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Seems the more and more people hear/talk about Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, the more fans grumble and shake fists about the shit that should not be.

Yes, turning the book into 3 movies was likely 2 movies too much. Yes, there are characters, love triangles and scenes that are based on supplemental material, if at all. Yes, the movies are laden with an overuse of CGI. Yes, the movies do everything they can do remind you they’re connected to The Lord of The Rings. Yes, the heroes of the movies seem to repeatedly fall from ridiculous heights and walk away unscathed (a personal gripe of mine). However, despite its flaws, it has been quite the adventure. Through LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring and now The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies, Peter Jackson has taken us there and back again. And, unless Peter Jackson decides to adapt The Silmarillion (I can hear the resounding “NO” stemming through the screen), this movie marks our last trek into the (cinematic) world of Middle-Earth.

Befitting this last hurrah in cinematic fantasy, comes a music video from Billy Boyd, who, if you guys will recall, played Peregrin “Pippin” Took in the LOTR trilogy. His song “The Last Goodbye” is the end credits song to the upcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies. While initially appointed to be the films swan song, it came to be a farewell to the whole Hobbit/LOTR franchise itself.

This song is so great, hauntingly beautiful, and the video is a reminder of such a incredibly amazing and beautiful journey through Middle-Earth. If you want to cry, be nostalgic, be happy, be sad, but happy and sad at the same time, or a mixture of all that then watch and listen to this beautiful video and song.

About the song, Boyd told Billboard:

“We focused on not just the final installment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure,” said Boyd. “A song to sum up the six movies. We recorded in Wellington, New Zealand, at one point traveling to Auckland to Neil Finn’s studio — where we recorded some of the guitar. It was surreal to be in his studio, as he did the song for [2012’s] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

And here’s what the actor told Entertainement Weekly:

“After seeing the film, I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, and along with Fran and Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed,” he says. “A lot of ideas took us to dead ends or we found the tone wasn’t just right. 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.”

The soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released on Dec. 9, while the film will hit theaters on Dec. 17.

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