The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Directed by Peter Jackson
Quick synopsis… From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, director Peter Jackson brings the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels to life as Frodo Baggins embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron.
- You may recall that I’ve already done one of these for the last part of this trilogy, The Return of the King.
- I had it listed at number 59 on my favorite movies list.
- You can read what I said about that one here.
- And since that was done, I’m not worried about spoilers here. Because this movie is almost 20 years old.
- And it’s based on a series of books that were published 65 years ago.
- If you don’t know what happens by now, that’s on you.
- The movie begins differently than the book, though.
- At the start, we get backstory about the One Ring. In case you never read The Hobbit.
- Well, it goes further back than that, too.
- In short, there were a bunch of rings of power that were made. But the evil Lord Sauron created a master ring… “One ring to rule them all…”
- At this point, Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) is in possession of the ring.
- Once we get past all the backstory, we’re introduced to Frodo, Bilbo’s nephew, and Gandalf the Grey, who has arrived in time for Bilbo’s 111th birthday.
- Bilbo pulls a fast one on his party guests by disappearing and leaving the Shire.
- The disappearing act was made possible by the Ring, which really gets Gandalf’s attention.
- In the movie, it looks like it only takes a few days for Gandalf to do his research. In the book, it’s several years.
- Anyway, Gandalf confirms his suspicions that the Ring Bilbo has left behind for Frodo is Sauron’s One Ring and it must be destroyed.
- Meanwhile, Sauron has dispatched the Nazgul to hunt down the Ring.
- Gollum, who had the Ring before Bilbo, let slip that the Ring would be somehow connect to “Shire,” “Baggins.”
- When one of the Nazgul stops at a Hobbit’s home, mentioning the name Baggins, the Hobbit in question folds like a cheap… folding… thing. Narc.
- This leads to Frodo, along with his friend Samwise Gamgee, to leave the Shire, in a desperate act to figure out how to destroy the Ring.
- They run into Merry and Pippin, who tag along as our film’s comic relief.
- These last two Hobbits have really great character arcs throughout the trilogy, in my opinion. Yeah, they start as comic relief, but they really come into their own by the time we reach the end of The Return of the King.
- The quartet of Hobbits expect to meet up with Gandalf, but he’s been captured by a corrupted Saruman the White, once a trusted ally to the wizard.
- So then we meet Strider, a Ranger who sees the Hobbits reach the Elves at Rivendell.
- But not before Frodo is injured in an encounter with a posse of Ring Wraiths.
- In Rivendell, a council of Elves, Dwarves, and Men meets to determine what should be done with the ring.
- These races do nothing but argue amongst themselves, unable to trust one another with an object that powerful.
- So Frodo steps up and volunteers to carry the ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed.
- Keep in mind, this is also the most dangerous area in Middle Earth.
- So the Fellowship forms: Frodo, Samwise, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Aragorn (Strider), Legolas (an Elf), Gimli (a Dwarf), and Boromir (a Man).
- Adventure ensues.
- The Fellowship experiences loss… and hardship… and eventually breaks, leaving Frodo and Sam to travel to Mordor alone.
- Oh, and Sean Bean dies. Again.
- Y’all, the music in these movies is incredible. There are some movies that would still be good if the dialogue track was eliminated, leaving only the score. This is one of them.
- Superman: The Movie is another one.
My mom says that she’s tried to watch this a number of times and just can’t get into it. Funny, since she owns all three on DVD. And we’re talking the regular cut, not the extended editions. I’ve promised to sit down with her one day and watch them with her to help her get through it all. Maybe now’s a good time to do that, since she’s gonna be healing from that broken sternum for a while.
Come back next week for one of the best Christmas movies of all time.