**Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Drums of Autumn, it is best to skip this post!***
Could my favorite film series and my favorite television series ever collide in my wildest dreams? Yes, it can as today brought the news that Billy Boyd has joined the cast of season four of Outlander. Boyd most famously played the hobbit, Pippin (or Pip) in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and he has a wonderful singing voice also.
Boyd will be playing Gerald Forbes and is described in the adaptation as “a wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy).” This character is referred to as Neil Forbes in the books.
“Neil Forbes is the local lawyer in Cross Creek, where his most prominent client (until 1775) was Jocasta Innes of River Run. In early 1770, he purchased a sawmill in Averasboro. The same year, he made a proposal of marriage to Brianna Fraser of Fraser’s Ridge, but she declined his suit. This rejection, in combination with several altercations with her father, Jamie Fraser, contributed to Forbes’ animosity toward Fraser family.” According to Outlander Wiki
Boyd is Scottish, being born in Glasgow in 1968. He has many credits to his name including work in shorts, voicework, and many films and television series.