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

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve never read the entire Lord of the Rings series, but I am a casual fan. I’m in the midst of reading “The Hobbit”, which is of course the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” Series, and I’ve seen the Ralph Bakshi Cartoon version of the series which is good, but not all great. But when I saw this, I was in for some ride. The movie begins by telling the story of Bilbo Baggins, who went on a journey to retrieve the ring and returns to Hobbiton, then it tells the story of the nine rings and how they came to get under the possession of the elf kings, humans, and dwarves. But then we hear about the evil tyrant, Sauron who created his own ring on “Mount Doom”. A ring more powerful then them all. A ring so powerful that it could corrupt even the most purest of souls.

In the movie, we meet Gandalf the magician who enters Hobbiton, The habitat of the hobbits, and meets up with his old friend, Bilbo; he is in town to confront Bilbo, the hero in “The Hobbit” who has grown awfully and eerily attached to the ring whom he was sworn to protect and guard. Gandalf then seizes the ring from him and entrusts it into the hands of Frodo Baggins, the younger cousin of Bilbo who must now run from The Ring Wraiths; Kings who have become evil and are the servants of The Lord Sauron. They want to seize the ring and return it back to Sauron. Frodo must now journey with SamWise, his attached friend who will not leave his side, and his two cohorts Merry and Pippin who accidentally stumble upon the mission, and must now help to destroy the ring in the fires of mount doom.

While at a pub and on the run from the ring wraiths, they meet the mysterious hooded Ranger called Strider, or Aragorn. He is assigned by Gandalf to protect the hobbits, Particularly Frodo, from the ring wraiths and he is determined to protect them at any cost. He is a brave and gallant yet an enigmatic warrior who is quick with the sword. He must lead them to Rivendel where they will meet up with other warriors, humans, elves, and dwarves where they will form a fellowship and journey to destroy the ring. In the group of the fellowship, there is Boromir, another human and enigmatic warrior who is constantly enticed to steal the ring for himself, The speedy arrow slinging elve Legolas, who was my favorite character, and finally, Gimli, the proud dwarve warrior who is very stubborn yet swift in battle, hmm, reminds me of my father.

With the hobbits, Aragorn and the new warriors, they will now form the fellowship and journey past orcs, ringwraiths, and Demons to destroy the ring. I must say, this is just an incredible film. Wow. The beginning is not a let down, the camera angles and battle scenes are so articulate and visionary, I couldn’t have thought of a better scene. The characters are great, Elijah Wood and company are excellent as the rambunctious and bratty hobbits who are great friends. Viggo Mortensen is great as Aragorn, who provides a dark side to himself throughout the film. We know he is a great warrior, yet somehow we don’t want to put all our trust into him just yet. Sir Ian McKellen is, for lack of a better word, superb.

He is Gandalf. He has a quiet humbleness to him, but is easily susceptible to the ring’s evil. Christopher Lee is so incredible as the evil wizard Saurumon, the right hand man of Sauron. The landscapes are superb and unbelievable. Perhaps, the most amazing landscapes were the dark ones. So murky, so dark, yet so colorful. The Orcs are exactly as I pictured them: gnarly, primitive, yet swift on the battlefields. They each have their own particular attributes that make them fierce in battle. This is just a prize peach of a flick. All in all, a great start to a possibly excellent franchise with epic proportions. I loved and I suggest you watch it, too.