Can You Guess the Real Names of These Lord of the Rings Characters?

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Kennita Leon

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The very first Lord of the Rings movie was directed by Peter Jackson and was released in 2001. Shortly after, two of its sequels were released and one of the best film trilogies of all time was made. Of course, they were adapted for the screen from J. R. R. Tolkien's book series of the same name, but what many would call a confusing book was made that much more amazing when we saw it at the movie theater. Besides Jackson's great directing abilities, the series is amazing not only because of the different cities and creatures we were introduced to but also because of the characters.  The last film may have been released about 15 years ago, but the recent Hobbit series should have refreshed your memory about who is who. So, can you tell us the real names of these Lord of the Rings characters?

Of course, you know that Frodo was played by Elijah Wood and that the gorgeous Legolas was played by Orlando Bloom, but can you tell us Saruman's real name? Would you be able to correctly choose Arwen's, Bilbo's and Gimli's real names?  It's time to test just how many names you can correctly match to these Lord of the Rings characters. 

What is Boromir's real name?

Sean Bean acts as Boromir, the brave steward of Gondor. Boromir dies during the battle against Uruk-hai while attempting to defend Pippin and Merry.

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Can you tell us this person's name?

Thirty-seven-year-old American actor Elijah Wood is a protagonist in the award-winning trilogy, Lord of The Rings. He portrays Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who has inherited a powerful ring (One Ring) from his relative.

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What is Aragorn's real name?

Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor, first appears as a ranger named Strider, in The Fellowship of the Ring. This character is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen, a Danish-American actor.

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What's this actor's real name?

Ian McKellen is a renowned English actor, made even more popular by his portrayal of Gandalf in the film series. Gandalf is a wise wizard who is able to foreshadow danger before it unfolds.

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Is Legolas' real name Orlando or Nathaniel?

Orlando Bloom is known as Legolas in the series; a shrewd elf equipped with a bow and arrow and the skillset to match. Legolas is the son of King Thranduil and a major fighter in the War of the Ring.

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What is the name of the actor who played Pippin?

Billy Boyd is seen on-screen as a troublesome hobbit, Pippin, who often finds himself in the midst of trouble due to his carelessness. Luckily, Pippin attempts to salvage himself later on in the film.

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What's this actor's actual name?

Dominic portrays Meriadoc Brandybuck, also known as "Merry." He is as mischievous as his best friend, Pippin and the two enjoy their travels together. He is, however, a fierce fighter in the battle of Minas Tirith.

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True or false: Gimli's real name is John-Rhys Davies.

John Rhys Davies portrays the fearless dwarf, Gimli of the Lonely Mountain. Gimli is part of the fellowship and is also great friends with Legolas, an elf.

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Which of these names belongs to this actor?

Bilbo is the uncle of Frodo, who is featured at the start of the trilogy when he had the ring in his possession. Ian Holm portrays Bilbo, who passes the ring onto his relative Frodo before he leaves the Shire.

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What's this actor's name in real life?

Andy Serkis portrays the dark creature, Gollum, who is obsessed with obtaining the ring. Initially, he was a riverman named Sméagol before his evil transformation and obsession, which ultimately leads to his demise.

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Can you tell us this person's name?

Christopher Lee he has been featured as a villain in many films, such as in The Lord of The Ring trilogy, where he acted as the protagonist Saruman. In 2015, he died from heart-related issues at 93 years of age.

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What's this actor's real name?

Hugo Weaving is featured as Elrond, father of Arwen, Master of Rivendell and protector of the elves. In the film, Elrond has low confidence in humanity but eventually made a tough decision in order to protect his daughter.

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What is Arwen's actual first name?

Arwen, an elf princess, is portrayed by actress Liv Tyler. Due to her love for Aragorn and her desire to be with him, she was faced with a dilemma because he is human. Arwen had to choose between him and the elves, which would change the course of her life.

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Is Galadriel's real name Sarah or Cate?

Galadriel, Lady of the Woods, was brought to life by actress Cate Blanchett. Galadriel was a friend to Frodo who often provided guidance and inspiration to him along his journey.

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What is the name of the actor who played Eomer?

Karl Urban has not only starred in the Star Trek films but has also been featured in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Eomer. Eomer is Theoden's nephew and Eowyn's brother.

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What's this actor's actual name?

Craig Parker plays Haldir, a leader of the elves who was killed during battle while defending Rohan. Haldir also guarded the northern parts of the forests from the enemy.

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True or false: Eowyn's real name is Sala Baker.

Miranda Otto plays the beautiful Eowyn, sister of Eomer and Theoden's niece. She longs to fight in battle as a brave soldier and eventually takes her chance and kills the Witchking.

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Which of these names belongs to this actor?

Brad Dourif acts as Wormtongue, the pale and secretly evil advisor to the sick Theoden. The deceptive advisor has plans of his own which are eventually revealed, and he is subsequently banished.

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What's this actor's name in real life?

Faramir is the often neglected and overshadowed son of Denethor, who is portrayed by David Wenham. Eager to prove himself as worthy as his brother, Boromir, Faramir finds himself in trouble with Sauron's army and narrowly escapes.

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Can you tell us this person's name?

Bernard Hill's character, Theoden, is initially depicted as old and feeble and insane. However, when he is no longer under Saruman's spell, he proves to be a formidable leader as the King of Rohan.

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What is Denethor's real name?

Denethor is the crooked ruler of Gondor, who is seen on screen as actor John Noble. He is consumed by his power and wickedness and directs it toward his son, Faramir.

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What's this actor's real name?

The King of the Dead is portrayed by English actor Paul Norell. He leads the ghost army at the battle of the Pelennor Fields.

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What is Celeborn's actual name?

Marton Csokas plays Galadriel's husband, Celeborn. Together, these two elves lived in Lothlorien and ruled Lorien as Lord and Lady. He was also the father of Celebrian.

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Is Isildur's real name Harry or Ron?

Harry Sinclair plays Isildur, who once served as the King of Gondor. He once possessed the ring of power but then made a fateful decision that eventually renewed Sauron's power.

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What is the name of the actor who played Gamling?

In The Lord of the Rings franchise, Bruce Hopkins plays Gamling- the confidant and advisor to King Theoden of Rohan. Bruce enjoyed this role-play, stating that it allowed him to be a part of what felt like "a form of heaven on Earth."

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What's this actor's actual name?

This female actress starred in the trilogy as Rosie Cotton, a hobbit who is the wife of Samwise Gamgee. In the fellowship of the Ring, we notice Sam's interest in Rosie, and, in the subsequent film, the two marry and have two children.

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True or false: Snaga's real name is Jed Brophy.

Jed Brophy is an actor who has been seen in many of Peter Jackson's films, including the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. He played various roles for this production, such as Snaga and Sharku in The Two Towers.

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Which of these names belongs to this actor?

Bret McKenzie was such a favorite in this trilogy that fans nicknamed him "Figwit." The handsome actor's minor role in the first film was further developed in the third, where he was given a speaking role.

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What's this actor's name in real life?

Harry Goatleaf, the gatekeeper of the west gate in the trilogy, is portrayed by Martyn Sanderson. In 2009, 71-year-old Martyn Sanderson died after enjoying a career in film for more than 30 years.

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Can you tell us this person's name?

This stuntman from News Zealand became a major part of the cast of Lord of The Rings when he portrayed the character, Lord Sauron. Sala Baker was also featured in The Two Towers as an Orc.

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What's this actor's real name?

During the War of the ring, Barliman Butterbur served as an innkeeper at The Prancing Pony in Bree. David Weatherly plays Butterbur's role, as a forgetful but friendly individual.

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Is Lurtz's (the leader of the Uruk-hai) real name Lawrence or Callum?

Lawrence Makoare plays one of the most feared characters and solider of Sauron- The Witch King. Here, he's pictured in another of his roles, the leader of the Uruk-Hai.

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What is the name of the actor who played Hama?

In the second installment, The Two Towers, the character Hama is played by John Leigh. He was a man of Rohan and a door guard in Edoras. His character was killed during the Warg attack on Helm's Deep.

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What's this actor's actual name?

Olivia Tennet assumes the role of Freda, a young girl kept safe in Edoras during battle thanks to Theoden. This was after Morwen, her mother, sent her and her brother, Eothain to warn King Theoden of impending danger.

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True or false: Lobelia Sackville-Baggins' name is Elizabeth Moody.

Greedy and short-tempered Lobelia Sackville-Baggins was portrayed by Elizabeth Moody in The Fellowship of the Ring. Moody passed away in 2010 at 70 years old.

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Which of these names belongs to this actor?

Brian Sergent plays the antagonistic role of the evil little hobbit, Ted Sandyman, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He served as a power-hungry hobbit with ill intentions, similar to fellow hobbit Smeagol.

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What's this actor's name in real life?

John Bach acts as Ranger Madril of Faramir's army. He assisted him in the battle against Haradrim in Ithilien but was ultimately killed by Gothmog, who stabbed him with a spear.

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What is Sam's actual full name?

Sam (Samwise Gamgee) is the best friend to Frodo and travels with him to Mount Doom to complete his mission. Sean Astin brings Sam to life, as a pure soul and a loyal and humble friend.

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