The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

New Line Cinema / Wingnut Films Released 2001




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Peter Jackson

Set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as Frodo and eight companions form the Fellowship of the Ring, and begin their journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor: the only place where the Ring can be destroyed.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Made with intelligence, imagination, passion and skill, propulsively paced and shot through with an aged-in-oak sense of wonder, the trilogy's first film so thrillingly catches us ...

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch, a gesture that doesn't normally come to mind when Tolkien's name is mentioned.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Looks to please the book's legions of fans with its imaginatively scrupulous rendering of the tome's characters and worlds on the screen, as well as the uninitiated with its uninte...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Galadriel: The world has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost. For none now live who remember it.

    • Bilbo Baggins: In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits' only real passion is for food. A rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe-weed.

    • Frodo Baggins: You're late.
      Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.

    • Bilbo Baggins: I'm old Gandalf. I know I don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel thin. Sort of stretched like butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don't expect I shall return. In fact, I mean not to.

    • Gandalf: Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about their ways in a month. And yet, after a hundred years they can still surprise you.

    • Saruman: So the ring of power has been found.
      Gandalf: All these long years, it was in the Shire. Under my nose.
      Saruman: Yet you did not have the wit to see it. Your love of the halfling leaf has clearly slowed your mind.

    • Elrond: The ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade.

    • Boromir: One does not simply walk into Mordor. It's black gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. And, the Great Eye is ever-watching. It is a barren wasteland... riddled with fire, and ash and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume.

    • Frodo: I will take it. I will take the ring to Mordor. Though... I do not know the way.
      Gandalf: I will help you bear this burdon, Frodo Baggins... as long as it is yours to bear.
      Aragorn: If by my life or death I can protect you... I will. You have my sword.
      Legolas : And you have my bow.
      Gimli: And my ax.

    • Gandalf: (in the mines of Moria) Be on your guard. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.

    • Gimli: (in the mines of Moria, an Orc and Goblin attack is imminent.) Let them come! There is one dwarf in Moria who still draws breath.

    • Frodo: If you ask it of me I will give you the one ring.
      Galadriel: You offer it to me freely? I cannot deny that my heart has greatly desired this. In place of a Dark Lord you would have a queen... not dark but beautiful, and terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair.

    • Saruman: Do you know how the Orcs first came into being? They were Elves once. Taken by the dark powers... tortured and mutilated. A ruined and terrible form of life. And now... perfected. My fighting Uruk-hai.

    • Saruman: (addressing army) Hunt them down. Do not stop until they are found. You do not know pain. You do not know fear. You will taste man-flesh!

    • Arigorn: We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light. Let's hunt some orc.

    • Frodo: Go back, Sam! I'm going to Mordor alone
      Samwise: Of course you are. And I'm coming with you!

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $93,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $315,544,750 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $871,530,324 (2nd

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $454,919,640
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,256,481,881

    • Other production companies:
      The Saul Zaentz Company
      Alliance Atlantis Communications
      (Canadian distributor)
      Entertainment Film Distributors

    • Filming locations include:
      Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand
      Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
      Canterbury, New Zealand
      Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand
      Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
      Wellington Region, New Zealand
      Southland, New Zealand
      Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
      Waikato, New Zealand
      Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
      Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
      Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
      Central Plateau, New Zealand
      Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand
      Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

    • The extended version of the movie runs 30 minutes longer.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Cinematography
      2. Makeup
      3. Visual Effects
      4. Original Score

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Director - Peter Jackson (won by Ron Howard for A Beautiful Mind)
      3. Supporting Actor - Ian McKellan (won by Jim Broadbent for Iris)
      4. Adapted Screenplay
      5. Editing
      6. Art Direction
      7. Costume Design
      8. Sound
      9. Original Song - "May it Be"

    • Taglines:
      The Legend Comes to Life.
      One Ring To Rule Them All.
      You will find adventure, or adventure will find you. [teaser trailer]
      One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
      Its power corrupts all who desire it. Only one has the will to resist it. A Fellowship of nine must destroy it. [full-length trailer]
      Fate Has Chosen Him. A Fellowship Will Protect Him. Evil Will Hunt Them.
      Middle Earth comes alive...
      Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
      All we have to decide is what to do with the time that we are given.
      Power can be held in the smallest of things...

    • Music:
      Flaming Red Hair
      Music Composed and Performed by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick with Peter Daly, Chris O'Connor, Ruairidh Morrison, and Grant Shearer
      In Dreams
      Written by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore
      Performed by Edward Ross
      May It Be
      Composed and Performed by Enya
      Played during the end credits
      Composed and Performed by Enya


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epic journey, epic battles, supernatural forces, visually striking, visually stunning