We all remember how The Lord of the Rings astounded the world way back in 2001-2003. At the time, thousands of moviegoers dreamed of exploring Middle Earth and debated who was the more handsome character: Legolas or Aragorn.
We decided to take a look at how the actors from our favorite fantasy trilogy have changed over the past 15 years since the movies were on our screens.
1. Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood)
Apart from continuing to act in movies and providing voice acting for animated films, Elijah has founded the sound-recording company Simian Records.
2. Legolas (Orlando Bloom)
When he took on the role of Legolas the Elf, Orlando Bloom was still a largely unknown actor. A few years later, he starred in another highly successful movie, Pirates of the Caribbean.
3. Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
Ian McKellen first starred in movies in the 1970s, but he became particularly well known in the 1990s. His most famous roles were as Nicholas II in the movie Rasputin and as Magneto in the movie adaptations of the X-Men comic books. In 1989 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
4. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)
Apart from his acting work, this actor with Danish ancestry is also a famous artist, photographer, poet, and musician. He founded a publishing company which publishes the works of little-known authors. He has also been awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog.
5. Arwen (Liv Tyler)
Before taking on her most famous role, Liv Tyler starred in several successful movies, including Stealing Beauty and Armageddon. The actress now has three children and took on her first job as a movie producer in 2016.
6. Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin)
Although he has continued to star in movies, his role as the clumsy yet brave hobbit Samwise Gamgee remains Sean's most well-known performance.
7. Merrie (Dominic Monaghan)
Few people know that Dominic was involved in writing the script for The Lord of the Rings alongside fellow actor Billy Boyd. He's also well known for playing Charlie in the TV show Lost.
8. Pippin (Billy Boyd)
Billy is known for his ability to sing and play the guitar, bass, and drums. He wrote and performed the song "The Edge of Night" in The Return of the King.
9. Boromir (Sean Bean)
Sean was already a well-known actor by the time he was invited to star in The Lord of the Rings. But his performance in the fantasy blockbuster only made him more famous, and he went on to play notable roles in Troy, Silent Hill, and, of course, Game of Thrones. Incidentally, he also holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Sheffield.
10. Éowyn (Miranda Otto)
The actress has appeared in movies that, by and large, haven't had wide screenings. In 2014, she starred in I, Frankenstein.
11. Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm)
Ian Holm appeared in his first movie in 1958. He's taken on more than 110 roles, including the android Ash in Alien, Napoleon in Time Bandits, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, and, of course, Bilbo Baggins. The actor has also been knighted.
12. Galadriel (Cate Blanchett)
Cate has starred in more than 40 movies during her career, as well as 20 theatre productions, earning herself a star on Hollywood Boulevard.