Featuring a cast of star-studded actors, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring made its big screen debut in 2001. In the years since, other films and series have entered the franchise making it one of the biggest franchises in the world. Have you ever wondered what happened to the original cast from the first movies? Let’s take a look!
After playing the courageous hobbit Froddo Baggins, Elijah Woods’s career did not stop. He has starred in a few TV series, including FX’s Wilfred for four seasons and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for two seasons. Many animated films and shows featured his voice, including TRON: Uprising, Robot Chicken and Star Wars Resistance. The actor has done great for himself since climbing Mount Doom and will likely continue to do so.
During Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen played a character known as a strider; a moody-looking ranger later revealed to be Aragorn, the heir of Isildur. Since his ranger days, he has starred in high-profile films such as Hidalgo, Captain Fantastic and A Dangerous Method. His role in Green Book also earned him a nomination for a third Academy Award. His next venture was writing a film in which he also starred: Falling. Having founded Perceval Press in 2002, the accomplished artist has written several books, including I Forget You Forever.
Sean Bean played Boromir, the son of Denethor and a member of the fellowship in the Lord of the Rings’ first movie, and later dies trying to protect Merry and Pippin. After he wrapped with LOTR, he appeared in films such as National Treasure, The Martial and Pixels. Not only does he feature in movies, but he has also been in some fantastic series such as Game of Thrones as Ned Stark, Snowpiercer and the BBC 6-part series Broken.
Dominic Monaghan played Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), a friend of Frodo and a member of the fellowship of the ring. After LOTR, the German-born actor starred in Lost, followed by several other shows such as 100 Club, Bite Club and Flash Forward. Aside from TV series, he also appeared in more blockbuster movies such as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Mute.
Samwise Gamgee is portrayed by the Goonies actor Sean Astin and will forever be known as Samwise. His role in LOTR is so brilliant that he continued his steady film career with roles in The Freemasons, Extraction and Gloria Bell. The actor has also appeared on several TV shows, including Stranger Things, No Good Nick, Wayward Guide and 24. Sean Astin shows no signs of slowing down, so we expect to see him soon!
There is a certain vibe to Lord of the Rings that may not appeal to everyone, however, for most people, once they have watched it, they get lost in the exciting world of strange creatures and unfamiliar places. The franchise has expanded worldwide, and even casino game providers have taken inspiration from LOTR and created New Online Slots that are themed similarly to the movie. The movie would have never had this worldwide impact if it wasn’t for the impeccable cast and the actors we highlighted in this list!