Dominic Monaghan (Merry) Reflects on Bout With Post-LOTR Depression

Many of you already know how Dominic Monaghan experienced a serious bout of depression after completing The Lord of the Rings... ContactMusic.com has just a little bit more about that:

British actor DOMINIC MONAGHAN was left in a deep depression after spending four years filming and promoting THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy of films - and he credits co-star BILLY BOYD with helping him regain his positive outlook.

Monaghan, who currently stars in Emmy Award-winning drama LOST, played hobbit MERRY in director PETER JACKSON's adaptations of JRR TOLKIEN's fantasy books, but he admits his rise to fame left him feeling empty.

The 28-year-old says, "I wasn't taking care of myself. I was sleeping in the day and getting up at night. I wrote 50 journals in a year.

"I'd never been depressed so I didn't understand it. I felt like I had a big weight on my chest."

Monaghan will always be grateful for the support he received from fellow hobbit Boyd: "Billy was a big help. He reminded me of why I wanted to be an actor and I had days where I could see the magic.

"I think it will be a long time now before I could go back into that hole."

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