• Bernard Hill passed away at 79
  • He was best known from 'Lord of the Rings'
  • The cast has paid a beautiful tribute to him

In an emotional farewell that could even make Sauron shed a tear, the beloved hobbits of 'The Lord of the Rings' series paid a touching tribute to Bernard Hill, the majestic "King Théoden," who sadly passed away on May 5, 2024.

The news has sent shockwaves through the Shire and beyond, with fans and cast members alike mourning the loss of such a towering figure in the 'LOTR' saga.

A Tribute Fit for a King

During a poignant moment at Comic Con Liverpool, Sean Astin took the lead, announcing to a packed room of fans, "We lost a member of our family this morning... We just want to take a moment before we walk off the stage to honor him... We love him." The fellowship stood united in grief, as Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan joined Astin in commemorating their fallen king.

Billy Boyd echoed Astin's sentiments, highlighting Hill's unparalleled talent, "We were watching the movies and I said to Dom, I don’t think anyone spoke Tolkien’s words as great as..." The tribute was not only a testament to Hill's impact on the silver screen but also to the profound bond shared among the cast members.

The LOTR cast's camaraderie is the stuff of legend, with tales of matching tattoos, gifted horses, and frequent reunions painting a picture of a family forged in the fires of Mount Doom.

From the Elvish tattoos marking their bond to the heartfelt social media tributes, it's clear that the fellowship's journey didn't end in Middle-Earth.

Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd have taken their on-screen friendship into the real world with ventures like "The Friendship Onion" podcast, proving that the spirit of Merry and Pippin lives on.

The entire cast's commitment to staying connected, celebrating each other's milestones, and supporting one another through life's battles showcases a fellowship that transcends the pages of Tolkien's masterpiece.

As fans and fellow cast members continue to share their grief and memories online, Bernard Hill's legacy as King Théoden will forever be etched in the hearts of those who journeyed with him through Middle-Earth. His portrayal of a leader who rose from the shadows to a last fair morning will continue to inspire generations of 'LOTR' fans.

But it’s not just the "Hobbits" who have remained close friends.

"We all keep in touch," Monaghan told the 'Variety' magazine. "We’re all on an email chain, so if it’s someone’s birthday … It was Andy Serkis’s birthday recently, Cate Blanchett’s birthday recently. We all kind of said hello, sent love, maybe you find an old photo, ‘Oh, check this out! Merry Christmas!’ We’ll do those things."

A Legacy That Will Live On

"It is with the greatest sadness that we must announce that Bernard Hill, renowned actor known for his roles in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ passed away in the early hours of this morning at the age of 79," his family said in a statement.

"He was with his fiancée Alison and his son Gabriel."

Hill found fame in his home country starring in 1982’s 'Boys from the Blackstuff,' a gritty drama about unemployed men that become symbolic of the Margaret Thatcher era.

But it was in smaller roles, lending quiet dignity to some of the most successful films in cinema history, that he will be most familiar to audiences.

In James Cameron’s 1997 multi-Oscar winning 'Titanic', Hill plays the ship’s "Captain Edward Smith" as a man haunted by his role in the tragedy and ultimately resigned to his fate.

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In the end, Bernard Hill was not just a king. He was a gentle heart, a fierce warrior, and a cherished member of an unforgettable fellowship. Middle-Earth may have lost a monarch, but the world has lost a remarkable actor and an even greater man. Farewell, Bernard Hill.

Your memory will always be a light for us in dark places, when all other lights go out.