Monday 25 September 2017

Bloom says bye to LOTR's Legolas

Orlando Bloom has filmed his last scenes as Legolas
Orlando Bloom has filmed his last scenes as Legolas

Orlando Bloom has waved farewell to his Lord Of The Rings alter-ego Legolas with a song that has become a viral hit.

The 36-year-old actor - who has reprised his role as the bow and arrow-wielding elf - has wrapped filming on The Hobbit: There And Back Again, the third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.

To mark the occasion, the director has posted a video of the actor singing along to the 2007 online sensation, They Are Taking The Hobbits To Isengard on his Facebook page.

"A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to bid farewell Legolas. What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting - part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie," Peter wrote.

"When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers...and couldn't resist doing this!"

The original video, made by Erwin Beekveld, centres on Legolas singing, "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard" and has racked up over 2 million views.

Orlando - who is married to model Miranda Kerr - was 22 when he first took on the role of Legolas in the first Lord Of The Rings film, The Fellowship Of The Ring in 1999.

On June 28, Peter said his goodbyes to Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in both the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

"Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now," he wrote.

The second Hobbit film The Desolation Of Smaug, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, will open on December 13, followed by the final instalment in December 2014.

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