ByMatthew Karren, writer at Creators.co
I'm hardcore about only a few things, but some of them are star wars, Marvel and DC comics, and the Lord of Rings. I'm just looking for a pl

When George R.R. Martin decided he wanted to write a fantasy series, as is quite clear, he drew a lot of inspiration off of the Lord of the Rings and the lore surrounding Middle Earth in general. As I'm entering the fan competition to recast a movie or TV series, I thought I'd prove that Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire are closely related by recasting the Lord of the Rings using actors and actresses from Game of Thrones.

Of course it would be REALLY long article if I did all the characters from the Lord of Rings, so I've shaved it down

The Hobbits

Frodo Baggins - Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister)

Eugene Simon as Frodo Baggins
Eugene Simon as Frodo Baggins

I know he's one of the lesser known actors or characters of the series, but Eugene Simon plays Lancel Lannister, and he seems like the best pick for a Frodo Baggins. He still has the young Frodo look about him, but he'll still be able to portray the Frodo corrupted by the ring, too. Maybe even in a darker and more twisted way than Elijah Wood. We see his character in GoT change drastically, making me believe Simon will be able to pull it off.

Samwise Gamgee - John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly)

John Bradley-West as Samwise Gamgee
John Bradley-West as Samwise Gamgee

This isn't the only actor that just seems to already play a Game of Thrones version of a Lord of the Rings character. Both characters are called Sam, they both seem a little round and clumsy at first, and as the story progresses, they both show a lot of courage and become very lovable. John Bradley-West is the perfect pick for the part of Sam Gamgee as well as Sam Tarly.

Peregrin (Pippin) Took - Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)

Isaac Hempstead Wright at Pippin Took
Isaac Hempstead Wright at Pippin Took

Even though I loved Billy Boyd's portrayal of Pippin in the Lord of the Rings, I felt that the character in the movie was too old. Pippin is a lot younger in the books, so I think that we need a younger actor. Not only does Isaac Hempstead Wright have the right age, but also a certain Hobbit-like look to him.

Meriadoc (Merry) Brandybuck - Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon/Lannister)

Jack Gleeson as Merry Brandbuck
Jack Gleeson as Merry Brandbuck

Just like Pippin, I felt like Dominic Monaghan as Merry was much too old. Although I know you all want to throw a brick in Jack's face, I am willing to give him another chance as Merry.

The Rest of the Fellowship

Aragorn II - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Aragorn
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Aragorn

Here's another pair of characters that seem almost the same. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also a very good actor, with the right look and qualities to play both Aragorn and Jaime Lannister respectively.

Legolas Greenleaf - Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

Kit Harington as Legolas
Kit Harington as Legolas

Not only do Kit and Orlando Bloom look alike, but their characters have about the same personality, making our Jon Snow an equally good contester for our gravity-defying Legolas.

Gimli the Dwarf - Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane)

Kristofer Hivju as Gimli
Kristofer Hivju as Gimli

Before I begin this one, I want to mention that I originally had a picture of Gimli instead of Gloin up here, but MoviePilot changed all my pictures, so don't hate on me please.

After watching Game of Thrones one might imagine the lumbering Kristofer Hivju could only play a large character, but the same went for John Rhys-Davies before he played Gimli himself. Hivju's beard is already there, and he also has a great accent that could easily be a spot-on dwarf accent.

Boromir of Gondor - Sean Bean (Eddard 'Ned' Stark)

Boromi-.. I mean Sean Bean as Ned Sta-..uh..Boromir
Boromi-.. I mean Sean Bean as Ned Sta-..uh..Boromir

I know this may be considered cheating, but he IS in Game of Thrones too, and his Boromir was really good in Lord of the Rings.

If I had to choose someone else, I'd go with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), but I have my doubts about that.

Iain Glen as Boromir?
Iain Glen as Boromir?

Gandalf - Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow) or Ian McElhinney (Sir Barristan)

Jonathan Pryce as Gandalf?
Jonathan Pryce as Gandalf?

Gandalf was a hard one. If we had Jonathan Pryce play him, the character would have all the old and wise characteristics, whereas if Ian McElhinney took on the role Gandalf would be utterly badass and have an awesome edge to him. It remains a tie. Let me know in the comments who you think is better, why don't ya'?

Ian McElhinney as Gandalf?
Ian McElhinney as Gandalf?

The Rest of Our Characters

- Arwen Undomiel - Rose Leslie (Ygritte) or Oona Chaplin (Talisa Stark)

Rose Leslie as Arwen?
Rose Leslie as Arwen?

Another character I'm not sure about. I think that Oona Chaplin looks more like an Arwen, but Rose Leslie would be able to act the part better.

Oona Chaplin as Arwen?
Oona Chaplin as Arwen?

Elrond - Aidan Gillen (Peter Baelish/Littlefinger)

Aidan Gillen as Elrond
Aidan Gillen as Elrond

I think that even though the characters differ a lot, Aidan Gillen looks right and is a terrific actor who would be perfect for Elrond.

Galadriel - Michelle Fairley (Katelyn Stark)

Michelle Fairley as Galadriel
Michelle Fairley as Galadriel

She seems to have that mother-figure vibe about her, but she's also very dangerous and not someone to mess with. Michelle Fairley is my pick for the Lady of Light.

Saruman the White - Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)

Charles Dance as Saruman!!!
Charles Dance as Saruman!!!

If there's anyone in my recast that I'd say is absolutely spot-on, it would be Charles Dance as Saruman the White. I agree that Christopher Lee is an amazing actor, but I'll go as far to say that Dance would be even better as a Saruman. He not only gave an outstanding performance as Tywin, he looks the part of Saruman.

What do you think? Do you agree with the casting? Don't hesitate to comment!

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