All good things must come to an end. And if you were in the original "Lord of the Rings" movies, all good things must come to an end twice. Those actors probably thought they had a one-way ticket away from Middle-earth -- right up until Peter Jackson started in on "The Hobbit" trilogy. The latest star to wrap up his "LoTR" role for a second time was Orlando Bloom, who marked his departure by engaging with an Internet meme.
Fourteen years after shooting the first "Lord of the Rings" film as Legolas, the master archer elf, Bloom has finally bid farewell to his iconic blond wig. "A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to [say] farewell [to] Legolas," Jackson wrote on Facebook. "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. When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers ... and couldn't resist doing this!"
The "this" in question is Bloom singing along to Erwin Beekveld's 2006 music video "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard," which loops a snippet of Bloom's dialogue from the original trilogy, to annoying effect. The video of Bloom singing along (below) is pretty funny, plus you get to see the glamorous "Hobbit" soundstage, which appears to be an open warehouse with a green tarp and a bunch of dudes standing around. Ah, the magic of cinema.
The next "Hobbit" movie, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," is out on Dec. 13, 2013, but the aforementioned battle scene won't come until "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" hits theaters Dec. 17, 2014.