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The Fellowship of the Ring

released 19th December 2001

Fellowship of the Ring


The Fellowship of the Ring
follows the story of a young hobbit and his cause to free the people of Middle Earth from the evil that is led by the dark Lord Sauron.  Frodo comes by the one Ring, that is all that Sauron needs to become complete once more and regain his full power in order to rule all of Middle Earth.  Naturally the people of Middle Earth do not want this to happen, and the only way that they can be saved is if the One Ring is destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, which lies in the heart of Lord Sauron's lands, of Mordor.

This movie follows the quest of Frodo (played by Elijah Wood) and his journey to Mount Doom.  A wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellen) asks him to take the Ring to Rivendell (the haven of elves created by Elrond (Hugo Weaving)) and he is assisted by three fellow hobbits Samwise (Sean Astin), Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan).  Their journey takes them  via a small town of Bree where they come across a stranger, a Ranger, named Strider (Viggo Mortensen), who later transpires to be Aragorn, heir to the throne of Gondor.

Once in Rivendell a secret council is called of all the races of Middle Earth where they are instructed that the Ring must be destroyed.  Since no one else volunteers, Frodo says that he will take the Ring to Mount Doom, but cannot do it alone.  There Legolas (Orlando Bloom), an elf of the woodland realm, Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), a dwarf, Boromir (Sean Bean) a man, the son of the Steward of Gondor join with Gandalf, Aragorn and the hobbits to form the "Fellowship of the Ring" to assist and protect Frodo on his quest.  Before they leave we see Aragorn and Arwen (Liv Tyler), daughter of Elrond bequeath their love for each other, and her give him the Evenstar as a token of their devotion.

Their journey continues via Moria (the dwarf haven beneath the Misty Mountains) where they have to overcome the wrath of a Balrog, a firey beast that lives in the depths of Moria.  It is here that Gandalf falls and the rest of the Fellowship must continue alone.  Their journey takes them then to Lorien the home of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Celeborn ().  It is here that Galadriel bestows gifts on the members of the Fellowship in order to assist them in their quest.

Soon after leaving Lorien the Fellowship come across a band of Uruks, bound to capture the hobbits and the Ring.  They are instructed by Saruman (Christopher Lee), the White Wizard, who has become corrupt and wants the Ring for his own means.  There ensues a long battle.  Two hobbits, Merry and Pippin are taken by the uruks and Boromir dies defending them.  Frodo and Sam escape to make their way, alone to Mount Doom.  The remaining three, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli make a pact to rescue the two captive hobbits.........

The movie ends here, with Frodo and Sam looking out to Mount Doom, "the one place in Middle Earth they dont want to be, but the one place they have to goto"

contributed by Elril Galia


In 2002 the movie won 4 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations. The winning categories were for Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Best Music, Original Score. The nominated categories were Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McKellen), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music, Song (Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan for May It Be), Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

It is listed as the eighth highest grossing film during its theatrical run, with takings of $860,700,000 USA dollars from world-wide theatrical box office receipts (movie ticket sales).

(Source: IMDB Top Movies Chart (August 2004)).

Fun facts

Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo Baggins, was the voice of Frodo Baggins in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of "The Lord of The Rings

Viggo Mortensen did his own stunts. He also insisted on using only the real steel sword, instead of significantly lighter aluminum sword or safer rubber sword which were manufactured for battle scenes and stunts.

As well as being the only member of the cast and crew to have met Tolkien face to face, Christopher Lee was also the first person to be cast in the trilogy because of his extensive knowledge of the books. He frequently visited the makeup department and often gave tips about the facial design of the monsters

After the New Zealand premiere, director 'Jackson, Peter' joined the actors who played the nine members of the Fellowship by getting a commemorative tattoo of his own. While their tattoos were the Elvish symbol for "9", Jackson received an Elvish "10".

Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.

The makeup prosethetics applied to Lawrence Makore when playing Ugluk, the chief Uruk-Hai, meant that he could actually see very little.  In the scene where Ugluk shoots an arrow at Aragorn, and narrowly misses him, Aragorn was saved only by the quick reactions of Viggo Mortensen who deflected it with his sword.  Lawrence was in fact meant to shoot far away from his head, but couldnt see where to shoot.  This was a once only take... and Peter Jackson was shouting to every camera "tell me you got that"


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