Here's a list of who had read the books before being cast in the movies and who had not. I'm sure most if not all have eventually read LOTR, but the ones on the HAD READ IT list are the ones who had read it before the movies were ever mentioned. :-)


HAD read it

Had NOT read it

Sean Bean
Jørn Benzon
Ben Britton
Nathan Clark
Jonathan Harding
Bernard Hill
Christopher Lee
Alexander Lindsay
Ax McClennan
Dominic Monaghan
Karl Urban






Sean Astin
Billy Boyd
Brad Dourif
Sean Fitzpatrick
Bruce Hopkins
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen
John Noble
Miranda Otto
Andy Serkis
Liv Tyler
Hugo Weaving
David Wenham
Elijah Wood

Read part of it

Unknown

Orlando Bloom
Craig Parker








Cate Blanchett
Ian Holm
John Rhys-Davies