Ralph Bakshi’s son brings deleted Lord of the Rings footage to light!


From Movie Pilot

Fans of Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 cult animation of The Lord of the Rings can rejoice at some interesting discoveries rescued from the cutting room floor.

The artist's son, Eddie Bakshi has been rifling through the archives hunting out long lost scenes, and a couple of them are of particular interest. Anyone who has seen the film will vividly remember the scene featuring the confrontation between Gandalf and the Balrog in Moria.

The lion-headed creature with the ungainly body of an ape, butterfly wings and a whip paired with a flaming sword for good measure, remains one of the classic renditions of Tolkien’s monster, but there is no sign of Balrog in its worm form.

Now, however the scenes featuring Gandalf's battle through the fall in Moria’s abyss and on the Endless Stair have been discovered and restored to their former glory.

Check out the videos for yourself HERE

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