The first part of the film was released in 2001. That was 20 years ago, as you can easily calculate. Accordingly, the actors have also changed in the last 2 decades. Let this article surprise you!
Galadriel was the " Lady " of the forests of Lothlórien, which she ruled together with her husband Celeborn. She was one of the greatest Elves in Middle Earth, surpassing almost all others in beauty, knowledge and power. She has aged absolutely magnificently.
Aragorn II, son of Arathorn II and Gilraen, also known as Elessar and Strider. He was a great ranger and warrior, and as Isildur's heir he carried the shards of Narsil, which were reforged in the War of the Ring and renamed Flame of the West. He has grown a little grayer!
Boromir was a brave warrior from Gondor, known for his fighting ability and skill on the battlefield. He was the eldest son of Denethor II, who was steward of Gondor during the War of the Ring. Today clearly older.
Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White and originally called Olórin, was an Istar (wizard) sent to Middle Earth in the Third Age to fight the threat of Sauron. He was very old by then, but apparently he is still fit.
Legolas was a Sindarin elf who belonged to the Fellowship of the Ring in the Third Age. Son of the Elven King Thranduil of Mirkwood, Legolas was the Prince of Mirkwood, a messenger and a master marksman. without his long hair, he is hardly recognizable.
Samwise Gamgee, also known as Sam, was a hobbit from the Shire. He was the gardener and best friend of Frodo Baggins. Sam proved to be Frodo's closest and most reliable companion. It is not at all easy to recognize him today.
Mauhúr was sent to reinforce Uglúk and the Uruk-hai scouts when they returned to Isengard with Merry and Pippin. He found them surrounded by Éomer's Rohirrim at the edge of Fangorn Forest, from where he led his Uruk-hai on an attack. So this is what he really looks like.
Gríma was the most important advisor to King Théoden of Rohan before he was exposed as an agent and spy of Saruman. He ends up being the assassin of Saruman in the final chapter of The Return of the King. He has grown considerably older.
Pippin Gardner was a hobbit from the Shire and one of the thirteen children of Samwise Gamgee. With his new hairstyle, he is nevertheless visually somewhat different than before.
Gimli was a respected dwarven warrior in Middle-earth during the Great Years. He belonged to the Fellowship of the Ring and was the only one of the dwarves willing to fight alongside the elves in the war against Sauron at the end of the Third Age. Would you still recognize him today?
Sharku was an orc veteran from Isengard who led Saruman's warg riders. He only appears in the film version of The Two Towers. This is what he looks like in real life.
Théoden was the seventeenth king of Rohan and the last of the Second Line of the Royal House of Eorl. At that time he was already 58 years old - today he is already 72!
Merry Gardner was the fourth child and second son of Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rosie (née Cotton) Gamgee. He had nine younger siblings. Because of his old hairstyle, his ears never stood out!
Saruman, also known as Saruman the White, was the first of the Order of Istar (Wizards) to come to Middle-earth in the Third Age as an emissary of the Valar. He was also the leader of the wizards and the White Council who opposed Sauron. He has not changed that much.
Gamling, sometimes referred to as "Gamling the Old," was a man from Rohan and may have been Erkenbrand's second-in-command. This is what he looks like by now.
Frodo Baggins, son of Drogo Baggins, was a hobbit from the Shire in the late Third Age. He was and still is Tolkien's most famous character, as he plays the main role in the quest for the Ring. He looks unchanged!
Elrond half-elf, Lord of Rivendell, was one of the powerful Elven rulers of ancient times who lived in Middle-earth from the First Age to the beginning of the Fourth Age. He was the father of Elladan and Elrohir and Arwen Undómiel, later wife of Aragorn II. With beard a very different man!
Of course, Sauron has never been seen without his mask in the film adaptations, but here you can see how the actor behind Sauron looks in reality. Did you imagine him like this?
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit from the Shire, the main character in The Hobbit and a minor character in The Lord of the Rings. He is one of the oldest actors and you can clearly see that now.
Gollum, originally named Sméagol (or Trahald), was initially a Stoor, one of the three early Hobbit types. The name Gollum was derived from the sound of his disgusting gurgling, retching cough. This is what he really looks like.