“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”
Billy Boyd, The Last Goodbye
It’s been a long journey. A journey like a rollercoaster through so many emotions – laughter, tears, melancholy, impatience, anger and love.
Some might say it’s just a story. Some might even say we’re crazy to hold on to that story as if it would be important. News is: it is important. One of the most talented writers ever gave a world to us; a world, in which evil can be defeated. A world, in which even the smallest person can change the course of history.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Not only to have a novel out on the market, but also because he loved Arda. He put so much detail into his works, worked hard on inventing new languages and having his characters speak with them, creating political issues in a completely new world. Creating characters with their own struggles, destinies, strengths and weaknesses. Lovable ones and fearable ones.
By adapting Tolkiens most well-known works and squeezing in parts of the appendices to them, Peter Jackson brought us to Middle-Earth. He showed us, what a world like Tolkiens could look like. It was said, that The Lord of The Rings as well as The Hobbit would be nearly impossible to film as a major movie. But by knowing Arda and respecting the legacy of Tolkien himself, Jackson managed to get one of the most amazing movie trilogies of all time for LotR and kept on with The Hobbit.
More even so: what he created brought so many people around the world together. Strangers, who became friends. Friends, who became family. It feels like being a part of a big family with members all around the world.
And now we have to face the end of the Middle-Earth saga. One last time we will go there and experience what it means to see new aspects of the story, of the landscape, of the characters we all love so dearly.
With “The Last Goodbye” Billy Boyd created a song, that catches this atmosphere quite perfectly. It seems to be a hymn for the movies, a sneaky connection between LotR and Hobbit. But it is also a hymn for the entire fandom.
We’ve been there. We’ve seen the places, we’ve seen the sorrows, we took the road. Where it will take us, nobody knows. But what we know is this: we found friends along the way – as well the characters on screen as those we met along the way and befriended sharing the same passion.
We’re all part of the big family, we’re a part of this. We can change the course of history.
At least that’s what the song makes me feel like. And very sad. Sad, that all of the excitement I’ve shared with so many others will soon find an ending. Sad, that we’ll have to leave Middle-Earth for what seems to be forever.
But still I love this song. Because it reflects all those feelings. Because it is a perfect bridge from one part of the family (Hobbit and the Hobbit cast) to the other part of the family (LotR and the LotR cast).
Hearing Billy Boyd sing ‘The Edge of Night’ in the first teaser trailer made me crack up in tears. But hearing him – as a member of the LotR cast – sing the credit song for the last part of The Hobbit brings so many emotions up, that I can barely describe them. I won’t even try.
‘But I don’t regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me’