Billy Boyd

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Billy Boyd
LifetimeAugust 28, 1968
PortrayedPeregrin Took in:
 The Lord of the Rings (film series)

Scottish actor Billy Boyd (born 1968) played Peregrin "Pippin" Took in The Lord of the Rings film series. An accomplished singer, he wrote and sung the dirge "The Edge of Night" for The Return of the King, which is featured during Faramir's hopeless charge to Osgiliath. He also wrote and sung "The Last Goodbye" for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

In 2003, when The Return of the King was released, Boyd also starred in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Both films ended up being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Boyd and fellow Lord of the Rings actor Dominic Monaghan started the The Friendship Onion podcast in 2021, which includes stories from their time making the films. [1]

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"I wasn't into Tolkien at school really. But the story is timeless, the themes that it touches on are contained in cultures all around the world. The innocent on a quest, the pretender, an inanimate object that holds evil - it's really strange that these themes are there in so many different countries' folklore."
― Billy Boyd, BBC
"I think his part in the story – as well as reminding people that the hobbits are basically fun at the core and are good, good people – his story is about maturing, and a young man in war and how he deals with those horrors. In watching this kind of naïve, innocent little creature who then is kind of scarred by these wars that go around and how that affects him."
― Billy Boyd on his character,

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  1. "The Friendship Onion (Teaser Trailer)" dated 4 May 2021, YouTube (accessed 6 August 2021)