McKellen's favorite Hobbit scene didn't even make it in the movie

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Jul 4, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

After expanding The Hobbit from two films to a full trilogy, you'd think there wouldn't be much left for Peter Jackson to cut out for extended versions. Turns out he still shot too much, and a scene left on the cutting-room floor was among Sir Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) favorites from the first installment. So what was it?

On his production blog, McKellen recently posted about "some parts of The Hobbit [he] enjoyed most," and noted the film wasn't always so lacking in female characters. J.R.R. Tolkien's original book is famously heavy with male players, though Jackson did his best to insert a bit of femininity into the proceedings.

It seems one of McKellen's favorite scenes that got dropped from the final cut of An Unexpected Journey featured a female hobbit, which should show up on the Blu-ray release:

"One thing Middle-earth is short on is the feminine.  It's a pity, because a female dwarf would have been fun.  Bilbo's mother, the "famous Belladonna Took," will make a brief appearance in the extended DVD/Blu-ray edition but in the film itself, thank goodness for the ravishing re-appearance of Cate Blanchett's serene Galadriel.  She is so sweet to Gandalf, countering the sinister presence of a mournful Saruman at the conference table.  Actually Christopher Lee wasn't with the rest of us, filming in New Zealand.  His contribution was shot back home in London and then sliced into the scene, though you can't tell, of course."
Yes, a female dwarf would've been pretty cool, but we're most interested to meet Bilbo's butt-kicking mom. It's also fairly interesting that Christopher Lee's footage wasn't filmed with the others, because it seemed absolutely seamless in the final edit.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to all the extras that should trickle out for the home release?

(Ian McKellen's Blog via Comic Book Movie)