Interpreters of Merry and Pippin in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, comedians Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd recently revealed at IGN’s microphone that Peter Jackson had been pressured to kill one of the 4 hobbits in the film.
Even though the four Lord of the Rings hobbits find themselves faced with many threats and fail to stay there several times during the Peter Jackson trilogy, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin all come back safe and sound from their great adventure.
Exactly as in the original work of JRR Tolkien, the four characters, after having crossed Middle-earth to its most obscure recesses, end up returning to the fold, and by sharing a good beer at the Green Dragon tavern, in their native County.
However, as Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd (respectively interpreters of Merry and Pippin, interviewed by IGN about their new podcast The Friendship Onion), the quartet almost lost one of its members.
Indeed, as explained by the two actors, the director Peter Jackson would have received several requests from the producers, prompting him to kill one of the four hobbits during the saga. A request that the filmmaker therefore refused, out of respect for Tolkien’s work:
“It’s a good thing it didn’t happen, because it would have happened to me,” Dominic Monaghan suspects with humor.
“That’s sure and certain. They would never have killed Frodo or Sam, and the only ones they had left would have been Merry and Pippin. They wouldn’t have killed Pippin, because he has a really strong plot with Gandalf. is sure it would have been me. I think Peter [Jackson] answered them very legitimately that it was about a monumental work, and that we had to stay close to the original text. And he defended his position. I’m thankful that didn’t happen. “
If Merry had had to know a tragic end, one imagines that it could have occurred during the violent battle of the Fields of Pelennor, against Minas Tirith. Fortunately, the hobbit survived the bloodthirsty armies of Orcs and Oliphants.
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