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  Tolkien lands role in Rings movie
Updated 08 December 2003, 10.29
Scene from ROTK
Tolkien has got a role in the final Lord Of The Rings film.

But it's not LOTR author JRR Tolkien - he died in 1973. It's his great grandson - Royd Tolkien.

Royd, 34, plays a Gondorian Ranger in the third LOTR film, The Return Of The King. The 3 hour 20 minute movie hits UK cinemas on 17 December.

Royd was invited to join the cast by director Peter Jackson. He said he was "incredibly proud" his great granddad's books had been adapted for the screen.

Fact File
Tolkien titbits
Tolkien is pronounced toll-keen
Tolkien created Middle-earth as a world for his invented languages
One language was based on Finnish
He was a very religious Catholic
He never owned a television
Tolkien liked the comedy act The Marx Brothers

JRR Tolkien started writing the Lord Of The Rings series in 1919.

Royd said the books affected his childhood games.

Sword

"I'd never play cowboys and indians. Instead of a gun, I had a sword and a cloak," he told The Mirror newspaper.

Royd described his role in the film as "a fantasy come true".

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