Aragorn star says that a “wonderful” sequence was cut from the films and was never seen.
Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films, has stated that a secret flashback scene involving Aragorn was filmed but never released, and that it was taken directly from the novels.
Director Peter Jackson recorded as much as he could during the filming of The Lord of the Rings in the early 2000s in order to fully adapt the books. Others more scenes were added in the Extended Editions of the three films – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King – although some were left out even then. Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn, has claimed that a touching moment featuring Arwen was produced but never released.
Throughout the three films, the complicated relationship between Aragorn and Arwen (Liv Tyler) was thoroughly explored, showing how they struggled to stay together as a man and an elf.
Viewers got a glimpse of their love story, as well as their future, but their past remained a mystery.
Peter attempted to fix the problem by altering a romantic moment between the two characters, but Viggo revealed that no one had ever seen it.
“There was a sequence that we shot as a type of memory flashback,” Viggo remarked in an interview. When [Aragorn] first met Arwen, it was during their courtship.”
“We shot it shortly before we were going to take a break, so I was clean-shaven and all dolled up,” Viggo said.
“They attempted to make me appear as youthful as possible. I was dressed as an elf and had different hair.”
This particular design for Aragorn was never featured on the big screen, as fans may recall.
“It was a scene from the novel when they’re walking in this lovely meadow,” Viggo continued. It was a lovely passage, but it wasn’t necessary for the film.”
This “wonderful” scene would have elevated the stakes in the epic fantasy narrative significantly.
“I’ve never watched it, but I enjoyed shooting that scene,” the American actor continued.
“That would be good to see it, but it isn’t available in the extended editions either.”
The Lord of the Rings adventure is far from ended.
Tolkien’s second age of Middle Earth will be adapted into a TV drama by Amazon Prime Video next year.
The events of the Silmarillion, a prequel book to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, are expected to be followed in this program.
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