Listen to “The Last Goodbye” from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The minute we found out that Billy Boyd was going to be writing and performing the end credits song for the final film of not just The Hobbit trilogy, but the entire Middle Earth franchise, we knew we were in trouble. Boyd has proven himself to be a certified soul-crusher with his previous performance of “The Edge of Night” in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but we weren’t sure it could get much worse. Well, folks, we’re here to let you know that it CAN get worse, and it absolutely did. Boyd, who co-wrote “The Last Goodbye” with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens said, “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.”

He definitely succeeded.

Billboard premiered the song Sunday after several days of Watertower Music confusion when the song went up on their official YouTube page for over half a day before it was removed. A fair warning, you may need a hand to hold:

 

Here are the lyrics to the song. We’ve bolded the parts that are especially tear-inducing:

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. 

If you don’t need a tissue after that then we don’t know what to do with you. The song manages to be achingly beautiful and sweet, the perfect ending to Bilbo’s adventure, but also incredibly sad. The opening verse is a clear allusion to the Battle of the Five Armies itself, and a majority of the chorus is about Bilbo’s journey home. Perhaps the most devastating line of the entire song is the final one: “I bid you all a very fond farewell.” With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies being the last Tolkien movie, fans who have been on this cinematic adventure for more than a decade are saying goodbye to the cast and crew that have brought Middle Earth to life for them. Like Boyd said, it’s not just a farewell to our dwarvish company, but to all the fans who took the journey with them.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17th. The soundtrack is now available for pre-order and will be released December 17th, but for now you can check out our breakdown of the soundtrack list and listen to previews of the music on iTunes.

What do you think of The Hobbit trilogy’s fond farewell? Let us know in the comments below!