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Peter Jackson’s latest big-screen trilogy based on a J.R.R. Tolkien classic concludes next month with the epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd’s voice will be the one guiding audiences home with his new song, “The Last Goodbye.” Listen to the track, which will play over the upcoming film’s end credits, premiering exclusively on Billboard:
After discussing penning a song for the new movie, Boyd — who plays Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy — flew to New Zealand in September to watch an early cut of the film. The Scottish actor/musician realized that he wanted to put an exclamation point on Howard Shore’s score, and encapsulate the entirety of Jackson’s six-part screen journey.
“We focused on not just the final installment, but moreso on this 10-year epic adventure,” says 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.”
The soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is due out on Dec. 9, while the film hits theaters on Dec. 17. Last year, Ed Sheeran recorded “I See Fire” for the second installment of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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