Bret McKenzie Plays an Elf Again

Bret McKenzie as the "Elf-escort" in The Return of the King

According to Variety, Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords fame) will once again feature as an Elf in The Hobbit Films. He played an extra in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King. He achieved fan fame on the Internet as ‘Figwit’.

Figwit is a fan-created name. The name Figwit derives from an acronym for “Frodo is great…who is THAT?!?”, a phrase coined by fan Iris Hadad.

In The Fellowship of the Ring, he appears sitting two seats away from Aragorn during the council in Rivendell scene. When it is decided that the Ring must be destroyed, Frodo offers to take the Ring to Mordor, and Elrond proclaims the formation of the Fellowship of the Ring. The elf was dubbed “Figwit” by Tolkien fan Iris Hadad; after seeing Frodo agree to take the ring, saying “I will take it”, the film switches to a shot where Figwit can be seen standing on the far right, and Hadad’s initial reaction was “Frodo is great…who is THAT?!?” Later, Hadad corresponded with her university friend Sherry de Andres, and the two created the first Figwit fan website, http://www.figwitlives.net, calling him “Legolas for the thinking woman”.

McKenzie appeared as Figwit again in the third film, The Return of the King, where he was credited as “Elf Escort”. He appears in the scene where Arwen is leaving for the Grey Havens and has a vision of her future son, Eldarion, this time with two lines warning her to not delay and then exclaiming as she turns around. Director Peter Jackson stated in the DVD commentary for The Return of the King that Figwit was called back and given dialogue in the third film “just for fun for the fans” because “so much fuss has been made about him over the last couple of years”.

Trust Peter Jackson’s wry humour to cast Bret again and this time as Lindir. In case, you have forgotten who Lindir is, here is a brief character appraisal:

Lindir was an Elf of Rivendell of unknown kindred.

Lindir was a listener at one of Bilbo’s poetry readings at Elrond’s house. After Bilbo finished reciting the Song of Eärendil, he implied that he could not tell which parts were written by Aragorn and what parts were written by Bilbo. He may have been a minstrel or a musician.

The name Lindir may mean “Singer”.

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