Rhys-Davies in 2018
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
(m. 1966;died 2010)
|Partner(s)||Lisa Manning (2000–present)|
John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor and voice actor. He is known for portraying the role of Gimli and the voice of Treebeard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. He also played Michael Malone in the 1993 remake of the 1950s television series The Untouchables , Vasco Rodrigues in the mini-series Shōgun , Prof. Maximillian Arturo in Sliders , King Richard I in Robin of Sherwood , General Leonid Pushkin in the James Bond film The Living Daylights , and Macro in I, Claudius . He provided the voices of Cassim in Aladdin and the King of Thieves , Ranjan's father in The Jungle Book 2 , Macbeth in Gargoyles , Man Ray in SpongeBob SquarePants , Hades in Justice League and Tobias in the computer game Freelancer .
John Rhys-Davies was born on 5 May 1944 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Englandand was brought up there, in Tanganyika and in Ammanford, Wales. His mother, Phyllis Jones, was a nurse, and his father, Rhys Davies, was a mechanical engineer and colonial officer. In the early 1950s, his family lived for several years in Kongwa, Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Mwanza, Tanganyika, while his father was serving there as a colonial police officer. He was educated at Truro School and at the University of East Anglia where he was one of the first 105 students admitted, and where he founded the Dramatic Society. After teaching at Watton County Secondary School in Norfolk, he won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He appeared sporadically on UK television in the early 1970s, including his role as the gangster Laughing Spam Fritter opposite Adam Faith in Budgie . Later he played Praetorian officer Naevius Sutorius Macro in I, Claudius . He then began to appear more frequently, and not just in the UK, with roles as a Portuguese navigator Rodrigues in the 1980 television miniseries Shogun , based on the novel by James Clavell, and as Sallah in two of the Indiana Jones films. In 1989, he played Marvel Comics character Kingpin in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. Rhys-Davies also starred in another Clavell adaption, Noble House , set in Hong Kong, in which he plays Ian Dunross' corporate enemy, Quillian Gornt. He has since appeared in numerous television shows and miniseries, including Agent Michael Malone in the 1993 remake of the 1950s television series The Untouchables as well as a leading role in the television series Sliders as Professor Maximillian Arturo from 1995 to 1997.
He also appeared in Reilly, Ace of Spies in 1983, made several appearances in Star Trek: Voyager as a holodeck version of Leonardo da Vinci, starred as an ally of James Bond in The Living Daylights , and appeared in the film One Night with the King . Davies has played the character Porthos in two separate projects; a two-part episode of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne , and the Hallmark Channel film La Femme Musketeer . He appears in the full motion video cut scenes of computer games including Ripper (as Vigo Haman) (1996), Dune 2000 (as Noree Moneo) (1998), and the Wing Commander series (as James Taggart, doubling as the voice of Thrakhath nar Kiranka in the third game of the series).
In 2004, he narrated The Privileged Planet, a documentary that makes the case for intelligent design.In 2013, he appeared in the family history programme Coming Home , in which he discovered information about his grandfather's life in the Carmarthenshire coal mines.
In 2014, he joined the cast of the television show Metal Hurlant Chronicles to play Holgarth, an immortal alchemist.
In 2015, he had a role in the single-player campaign of the PC game Star Citizen alongside Mark Hamill and Gary Oldman.The work consisted of full body motion capture, including facial expressions and his voice; it was recorded primarily at the Imaginarium studios in the UK.
He is also known for his popular portrayal of the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The cinematography of the films was aided in that Rhys-Davies is tall – 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), compared to the actors playing hobbits at around 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). Therefore, although his character was supposed to be short, he was properly in proportion compared to the hobbit actors. Had he been of more similar height, shots of the entire fellowship would have required three camera passes rather than two.
Rhys-Davies is the only one of the nine Fellowship of the Ring actors who did not receive a tattoo of the word "nine" written in the Tengwar script; his stunt double, Brett Beattie, got the tattoo instead as Rhys-Davies was disinclined to get one himself.
Rhys-Davies suffered severe reactions to the prosthetics used during filming, and his eyes sometimes swelled shut. When asked whether he would consider returning to the role for the film version of The Hobbit, he said, "I have already completely ruled it out. There's a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more." He added that this time around "They've got a different set of problems... because you've got 13 dwarves, a whole band of them... You're trying to represent a whole race... You're trying to do for dwarves what 'The Lord of the Rings' did for hobbits."
Rhys-Davies together with Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban and Elijah Wood, plus writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson on 31 May 2020 joined Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart, which reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing and promotes donations to non-profit charities.
In addition to voicing the Ent Treebeard in Lord of the Rings, Rhys-Davies has lent his distinctive voice to many video games and animated television series, including the role of Hades in Justice League and numerous times in Gargoyles (1994–1996), as the character Macbeth. He also lent his vocal talents to the games Freelancer (as Richard Winston Tobias) and Lords of Everquest (both in 2003) and the game Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness , which was released with his narration on a CD-ROM version in 1995. He also had a voice role on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance as the character Jherek, and narrated a documentary called The Glory of Macedonia.
John Rhys-Davies' voice can be heard on the 2009 documentary Reclaiming The Blade .In the narration, Rhys-Davies explores swords, historical European swordsmanship and fight choreography on film, a topic very familiar to him from his experiences in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where his character wielded an axe in many scenes.
In 2004, he was the unknowing subject of an internet prank that spread false rumours in several mainstream media sources that he was scheduled to play the role of General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III .
Rhys-Davies is the narrator of The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatised audiobook version of the New Testament which uses the Revised Standard Version-Catholic Edition translation. In 2011, he presented KJB: The Book That Changed The World, which features him reading diverse snippets from the King James Version.
John Rhys-Davies’ voice work also includes voice-over work with Breathe Bible.
In 2016, he provided spoken words for Voices of Fire , the sixth album by a cappella power metal band van Canto.
A resident of the Isle of Man since 1988, John Rhys-Davies provides the introductory voice-over to the Island's Castle Rushen, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Britain. In 2018, he lent his voice to the Isle of Man's tourism commercial.
Rhys-Davies voice was recorded for some of the callouts in the 1993 Williams SuperPin Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
Rhys-Davies married Suzanne Wilkinson in December 1966. They had two sons. Although they separated in 1985, they remained married until her death in 2010 from Alzheimer's disease. He remained close to her and took care of her until she died.
In 2004, he began living with Lisa Manning. They have a daughter, and live in both Waikato, New Zealandand the Isle of Man.
Rhys-Davies is a self-described "rationalist" and "sceptic" when it comes to religion, although he holds Christianity in high regard, and has stated that "Christian civilisation has made the world a better place than it ever was[.]"
All the things that we value, the right of free speech, the right of the individual conscience, these evolved in first and second century Roman Christendom, where the individual Christian said, 'I have a right to believe, [sic] what I believe and not what the Emperor tells me.' From that our whole idea of democracy and the equality that we have has developed[.] . . . [w]e owe Christianity the greatest debt of thanks that a generation can ever have, and to slight it and to dismiss it as being irrelevant is the detritus of rather ill-read minds, I think.— Rhys-Davies, in an interview at the 28th Movieguide Awards
He has played roles in several Christian films, including Mordecai in One Night with the King , Saint Peter in The Apostle Peter: Redemption, Evangelist in The Pilgrim's Progress (2019), and Charles Kemp in Beyond the Mask .
Rhys-Davies is not a member of any political party. As a university student in the 1960s, he had been a radical leftist, but changed his views when he went to heckle Margaret Thatcher. Rhys-Davies says that "she shot down the first two hecklers in such brilliant fashion that I decided I ought for once to shut up and listen".
In 2004, Rhys-Davies stated the following in an interview with World magazine about the Muslim population, stating:
There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren't bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. And rightly we should be. But there is a cultural thing as well. By 2020, 50 per cent of the children in Holland under the age of 18 will be of Muslim descent.
His comments were endorsed by the British National Party.Rhys-Davies commented that the BNP was so insignificant in numbers that it "could do no harm" yet stating it was "distressing to find yourself on a BNP leaflet". He was also endorsed in a National Vanguard editorial. In an interview with the conservative journal National Review , he said that he is opposed to Islamic extremism precisely because he feels that it violates the "Western values" of equality, democracy, tolerance and the abolition of slavery.
Rhys-Davies is a supporter of Brexit.
|1973||Penny Gold||Rugby Player|
|1974||The Black Windmill||Fake Military Policeman||Uncredited|
|1975||The Naked Civil Servant||Barndoor|
|1978||The Nativity||Nestor||TV Movie|
|1979||A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square||Solicitor|
|1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Sallah|
|Peter and Paul||Silas||TV Movie|
|Ivanhoe||Front de Bœuf|
|The Island of Adventure||Smith|
|Sadat||Gamal Abdel Nasser|
|1984||Sword of the Valiant||Baron Fortinbras|
|1985||King Solomon's Mines||Dogati|
|1987||The Living Daylights||General Leonid Pushkin|
|Goddess of Love||Zeus||TV Movie|
|1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Sallah|
|1991||The Unnamable Returns|
|1992||The Double 0 Kid||Rudi Von Keseenbaum|
|The Lost World||Professor Challenger|
|Return to the Lost World||Challenger|
|The Seventh Coin||Captain Galil|
|The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter||Professor Warren|
|1994||The High Crusade||Bruder Parvus|
|Robot in the Family||Eli Taki / Rashmud / Sashri|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Johnny Windsor|
|Aladdin and the King of Thieves||Cassim||Direct-to-video|
|Marquis de Sade||Inspector Marais|
|1997||Cats Don't Dance||Woolie the Mammoth||Voice|
|Bloodsport III||Jacques Duvalier|
|1999||Secret of the Andes||Father Claver|
|2000||Britannic||Captain Charles Bartlett||TV Movie|
|Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists||King Akron / Baraka |
|2001||Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team||Hakim|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||Gimli|
|Endangered Species||Police Lt. Wyznowski|
|Scorcher||Dr. Matthew Sallin|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Gimli, Treebeard|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|
|Coronado||Presidente Hugo Luis Ramos|
|The Jungle Book 2||Ranjan's father||Voice|
|The Medallion||Commander Hammerstock-Smythe|
|2004||12 Days of Terror||Captain|
|The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Viscount Mabrey|
|La Femme Musketeer||Porthos|
|The Lost Angel||Father Kevin|
|The Privileged Planet||Narrator||Voice|
|2005||The Game of Their Lives||Bill Jeffrey|
|Chupacabra Terror||Captain Randolph|
|The King Maker||Phillippe|
|2006||Shark Bait||Thorton||English Dub|
|One Night with the King||Mordecai|
|The Legend of Sasquatch||Ranger Steve||Voice|
|2007||In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale||Merick|
|The Ferryman||The Greek|
|Catching Kringle|| Santa ||Voice|
|2009||Reclaiming the Blade||Narrator||Voice|
|31 North 62 East||John Hammond|
|2010||Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf||Elliot Carbon||TV Movie|
|Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes||Dr. Watson||Direct-to-video|
|2011||KJB: The Book That Changed the World||Self / Presenter|
|Sophie and Sheba||Alistair Winston|
|Treasure Hunters||Nathan Pickett|
|Ferocious Planet||Senator Jackson Crenshaw|
|2013||100 Degrees Below Zero||Ralph Dillard|
|Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map||Pirate Gnarlybeard||Direct-to-video|
|Prisoners of the Sun||Prof. Hayden Masterton|
|2014||Apocalypse Pompeii||Colonel Dillard|
|Saul: The Journey to Damascus||Caiphas|
|2015||Beyond the Mask||Charles Kemp|
|2016||The Apostle Peter: Redemption||Saint Peter|
|2017||Camera Store||Pinky Steuben|
|2019||The Pilgrim's Progress||Evangelist||Voice|
|Valley of the Gods||Dr. Herrmann|
|Santa Fake||Joe O'Brian|
|1974||Fall of Eagles||Zinoviev||Episode: "The Secret War"|
|1975||The Sweeney||Ron Brett||Episode: "Poppy" (season 2, episode 8)|
|1976||I, Claudius||Macro||Episodes 8 and 9|
|1977||1990||Ivor Griffith||Episode: "Health Farm"|
|Just William||Authority||Episode: "William and the Wonderful Present"|
|1978||Z Cars||Terry Larkin||Episode: "Fat Freddie B.A."|
|1979-1980||BBC Television Shakespeare||Chapuys / Salerio||2 episodes|
|1979||The Danedyke Mystery||Armchair||6 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1982||CHiPs||Nakura||Season 5, episode 27|
|1983||Reilly, Ace of Spies||Tanyatos|
|1984||Robin of Sherwood||King Richard||Episode: "The King's Fool" (series 1, episode 6)|
|Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Lord Bromfield||Episode: "Affair at Bromfield Hall" (season 2, episode 8)|
|1987||Marjorie and the Preacher Man||Seymour||Television Drama|
|The Little Match Girl||Police Chief Murphy||TV Movie|
|1988 - 1994||Murder, She Wrote||Harry Mordecai / Harry Waverly / Lancaster||3 episodes (he played different characters)|
|1988||Noble House||Quillan Gornt||Miniseries|
|War and Remembrance||Sammy Mutterperl||Miniseries|
|1989||The Trial of the Incredible Hulk||Wilson Fisk||TV film|
|1991||Great Expectations||Joe Gargery|
|The Mystery of the Black Jungle||O'Connor||Miniseries|
|Tales from the Crypt||Duval||Episode: "Dead Wait"|
|The Strauss Dynasty||Gribov||Miniseries|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||'Baron' Waclaw Jozek||Episode: "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy"|
|Perry Mason||Phillip Graff||Episode: "The Case of the Fatal Framing"|
|Archaeology: Voyages of the Vikings||Narrator||Documentary series (TLC (TV network))|
|Ring of the Musketeers||Maurice Treville||TV Movie|
|1992-1993||The Legend of Prince Valiant||King Hugo, King Donovan||8 episodes|
|1993–1994||The Untouchables||Agent Malone||15 episodes|
|1994||A Flintstones Christmas Carol||Charles Brickens||Television Special|
|1995–1997||Sliders||Professor Maximillian Arturo||40 episodes|
|1995||Fantastic Four|| Thor |
|2 episodes; Season 2, episodes 6 and 8|
|Archaeology: Florida's Lost Empire||Host||Documentary series (TLC (TV network))|
|1996||The Incredible Hulk||Episode: "Mortal Bounds"|
|1996||Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh||Narrator||Halloween television special|
|Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm||Asgarth||Episode: "Overthrown"|
|1997||You Wish||Madman Mustapha||3 episodes|
|Star Trek: Voyager||Leonardo da Vinci||2 episodes (Scorpion and Concerning Flight)|
|1999||Au Pair||Nigel Kent||Television film|
|2002||Justice League||Hades||Episode: "Paradise Lost" Parts 1 & 2|
|The Zeta Project||Edgar Mandragora||Episode: "Ro's Gift"|
|2000-2002||SpongeBob SquarePants||Man Ray||2 episodes|
|2002||Fillmore!||Lenny||Episode: "Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1"|
|2003||Helen of Troy||King Priam||Miniseries|
|2004||Dragon Storm||King Fastrad||Television film|
|2005||Revelations (Omnium Finis Imminet)||Professor Jonah Lampley||Miniseries|
|2006||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||Captain Proteus||Episode: "Demon of the Deep"|
|2008||Anaconda 3: Offspring||Murdoch||Television film|
|Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles||Sangimel||Television film|
|2009||Dark Days in Monkey City||Narrator||3 episodes|
|Anacondas: Trail of Blood||Murdoch||Television film|
|Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Grimshank||3 episodes|
|2010||Legend of the Seeker||Horace||Episode: "Vengeance"|
|Three Wise Women||Archangel Green|
|2012||Psych||Museum curator||Season 6, episode 10|
|Missing Christmas||Narrator / Santa Claus||Television special|
|2014||Let The Season In||Narrator||Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Special (filmed in 2013)|
|Once Upon a Time||Grand Pabbie||Voice / Season 4, Episodes 1, 6, 7|
|The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Goodsword||Episode: "Sword"|
|2016||The Shannara Chronicles||Eventine Elessedil||Regular|
|Winter Thaw||Martin Avdeitch||Television Film|
|The Lion Guard||King Sokwe||Season 1, episode 22 "The Lost Gorillas"|
|2018||A Dickens Christmas (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)||Narrator||Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Special|
|2019||Fresh Eggs||Cutter Anderson|
|2020||Wizards: Tales of Arcadia||Galahad|
|1994||Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness||Narrator||Voice|
|Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger||James Taggart |
/ Prince Thrakhath
|1996||Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom||James Taggart|
|1998||Dune 2000||Noree Moneo|
|2001||Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate - Dark Alliance||Jherek||Voice|
|2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Gimli|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Gimli / Treebeard|
|Freelancer||Richard Winston Tobias, Esq. ('Tobias')|
In the fantasy of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Dwarves are a race inhabiting Middle-earth, the central continent of Arda in an imagined mythological past. They are based on the dwarfs of Germanic myths: small humanoids that dwell in mountains, associated with mining, metallurgy, blacksmithing and jewellery.
Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, voice actor, director, and producer. His acting roles include Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003), Mikey Walsh in The Goonies (1985), Daniel Ruettiger in Rudy (1993), Doug Whitmore in 50 First Dates (2004), Bill in Click (2006), Lynn McGill in the fifth season of 24 (2006), Oso in Special Agent Oso (2009–2012), Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017), and Bob Newby in the second and third seasons of Stranger Things.
Billy Boyd is a Scottish actor and musician. He played Peregrin "Pippin" Took in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), Barret Bonden in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Glen in Seed of Chucky.
Elijah Wood is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Hugo Wallace Weaving is an English actor. Born in Colonial Nigeria to English parents, he has resided in Australia for the entirety of his professional career. He is the recipient of six Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA) and has also been recognized as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.
Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert was an English actor. Beginning his career on the British stage as a standout member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he later transitioned into a successful and prolific screen career portraying a variety of both supporting and leading characters, earning critical acclaim and many accolades in the process.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the 1954 novel The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The film is the first installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Jackson, Fran Walsh and Tim Sanders, and written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson. The film features an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, and Andy Serkis. It is followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).
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Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan is a German-born British actor. He is most well known for playing Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's fantasy epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) based on the novel of the same name by J.R.R Tolkien, and is also known for his role of Charlie Pace on the supernatural television show Lost (2004–2010).
Andrew Clement Serkis is an English actor, narrator and film director. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), King Kong in the eponymous 2005 film, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series (2011–2017), Captain Haddock / Sir Francis Haddock in Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and Supreme Leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films, The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). In 2018, he portrayed the character of Baloo in his self-directed film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
The Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). Produced and distributed by New Line Cinema with the co-production of WingNut Films, it is an international venture between New Zealand and the United States. The films feature an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and Sean Bean.
Shaun Mark "Sean" Bean is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his professional debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983. Retaining his Yorkshire accent, he first found mainstream success for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe, which originally ran from 1993 to 1997.
The Return of the King, is a 1980 animated musical-fantasy television film created by Rankin/Bass and Topcraft. It is an adaptation of the 1955 high fantasy novel The Return of the King, being the third and final volume of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, and is a sequel to the 1977 film The Hobbit.
Richard Crispin Armitage is an English actor. He received recognition in the UK with his first leading role as John Thornton in the British television programme North & South (2004). His role as dwarf prince and leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit brought him international recognition.
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom is an English actor. He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series, a role he reprised in The Hobbit film series. He gained further acclaim by appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. The three films are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). The films are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films. Together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
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Peregrin Took, commonly known simply as Pippin, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. He is closely tied with his friend and cousin, Merry Brandybuck, and the two are together during most of the story. Pippin and Merry are introduced as a pair of young hobbits of the Shire who become ensnared in their friend Frodo Baggins's quest to destroy the One Ring. Pippin joins the Fellowship of the Ring. He and Merry become separated from the rest of the group at the breaking of the Fellowship and spend much of The Two Towers with their own story line. Impetuous and curious, Pippin enlists as a soldier in the army of Gondor and fights in the Battle of the Morannon. With the other hobbits, he returns home, helps to lead the Scouring of the Shire, and becomes Thain or hereditary leader of the land.
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