As if it wasn’t already enough to listen to the song, we now have a full, official music video to go along with Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye” from the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We’ve already broken down the full soundtrack list for you guys, as well as shown off the most gut wrenching lyrics, but this video really takes the song to a whole new level.
The video comes exclusively from Entertainment Weekly and you can watch it here. It’s simple in its composition, showing Billy Boyd himself in a very dressed down manner, scruffy beard and all. It’s what accompanies our musician that really gets the tears flowing. Never has it been clearer that this song was intended to be a goodbye to fans of not just The Hobbit, but to The Lord of the Rings as well, celebrating all of the work we’ve come to know and love for more than a decade. It includes footage from both trilogies, and we swear our hearts stopped for a moment when the first shot of the Fellowship sailing down the River Anduin (from The Fellowship of the Ring) appeared. It only escalated from there.
“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” Boyd told Entertainment Weekly. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”
The video opens with Bilbo beginning his work on “There and Back Again,” and we were basically already tearing up at this point. “It began long ago,” is perhaps the most fitting opener for the virtual memory lane it’s about to send us on.
Frankly, the video includes some of the absolute saddest moments from either of the two trilogies. We get Boromir’s freaking death, shots of Bilbo’s hopeless face, Frodo and the other hobbits only moments after Gandalf’s death…you name it, and it’s in this video.
The line “I turn at last to the past” is accompanied with a shot of Frodo and Sam crying together on the slopes of Mount Doom. Obviously this is really the future for Middle Earth, but we’ll go with it because it’s in the past for US.
If you’re not already crying at this point, they’ve got one more trick up their sleeve and it’s CAST AND CREW FOOTAGE. Boyd sings “we came all this way” as clips of our cast hugging and just generally laughing and having a great time appear. If there’s one thing fans sometimes forget, it’s that the people involved in the making of these epic trilogies are also saying goodbye to years of hard work and good friends. It’s a beautiful part of the video and allows them their own little final bow. The cast and crew montage ends with Peter Jackson watching some footage with a smile on his face as Boyd sings “now comes the day to bid you farewell.”
Overall, the video is a devastating tribute to the Middle Earth adventure we started with The Lord of the Rings more than a decade ago, as well as our final goodbye with The Hobbit trilogy. “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.” Boyd said. He’s right, and he sings beautifully, and it’s almost comforting to have a familiar face take this final journey with us. “Never will I forget nor will I regret all those who took the road with me,” are words that probably ring too true for all of us, but we can’t help but tip our hat in New Zealand’s general direction to acknowledge the gesture the creators of this film franchise have thrown to us.
The video ends perfectly with both of our journeys represented together, and the storybook closes on them both:
Not a bad time to be a Tolkien fan.
Make sure you watch the full video over on EW’s website, and also watch the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here. Can’t get enough of what’s the come? Take a look at our detailed breakdown of the trailer. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters December 17. The soundtrack drops December 9 but can be pre-ordered now on iTunes and Amazon.
What were your favorite moments or lyrics from the music video? Any fond farewells you want to extend to the cast or crew of the films? Tell us in the comments below!
BONUS MUSIC VIDEO MOMENTS:
Paralleling Bilbo and Frodo’s first encounter with Sting:
Paralleling the Fellowship and the Company on their journeys:
Frodo and Sam goodbye kiss because tears: