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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Director: Peter Jackson Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie

Before he got too carried away with CGI, New Zealander Peter Jackson got the balance just right in the first of his epic fantasy trilogy set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The film tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring, but its found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood). To defeat Sauron, Frodo must leave his simple life in the shire and join a quest with a fellowship that includes the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), his faithful friend Sam (Sean Astin) and the mysterious Strider (Viggo Mortenson). Remarkably well crafted and imagined, Jackson and his team create a visually rich mythical universe that’s on a scale that seemed impossible only a few years earlier. The film’s grandeur is enhanced by the sort of powerful emotional intensity and complex characterisation that is perhaps lost behind the ever growing story strands and huge effects in the follow up films.

Buy (watch online)
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]
Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition (DVD)
Set of 6 Minature Sheets
The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings) (book)
The Complete Recordings (5LP 180 Gram Red Vinyl) (Limited Edition)



Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Edited by John Gilbert
Running time 178 minutes
Country New Zealand, United States
Language English