The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film franchises in history and the fact that it was so faithful to the beloved series of novels and that it was so beautifully crafted, as well as masterfully performed, are the reasons why the saga is so popular even decades after its arrival in the halls. Yet there was a moment when, for a moment, we risked seeing the story told in the books upset, with the studios who wanted to kill one of the hobbits.
Originally, one of the hobbits de The Lord of the Rings he should have died
Speaking with IGN about their new podcast series dedicated to The Lord of the Rings, titled Friendship Onion, the stars of the trilogy Dominic Monaghan And Billy Boyd (who played the hobbits Merry and Pippin in the movies) spoke of a time when pressure from the executives behind the saga, along with the production team, would lead to the death of one of the two hobbits.
Monaghan, joking about the situation, revealed:
“It was a good thing that it didn’t happen, because it would have been me. They certainly would. They certainly wouldn’t kill Frodo or Sam, and the only ones left were Merry and Pippin. They wouldn’t kill Pippin because Pippin has a really strong history with Gandalf. It would certainly have been me ”.
Why was the idea then set aside? According to the two actors, the credit for the rescue is all due to the director of the trilogy, Peter Jackson.
“I think Pete rightly said, ‘This is a work written by a luminary, and we have to stick to the text.'” Monaghan explained. “So, he remained unmoved on that point. Yes, I’m grateful it didn’t happen ”.
We too are glad it never happened! Can you imagine the sad return to the Shire without one of the four iconic hobbits, now transformed by the adventure and the long journey undertaken?
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