
The music video includes Boyd’s performance mixed with classic scenes from the series & touching behind-the-scenes footage of your favorite characters. This is the moment when you suddenly panic that the amazing journey is really coming to an end.
Boyd landed in Wellington & watched The Battle of the Five Armies alone before the musical themes began to percolate in his mind. “After seeing the film, I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, & along with Fran & Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed,” he says. “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.”
“The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways - working with Pete, Fran, & Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien’s work or even just the incredible friends I made,” said Boyd. “& being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again & to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved & the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor.”
(back to me)
These films meant a great deal to me. They were a source of inspiration for my life, for my future, and my work. To see them end is bittersweet, but I’m so glad that I was able to watch this journey come to life on screen. I honestly cried when I saw this, it just sums up everything that I love about this franchise.
"The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Today & tomorrow are yet to be said. The chances, the changes are all yours to make." (The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien)