In making the films, we were keenly aware of the significance of the novel and its fan base, but nothing could prepare us for how successful the movies would become. When you hear things like, “It’s one of the greatest epics ever made,” it’s almost outside the realm of understanding because you were so intimately involved. The closeness of the fellowship, both onscreen and off, accomplished a massive cinematic feat. We were a family and shared in this experience over the course of four years. The trilogy is structured as a journey and an adventure, and the production very much mirrored that story. The scale and scope of production made it feel like we were making the world’s largest independent film. Everyone involved wore multiple hats. While overseeing five units, Peter would still find time to personally knock on the door of a local farmer and ask if we could use his land. All of the swords were made by hand. It took these individual artisans working together to make this story come to life, in a way that felt real. To witness thousands of people master their individual trade was staggering. The Oscars came at the end of this extraordinary journey. It allowed us one last celebration as a team. I understand why people love these movies. I love them as well, and their reach is far beyond what we could have ever imagined. People still call me Frodo, however it’s not bothersome because it’s a character I loved playing and something I’m extremely proud to have been a part of. The experience will be with me forever.