Although appearing in just one scene in the book, the Rivendell minstrel Lindir has become an internet sensation thanks to Peter Jackson’s film adaptations. In Tolkien’s “Many Meetings”, Lindir teases Bilbo after the hobbit sings the “Song of Eärendil”, claiming he can’t tell which parts were written by Bilbo and which by Aragorn since Elves have “other business” than studying the trivial “difference between two mortals”.
In Jackson’s films, Lindir was the name given to the Elf played by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords. He first appeared in a scene-stealing cameo in Fellowship of the Ring (earning the name ‘Figwit’ from fans and ‘Aegnor’ from Decipher’s LOTR TCG) before being given an extended role as Elrond’s attendant in The Hobbit movies. Check out the Flight of the Conchords spoof song “Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring” featuring Bret McKenzie aka Figwit aka Lindir below.
Card Info: The Battle of Carn Dûm #120
Artist: Tawny Fritzinger
I always liked how snooty Lindir sounds when he says that to Bilbo. It sounds a little more jovial when you read it in the book but reading it with that card art gives a totally different impression.
Agreed, I took as good-natured teasing in the book, but he looks like a condescending jerk in the card art!