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The Midgewater Marshes

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Peter (cont.): [Midgewater Marshes] We now have a major sequence that was deleted from the theatrical version, just for pacing reasons, that, you know, we had to move the film along. This was a real swamp; it wasn’t a studio set or anything. It was a genuine swamp. [Night at the Marshes] This is in the studio now. Viggo came to me very early on in the shoot and he had this image of Strider killing a deer with his bow and arrow so that he could feed the hobbits, and it was very much Viggo’s concept and idea; so we managed to obtain a deer from a venison company and Viggo shot the scene that the wanted to shoot. It is very evocative: it enhances Strider’s character as the sort of –.he’s looking after the hobbits and yet he’s enigmatic, and the scene with him singing, this scene, also adds to the enigma. I love this scene, and I really do regret that we had to lose this one, again just for pacing reasons, but I think it was a very nice way to slowly humanise this very enigmatic character. The song is referring to Beren and Lúthien, who in some ways mirror the Aragorn/Arwen story: the immortal Elf who has to give up her life in order to stay with a mortal Man, and as a part of Viggo’s character, the character of Aragorn, it’s something that plays heavily on his mind: the guilt of, you know, his love for an immortal Elf, and should he allow her to stay with him?, which is obviously what his heart wants to do, but he also just doesn’t want her to become a mortal, to die like he will ultimately die. (beat)

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