The Beatles in J.R.R. Tolkien's
The Lord of the Rings ?!


a graphic from J.R.R. Tolkien
by David R. Collins

from Wikipedia

"Contrary to widespread belief, the film rights to
The Lord of the Rings were never held by Walt Disney.
In fact, Tolkien deeply disliked Disney's adaptations
of fairy tales. The film rights were sold by Tolkien to
United Artists in 1969.

The Beatles planned to do a live-action version with
Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins, Ringo Starr as
Sam Gamgee, George Harrison as Gandalf, and
John Lennon as Gollum.

The group approached Stanley Kubrick to direct
the film. Even though he briefly considered directing
the film, Kubrick turned the offer down, as he felt
the trilogy was unfilmable due to its immensity.
Soon the plans for the film came to nothing because
Tolkien didn't like the Beatles in the film."

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