Muppets in Middle-Earth (Frivolity at Logos)


Last Friday, Ken Smith, general manager of electronic publishing services at Logos and author of a number of blog posts, conceived of an idea for a new Muppets movie: The Muppets inMiddle-Earth. That’s right, a muppet cast for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings!

During the lunch hour, Ken sent an office wide email that began:

“I got to thinking about which Muppet characters I would cast into which LOTR roles and decided it would be a fun little diversion to share with anyone who wanted to give their opinion.”

When somebody throws down the gauntlet like that, what can you do but rise to the challenge?

A number of people did so, resultingin the following consensus cast list for The Muppets in Middle-Earth (with comments from Ken Smith). Feel free to leave your own nominations, cheers or jeers in the comments section!

Frodo: Kermit Sam: Fozzie Bear Gandalf: Big Bird Aragorn: Kermit (There was no clear second choice) Legolas: Gonzo Gimli: Tie between Rizzo the Rat and Cookie Monster Merry/Pippin: Ernie/Bert Gollum: Tie between Oscar the Grouch and Animal Galadriel: Janice Arwen: Miss Piggy Elrond: Tie between Dr. Teeth and Sam the Eagle (Sam definitely has Elrond’s permanent scowl) Saruman: Tie between Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Count von Count Eowyn: Miss Piggy (dual-role? I think she could handle it.) Wormtongue: Rizzo the Rat Orcs: Animal, Sweetums Black Riders: Count von Count, Statler & Waldorf

No consensus (see below):Bilbo, Boromir, Faramir, Theoden, Eomer

Not on the original list: Treebeard: Big Bird Cave Troll: Sweetums

Here are other nominations, with comments from those who submitted them:

Frodo: Grover, Fozzie Bear

Sam: Scooter, Elmo, Grover

Gandalf: Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Swedish ChefRowlf (with a dorky hat)John Denver (if he were still alive–maybe some CGI magic?)

Aragorn: Floyd, Big Bird, RowlfGrover (with possible appearance by Super Grover)Here I would cast a live-action actor, say, Christopher Walken

Legolas: Janice, Grover, Elmo, Floyd

Gimli: Sweetums (muh-nah-muh-nah), Fozzie Bear, Gonzo

Merry/Pippen: Gonzo/Rizzo the Rat, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Beaker

Gollum: Beaker

Galadriel: Miss Piggy, Camilla the Chicken

Arwen: Sam the Eagle in a wig

Elrond: Elmo, Grover, Big Bird

Bilbo: Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Cookie Monster, Telly, FloydStatler… or Waldorf (they could switch off, like Mary Kate and Ashley did)

Boromir: Statler, Cookie Monster, Zoot, Scooter, Bert

Faramir: Waldorf, Rowlf, Grover, Ernie

Saruman: Statler

Theoden: Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Rowlf

Eomer: Rowlf, Elmo, Robin the frog, Gobo (Fraggle Rock)

Eowyn: Janice, Camilla the Chicken, Mokey (Fraggle Rock)

Wormtongue: Beaker, Waldorf, Oscar the Grouch, Marvin Suggs

Orcs: Oscar the Grouch, Clifford, Bobo, Floyd, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the PrawnOne Million Swedish Chefs (Just picture it…)

Black Riders: Sam the Eagle, Zoot, The Fragglesthe purple siamese twin monsters from Sesame StreetGonzo (fell beasts, chickens, same difference)

Other fun comments:

Aside from the hobbits listed above, all the other hobbits would have to be those aliens from Sesame Street that just walked around saying “yip-yip-yip-yip yuuuuuup“.

I know that having the Swedish Chef as Gandalf is bizarre, but just think how funny it would be to hear him shouting out lines like “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!“

At the end, we find out that that … Sauron … is … really …

… ELMO!

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12 Responses to “Muppets in Middle-Earth (Frivolity at Logos)”

  1. Gallagher April 17, 2007 at 7:46 am #

    I would pay to see it! Finally some good movies.

  2. Mike April 17, 2007 at 9:19 am #

    My vote is for Grover as Aragorn. Kermit is a natural Frodo.
    Great post!

  3. Brad C Shockley April 17, 2007 at 10:42 am #

    You guys have way too much time on your hands.

  4. Daniel Foster April 17, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    That’s what Bob said, too, Brad. In defense of the Muppets Project, let me hasten to point out that it was undertaken during lunch hour (a time that most of us feel is “our own”) and the movie poster was created by yours truly during off hours. In fact, you could call it a labor of love (though my wife who was at home keeping dinner warm might disagree). :-)

  5. Philana Crouch April 17, 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    Way too funny. I love Lord of the Rings, so to see a spoof is pretty funny. Keep up the good work with the great Logos products.

  6. Gerry April 17, 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    SamWise – Rick Brannan

  7. Becca April 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    i really like the idea but kermit should definitely be frodo. kermit isn’t the aragorn type.

  8. John Moody April 23, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    Obviously the two old guys from the balcony should be cast as Gimli and Legolas, since they’re always bickering…
    But I’ll second Rick as Sam!

  9. Brandon May 5, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    The two old guys…that was hilarious

  10. ole jakob May 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    What about those of Fraggle Rock? Uncle Mac as Gandalf for sure!

  11. Liz G February 7, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    ok so i happen to trip on this and was just talking to my roommate about it… we think its an amazing idea and wish it would take off… here are our suggestions/votes for characters
    Frodo: Robin the Frog
    Bilbo: Mr. Waldorf
    Sam: Scooter
    Gandalf: Dr. Bunsen Huneydew
    Aragorn: Kermit
    Legolas: Fozzie
    Gimli: Mr. Sweetums
    Merry/Pippin: Gonzo/Rizzo the Rat
    Gollum: Animal
    Galadriel: Janice
    Arwen: Miss Piggy
    Elrond: Sam the Eagle
    Saruman: Statler
    Eowyn: Annie Sue (another pig character, really old from The Muppet Show)
    Wormtongue:
    Orcs: the Yip-Yip aliens from Sesame Street
    Black Riders: Skeksies(sp?) from Dark Crystal
    Treebeard: The ents can just be talking trees (the muppets use stuff like that all the time)
    Don’t Forget the Talking Fruit, they have to be somewhere… they could be added in in the bar scenes, the feasts, and the parties…

  12. JESSE, Hufford May 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    One of my favorite muppets that I would like to see as a Middle
    Earth character is the King Prawn “Pepe”. I think he would make
    a good pippin.