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John Lennon wanted the Beatles to make Lord of the Rings film

[from the BBC News feature 10 things we didn't know this time last week]

The Beatles negotiated with JRR Tolkien for the rights to star in a film version of the Lord of the Rings. John was to play Gollum, George Gandalf, Paul Frodo and Ringo Sam. "It was something John was driving at," director Peter Jackson told Total Film magazine, after McCartney told him the tale. "JRR Tolkien still had the film rights at that stage, but he didn't like the idea of the Beatles doing it. So he killed it."

[Editor's Note: This is the first time we've been able to share a story with our sister news website What Goes On.]

Published December 12, 2003

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