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The Bard Hobbit Dobbo
Dave tries out for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" Movies

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Dobbo, the bard Hobbit and his merry band.
(artist's impression)

As if Dave's stature and features aren't enough to convince Peter Jackson to sign Dave on board for the trilogy, just look at the lyrics for The Drinking Song in J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings;

Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall and wind may blow
And many miles still to go
But under a tall tree I will lie
And let the clouds go sailing by

From a Tolkien Song site;

This is a minor song which is interrupted by the cry of a Nazgul in "A Short Cut to Mushrooms." Although it is a drinking song, Sam and Pippin are merely singing about drinking, not singing as they drink. Like the references to pipe weed, this song is now politically incorrect. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant and harmless tune about an activity that humanity has engaged in throughout known history.

What with Neil Finn's prominent placement in the "ANTZ" soundtrack, I'm going to start a petition to get Dave to sing a song for the Lord of the Rings movies. He could even appear in a cameo with a lute & sing it round a Hobbity campfire.

The more I think about it, the more I realise Dobbyn should perform or even write (to Mordor with the purists) a folky, middle-earth type number in one of the three movies. It would be wonderful exposure for him. Hell, it could even be a Bic Runga duet, god knows they're both elven.

The Drinking Song above has got all the essential elements; It's got booze, rain, trees, blowing wind & sailing clouds. Sounds like typical Dobbyn fare if you ask me. I think this campaign will be FUN, if not a tad on the silly side. I'm hoping you'll all sign the cyber-petition I'll forward to Peter Jackson. Probably.

I recently got this e-mail, obviously from a hard-core Tolkein fan. It validates this page entirely! Excellent.

Date sent: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 21:40:32 +1300
From: The Frasers <>
Subject: Fuck off, Dave Dobyn Sucks. Besides he can't act, and what role would he play pray tell? You can't just make up roles you idiot?!

To be added to the cyberpetition, drop me a line at and write I want a Hobbit Dobbo as the subject line. At the time of final casting I'll send the list on to Jackson's film company where he can ignore it at his leisure.

As of April 2 the petition stands at twenty-four.

Dear Mr Jackson, we the undersigned are all quite mad. Nevertheless we hope you consider our idea to have Mr Dobbyn sing or even appear in a cameo in the Lord of the Rings movie. We want a Hobbit Dobbo. Please.

JP. Hansen, New Zealand
T. Williams, USA
R. Berks, Canada
AM. de Bruin, New Zealand
D. Leshin, USA
T. Waldegrave, New Zealand
J. Miller, Wimbledon Common?
S. Masterson, New Zealand.
J.Scrivener, UK
J.P. Andros, USA
D. Kuhn, USA
L. Babel-Fish, New Zealand
A. Tupper, Australia
T. Troutman, USA
P. Hoggles, New Zealand
A. Gilchrist, New Zealand
R. Wakefield, New Zealand
D. Churchill, Australia
M. Ubeda, New Zealand
M. Kritzman, New Zealand
H. de Bres, New Zealand
J. de Bres, New Zealand
J. Howell, New Zealand
V. Sime, New Zealand


Addendum; On Auckland's Radio Hauraki in the week preceding his recent Auckland Concert on December 4th, Dave was interviewed. After the DJ asked "What do they call you, Dave or DD?", Dobbyn replied (and I quote); "Anything you like buddy. People call me Yoda sometimes. Come on, I'm trying to audition in that Lord of the Three Rings movie. I wanna get a part in that thing."

Oh great, now he's stealing my jokes...

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