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
Browse through our curated Lord of the Rings Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Lord of the Rings. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
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
Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Size comparison drawings of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) comparing the heights of other related Lord of the Rings characters

Meriadoc Brandybuck is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. More commonly known as Merry, he is a hobbit from the Shire who is part of the Fellowship of the Ring, the group formed to assist Frodo Baggins in his quest to return the One Ring to Mordor. Merry and his cousin Pippin are lively and mischievous characters, and fiercely brave and loyal friends. Merry is considered one of the most intelligent of the hobbits, and after Sauron is defeated, he returns to the Shire and becomes the Master of Buckland, a leading hobbit official.

Merry Brandybuck (Merry) is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having a height of 4’2” (1.27 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).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) with height measurements
Meriadoc Brandybuck is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. More commonly known as Merry, he is a hobbit from the Shire who is part of the Fellowship of the Ring, the group formed to assist Frodo Baggins in his quest to return the One Ring to Mordor.

Merry Brandybuck (Merry) is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having a height of 4’2” (1.27 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).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) with height measurements
Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Height:
4’2” | 1.27 m (Film)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Hobbit Height (Books): 2’-4’ | .61-1.22 m

Actor (Film)
Dominic Monaghan
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Drawings include:
Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) elevations (assorted)

Details & Downloads

Downloads

2D Downloads

3D Downloads

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

Gimli is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. A descendant of Durin the Deathless, the father of the first house of dwarven people, Gimli came from long line of elite dwarven families. He was the only dwarf to join the Fellowship of the Ring and fought bravely alongside men, elves and hobbits. Gimli was typical dwarf in that he exhibited great strength and stamina. He was a good fighter and capable axe wielder. Although sometimes cantankerous, Gimli was a loyal and trustworthy character. After Sauron’s defeat Gimli became Lord of the Glittering Caves at Helm’s Deep.

Gimli is portrayed in films as having a height of 4’6” (1.37 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Gimli with height measurements
Gimli is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. A descendant of Durin the Deathless, the father of the first house of dwarven people, Gimli came from long line of elite dwarven families. He was the only dwarf to join the Fellowship of the Ring and fought bravely alongside them all.

Gimli is portrayed in films as having a height of 4’6” (1.37 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Gimli with height measurements
Gimli
Height:
4’6” | 1.37 m (Film)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Actor (Film)
John Rhys-Davies
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Drawings include:
Gimli elevations (assorted)

Details & Downloads

Downloads

2D Downloads

3D Downloads

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:
Area:
Actor (Film)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Voice)
First Appearance
The Hobbit (1937)

Drawings include:
Smaug elevations (assorted)

Details & Downloads

Downloads

2D Downloads

3D Downloads

Thorin Oakenshield
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Thorin Oakenshield in relation to other Lord of the Rings characters

Thorin Oakenshield was the grandson of King Thoror and son of Thrain II. When Thorin was a child, his father Thráin II fled the Kingdom Under the Mountain with his family and the surviving Dwarves to escape the attack of the dragon Smaug. Many years later, Thorin led a mission to recapture the kingdom, enlisting the hobbit Bilbo Baggins as the mission’s ‘burglar’. They were successful and Thorin was reinstated as the King Under the Mountain. He lived there until a great age. Thorin was known for his bravery, intelligence and stubborn nature. He was a good leader, and well respected throughout Middle Earth.

Thorin Oakenshield is portrayed in the Hobbit films as having a height of 5’2" (1.57 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Set of dimensioned drawings of Thorin Oakenshield labeled with overall height
Thorin Oakenshield was the grandson of King Thoror and son of Thrain II. When Thorin was a child, his father Thráin II fled the Kingdom Under the Mountain with his family. Thorin was known for his bravery, intelligence and stubborn nature. He was a good leader, and well respected.

Thorin Oakenshield is portrayed in the Hobbit films as having a height of 5’2" (1.57 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Set of dimensioned drawings of Thorin Oakenshield labeled with overall height
Thorin Oakenshield
Height:
5’2" | 1.57 m (Film)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Actor (Film)
Richard Armitage
First Appearance
The Hobbit (1937)

Drawings include:
Thorin Oakenshield elevations (assorted)

Details & Downloads

Downloads

2D Downloads

3D Downloads

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

Faramir is a character in in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, Lord of the Rings. He is the son of the Steward of Gondor, and younger brother to famed warrior Boromir. After their mother died, the two brothers became very close despite being so different in personality. During the War of the Rings, Faramir leads the forces of Gondor against Mordor. He is badly wounded and comes close to death. After the battle, Faramir takes his father’s position as the Steward of Gondor, until Aragorn is crowned the rightful King. Faramir is a kind-hearted, gentle and thoughtful character.

Faramir is portrayed by David Wenham with a height of 5’10” (1.78 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Faramir has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Faramir with overall height
Faramir is a character in in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, Lord of the Rings. He is the son of the Steward of Gondor, and younger brother to famed warrior Boromir. After their mother died, the two brothers became very close despite being so different in personality.

Faramir is portrayed by David Wenham with a height of 5’10” (1.78 m) in the Lord of the Rings films. In the books, Faramir has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Faramir with overall height
Faramir
Height:
5’10” | 1.78 m (Film); 6’4” | 1.93 m (Book)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Actor (Film)
David Wenham
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Drawings include:
Faramir elevations (assorted)

Details & Downloads

Downloads

2D Downloads

3D Downloads

Related Pop Culture Collections
Pop Culture