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Lord Of The Rings Cast: Then vs. Now (Some Of Them DID NOT Age Well)

For fantasy fans, Lord of the Rings has always been a favorite. Adapted from the J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, the films are an ageless classic for all its fans. And is quite admired for its filmmaking techniques. The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001, all with it came a list of actors, who are now well known for the role they played in the franchise. After the series was complete, the actors have moved on. Here’s what the cast is doing now.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood lord of the rings
Elijah Wood: now

In the Lord of the Rings series, Elijah Wood played the role of a hobbit, Frodo. After the series was over, Wood has been exploring different genres like comedy, romance, musicals, and slasher. He has also co-founded the production company SpectreVision. He will appear in L.A. Rush.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen lord of the rings
Viggo Mortensen: now

After playing the role of Aragon in the Lord of the Rings series, Viggo Mortensen continued as an actor. He has been nominated for several Academy Awards like Best Actor for Green Book (2018). Mortenson has made his directorial debut with Falling, a drama released in 2020. Thirteen Lives and Crimes of the Future are his upcoming films.

Sean Bean

Sean Bean lord of the rings
Sean Bean: now

After the death of his character, Boromir in the first film – Fellowship of the Rings, Sean Bean went on to act in films like Equilibrium, Troy, and National Treasure. Recently, the actor was seen in Snowpiercer and Possession. His upcoming work is a BBC drama, Marriage.

Dominic Monaghan

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Dominic Monaghan: now

The actor played Merry a troublesome Hobbit. After the series ended, he was a part of the series Lost till 2010. More recently, Monaghan hosted and produced a BBC wildlife docuseries – “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.” He joined the Star Wars franchise in 2019 with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin lord of the rings
Sean Astin: now

After portraying Samwise in the Lord of the Rings film series, Sean Astin has worked in major TV shows. Also, the actor has voiced many animated characters. He appeared in Stranger Things Season 2. Sean Astin has several projects in the making.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen lord of the rings
Sir Ian McKellen: now

The actor played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings. After the series wrapped, he played his role again in The Hobbit. He played Magneto in the X-Men: Days of the Future Past (2014). He has more recently appeared in Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Cats (2019).

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies ord of the rings
John Rhys-Davies: now

After portraying the dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings, he continued to act in the fantasy genre. His recent projects include The Shannara Chronicles. He has also voiced animated characters and video games like in the series Wizards. Also, his upcoming projects include Starbright and Shadow Wars.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom: now

Legolas was the master archer and wood Elf in the Lord of the Rings series. After bringing the character to life Bloom played other action-packed roles. He famously played Will Turner for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He recently voiced an animated character in the show The Prince.

Billy Boyd

Billy Boyd
Billy Boyd: now

Playing the role of Pippins, Billy Boyd appeared in all three Lord of the Rings movies. He appeared in the Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). He has voiced Glen and Glenda in Seed of Chucky. Boyd is also a musician. More recently, he appeared in the thriller An Intrusion (2021).

Sir Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm lord of the rings
Sir Ian Holm

After playing Bilbo Baggins the previous ring bearer, Ian Holm played major roles in movies. He worked Garden State, Lord of War, and Ratatouille. In 2020, the actor passed away due to some complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

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