One Ring to rule them all and six movies to tell the tale! It’s been 15 years since Director Peter Jackson introduced us to Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and a year since we had to say goodbye in the final installment of The Hobbit saga. From orcs to hobbits to dragons, Jackson’s two trilogies encompass a host of mythical creatures. See what these Tolkien-inspired characters look like without their magical makeover.
Bennett received quite the CGI-makeover while playing the vicious antagonist of The Hobbit movies. He is a TV actor in Australia and New Zealand and isn't too bad on the eyes in real life!
This famous voice actor went to great lengths to get this iconic Tolkien character right. Though Gollum was partially a work of CGI magic, Serkis performed all of his scenes wearing a special CGI suit that tracks facial expression and movement. He can most recently be seen as Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
You may not have known that the head orc in The Fellowship of the Ring had a name, but you certainly remember him as the one who scared you as a kid. Actor Makoare is a native New Zealander with Maori descent. He worked in road construction before taking on the career of stuntman. He also portrayed the Witch-King in The Lord of the Rings movies.
The role of Bolg was split between Conan Stevens and Lawrence Makoare. Stevens not only acts but is a scriptwriter and an Australian wrestler! You might also recognize him as Gregor Clegane in season one of Game of Thrones.
Who knew that the Great Goblin in An Unexpected Journey was played by the same guy who voiced Bruce in Finding Nemo?! That's right. The same voice that uttered "Fish are friends, not food!" voiced the semi-creepy goblin king. Humphries is also a comedian, author, producer, and scriptwriter, West End actor and painter!
You may recognize Rhys-Davis as Gimli the Dwarf in The Lord of the Rings (or Viscount Mabrey in Princess Diaries 2!), but he also lent his voice to Treebeard the Ent in The Two Towers. Treebeard even kind of looks like him!
The popular Oscar nominee lent his voice to Tolkien's world as Smaug the dragon. This feisty and fiery beast steals the show in The Desolation of Smaug, showing that Cumberbatch can kill it even as a mythical creature! He also voiced The Necromancer in the films.