(oops) i didn't mean that Saruman didn't have ANY interest, because he did have those 2 barrels of weed (hehe) labelled 'South-Farthing', that Pip dreamed about in Fangorn in the EE. And even though his part of the story was cut, Bill Ferny and the Southerner had a few cameos in Bree (the two uglies whispering before and after Frodo asks Barliman about 'that man in the corner'). Even Bill the pony had a short role, but he really didn't get noticed by me until Sam let him go at Moria. When Miramax was still in charge of the film, even the half-orc spy was in Bree, but he was cut from the final version. And i think that PJ originally intended to film the SOTS, but decided later on to leave it out, only after filming a few sequences of it. Then he decided to use those few scenes as a montage in the Mirror scene.