Movie Journal #2: 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Movie Journal #2: 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. To avoid spoilers, I’ve decided to not write reviews. Links are to Wikipedia for further information.
- Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
- Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn “Strider” Elessar II
- Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee
- Sean Bean as Boromir
- Billy Boyd as Peregrin Took
- Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc Brandybuck
- John Rhys-Davies as Gimli
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf
- Liv Tyler as Arwen Undómiel
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
- Hugo Weaving as Elrond
- Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
- Andy Serkis as Gollum (voice/motion capture)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Running Time: 2h 58m
Countries: New Zealand, United States
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Produced by: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
In the Second Age of Middle-earth, the lords of Elves, Dwarves, and Men are given Rings of Power. Unbeknownst to them, the Dark Lord Sauron forges the One Ring in Mount Doom, instilling into it a great part of his power, in order to dominate the other Rings so he might conquer Middle-earth. A final alliance of Men and Elves battles Sauron's forces in Mordor. Isildur of Gondor severs Sauron's finger and the Ring with it, thereby vanquishing Sauron and returning him to spirit form. With Sauron's first defeat, the Third Age of Middle-earth begins. The Ring's influence corrupts Isildur, who takes it for himself and is later killed by Orcs. The Ring is lost in a river for 2,500 years until it is found by Gollum, who owns it for over four and a half centuries. The ring abandons Gollum and it is subsequently found by a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who is unaware of its history. Sixty years later, Bilbo celebrates his 111th birthday in the Shire, reuniting with his old friend, the wizard Gandalf the Grey. Bilbo reveals that he intends to leave the Shire for one last adventure, and he leaves his inheritance, including the Ring, to his nephew Frodo. Gandalf investigates the Ring, discovers its true nature, and learns that Gollum was captured and tortured by Sauron's Orcs, revealing two words during his interrogation: "Shire" and "Baggins." Gandalf returns and warns Frodo to leave the Shire. As Frodo departs with his friend, gardener Samwise Gamgee, Gandalf rides to Isengard to meet with the wizard Saruman, but discovers his alliance with Sauron, who has dispatched his nine undead Nazgûl servants to find Frodo. Wikipedia
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