It's Tolkien Week everybody! So it's time to gather around the fireplace with your loved ones and regale each other with chapters from one of the excerpts of the legendary writer's thrilling tales of Middle-Earth.
Whether it's The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales or all six of Peter Jackson's cinematic adaptations, Tolkien has graced our lives in his own inimitably soft spoken, yet brutally honest way. And filled many a cosplayer and Tumblr darling with costume ideas and 'ships to covet.
So in honor of a great and inspiring author, let's have a look at some sweet little pieces of trivia that have been generated by his awe-inspiring story telling prowess:
1. The Gift Of Hindsight
Back in the '60s, when the Beatles were riding high on their wave of stardom, the boys in the band decided that they wanted to make a movie adaptation of LotR, with none other than Stanley Kubrick directing. Luckily, perhaps, Tolkien swiftly put a stop to that.
But the movie may not have turned out to be that bad to be honest. Though Paul McCartney was the one championing the idea with gusto, George Harrison's production company has been behind some of the greatest British films made, like Monty Python's The Life of Brian and Withnail & I. Kinda wish it happened now!
2. Bros 4 Time Immemorial
Though he was blessed with unnaturally long life, Aragorn's time would come to pass eventually. And when it did, what would come of his best buds Gimli and Legolas?
When King Elessar did eventually pass on, Legolas built a boat that would ferry him and Gimli to Valinor, the Undying Lands, where all the elves and past ring bearers go and live their lives in veritable immortality.
The appendix of The Return of the King stated how marvellous it was that the elves and governing powers of Middle-Earth would allow a Dwarf into the Valinor, but if it wasn't for Gimil's crush on Galadriel, and her influence to get him on board, the lads wouldn't have gone on this one last tour to elf heaven.
3. The Royal Touch
Apart from busying herself by being a monarch, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is also quite the artist. So good, some of her illustrations were used for the Danish editions of LotR after Tolkien was so greatly impressed. They were published under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.
4. "Cheers, Gaffer"
Apart from being quite the renaissance man, the late, great Christopher Lee was the only cast member of LotR trilogy to have actually met Tolkien! The two crossed paths in a pub in Oxford, England called The Eagle & Child. In an interview with Lawrence French, Lee was said to have been quite the fanboy himself:
I was very much in awe of him, as you can imagine, so I just said, “how do you do?”
Having a fear of flying in helicopters, which is fair enough, Sean Bean, who portrayed Boromir, decided not to travel in the vehicles when filming in the particularly mountainous New Zealand. He opted instead for traveling in ski lifts and hiking in the full garb of his character. Hero.
6. Killing Field
The Return of the King to this day still holds the record of highest movie body count with 836 people, Orcs, animals and whatever slain. Second to that is Kingdom of Heaven with 610, and third is 300 with 600.
7. Everlasting Love
Tolkien was quite the poet, as we've all come to learn by now. And naturally with him being such a gifted wordsmith, this bled into the real world and will stand the test of time as one of the greatest in-jokes in history.
On Tolkien and his wife's shared tombstone, the names Beren and Luthien are engraved, which reference the two star-crossed lovers from his sprawling world (the best version of their tale can be found in The Silmarillion).
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(Sources: Wiki, Mental Floss, Listverse)