Famous people who like Tolkien

We are all anonymous. I mean..,we’re not famous, we’re not artists, celebrities on TV. We’re all  everyday regular boys and girls, right? If you’re reading this, then we got one BIG thing in common: Tolkien. Well, how about get to know famous people who share the same passion? Interesting, huh? Read below this article found on the spectacular site of Tolkien Library and get to know them:

We have a small planet and on it live an incredible amount of people. Many do share a strong love for the books of Tolkien and even more so have a deep love for The Lord of the Rings movies. Many celebrities do love books or movies and while most of the time we don’t know for sure, there are many famous Tolkien fans out there. Here is a list of famous Tolkien fans and celebrities who like The Lord of the Rings. if you know any others, please feel free to send over the info and we can add them to the list. Probably with The Hobbit movies coming there will be many more that will come out and tell us all about their passion!

Queen Margrethe II, is the queen regnant of Denmark. She is also an artist, whose works have been inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature from a very young age. Her works of art are examined in the film documentary J.R.R.T. : A Film Portrait Of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

In the eary 1970s, the Queen was inspired to illustrate The Lord of the Rings. She sent her illustrations to Tolkien, who was struck by the similarity to the style of his own drawings. In 1977, Queen Margrethe’s drawings were published in the Danish translation of the book (Ringenes Herre, edition by publishers Gyldendal; one illustration for each chapter), redrawn by the British artist Eric Fraser. 

Under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer her illustrations were also featured in a British edition of The Lord of the Rings, published by HarperCollins and The Folio Society. Queen Margrethe gave permission to use her illustrations in the CD layouts for the musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings by the Danish music group The Tolkien Ensemble.  

Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is an American comedian, satirist, actor, and writer known for his ironic style, particularly in his portrayal of uninformed opinion leaders and deadpan comedic delivery.

Stephen Colbert developed a love of science fiction and fantasy novels, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, of which he remains an avid fan. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings story will often show through in the Report. However, Colbert tries to limit references to The Lord of the Ringsbecause he says, as a fan, he does not want to “debase” Tolkien’s work by having his character like it. One thing is certain he loves to show his amazing The Lord of the Ringscollectables.

James Franco is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, painter, performance artist and professor at New York University.

During James Franco’s appearance on The Colbert Report he managed to get into an intense argument with Stephen Colbert over who had been the bigger fan of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien growing up.

Film actor Christoper Lee is next to Saruman in The Lord of the Rings movies also a huge fan of Tolkien. 

He has a huge respect for the author Tolkien as you can read in the following quote:

“What Professor Tolkien achieved is unique in the literature of my lifetime. Indeed, in my opinion, he had reached the peak of literary invention of all time. Nothing like it has ever existed, and probably never will.”

Christopher Lee had met Tolkien once (making him the only person in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have done so) and makes a habit of reading the novels at least once a year.

Next to this Christopher Lee became an active participant, both as narrator and singer, at the album and concerts ofThe Tolkien Ensemble. Of all famous people Christopher Lee is probably the biggest Tolkien fan of all!

Megan Fox has admitted to being a huge fan of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and regularly uses internet forums dedicated to the films. According to PopEater, the 24-year-old star displayed an extensive knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary classics and revealed that she is frustrated by fans that criticize Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning adaptations. 

She said: “[Fans] complain that Frodo is eating the Lembas bread outside of Mordor instead of the in the Mines of Moria. And they get really mad. You cannot focus completely on pleasing them because you’ll never win. They’ll never be happy no matter what you do.”

Another person who for sure loved The Lord of the Rings but will probably not claim it with too many words is James Cameron. In Empire magazine we could read about his favorite scene in the movie:

“I think the scene that blew me away and was probably a causal link to Avatar getting made, at least in the short term, was the scene where Gollum debates with himself what he should do. His schizophrenic fugue state was so beautifully realised, not only as a concept for a scene, but in terms of the execution and the fact that it was such a milestone in performance-capture CG. I was blown away by that scene and when there was talk about Andy Serkis getting an Oscar nomination for that role, I thought it was completely valid. It’s a great performance.”

During some interviews at several cons we learned that is was this exaxt scene that pushed James Cameron to work further on Avatar. He has also stated that with Avatar he wanted to compete with Star Wars and Tolkien. While we know James Cameron has an enormous respect for Peter Jackson, we can probably add him to the list of Tolkien fans, while he will probably never say this himself. One thing is certain he sees the current work on The Hobbit movies as an extra push to work harder and take our cinema experience to the next level!

In sports we can find several The Lord of the Rings fans, like for example Ruud van Nistlerooy.

Of course football players are never interviewed about their passion for Tolkien and so we have to learn it from other sources. 

On fourfourtwo Dominic Monaghan says 

“I’ve become a good friend of Ruud van Nistlerooy, too, who was a big fan of Lord of the Rings, and when Elijah and me turned up at United’s U.S. tour last year, he asked to meet up with us and we went with the players to a party at Venice Beach. I’ve kept in touch with Ruud since then and we exchange e-mails from time to time, so it doesn’t feel like I’m so far away.” 

Dominic Monaghan even owns a Manchester United shirt with “Hobbit” printed on the back, which was presented to him by former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Probably the best known Tolkien fan in footbal is Fernando Torres. On his left arm he has “Fernando” tattooed in tengwar, which is a constructed script invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings.

He is not the only soccer player with an Elvish tattoe like this, for example Argentinian Sergio Agüero has his nickname Kun Agüero written in Elvish on his right arm.

Isaac Asimov was a prolific science fiction author and polemic. As such, some of his writings discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s thematics, especially the One Ring. 

In a letter written to Charlotte and Denis Plimmer in 1967, Tolkien said that he seldom found any modern books that could hold his attention. One exception though was the science fiction of Isaac Asimov, which Tolkien said he enjoyed. 

In an interview conducted in 1988, Asimov said that he “likes” Tolkien and that he has “read it five times” (likely referring to The Lord of the Rings).

The Beatles were Tolkien fans, and in the 1960s, they wanted to make their own adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

  As strange as it sounds, John Lennon was once pushing for a Beatles version of “Lord of the Rings.” McCartney said, “John wanted us to buy the film rights to Lord of the Rings. It was very much his idea.” The Beatles version would have had John Lennon playing the grasping, thieving creature Gollum, Paul McCartney as the hero Frodo, George Harrison as the wise wizard Gandalf and Ringo Starr playing Frodo’s devoted sidekick Sam. The Beatles plan fell flat when the author J.R.R. Tolkien, who still had the film rights, rejected the idea of the Beatles doing it.

Led Zeppelin is well known for their Tolkien inspired lyrics. It can also be noted that one of Robert Plant’s dogs was named Strider. 

Robert Plant was so much influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien’s books that it inspired lyrics in some early Led Zeppelin songs, most notably “The Battle of Evermore”, “Misty Mountain Hop”, “No Quarter”, “Ramble On” and “Over the Hills and Far Away” contain verses referencing Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

There are always discussions whether Robert Plant did really read a lot of Tolkien but I know some other people who named their dogs or even children after characters from Tolkien’s books and they all share one common thing: a love for Tolkien.

Long long list! There are more!!!! Check the Tolkien Libraryand see for yourself! Maybe one day, who knows…you get famous and be part of this list, huh? 😀



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