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These Lord of the Rings Coins Are Legal Tender in New Zealand

These coins will let you have a good time in any tavern from Minas Tirith to Invercargill. New Zealand produced them as well as commemorative stamps to mark the production of The Hobbit, which was filmed in that country. This deision meets with Sir Ian McKellen’s full approval: “To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is [...]

The Beatles Wanted to Produce a Lord of the Rings Movie

Peter Jackson has revealed that The Beatles approached J.R.R. Tolkien forty years ago with a request to produce a movie version of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien turned them down: [...]John Lennon wanted to play the role of the avaricious creature Gollum and Paul McCartney was to play Frodo Baggins in a proposed ’60s Beatles [...]