20 Facts About Tolkien Films to Know Them All

20 Facts About Tolkien Films to Know Them All

On September 21, 1937, the world had changed. On that date, J.R.R. Tolkien introduced our world to Middle-earth with the publishing of his work The Hobbit. Shortly after, he would take us back to Middle-earth for his trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. People loved the lore, the characters, and (eventually) the movies, games, and eventual TV shows based on his work.

Whether it’s with beloved, earned nostalgia or criticism (looking at you, Hobbit Trilogy), the movies are mostly fondly remembered and encased into the internet in the form of multiple reaction GIFs and memes. Several of the games are celebrated, with folks identifying with the hobbits, elves, or ents aside from regular humans. Then there’s the Rings of Power streaming series that has a production budget that’s higher than most modern militaries. While there is plenty to know about Middle-earth, there is plenty that you probably don’t know.

Here are some facts about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the other media that sprang from his vision.

Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood

CRACKED.COM Tolkien Movies lan McKellen and Elijah Wood never shot a scene together. I never worked with Elijah Wood, McKellen said. He was the main part in Lord of the Rings, but he's smaller than me, so we could never be together.


Christopher Lee

Tolkien Movies Christopher Lee campaigned to be in the Lord of the Rings films. Не was a huge fan of the books, and even met J.R.R. Tolkien in the flesh. CRACKED.COM


Ian McKellen's Return

CRACKED.COM Tolkien Movies lan McKellen almost didn't return as Gandalf for The Hobbit. McKellen was hesitant after all the director changes and other shenanigans the project went through. And then suddenly it was made, and I couldn't resist it.


Sean Connery

Tolkien Movies Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf. Не was offered a share of the box office, which would've netted him $400 million. Не still said no, because he didn't understand the story. CRACKED.COM



Tolkien Movies Bombur doesn't speak a single word in the first two Hobbit films. Stephen Hunter still had to learned Northern Irish dialect, like all the actors playing Dwarves. CRACKED.COM


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