Age of selected characters - The Lord of the Rings as of 2014

Taking full advantage of the perks of the fantasy genre, J.R.R. Tolkien not only invented a whole universe, he also did not adhere to known age structures when he wrote The Lord of The Rings. The ages of his characters differ wildly; Gollum is almost 600 years old, while Elrond, the elf, is several thousand years old, and Gandalf the Grey – and later the White – is immortal (for display reasons, both are thus not mentioned here).

One trilogy to rule them all

Already an established literary success, the 2001-2003 The Lord of the Rings movie adaptations by Peter Jackson were also extremely successful at the box office and even won several Oscars. The third part in particular, The Return of the King, was very popular. There have been other adaptations of the trilogy, for radio, stage, and television, but none were ever that successful.

There and back again

After the immense success of The Lord of the Rings, Jackson then decided to also adapt the prequel. The Hobbit, which Tolkien had written as a children’s book and which is much shorter than The Lord of the Rings, was adapted into a trilogy as well and turned out to be equally successful in cinemas.

The Lord of the Rings: Age of selected characters

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Release date

November 2014



Survey time period

as of 2014

Supplementary notes

According to the source, "[...] the birth year of Samwise Gamgee is T.A. 2980 and not T.A. 2983. It was added as T.A. 2983 in the Tale of the Years in the second edition of the Lord of the Ring. This contradicted the date mentioned in the Longfather Tree of Master Samwise and a later entry to the Tale of the Years. It was changed to T.A. 2980 in the 50th Anniversary Edition."

* Please note that this statistic can only display characters with up to three-digit ages, and therefore must exclude wizards and elves.

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