Actor John Rhys-Davies played 2 main roles in the Lord of the Rings movies. He played Gimli, the dwarf warrior, but was also the voice actor of Treebeard, the slow moving and slow speaking tree giant.

The Lord of the Rings (film series)

See also: Middle-earth in film § Cast

The following are the cast members who voiced or portrayed characters appearing in the extended version of the films.

Character

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

The Fellowship

Frodo Baggins

Elijah Wood

Aragorn

Viggo Mortensen

Boromir

Sean Bean

Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck

Dominic Monaghan

Samwise Gamgee

Sean Astin

Gandalf

Ian McKellen

Gimli

John Rhys-Davies

Legolas

Orlando Bloom

Peregrin “Pippin” Took

Billy Boyd

The Shire and Bree

Bilbo Baggins

Ian Holm

Ian Holm

Mrs. Bracegirdle

Lori Dungey

Barliman Butterbur

David Weatherley

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8 thoughts on “Actor John Rhys-Davies played 2 main roles in the Lord of the Rings movies. He played Gimli, the dwarf warrior, but was also the voice actor of Treebeard, the slow moving and slow speaking tree giant.”

  1. wannabejoanie

    Fun fact; John rhys- Davies was SEVERELY allergic to the makeup and prosthetics used to turn him into Gimli so he couldn’t film daily, he had to do it in extra long sessions so his skin could recover.

    Also, the Fellowship cast had a tradition of greeting each other with head bonks, to the point where Orlando bloom’s makeup artists complained about his forehead being bruised

  2. MalcoveMagnesia

    It’s been 20 years and the digital effects still hold up really well!

  3. bobcat7781

    Ents are not tree giants! They are giants who somewhat resemble trees.

  4. desertvibin

    Rhys-Davies is the best example of how great the cinematography is LOTR. Dude is well over 6ft tall and they used forced perspective for him to appear on camera as if he was half that height.

    20 years later it still boggles my mind.

  5. amidoingthisright11

    “I am no tree, I am an ent!”

  6. Beachpartydude

    Always found it funny he was one of if not the tallest member of the cast playing one of if not the shortest character.

  7. dgreen1415

    Fun fact, John was the only member of the fellowship not to get a matching tattoo, his stunt double got one instead.

    Edit: he didn’t get the tattoo because he didn’t want a tattoo.

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