It's always nice to see former members of the Fellowship of the Ring run into each other, isn't it?
That's what happened on Monday night (Aug. 13) when The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stars Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom -- known to fans as Gandalf and Legolas respectively -- ran into each other at a bar. They were also joined by Adam Brown, who appeared in all three The Hobbit films as the dwarf Ori.
Although he didn't specify where they were (we're guessing London), Bloom snapped a photo of the encounter and posted it on Instagram, captioning it with "a dwarf, a wizard and an elf walk into a bar….#lotr.”
McKellen and Brown aren't the only Tolkien-related actors that Bloom has caught up with lately either. While performing in the play Killer Joe in London, he was visited backstage by Liv Tyler, who played Arwen in The Lord of the Rings. They were joined by Bloom's dog for that pic:
While McKellen was already an award-winning stage, TV and film actor when he took the role of Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the part catapulted him to a new level of fame and made him one of the most beloved actors in the series (he'd be happy to reprise the role in Amazon's upcoming LOTR-based series as well). Bloom, on the other hand, was a virtual unknown when he landed the part of Legolas Greenleaf, the brave and loyal elf with the incredibly fast bow and arrow. He went on to star in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and many other films.
But what's heartwarming to see is that nearly 20 years after cameras first began rolling on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, many of the cast members remain close and friendly (here's another mini-reunion from not long ago). We suppose that going on a torturous quest to save Middle-earth from the despair and devastation of Sauron will bring people together like that.