Lord of the Rings Almost Gave Fans…an Explicit Hobbit Scene

Lord of the Rings Almost Gave Fans…an Explicit Hobbit Scene
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Although the actors loved and enjoyed the scene, it was not included in the final cut... thankfully.

Before writing his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, John R. R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, a children's novel about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a wizard, and a group of dwarves in Middle-earth.

Although The Lord of the Rings is not a children's story in the same sense as The Hobbit, which still explores many complex themes under the guise of a children's story, it is family-friendly.

In the adaptations, Jackson turned The Hobbit into a more adult trilogy.

In 2018, Amazon announced that it would produce a Lord of the Rings series set before the events of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in the Second Age.

There were rumors that the series would feature nudity, which immediately prompted a negative reaction online. Well, wait until you hear what the original trilogy had planned...

Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry and Pippin, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the nudity controversy was also addressed.

The host recalled that many fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel have criticized Amazon's plans to make the series more adult by adding nude scenes.

In response, the actors said that such a scene with their participation was included in the script and "almost made it" into the 2002 movie.

"[Screenwriter] Philippa Boyens…she wrote a scene, because we'd been doing some kind of gags and winding people up and she said: […] When Merry and Pippin are up Treebeard, he gets afraid and shakes his branches, which makes you guys fall, and as you hit all the branches on the way down, by the time you hit the ground, you're naked," Billy Boyd revealed.

Monaghan jokingly added that he was "kind of into" showing off his "fantastic" backside. While it would be interesting to see how people would react to this scene, The Lord of the Rings hardly needs it.

Of course, as it later turned out, the scene was written as a joke and did not make it into the final version of the movie.

Otherwise, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers could shine with completely new colors.

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert