While Lord of the Rings might have been released over 15 years ago now, it will always be a series that many people are fond of. For fans of nerd culture and fantasy, Lord of the Rings is one of the most iconic franchises out there that really changed the game as far as the popularity of fantasy stories is concerned.
Many of the actors and actresses from the movies went on to have successful careers, while some of them were already well-known before appearing in the trilogy. We’ve collected a list of the net worth of the main stars of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and look at how they got their money.
10 ORLANDO BLOOM: $35 MILLION
While Orlando Bloom was acting before appearing as Legolas, it was that role that sent him into stardom. After Lord of the Rings, he also appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as a variety of other films.
Along with acting, he’s also done some work as a producer and helped produce movies such as The Good Doctor and Haven. Some of his money also comes from product endorsements and advertising campaigns.
9 DOMINIC MONAGHAN: $12 MILLION
Dominic Monaghan is definitely most well-known for his role as Meriadoc Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings. After this role, he also appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
He has also been in some TV shows, including his documentary television show called Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. This series focused on his travels around the world to places such as Ecuador, where he would interact with local wildlife. Monaghan is also an active advocate for animal rights.
8 BILLY BOYD: $6 MILLION
In Lord of the Rings, some of the biggest heroes in the story were the hobbits, and Billy Boyd played one of the four main hobbit characters in the series. His role as Peregrin Took is still the role he’s best known for.
Some of his other acting credits including Seed of Chucky and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He is one of the actors from the series who hasn’t gone on to be very active in the entertainment industry since the Lord of the Rings ended.
7 LIV TYLER: $20 MILLION
Liv Tyler is one of just a few women who had a role in the series. Some of Tyler’s net worth comes from being a child star as well as having a family with money since her father is Steven Tyler. She has also been acting and modeling since her childhood.
Other than playing Arwen in The Lord of the Rings, she has also appeared in many other movies such as Armageddon and Jersey Girl. She has additionally appeared in many commercials and music videos. Her other acting credits include recently appearing on the television series Harlots. She has also starred in a number of other films, including Empire Records and The Incredible Hulk.
6 SEAN BEAN: $20 MILLION
Sean Bean is an actor who is best known for his roles in fantasy series. While he became famous for his role as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings, he is also associated with playing Ned Stark in the first series of Game of Thrones.
Overall, he’s known for playing villains and has also been in movies such as Goldeneye and Troy. Bean has also appeared on many British television series, including his role as the main character in the series Sharpe about the Napoleonic Wars.
5 CATE BLANCHETT: $85 MILLION
Cate Blanchett is one of the actors from the trilogy who has done a lot of work both before and after the movies wrapped. She is such a well-known and big star that she is known for many roles besides playing Galadriel in the series.
Her list of acting credits is quite impressive and includes recent roles in movies such as Ocean’s 8, Carol, and Thor: Ragnarok. She is also known for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the film Elizabeth. She additionally won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for this role.
4 SEAN ASTIN: $20 MILLION
Sean Astin played Samwise Gamgee in the trilogy, but he was also known for another big role before this. He started his career as a child actor and starred in The Goonies. He is also the son of famous actress Patty Duke.
Astin has appeared in many other films over the years, including 50 First Dates, Rudy, and Mom’s Night Out. He also has acted in many television series including The Strain and, most recently, Stranger Things.
3 VIGGO MORTENSEN: $30 MILLION
Viggo Mortensen played one of the main characters in the series, Aragorn, but he has also appeared in many other films since. He is a Danish-American Actor who first appeared in the film Witness in 1985.
His other acting credits include Hidalgo, The Road, and A History of Violence. Besides acting, Mortensen has also written over 15 books on a variety of topics including poetry and painting. He most recently appeared in the Oscar-winning movie, Green Book.
2 IAN MCKELLEN: $55 MILLION
Ian McKellen is probably one of the best-known actors who appeared in The Lord of the Rings. McKellen played the legendary character of the wizard Gandalf.
He began his acting career in the '60s and was largely a stage actor for many years. He was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1991 for his stage acting accomplishments. His work on-screen includes appearances in the X-Men movies and The Da Vinci Code. He has also received many other awards, including a Tony and a Golden Globe.
1 ELIJAH WOOD: $30 MILLION
Elijah Wood might not have the highest net worth of the actors from Lord of the Rings, but he did play the main character of Frodo. While he did have many roles as a child actor, including Flipper and Back to the Future Part II, it was really Lord of the Rings that brought him fame as an adult.
After Lord of the Rings, he appeared in many other movies, including Sin City and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Most recently, he starred as one of the two lead characters on the television series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. He also did the voice acting for the movie Happy Feet.