It seems incredible but, 20 years after the release of The Lord of the Rings in cinemas, Elijah Wood, the interpreter of Frodo in Peter Jackson’s film saga, has admitted that he has not yet been able to finish reading the book written by Tolkien.
Elijah Wood hasn’t finished reading The Lord of the Rings yet
The actor revealed it in a recent interview with Esquire, where he explained that the reasons are related more to issues of time than to the undisputed quality of the novel:
The book is dense, wordy, it is incredible and beautiful literature, but it is tough. I found it tiring to read it in tandem with everything I had to do for work with my character. Somehow I focused my attention on experiencing this character’s world as it was written in the scripts and trusting the process. I haven’t finished reading it yet, 20 years later. A ridiculous thing, silly I know. Everyone has read it!
Wood explained that in all this time he has not yet been able to see “his travel companions” properly, despite the fact that they feel through a group of all hobbit-based WhatsApp:
Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan went out to dinner together and sent me a picture of my empty chair at the table, which is very, very sweet. They had been writing to each other all morning saying “Let’s go get a coffee”. We haven’t really been able to go out together in these sixteen years.
In fact, even in the funny rap video made to celebrate 20 years of The Lord of the Rings, Wood appears on the same set as the other hobbits.
Evidently becoming a Middle-earth hero has its downsides, although the actor doesn’t seem to mind being constantly remembered for his role as Frodo:
These characters we played will stay with us forever. In some ways, they are most likely the first people we connect to when they think of us, something that has never bothered me.