Vin Diesel Explains How J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion Shaped His Views on DeathGermain Lussier10/16/15 2:00pm13236EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkFantasy legend J.R.R. Tolkien means a lot of things to a lot of people. To Vin Diesel, what’s really inspiring about Tolkien is the way he writes about death. Tolkien is a touchstone for Diesel, and he was a huge influence on Diesel’s new film The Last Witch Hunter.