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Which Lord of the Rings Actor is the Most Underrated and Greatest Actor of Our Generation?

Gollum at the Weta Workshop in Wellington

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John Rhys-Davies

With 269 acting credits (according to IMDb), Gimli the Dwarf is played by a star who has also been in the Indiana Jones series and on Television’s “Sliders” and in the animated series “Gargoyles.” His other credits include the voice of the Brine King in “Aquaman,” He has arguably been seen more than any other star as he reprises his role as Sallah in Disneyland’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye safety video. Rhys-Davies also voiced Treebeard in “The Two Towers.”

Hugo Weaving

With 96 acting credits, the actor who brought to life Elrond in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit also played multiple versions of Agent Smith in the Matrix series and was in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” He voiced Megatron in three Transformers films and Rex in the two Babe the Pig movies. He played Tick/Mitzi in the cult classic “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

Orlando Bloom

While the Legolas actor in both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit movies gets his due as heartthrob, his acting prowess may have gone unnoticed. Starring in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Bloom certainly has his box office chops, even if most people credit Johnny Depp for the movie’s success. Bloom has 42 acting credits to his IMDb profile.

Andy Serkis

The Gollum actor for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit movies played in the new Planet of the Apes films, the new Star Wars films, Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He has 103 credits to his name and has done remarkable work in motion capture situations.

Which Lord of the Rings actor do you think deserves more props than he or she gets for his or her acting career? Leave your favorite, most underrated actor in the comments below.

Read about our trip to Hobbiton in New Zealand. Check out photos from Hobbiton. Read about my favorite Lord of the Rings character.

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New Zealand: Photos from the Hobbiton Tour

Bus to Hobbiton

Perhaps the highlight of our Hobbiton tour was when I got to run down the lane shouting “I’m going on an adventure!” If you love Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, this is a must do in New Zealand, especially if you’re headed to or coming from Weta Workshop.

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Hobbiton: There and Back Again

Bus to Hobbiton

When you step on the bus to Hobbiton, you’re taken care of. My wife and I were scheduled to transfer to another company tour when we arrived at the Hobbiton reception center. Our first driver stayed with us until our tour leader arrived and had us on the bus. She even told us to use the restroom while she stayed with our luggage. IT made it very easy for us to enjoy our trip and take advantage of the bus that went from Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo.

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New Zealand: Weta Workshop Tour in Wellington

Weta entrance sign

At the Weta Workshop tour, there are a lot of places you can’t take photos. The ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ set makes up for it. “Lord of the Rings” fans shouldn’t hesitate for signing up for this tour. Weta is also doing work for Marvel and the new Avatar films.

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Why Samwise Gamgee Is My Favorite ‘LotR’ Character

Hobbiton in New Zealand

Samwise Gamgee, as played by Sean Astin, is my favorite character from “Lord of the Rings” (affiliate link) because Sam always chooses the right path. He doesn’t calculate the risks. He doesn’t weigh the pros and cons, and he doesn’t worry about the consequences, even when they are dire and staring him right in the face.

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New Zealand: Weta Workshop Tour Reveals Secrets to Movie Making Magic in New Zealand

Weta Workshop sign

[This article contains affiliate links. By clicking on a link and purchasing an item, I may make some money. However, it will not cost you more than going to Amazon on your own.] The Weta Workshop and its partner companies are responsible for some of the greatest special effects and movies of all time. They’ve worked on shows from “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” with Kevin Sorbo to the “Thunderbirds Are Go” reboot for a new generation. They’ve done effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and are working on James Cameron’s Avatar series. They’ve accomplished this from the production lot near Wellington, New Zealand, which is a complete movie studio capable of delivering everything a movie production needs.

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New Zealand: A Short Survey of New Zealand Destinations – On First Look

Hobbiton in New Zealand

At roughly 1600 km long (990 miles), New Zealand’s two islands are about the length of a third of the continental United States. That’s a nice drive in America of about 18 hours depending on which states you go through and the maximum speed limit. I have been told that’s not the case in New Zealand. The roads aren’t highways. They tend to wind and have lower speed limits. The other impediment to drive time is the ferry. It may not run in inclement weather, and of course, it only departs at certain times of the day. The cost is also something to consider. I was told around $200 NZ for a car and two passengers.

With all of this in mind, choosing destinations for New Zealand is going to depend on what we really want to see – not the road or the inside of a car – and what we can get to comfortably. Personally, I don’t necessarily want to spend my time driving at all. On the other hand, my second hand knowledge has said that public transportation doesn’t exist, and the buses that go between towns take even longer than cars.

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