Date: 8th December 2003

Tolkien to appear in Lord of the Rings

JRR Tolkien's great grandson is to appear in the next instalment of the blockbuster Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Royd Tolkien, 34, took the part of a Gondorian Ranger in the new film adaptation of his famous relative's stories after director Peter Jackson invited him to join the cast.

Mr Tolkien said: "I was just blown away when Peter Jackson came up with the idea of putting a Tolkien into the film and to be a Gondorian Ranger is a huge privilege."

He said he was "incredibly proud" his great grandfather's stories had been recreated for the big screen.

The Return of the King opens in the UK later this month.

Source: Press Release