Information supplied by Ster Kinekor
Hobbit fans in South Africa have The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies release to look forward to on 12 December this year. This is the third film in the trilogy based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, by filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Appropriately, the film’s end song is titled “The Last Goodbye”; it is to be performed by Billy Boyd.
In making the announcement, the filmmakers stated: “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those who have taken this journey with us, especially to the fans whose love of these films has so often kept us going. This is why we asked Billy Boyd, who has been with us from the very beginning, and whose portrayal as Peregrin Took in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ films is so beloved, to help write and perform the final song in this trilogy. Billy is not just a wonderful actor but also an extremely accomplished singer/songwriter – we are so glad he agreed once again to share his talent with us.
“There is always something simple and truthful and heartfelt running through even the grandest of the tales of Professor Tolkien. As Thorin tells Bilbo at the end of The Hobbit, if the world valued song and cheer above gold it would be a merrier place. As much as ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ is an epic story about war and sacrifice and loss, it is also a personal tale about the importance of friendship and family and home.
“‘The Last Goodbye,’ performed by Billy Boyd, is both a farewell to Middle-earth and it is also our leave-taking of the audience. We cannot imagine a more perfect voice to carry us away from the shores of Middle-earth…one last time.”