Actor Dominic Monaghan played the hobbit Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings, made an important revelation about the trilogy.
According to him, the director of the films, Peter Jackson, was pressured by the studio to have one of the four main hobbits in the story killed off. In J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original work, they all survive.
Monaghan spoke to IGN, where he also told us about The Friendship of the Onion podcast, which he co-hosts with Billy Boyd, who plays Peregrin “Pippin” Took in the trilogy. The revelation, however, was his most important line.
“It’s a good job that didn’t happen because it would have been me. It definitely would have,” Monaghan joked to IGN. “There’s no way they are killing Frodo and Sam, and the only ones that would be left would be Merry and Pippin. They wouldn’t kill Pippin because Pippin has a really strong story with Gandalf. It would have definitely been me,” he said.
Fortunately, Monaghan also said that Peter Jackson was strongly opposed to this idea, making it a point to remain as faithful as possible to Tolkien’s work. The Lord of the Rings is about to get a new series, and everyone hopes that this historical accuracy will be maintained.