Vin Diesel has spoken before of his love of Dungeons and Dragons as a teenager, but speaking on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon he has revealed that he was always interested in the works of Tolkien.
Diesel describes a childhood in New York where him and lots of other children were particularly interested in fantasy. When Diesel played Dungeons and Dragons he played as a character named Melkor. He reveals:
There was a character named ‘Melkor’ at one point. […] I went into the glossary of The Silmarillion […] It was the book that came after The Lord of the Rings, but nobody read it – don’t worry about it!
He goes on to say that he wouldn’t have become the actor he is today had it not been for those experiences.
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Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.