Boyd pens, sings swan song for Middle-earth

Saying goodbye is often the most difficult thing to do.

And Scottish actor-musician Billy Boyd was entrusted with the phenomenal task of creating an appropriate swan song to say farewell to JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth after 16 years and six epic films.

Aptly titled The Last Goodbye, it will play during The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies' end credits and be on the film soundtrack.

"I didn't know how that happened actually," the 46-year-old told M at the London press conference of The Battle Of Five Armies.

"I suddenly got a phone call and was invited back to New Zealand to work with (The Hobbit screenwriters) Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) on the sort of happened organically."

Boyd, who played hobbit Peregrin "Pippin" Took (below) in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, also composed and sang the stirring tune Edge Of Night from 2003's The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King.


Said director Peter Jackson, 53: "Apart from the fact that Billy has an affecting voice, we felt that it was an emotional thing to have him return, as a handover from the first three films to these three (The Hobbit) films."

So Boyd, who fronts the band Beecake, returned to New Zealand in September, watched an early cut of Battle and penned a song that "sums up the six movies".

Said Boyd: "I wanted the song to be a goodbye to all the fans who have been part of this amazing journey and to the whole world of Tolkien as it has been told in the cinema for our generation.

"I felt incredibly touched and honoured to be asked to write and perform this song and to be at the start and at the end of these beautiful, historic stories."