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.
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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
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3D
Aragorn
Arwen
108000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Arwen
178.000
1954.00
108000
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3D
Arwen
Balin
40000
4’11” | 1.50 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Balin
150.000
1937.00
40000
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3D
Balin
Balrogs
115000
14’-18’ | 4.3-5.5 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Balrogs
550.000
1954.00
115000
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3D
Balrogs
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Bilbo Baggins
124.000
1937.00
115000
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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
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Boromir
Elrond
157000
6’2” | 1.88 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Elrond
188.000
1937.00
157000
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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
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Faramir
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Frodo Baggins
124.000
1954.00
90000
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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
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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
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3D
Gandalf
Gimli
113000
4’6” | 1.37 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Gimli
137.000
1954.00
113000
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3D
Gimli
Gollum
735000
3’6” | 1.07 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Gollum
107.000
1937.00
735000
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3D
Gollum
5’9” | 1.75 m
January 3, 1892
J. R. R. Tolkien
175.000
1892.00
221000
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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
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3D
Legolas
Lurtz
9100
6’4” | 1.93 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lurtz
193.000
2001.00
9100
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3D
Lurtz
4’2” | 1.27 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Merry Brandybuck
127.000
1954.00
7900
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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
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3D
Nazgûl
Orcs
43000
4’-5’ | 1.22-1.52 m (Varies)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Orcs
152.000
1954.00
43000
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3D
Orcs
4’1” | 1.24 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Pippin Took
124.000
1954.00
11400
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3D
Pippin Took
4’2” | 1.27 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Samwise Gamgee
127.000
1954.00
40000
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3D
Samwise Gamgee
Saruman
88000
6’5” | 1.96 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Saruman
196.000
1954.00
88000
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Saruman
Sauron
280000
9’2” | 2.79 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Sauron
279.000
1937.00
280000
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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
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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
GUIDE
3D
Smaug
5’2" | 1.57 m (Film)
The Hobbit (1937)
Thorin Oakenshield
157.000
1937.00
40000
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3D
Thorin Oakenshield
5’9” | 1.75 m (Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Théoden
175.000
1954.00
20000
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3D
Théoden
14’ | 4.28 m (Book & Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Treebeard
428.000
1954.00
12000
GUIDE
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
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3D
Uruk-hai
7’1” | 2.16 m (Film)
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Witch-King of Angmar
216.000
1954.00
23700
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3D
Witch-King of Angmar
Éowyn
61000
5’5” | 1.65 m (Film)
The Two Towers (1954)
Éowyn
165.000
1954.00
61000
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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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Actor (Film)
Miranda Otto
First Appearance
The Two Towers (1954)

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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
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4’6” | 1.37 m (Film)
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Actor (Film)
John Rhys-Davies
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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Gimli elevations (assorted)

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J. R. R. Tolkien
Size comparison drawings of J. R. R. Tolkien comparing the heights of other related writers

J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer and philologist who is regarded as the father of modern fantasy literature as well as high fantasy. His most recognizable works include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. J. R. R. Tolkien received his education from Exeter College in Oxford, England. J. R. R. Tolkien’s writing dived into the genres of fantasy, mythopoeia, high fantasy, and literary criticism. In 1972, J. R. R. Tolkien was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. J. R. R. Tolkien is J. R. R. Tolkien died on September 2, 1973 at the age of 81.

J. R. R. Tolkien had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of J. R. R. Tolkien with height measurements
J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer and philologist who is regarded as the father of modern fantasy literature as well as high fantasy. His most recognizable works include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales.

J. R. R. Tolkien had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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Nationality: England

Death: September 2, 1973 (81)

Given Name
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Birthday
January 3, 1892

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

Treebeard was an Ent, a very old race of Middle-Earth created by the magician Yavanna after she learned of a danger to the forests of the land. Ents were ancient treelike beings known as the ‘shepherds of the trees’. They varied in height, size and colour and often resembled the species of tree they were created to protect. Treebeard was the oldest Ent alive at the time, so old that he remembered the Elves teaching the Ents to speak. After befriending Merry and Pippin, Treebeard joined the War of the Rings and enlisted the rest of the Ents to fight against Isengard.

Treebeard is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films and books as having a height of 14’ (4.28 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Treebeard with height measurements
Treebeard was an Ent, a very old race of Middle-Earth created by the magician Yavanna after she learned of a danger to the forests of the land. Ents were ancient treelike beings known as the ‘shepherds of the trees’. They varied in height, size and colour and often resembled the trees they protect.

Treebeard is portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films and books as having a height of 14’ (4.28 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Treebeard with height measurements
Treebeard
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14’ | 4.28 m (Book & Film)
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Actor (Film)
John Rhys-Davies (Voice)
First Appearance
The Two Towers (1954)

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Treebeard elevations (assorted)

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

Orcs were the foot soldiers of Sauron. They were cruel, vicious and sadistic creatures hateful of everything good. Gruesome in appearance, they were generally short in stature with small eyes, fangs and matted hair. They lived underground, making their homes in the caves and chambers in the underground fortress of Melkor. Their natures made them excellent fighters; they were brutal and unforgiving. They were instrumental in the rise of Sauron but were later defeated when the armies of Men and Elves rose to fight against Mordor and recaptured Middle Earth.

Orcs are portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having heights between 4’-5’ (1.22-1.52 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Collection of elevation drawings of Orcs with overall height
Orcs were the foot soldiers of Sauron. They were cruel, vicious and sadistic creatures hateful of everything good. Gruesome in appearance, they were generally short in stature with small eyes, fangs and matted hair. They lived underground, making their homes in caves and chambers.

Orcs are portrayed in the Lord of the Rings films as having heights between 4’-5’ (1.22-1.52 m) based on a comparative analysis of film frames.

Collection of elevation drawings of Orcs with overall height
Orcs
Height:
4’-5’ | 1.22-1.52 m (Varies)
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Actor (Film)
First Appearance
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

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Orcs elevations (assorted)

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