There are only a few fandoms that have held up over the years, and The Lord of the Rings Franchise is one that has not only lasted, but thrived. The world of Middle-Earth has been carried on with the recent Hobbit trilogy, and it has introduced many new characters to love and hate.
That being said, the characters that I've always stood beside were those in the original fellowship, especially the four hobbits (well Legolas as well, everybody loves Legolas). A lot of people don't realize that The Fellowship of the Ring first came out in 2001. That's fourteen years ago! Fourteen years is a long time, and everybody's favorite hobbits have been up to quite a bit since then...
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin" Took
Billy may have not done any recent mainstream acting, but he certainly is still working his acting career. He has recently acted in The Alpha Invention and Space Milkshake. He also played Barrett Bonden in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Billy has also been the front-man of his band called Beecake. He named the band after his friend Dominic Monaghan, who plays the hobbit Merry, who sent him a picture of a cake covered in bees.
Lately, Billy Boyd contributed to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by singing what has now become one of my favorite songs of all time, "The Last Goodbye." The song plays at the beginning of the credits, and it perfectly sums up our journey through Middle-Earth.
Check out the music video for "The Last Goodbye" here!
Wait, wait, wait, wait... I know some of you just scrolled by without watching the video. Please, just give it a chance. It is such an incredible song! For those who watched it, you have my respect.
- Although the character Pippin was the youngest of the four hobbits, Billy Boyd is the oldest of the four actors.
- When he was in college, he worked at a bar, a comedy club, and a pizza joint.
- In Fellowship, Peter Jackson asked Billy to try and tone down his Scottish accent. When Boyd did so, they found that the scenes were not as funny, so Jackson had him change it back.
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
Dominic has probably stayed in the spotlight more than the other three Shire-lings, mostly as the character Charlie Pace in the incredible ABC drama Lost. He played a British rock-star with a bit of a problem with narcotics, and he quickly became a fan favorite. He was on the show from 2004-2010.
He also joined the Marvel Universe (not the MCU) when he appeared as Chris Bradley, or Bolt, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His screen-time was very limited, but hey, he got to play a mutant. That's pretty cool.
Lately, he has appeared in lesser-known titles such as 100 Code and Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist.
- Dominic originally auditioned for Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring, but Elijah Wood ended up with the part.
- He is a big fan of insects. He has a mantis named Gizmo and a black widow named Witchitar (and yes, I know that spiders are arachnids, not insects).
- He currently owns a forest in India that he bought in 2003 to help protect the environment.
Sean Astin - Samwise Gamgee
Sean has done quite a bit of voice acting since his role as Sam. He has voiced the superhuman Shazam in numerous animated Justice League movies, and he has been voicing Raphael in the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show.
He has also appeared in a few television shows like NCIS, Alphas, and The Strain. He has acted in a few lesser-known recent films such as Do You Believe? and Out West.
In 2004, shortly after The Lord of the Rings film trilogy came to a close, he published a memoir of his time on the films which he titled There and Back Again.
- Sean actually had to gain about 40 pounds to play Samwise.
- At one point, he wanted to direct the 2005 Fantastic Four movie.
- Sean starred in The Goonies in 1985, and he was allowed to keep the treasure map that was used in the movie. Unfortunately, a while later, his mom threw it away thinking it was just a crumpled piece of paper.
Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Elijah, better known as the man who doesn't age, has remained the most busy out of the other three with his acting career. Right after Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, he went to work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. After that he acted in Green Street Hooligans and Sin City. He starred in the television show Wilfred in 2011, and when The Hobbit movies rolled around, he continued his role as Frodo for a few brief scenes.
Elijah also did his fair share of voice acting, bringing life to Mumble in Happy Feet and and Spyro in The Legend of Spyro games. Coming in October, he'll hit the big screen again alongside Vin Diesel and Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie in The Last Witch Hunter.
- 150 different actors auditioned to play Frodo, including Jake Gyllenhaal. Elijah beat out each and every one of them.
- Frodo is the oldest of the four hobbits, even though Elijah is the youngest of the four actors.
- He is a huge fan of music. He claims to own thousands of CDs and he plays piano.