When Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords comedy duo was reported to be a castmember in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, there were at least two different but equally enthusiastic reactions. The non-obsessive casual Lord of the Rings fan response may have been, “Wow, he’s got the perfect look for a hobbit. With that bushy hair, he practically looks bred in the Shire.” Diehard Middle-earthlings, on the other hand, knew better and may have greeted the news with a triumphant shout-out: “Figwit!” For though you can hardly recognize him, McKenzie previously appeared in two of the LOTR films, playing an unnamed elf that fans adopted and christened, Figwit.
Turns out Figwig had a name after all, as Variety reports that McKenzie’s elf was actually named Lindir. But now that McKenzie’s made a name for himself as a naive hipster, I’m not sure I’m ready to see him flawlessly elven again. Can’t Lindir be a non-conformist elf who lets his hair grow wild in Rivendell? Ooooo, maybe Lindir can be a creative halfwit who invents a helmet of bushy hair to wear over his straight elven locks. I’m just not sure I’m ready for the re-orlandobloominazation of our friend, Bret. It makes him seem practically naked. What do you think?