Where Are They Now – The Hollywood Reporter

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, premiered in theaters 20 years ago (on Dec. 17, 2003) to throngs of moviegoers. It was a triumphant moment for everyone involved, the culmination of a franchise that entertained both existing fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels about the heroic adventures of Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring, as well as generations who’d never even heard of hobbits, taking in a combined $2.99 billion at the global box office and amassing 17 Oscars along the way. 

For the nine members of the Fellowship (and their other castmates), the films became a calling card that launched them to international stardom. Elijah Wood, who was only 18 when he first donned Frodo’s cloak, still looks on them fondly, telling THR for the 20th anniversary of Fellowship of the Ring, “The films really do represent such an extraordinary time in my life, and they are films I really love.” 

Now, two decades after the One Ring tumbled into the fires Mount Doom, there is still no end to the popularity of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, as shown by continued interest in film and series adaptations. Projects currently in the works include the second season of Amazon Prime’s megabudget Rings of Power series, the animated War of the Rohirrim movie (set to debut in theaters in 2024), and a new series of theatrical interpretations from Warner Bros. and New Line, announced earlier this year

So in honor of The Return of the King’s 20th anniversary, read on to find out what has become of the famously close cast, including which group has a crossword puzzle challenge going, who has plans to reprise their role in War of the Rohirrim and who walks around barefoot like a hobbit in real life.  

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