Peter Jackson almost killed one of the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.
When the producers planned to murder off one of the hobbits in Return of the King, fans almost got a whole different conclusion.
Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who play Merry and Pippin, just launched the Friendship Onion podcast, in which they discuss their experiences working on the Lord of the Rings films. The One Ring was flung back into the fires of Mount Doom by the end of the trilogy, saving Middle Earth and bringing the fight against Sauron to a close. Although not many people died on the tour, Merry and Pippin’s players recently disclosed that director Peter Jackson had to deal with an unforeseen tragedy.
Merry, Pippin, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), and Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) were given the greatest screen time in the three films as the franchise’s protagonists.
If the producers had their way, Merry would most likely be murdered off, according to Monaghan.
“It’s a good thing it didn’t happen because it would have been me,” he remarked.
“It most certainly would have. There’s no way they’re going to kill Frodo and Sam, and Merry and Pippin would be the only ones left.”
“They wouldn’t kill Pippin because Pippin has such a great story with Gandalf,” Monaghan continued. It would have been me, without a doubt.”
After that, the performers complimented Jackson for his tenacity in defying the producing corporation.
“I think Pete was pretty properly like: ‘This is a brilliant piece of literary work, and we need to remain close to the text,’” Monaghan continued.
“As a result, he stuck to his guns. Yes, I’m relieved that didn’t happen.”
Merry was unquestionably the most probable character to die in the novel.
Pippin was in Gondor trying to keep the peace between Denethor, Steward of Gondor (John Noble), and Theoden, the Good King of Rohan, while Frodo and Sam were in Mordor trying to destroy the One Ring (Bernard Hill).
Meanwhile, Merry was fighting alongside Eowyn (Miranda Otto) on the battlefield against Mordor’s demonic orcs.
During this battle, he faced the Witch King of Angmar, one of Sauron’s most dangerous adversaries.
Merry’s death would have made a lot of sense given that he was in the thick of a conflict.
The two also chatted on Monaghan and Boyd’s podcast. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”