Lord of the Rings | Middle-Earth

Lord of the Rings is a best-selling novel by JRR Tolkein, first published in 1954. It is set in the fictional land of Middle Earth. The three volumes of books follow Frodo Baggins’ journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. The ring is the most powerful object in Middle Earth forged centuries ago, and thought lost. Powerful forces also want the ring, and Frodo faces difficult battles in his quest to get to Mordor. There is a great deal of magic in the books, and fantastical beings and horrors that help or hinder Frodo’s journey. Sauron is the main antagonist in the novel, a necromancer who is intent on having the ring so he can control Middle Earth.

What does the ring in Lord of the Rings say?

The ring in Lord of the Rings says, ‘One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them; One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them’. The ring is inscribed in Tengwar script and symbolized the Ring’s power to control the other Rings of Power.

When was Lord of the Rings written?

The Lord of the Rings was written between 1937 and 1949 and was officially published on July 29, 1954, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings is a high fantasy novel that is set in the middle-earth and is the sequel to The Hobbit. It is one of the best-selling books of all time.

Where was Lord of the Rings filmed?

The Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand. It was filmed consecutively for 438 days from 1999 to 2000. The trilogy was shot at over 150 different locations within New Zealand including the North and South Islands. Pick-up shoots were conducted from 2001 to 2003.

Lord of the Rings Guides
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Aragorn
214000
5’11” | 1.80 m (Film); 6’6” | 1.98 m (Book)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Aragorn
198.000
1954.00
214000
3D
Aragorn
Arwen
108000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Arwen
178.000
1954.00
108000
3D
Arwen
Balin
40000
4’11” | 1.50 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Balin
150.000
1937.00
40000
3D
Balin
Balrogs
115000
14’-18’ | 4.3-5.5 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Balrogs
550.000
1954.00
115000
3D
Balrogs
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Bilbo Baggins
124.000
1937.00
115000
3D
Bilbo Baggins
Boromir
81000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Film); 6’4” | 1.93 m (Book)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Boromir
193.000
1954.00
81000
3D
Boromir
Elrond
157000
6’2” | 1.88 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Elrond
188.000
1937.00
157000
3D
Elrond
Faramir
40000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Film); 6’4” | 1.93 m (Book)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Faramir
178.000
1954.00
40000
3D
Faramir
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Frodo Baggins
124.000
1954.00
90000
3D
Frodo Baggins
Galadriel
142000
5’8” | 1.73 m (Film); 6’4” | 1.93 m (Book)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Galadriel
173.000
1954.00
142000
3D
Galadriel
Gandalf
405000
5’11” | 1.80 m (Film); 5’6” | 1.68 m (Book)
The Hobbit (1937)
Gandalf
180.000
1937.00
405000
3D
Gandalf
Gimli
113000
4’6” | 1.37 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Gimli
137.000
1954.00
113000
3D
Gimli
Gollum
735000
3’6” | 1.07 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Gollum
107.000
1937.00
735000
3D
Gollum
5’9” | 1.75 m
January 3, 1892
J. R. R. Tolkien
175.000
1892.00
221000
3D
J. R. R. Tolkien
Legolas
336000
5’11” | 1.80 m (Film); 6’0” | 1.83 m (Book)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Legolas
180.000
1954.00
336000
3D
Legolas
Lurtz
9100
6’4” | 1.93 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lurtz
193.000
2001.00
9100
3D
Lurtz
4’2” | 1.27 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Merry Brandybuck
127.000
1954.00
7900
3D
Merry Brandybuck
Nazgûl
102900
6’10”-7’1” | 2.08-2.16 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Nazgûl
216.000
1954.00
102900
3D
Nazgûl
Orcs
43000
4’-5’ | 1.22-1.52 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Orcs
152.000
1954.00
43000
3D
Orcs
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Pippin Took
124.000
1954.00
11400
3D
Pippin Took
4’2” | 1.27 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Samwise Gamgee
127.000
1954.00
40000
3D
Samwise Gamgee
Saruman
88000
6’5” | 1.96 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Saruman
196.000
1954.00
88000
3D
Saruman
Sauron
280000
9’2” | 2.79 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Sauron
279.000
1937.00
280000
3D
Sauron
Shelob
34000
6’ | 1.83 m (Film)
17’ | 5.18 m (Film)
8’ | 2.44 m (Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Shelob
183.000
518.000
244.000
1954.00
34000
3D
Shelob
Smaug
117000
60’ | 18.3 m (Grounded)
360’ | 110 m (Wingspan)
427’ | 130 m (Film); 59’ | 18 m (Book)
The Hobbit (1937)
Smaug
1830.000
11000.000
13000.000
1937.00
117000
3D
Smaug
5’2" | 1.57 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Thorin Oakenshield
157.000
1937.00
40000
3D
Thorin Oakenshield
5’9” | 1.75 m (Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Théoden
175.000
1954.00
20000
3D
Théoden
14’ | 4.28 m (Book & Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Treebeard
428.000
1954.00
12000
3D
Treebeard
5’10”-6’1" | 1.78-1.85 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Uruk-hai
185.000
1954.00
73700
3D
Uruk-hai
7’1” | 2.16 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Witch-King of Angmar
216.000
1954.00
23700
3D
Witch-King of Angmar
Éowyn
61000
5’5” | 1.65 m (Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Éowyn
165.000
1954.00
61000
3D
Éowyn
Éowyn
Height comparison diagram of Éowyn compared to other Lord of the Rings characters

Éowyn was a shieldmaiden of Rohan and the much-loved niece of King Théoden. During the War of the Ring, her Uncle chose her to rule in his absence as she was respected and admired by the people of Rohan. She later rode out to fight alongside her Uncle disguised as a man. She killed the Witch King of Angmar in a brutal fight, revealing her true identity and fulfilling the thousands year old prophecy that the Witch King would not die ‘at the hands of a man’. After Sauron’s defeat, she married Faramir and had one son with him, Elboron.

Éowyn is portrayed by Miranda Otto with a height of 5’5” (1.65 m) in the Lord of the Rings films.

Collection of elevation drawings of Éowyn with overall height
Éowyn was a shieldmaiden of Rohan and the much-loved niece of King Théoden. During the War of the Ring, her Uncle chose her to rule in his absence as she was respected and admired by the people of Rohan. She later rode out to fight alongside her Uncle disguised as a man.

Éowyn is portrayed by Miranda Otto with a height of 5’5” (1.65 m) in the Lord of the Rings films.

Collection of elevation drawings of Éowyn with overall height
Éowyn
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5’5” | 1.65 m (Film)
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Actor (Film)
Miranda Otto
First Appearance
The Two Towers (1954)

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Aragorn
Size comparison drawings of Aragorn comparing the heights of other related Lord of the Rings characters

Aragorn is a character in J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Aragorn is first introduced as Strider, a Ranger of the North, but is later revealed to be the heir of the King of Gondor. He offers to assist in Frodo in his journey to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mordor and leads the Fellowship of the Ring. After the Fellowship is disbanded, Aragorn leads an army against the Black Gate of Mordor, enabling Frodo and Samwise to pass undetected.  After Sauron’s defeat, Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor and goes on to rule for 122 years, with Arwen by his side.

Aragorn is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Aragorn has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Aragorn with height measurements
Aragorn is a character in J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Aragorn is first introduced as Strider, a Ranger of the North, but is later revealed to be the heir of the King of Gondor. He offers to assist in Frodo in his journey to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mordor.

Aragorn is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Aragorn has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Aragorn with height measurements
Aragorn
Height:
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Actor (Film)
Viggo Mortensen
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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Aragorn elevations (assorted)

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Galadriel
Size comparison drawings of Galadriel comparing the heights of other related Lord of the Rings characters

Galadriel was an Elf of Middle-earth. Considered one of the most powerful elves of all time, Galadriel was unsurpassed in beauty and knowledge. She was a powerful presence; tall, statuesque and with long, golden hair and shining bright eyes. She usually wore clothes of the purest white. Her own powers made her a match for the Dark Lord Sauron, but she understood the corrupting power of the One ring and knew if it were to be in her safe-keeping she would succumb to its dark magic. She only used her powers for good and to protect those in need. In Peter Jackson’s film franchise, Galadriel was played by Cate Blanchett.

Galadriel is portrayed by Cate Blanchett with a height of 5’8” (1.73 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Galadriel has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Galadriel with height measurements
Galadriel was an Elf of Middle-earth. Considered one of the most powerful elves of all time, Galadriel was unsurpassed in beauty and knowledge. She was a powerful presence; tall, statuesque and with long, golden hair and shining bright eyes. She usually wore clothes of the purest white.

Galadriel is portrayed by Cate Blanchett with a height of 5’8” (1.73 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Galadriel has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Galadriel with height measurements
Galadriel
Height:
5’8” | 1.73 m (Film); 6’4” | 1.93 m (Book)
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Actor (Film)
Cate Blanchett
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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Galadriel elevations (assorted)

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Frodo Baggins
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Frodo Baggins in relation to other Lord of the Rings characters

Frodo Baggins is one of the main characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. At the beginning of the story, he inherits the One Ring from his Uncle Bilbo Baggins, and after Gandalf reveals its true origin, Frodo pledges to return it to the fires of Mordor. He is assisted by the Fellowship of the Ring; a group formed to help and protect Frodo in his quest. Frodo is a quiet, smart character with hidden reserves of strength. His best friend is Samwise Gamgee, who accompanies him on his journey. In the film franchise, Frodo Baggins is played by Elijah Woods.

Frodo Baggins is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having a height of 4’1” (1.24 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames. In the books, hobbits have a height that varies between 2’-4’ (.61-1.22 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Frodo Baggins labeled with overall height
Frodo Baggins is one of the main characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. At the beginning of the story, he inherits the One Ring from his Uncle Bilbo Baggins, and after Gandalf reveals its true origin, Frodo pledges to return it to the fires of Mordor.

Frodo Baggins is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having a height of 4’1” (1.24 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames. In the books, hobbits have a height that varies between 2’-4’ (.61-1.22 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Frodo Baggins labeled with overall height
Frodo Baggins
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4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
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Hobbit Height (Books): 2’-4’ | .61-1.22 m

Actor (Film)
Elijah Wood
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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Frodo Baggins elevations (assorted)

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Smaug
Height comparison diagram of Smaug compared to other Lord of the Rings characters

Smaug was the last great dragon living in Middle-earth. He captured the Lonely Mountain after being drawn to the amassed wealth of the Dwarves, destroying the nearby town of Dale in the process. He lived there for 171 years, atop his great trove of treasure. He had immense physical strength, could fly, and had the ability to breathe fire from his mouth and nostrils. He had reddish gold scales that covered his whole body. Smaug was a cruel sadistic character with a lust for gold. When Bilbo Baggins stole from him, Smaug descended into a fury and tried to destroy nearby Lake town, which ultimately resulted in his death.

Smaug is portrayed in the Hobbit films as having an overall length of 427’ (130 m), total wingspan of 360’ (110 m), and estimated grounded height of 60’ (18.3 m). In the books, the length of Smaug is 59’ (18 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Smaug with overall height
Smaug was the last great dragon living in Middle-earth. He captured the Lonely Mountain after being drawn to the amassed wealth of the Dwarves, destroying the nearby town of Dale in the process. He lived there for 171 years, atop his great trove of treasure.

Smaug is portrayed in the Hobbit films as having an overall length of 427’ (130 m), total wingspan of 360’ (110 m), and estimated grounded height of 60’ (18.3 m). In the books, the length of Smaug is 59’ (18 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Smaug with overall height
Smaug
Height:
60’ | 18.3 m (Grounded)
Width:
360’ | 110 m (Wingspan)
Length:
427’ | 130 m (Film); 59’ | 18 m (Book)
Depth:
Weight:
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Actor (Film)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Voice)
First Appearance
The Hobbit (1937)

Drawings include:
Smaug elevations (assorted)

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