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Next month, a 13-year-long cinematic journey will be coming to an end. Following in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hobbit films will soon be concluding with an epic finale, and we have high hopes for a satisfying end that will provide an emotional conclusion for the big screen version of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth. Certainly an auspicious sign that it will succeed is this brand new music video for Billy Boyd's "The Last Goodbye."
Brought to us by director Peter Jackson's personal Facebook account, the video above brings together Boyd's beautiful vocals and guitar strumming along with footage from both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and the end result is pretty fantastic. There's a certain generation of movie-goers who grew up with this franchise of films, and it definitely tugs on the heartstrings a bit to see it all coming to an end.
Great as it is to see just about every character from Middle-earth in this music video, the part that I must say I especially enjoyed was all the behind the scenes footage that was remixed in with all of the stuff from the films. It's not only weird to notice just how much Peter Jackson has changed physically between the years making The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but it's also worth remembering how the movie really drew its fanbase into the production process. There are very few films that have released production video diaries in the middle of the actual production, but the director really wanted to bring his audience into the experience of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's greatest works to life. It's an incredibly memorable aspect of the series, and one well captured in this video.
It was back in October that we learned Billy Boyd would be recording the end credit track for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and its great to see him back in the fold. Because of the dedication the production has to Tolkien's works, there was no real place for him in The Hobbit trilogy, but we will always remember him for his performance as the lovable Peregrin 'Pippin' Took from the Lord of the Rings films.
Concluding The Hobbit series and the Middle-earth franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be in theaters on December 17th and bringing with it some very high expectations. Hopefully it winds up delivering.