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Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Hobbit’ Interview

Viggo Mortensen was interviewed by The Boston Phoenix earlier today. Mortensen, who played Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, will not be reprising his role in the upcoming Hobbit films.

I understand they’re doing two [Hobbit] movies. Now they may be doing two in order to be able to tell the whole story. I’ve heard the same rumors you probably have that the idea was to do some sort of bridge between “The Hobbit,” and – you know there’s a 60 odd year time span between the end of “The Hobbit” and the beginning of “The Lord of the Rings.” So they could feasibly have done that, since Aragorn lives much longer than humans do, being part Elf and all that. Sure, if it seemed like something they wanted to do, I guess I would have done it, and it would have been fun.

I really enjoyed working with New Zealanders as crew members, as teammates. They’re great, and it’s a beautiful country. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I’ve traveled quite a bit. It just has so many things. It’s a good feeling being there. I have fun with  most of the people that work on “Lord of the Rings,” too. Like the ones that did get to go back, some were obviously central to “The Hobbit.” Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Cate Blanchett and I guess Elijah went back for a small part, and Orlando Bloom as well. I know that they had a good time and so forth.

I go back there [New Zealand] occasionally. I have friends there, and go back there when I can. It would have been nice to have work, but apart from going back to New Zealand, I don’t have a strong contact with the filmmakers, but I do see a few of the actors here and there once in a while. It’s something that was an important part of all of our lives, and I have fond memories of it. If it would have been possible I would have returned [for the new movies.] But I don’t really feel – I mean nostalgia, in a sense. I have for many experiences, for many people I’ve known and places I’ve been. But I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel like suddenly it’s over now, or something. It was over when we finished it. I look forward to seeing what they do with it. I’ll be fun to see some the way they’ve adapted that book.

Unfortunately, at this point it’s highly unlikely that Mortensen will return to New Zealand to reprise his role as Aragorn, despite the return of many other Lord of the Rings cast members, such as Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, and even Elijah Wood, who will play only a minor role in the film.

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  1. fingolphin says:

    Well, since Aragorn would have about ten during the events of The Hobbit, talk of having him return has always been nonsense. 🙂 Now if we get to see a little glimpse of the boy Estel during the time in Rivendell, that would be awesome.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Aragorn was not part elven. He was that of the Dunedain which were given the gift of long life – correct? I’m going to have to go do some research today.

    Another thought crossed my mind though . . .in the movie, Eowyn asks Aragorn how her grandfather could have known him from so long ago. Not sure how wholly accurate this is considering it came from the movie, but could it be possible that Aragorn would have been a man during the time of the Hobbit? A man but a wandering Ranger which is why you wouldn’t have seen him in Rivendell at all? Or possibly he was in Lothlorien with Arwen?

    • Yes, Aragorn would have been around 30 years old at the time of the Hobbit. He is Dunedain and is 88 in the Two Towers. Extended edition he answers this question.

  3. Tokienbritta — thanks for this! I felt it was important to get Viggo’s perspectivehe situation, so glad to read it. Can’t wait to see the Hobbits .. still wish he was in them, though! : )

  4. fingolphin says:

    @ Isilwren Carnasir No, he was really about ten years old during the time of The Hobbit. He was not part elven in the sense that his son Eldarion would be, but he did have some elven ancestry in him, going way back. But yes, the Numenorians were granted a span of life greater than that of lesser men.

    As far as the last part of your post, Aragorn did ride with the men of Rohan and Thengel. You can read about it in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings.

    • Wrong. He is 88 in the Two Towers. The Extended Edition verifies this. The book and the movies aren’t the same. He would be around 30 years old in the Hobbit. Have you seen the Two Towers?

  5. fingolphin says:

    The movies are the not the book, though, Extended Edition or not. The movies don’t acknowledge the 17-year gap between when Gandalf leaves the Shire after Bilbo’s Party and when he returns, making Aragorn around ten years old at the time of The Hobbit.

    • fingolphin says:

      But the way the movies are structured, Gandalf COULD have been gone that long. It is just not indicated. Hobbits do age a little slower than men, and Frodo DID have the Ring, sooo…