The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Director(s): Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson
Release Date(s)Dec 19, 2001 - Wide
“One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
Since 1954, those words have helped launch over 100 million readers on an epic journey of good and evil, hobbits and orcs, friends and enemies.
The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has been built in the minds of readers for decades, so it takes a confident director to move that world from people’s minds to the screen. Peter Jackson has not only done that, he’s brought the full trilogy to the screen, shooting the movies together and releasing them over a three-year period.
Shot in New Zealand, the film’s production team of over 2400 shot the film over a two-year period. Featuring a renowned cast of actors and over 26000 extras, the first of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, hits North American cinemas on December 19th, 2002.
In this part of the trilogy, a young Hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) inherits a ring. Not just your run-of-the-mill ring, but the One Ring, a powerful ring that could allow the evil Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo’s mission is to band together with like-minded creatures and set out to destroy the ring. During this journey, the Fellowship faces many evils, and must struggle against the corrupting influence of the One Ring.
The film stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The film also stars Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.
A huge fan of the book himself, Jack said, “I’ve spent seven years of my life on this project so far, pouring my heart into every single aspect of it. But I think that’s the least we owe to Tolkien and the legions of fans around the globe. They deserve our very best efforts.”
Star Elijah Wood felt that Jackson’s dedication to detail helped him in his portrayal of Frodo. “He became alive for me,” says Wood. “The way we shot the movie, everything was so authentic that we all believed that Frodo and the others really existed in history. Once I had on my prosthetic ears and feet for the first time, I knew what it was to feel like a Hobbit. It sounds bizarre, but it felt the same as playing a historical character, as if Hobbits had actually once been alive.”
The dangers of moving this trilogy to the screen are real, but the legions of fans lined up outside the cinemas on opening day a evidence that many are willing to join Frodo, Gandalf, and yes, Peter Jackson, on this cinematic journey.