Viggo Mortensen Has Some Advice For Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series


Amazon is making a play for a Game of Thrones-sized hit with a
Lord of the Rings series
. Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning
director of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The
Return of the King, isn’t involved, but the series will center on
a character from his films:
Young Aragorn
, not to be confused with the Young Pope or
Young Dumblepope
. There’s been no casting information about
who will play the future King of Gondor and Ranger of the North,
but the actor who portrayed Aragorn in the big-screen trilogy,
Viggo Mortensen, has some advice for whoever it ends up being.

“I would say, not only read the book, you know, very
thoroughly, that giant book of Lord of the Rings, but you could
read some of the Nordic sagas,” the Green
star told
. “You’ll get some clues there as to where Tolkien
got his information. Like, Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, and the
Volsunga saga. Read that.”

The part about buying the books from Amazon was left

Mortensen added that “there’s always something that you can
draw on. I had read or been read to as a kid, stories about Vikings
and Nordic sagas and stuff, and there was something there that was
familiar, but it was still – you know, fortunately when I started
doing that shoot it was physical stuff, not dialogue. So it was
like sword fighting, so I could get my feet wet with that before I
actually had to start speaking.” He’s glad he agreed to play
Aragorn, and that it “opened a lot of doors” for him (A History
of Violence and Eastern Promises came after Return of the King),
but “it’s not ideal.” Fighting in a bathhouse naked,

A day may come when Mortensen has more advice. But it is not
this day.


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Viggo Mortensen Has Some Advice For Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series