The Lord of the Rings franchise is beloved by millions of people, with the books being one of the greatest series of all time. The film trilogy managed to perfectly capture the magic of those words in a way that many couldn't expect. From incredible scenery, fantastic dialogue and most importantly, perfect casting, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the greatest in the history of cinema, and it all kick starts with The Fellowship Of The Ring.
The Fellowship is created through necessity within the story, and whilst the group don't stick together for long, they all continue to battle towards the same cause. The group was cast to perfection with some of Hollywood's greatest actors, but which one has the highest net worth? Read on to find out.
10 John Rhys-Davies: $5 Million
The role of Gimli in Lord of the Rings is certainly John Rhys-Davies' biggest to date, and will likely be his defining part as the dwarf is a firm favorite amongst fans for not only being a badass but also offering a little comedic relief.
Davies is a vastly experienced actor who has made countless appearances on television and on the big screen, earning himself a net worth of $5 million throughout his career. Davies was actually going to reprise his role in The Hobbit franchise, however, due to the fact he had some serious allergic reactions to the prosthetics involved in the original trio, he didn't want to risk things.
9 Billy Boyd: $6 Million
The first entry from the four Hobbits in Lord of the Rings, Billy Boyd portrayed Peregrin "Pippin" Took, which is a loveable and brave character who is desperate to prove himself throughout the movies.
During his career Boyd has grown a net worth of $6 million, and whilst Lord of the Rings is still his biggest credit, he has appeared in various other television and movie projects such as Seed of Chucky, as well as working in the theatre too. Boyd is also a musician and is part of a band called Beecake, with Boyd also showing his vocal talents within the Lord of the Rings, singing in the films.
8 Dominic Monaghan: $12 Million
Dominic Monaghan has earned a healthy net worth of $12 million throughout his career in acting, and although he has done plenty throughout his time, it is his role as Meriadoc Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings that certainly thurst him into the mainstream.
Merry is one of the films best characters, showing plenty of spirit and offering some lighter, more comedic moments throughout what is otherwise a very serious and dark set of movies. Outside of Middle-earth, Monaghan also plays a major role in the hit television show, Lost, and features in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the character Bolt.
7 Sean Bean: $20 Million
Sean Bean plays the character, Boromir in Lord of the Rings, who is a controversial figure within the group that ultimately meets his demise within the first movie in the trilogy, which was quite an emotional moment in the film.
Whilst Boromir has his moments of being incredibly unlikeable, the character is ultimately good at its core, with a very conflicted personality that Bean plays to perfection, although dying on camera is something that he knows how to do very well. Bean is famously known for being killed off in countless roles that he has done throughout his career, however, it clearly paid off for him, with a net worth of $20 million.
6 Sean Astin: $20 Million
Sean Astin arguably plays the most beloved character in the Lord of the Rings franchise as the helpful and trustworthy, Samwise Gamgee, although he reportedly only earned $250,000 for the first movie, which is surprising considering the size of the role.
Of course, he did receive raises for the sequels but does not earn any royalties from the franchise, yet with a net worth of $20 million, Astin has clearly done a great job with his career. Astin most recently appeared in the hit series, Stranger Things, where he managed to put himself straight back into the mainstream with one of Netflix's biggest shows.
5 Elijah Wood: $30 Million
Elijah Wood might play arguably the most important character in The Lord of the Rings movies as Frodo, who is the character who is given the burden of carrying the ring throughout the films, but he doesn't have the highest net worth.
However, with an impressive net worth of $30 million, it is unlikely that Wood will be too concerned about not topping this list against his Fellowship compadres, especially considering that a large amount of his other work is independent lower budget films. Wood isn't known for being part of major blockbuster movies outside of this franchise, and therefore the fact that he is able to rank as highly as he does is incredibly impressive.
4 Hugo Weaving: $30 Million
Whilst Hugo Weaving's character, Elrond, isn't actually a member of the Fellowship itself, the elf is the character who brings everyone together to make it all possible, and does play a significant role within the movies, hence his entry here.
However, it isn't just The Lord of the Rings where Weaving has made his money, as the veteran actor has appeared in countless major movies such as The Matrix, Captain America: First Avenger, and V For Vendetta. Weaving is an incredible actor who many were surprised to see take up a role in a franchise such as this, but it no doubt helped him reach his net worth of $30 million.
3 Viggo Mortensen: $30 Million
The Danish-American actor portrayed Aragorn in the three Lord of the Rings series and was one of the lead characters in the movies with his storyline being one of the most gripping out of them all.
Viggo Mortensen has earned a net worth of $30 million throughout his career, having made his debut back in 1985 in the movie, Witness, having also appeared in films such as The Road and A Walk on the Moon. Outside of acting, Mortensen is also a poet, a musician, a photographer, and a painter, all of which help to add to his wealth with the incredibly smart actor having had a very interesting career.
2 Orlando Bloom: $35 Million
Orlando Bloom portrays Legolas within the series, and he is one of the most popular characters in the entire franchise with the elf being a keen shot with the bow and arrow, which he uses to great effect. Bloom portrays the character in The Hobbit as well and also has been a major part of the Pirates Of The Carribean franchise as Will Turner, which has helped him grow a net worth of $35 million.
Now in a relationship with Katy Perry, who is one of the richest pop singers in the entire world, the couple has certainly become one of the richest and most powerful in pop culture.
1 Ian McKellen: $55 Million
Ian McKellen portrayed the popular Gandalf (The Grey & White) in all three Lord of the Rings movies, as well as all three movies within The Hobbit franchise, making him the only character to appear in all six films.
However, outside of his portrayal of Gandalf, Ian McKellen is one of the most respected and talented English actors in history, as an acclaimed thespian of both the stage and screen, having made his debut in 1961. Since then McKellen has been dominating the acting world, picking up monster roles in the likes of The X-Men franchise, or his Oscar-nominated turn in Gods and Monsters, helping him earn a net worth of $55 million.