He is in LOTR, he simply doesn't appear in the movies. On first viewing Fellowship of the Ring, I imagined that Gandalf had sent the moth to bear a message to Radagast, who in turn sent the eagle to rescue him. It was a nice moment that could be interpreted one way by fans who know the lore and another way by fans who only know the movie.
I would be disappointed if Radagast died as it would be a huge contradiction of canon. The movies are already on shaky ground on that front. I also am pretty fond of the character so I wouldn't want to see him turned into cannon fodder for the sake of a dramatic death scene.
... I kind of like Radagast (I'm missing that option in the poll ;) ), I'm just not too fond of certain things about his characterisation and appearance. But I certainly hope he doesn't die, he's one of the most interesting characters in the movie for me.
We have no confirmed information regarding the circumstances, cause of death, or any hint of plot regarding this (I know some speculate about his staff being in Gandalf's possession in the vlog, but I'm leaving that out now because it's all too uncertain right now).
If it happens, I'll have to do some thinking about it. But until then, I have no good answer here, lol.
I have much less of a problem with PJ & Co. leaving characters out entirely, or killing off their own made-up characters, but to kill a Tolkien character (a wizard, no less!) who should've lived to see the Fourth Age would really irk me.
I bet PJ really wishes he could go back and give Radagast a scene or two in LOTR now that he's become a major character in TH, but I hope he doesn't feel like he has to explain it away by killing him off instead!
I think in the movie verse his death would be acceptable because he was never even mentioned in the LOTR movies and therefore needs to be written out in a definitive way by the end of The Hobbit trilogy. Also, even though Radagast doesn't die in the books, it is established at least that the Istari can be killed.
Peter Jackson did a mistake while making LOTR, he should have shooted this little sequence with Gandalf and Radagast. It could have been added to the EE. This was about 2 or 3 minutes top.
So, he decides to put Radagast in The Hobbit, I wasn't not confortable at first with this idea but I came to term with it as long as it was not interfering too much with the story. But Radagast dying? What for? I see no point in doing so. Not only is it completely out of context with regard to Tolkien's work but it has nothing to do with The story of The Hobbit. Radagast does play a role in LOTR! Even if we don't see that in the films. I am increasingly ill at ease with the growing presence of The brown Wizard. If PJ did want him in LOTR, why on Earth does he exploit the character in total contradiction with this tale?
I hope this will remain a rumour and goes no further. I will be very disappointed.
(This post was edited by sam90 on Jul 16 2013, 7:47pm)
My response is a combination of yours, JWPlatt and the one above yours.
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This change would upset me more than anything. But I wish they would have him come to a council meeting at Rivendell or Lorien and have him take a bath in either the waterfalls (for the strength of the falling water as a cleaner) or a long session in the Anduien to get that crap off. It's distracting.
...I think in the movie verse his death would be acceptable because he was never even mentioned in the LOTR movies and therefore needs to be written out in a definitive way by the end of The Hobbit trilogy.
So Radagast should retroactively die because Jackson & Co. failed to foresee a need for him in The Lord of the Rings? This is ridiculously akin to the situation in the movie, Capricorn One, where NASA fakes a mission to Mars with three astronauts when they discover just before launch that it won't work. The real unmanned capsule burns up during reentry due to a faulty heat shield. So the government decides to kill the astronauts who are still hidden away on Earth to save face.
Killing off Radagast because of a writers' omission is the same reprehensible situation.
But like I said, killing him off to cure his poo problem is entirely justifiable. Maybe in the fan edit.
(This post was edited by JWPlatt on Jul 20 2013, 9:18pm)