Belfast Telegraph

Hobbit stars reveal parting gifts

Martin Freeman, Luke Evans and Richard Armitage have revealed what souvenirs they were presented with after filming on The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies wrapped.

The cast, which also included Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom, took away parting gifts when they left the New Zealand set of the final instalment of Peter Jackson's big-screen adaptation of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.

Martin, who reprises his role as Bilbo Baggins, said: "I got a lovely dressing gown that Bilbo wears, I got his sword, a Lego figure - I was very pleased with that, the contract that Bilbo got from the dwarves and that's on my wall. They're very generous with their presents."

He also joked how he was glad to be away from his Hobbit's feet, adding: "No! I wouldn't want them in the house."

Luke, who portrays Bard the Bowman, revealed: "I got the sword from this movie. It's on the wall, most of the time, it's in my mates' hands. They play with the sword and pretend they're in The Hobbit."

Richard, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, said: "I was given a sword, my shield and the map, which was very personal. It had my fingerprints covered in blood on it so it's personalised. They're all displayed in discreet places in my house."

Evangeline, who returns as elf Tauriel, couldn't resist taking a moon rune - a token of affection given by Tauriel's love interest, dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner) in the movie.

"I got all kinds of good stuff. I got Tauriel's leather pants, her two daggers, and I took a moon rune because it was a big part of the story between Tauriel and Kili, and I wanted that as a memento," she admitted.

Stephen Fry, who plays the master of Laketown, said: "I got an enormous portrait of my character when he was younger. It's vain of me because I've hung it up."

But it appears not everyone received a leaving gift. Benedict Cumberbatch said: "I don't remember getting a leaving present at all. My present was being in the film."

:: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies opens in cinemas on December 12.


From Belfast Telegraph