The cast includes:
- Elijah Wood as the young hobbit, Frodo
- Sir Ian McKellen as the wise and powerful wizard, Gandalf
- Sean Bean as the warrior, Boromir
- Liv Tyler as the beautiful elf, Arwen
- Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, Frodo's elderly cousin
- Christopher Lee as the wizard, Saruman
Plus a huge cast of extras including hundreds of New Zealand army soldiers.