Over on Yahoo!, writer Daniel Wood is pining for some of Lord of the Rings key — and minor — characters to reprise their roles somewhere in The Hobbit. Even if it’s just a small cameo.
Now, we know for a fact that most of this wishlist is either unlikely, or downright just not going to happen. But, that being said, in your ideal rendition of The Hobbit, who would you have returning, and why?
We’re almost at the second film in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy and ‘Desolation of Smaug’ will mark the return of Legolas to add to the growing list of returning characters such as Galadriel, and Gandalf. But who else from Lord of the Rings should return?
I thought I’d get Aragorn out of the way first. Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn has become somewhat of a major cult icon thanks to his role as Aragorn and when rumours that he’d be making a cameo in ‘The Hobbit’ began to surface everyone, myself included started getting a little excited. However Viggo shot those rumours down by saying that it didn’t make sense for him to return. However Jackson is bridging the gap between ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ using extra source material from Tolkien’s writing, therefore there are one or two scenes that Aragorn could return for in order to ease the transition from ‘The Hobbit’ to ‘Lord of the Rings’. I’m still holding out hope that Aragorn will in fact be making an appearance.
Gimli’s father Gloin is one of the dwarves in Bilbo Baggin’s group that is trying to reclaim Erebor. Gimli also would have been alive during the events of the Hobbit, so if they’re going to include Legolas in ‘Desolation of Smaug’ why not include Gimli. I’m thinking a little scene at the end where Thranduil (Legolas’ father) and Gloin meet alongside their prospective children, hinting at the bromance that is to come in ‘Lord of the Rings’. It’s not necessarily canonical, but it’ll be a nice little precursor. If this were to happen though, the role of Gimli would need to be recast.