Yesterday, the music video for “The Last Goodbye,” the song for the end credits of the third Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, that will come to U.S. cinemas beginning December 17, premiered exclusively on EW.com.
Composed by the great Howard Shore, “The Last Goodbye” is sung beautifully by Billy Boyd, who so masterfully played Pippin in The Lord of the Rings movies.
Boyd said: “After seeing the film [The Battle of the Five Armies], 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. 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. 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.”
Indeed, since the Tolkien Estate has not given movie rights to any books other than The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, “The Last Goodbye” is also Sir Peter Jackson’s goodbye to us after his superlative 6-movie effort depicting Middle-earth on film. As such, it is fitting that the music video features Boyd singing to images of the entire saga spanning 6 movies.
Tears . . . .
Lyrics: I saw the light fade from the sky On the wind I heard a sigh As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers I will say this last goodbye Night is now falling So ends this day The road is now calling And I must away Over hill and under tree Through lands where never light has shone By silver streams that run down to the sea Under cloud, beneath the stars Over snow one winter’s morn I turn at last to paths that lead home And though where the road then takes me I cannot tell We came all this way But now comes the day To bid you farewell. Many places I have been Many sorrows I have seen But I don’t regret Nor will I forget All who took the road with me. Night is now falling So ends this day. The road is now calling And I must away. Over hill and under tree Through lands where never light has shone By silver streams that run down to the sea. To these memories I will hold With your blessing I will go To turn at last to paths that lead home. And though where the road then takes me I cannot tell. We came all this way But now comes the day To bid you farewell…. I bid you all a very fond farewell.
H/t TheOneRing ~Eowyn
New Zealand is and will always be the closest we’d ever get to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
I can hardly wait for December 17, when the 3rd of The Hobbit movie trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” comes to our movie screens.
It’ll be bitter sweet — probably our last visit to Middle-earth as the Tolkien Estate has not given screen rights approval to Tolkien’s other literary works beyond The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
H/t GoodNewsNetwork and FOTM’s CSM ~Eowyn
A mere hour ago, Warner Brothers released this teaser trailer for the third Hobbit movie: The Battle of the Five Armies:
The movie will be in U.S. theaters December 17.
What a bitter-sweet moment it’ll be because The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last time we get to visit Middle-earth on screen because the Tolkien Estate has not given copyright approval to any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s other writings, including The Silmarillion.
H/t FOTM’s sufercajun ~Eowyn
In a recent interview with Moves, Richard Armitage (pic above), the British actor who plays Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, first slams the Republicans for trying to repeal the colossal DISASTER of the Affordable Care Act, better and more appropriately known as Obamacare: “Republicans are trying to destabilize Obamacare–I think that’s a real shame. I think it’s something to really fight for and I don’t know why they’re doing it, really. But then I come from England where we’ve had a national health service since the Second World War and I think it’s so important. I take it for granted.”
Armitage, being a wealthy actor and therefore one of the privileged, evidently knows nothing about the daily horror stories about his country’s national health service. See, for example, DCG’s post “Hundreds of women may have aborted perfectly healthy babies.”
I see those stories almost every day in the UK’s Daily Mail — about seriously ill people being denied treatment, then die in a matter of days — but don’t post them on FOTM because they’re about the UK.
Then Armitage exclaims, “Oh God, how’ve we got onto politics? I’m an actor, nobody cares about what my politics are.”
But then despite his faux humility, what does he do? He presses on doing EXACTLY what he just decried, to now take on gun control.
He proclaims not just guns, but ammunition, should be illegal in America, his host country:
“I come from a place whereby we’ve never had the right to own a gun. Illegal guns have always been part of the fabric of the subculture in the UK. We’ve had a knife problem with gangs.…The fact that [gun ownership] is in the [U.S.] constitution–that needs to be changed.It’s gonna be almost an impossible task unless it becomes absolutely illegal to own a weapon. Illegal. And I don’t think that’s gonna be possible, so I think it has to be illegal to own the ammunition.”
Armitage, you just lost a fan.
The next time some simpering leftie like Richard Armitage sounds off about how there should be gun control in the United States, just ask them these three questions:
1. If U.S. presidents and politicians are defended with guns, why can’t ordinary citizens defend ourselves also with guns?
Just in time for Christmas 2011, Sir Peter Jackson released the long-awaited trailer ofThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two Hobbit movies, coming to your neighborhood movie theater next Christmas.
Now, here’s a post-Christmas treat: A remix of the song sung by the dwarves in the trailer, the haunting “Misty Mountains.”
Thank you, Kaleb, the re-mixer!
H/t TheOneRing.net ~Eowyn
The trailer for the 2-part Hobbit is out!
The movies, by Sir Peter Jackson, are based on the peerless J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved book, The Hobbit, which he had written as a children’s book, then extended into the more serious The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy. The Hobbit introduces Bilbo Baggins, uncle of LOTR‘s Frodo, and shows how Bilbo found the evil golden ring.
The first Hobbit movie is scheduled to hit movie theaters next Christmas. Being a huge Tolkien-Jackson fan, I can hardly wait….