'Game of Thrones' Has a 'Lord of the Rings' Easter Egg That's Been Staring Us in the Face for Years

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'Game of Thrones' has been drawing 'Lord of the Rings' comparisons since long before HBO described it as "'The Sopranos' in Middle Earth" or Boromir himself, Sean Bean, joined the cast, but its latest Easter Egg has gone unnoticed for three straight seasons. Find out what surprising connection the Iron Throne has to Gandalf from a new Reddit examination of 'Game of Thrones'!

With a hat tip to Uproxx, it seems as if 'Game of Thrones' has been taking a pointed jab at Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' films for years with its Iron Throne design, even if the iconic chair we've become familiar with is nowhere near the elaborate presentation of 'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin's original design. You see, for as much design and construction went into the current Iron Throne, at least one sword among the many has been recognized by fans and Reddit users as Gandalf's iconic sword, Glamdring, as wielded by Sir Ian McKellen throughout Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' trilogies

See for yourself:

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The design seems pretty unmistakable, even if production designers only assembled the throne from whatever distinct prop swords they could get their hands on. You can even make it out in the recent 'Parks and Recreation' appearance, and while others may have spotted the design before, it's certainly the first we've seen of it. Presumably, the jab has been taken in much better spirits than the first season, in which George W. Bush's severed head was included among the spikes lining Kings' Landing.

Well, what do you think? Happy accident, or a super-secret 'Game of Thrones'-'Lord of the Rings' crossover we've never known about? Has the fan fiction already begun? Check out the latest preview for 'Game of Thrones' season 4 while you're at it, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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