10 Mind Blowing Facts You Never Knew About The Lord Of The Rings

Gandalf was almost played by WHO?!

Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings
New Line Cinema

If there is anything that can be considered the holy bible of nerd culture, it would have to be The Lord Of The Rings. The impact that this book series, and the films that were adapted from it, have had on their respective mediums, as well as the fantasy genre as a whole, is impossible to articulate without writing a completely different article than the one we're doing today.

But of course, something so monumental would have some interesting stories behind it. Whether it be fun facts about the novels, or humorous anecdotes about the making of the movies, the Lord Of The Rings franchise has a ton of fun Easter eggs littered throughout its history.

After all, the films were quite the experiment when they came out, and there are a lot more novels in the Tolkien-verse than just LOTR and The Hobbit that contain fun facts that reshape everything you thought you knew about the world. And these ten entries are the most interesting of all of them.

Whether from the books or movies, these are the facts about Lord Of The Rings that will definitely blow your mind.

10. Christopher Lee Is The Only Cast Member To Have Actually Met Tolkien

Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings
Warner Bros. Pictures

Being one of the most storied men in Hollywood, it makes sense that if anyone who was in this trilogy would have met Tolkien, it would be Christopher Lee.

Although you would think that their meeting would be a bit more interesting than it ended up being. Lee just happened to visit one of Tolkien's favorite haunts, a bar in Oxford known as the Eagle And Child. Being a super fan of the novels, you can imagine he was quite in awe of one of his personal heroes just kinda sitting down to have a drink.

Fortunately, Christopher Lee was very polite about it, which is more than we could say about most people in a situation like this. He simply walked up to Tolkien, asked him how his day went, and then the two went about their day.

Granted, when you're the only person in the entire LOTR cast that can definitively declare that he met one of the greatest literary masters in modern history, the length of the conversation you have is kinda irrelevant.


John Tibbetts is a novelist in theory, a Whatculture contributor in practice, and a nerd all around who loves talking about movies, TV, anime, and video games more than he loves breathing. Which might be a problem in the long term, but eh, who can think that far ahead?