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The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)


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Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Awards, including:
– Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – Best ensemble

Alan Howard … The Ring (voice)
Elijah Wood … Frodo Baggins
Sean Astin … Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee
Sala Baker … Sauron
Sean Bean … Boromir
Cate Blanchett … Galadriel
Orlando Bloom … Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd … Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took
Marton Csokas … Celeborn
Mark Ferguson … Gil-Galad
Ian Holm … Bilbo Baggins
Christopher Lee … Saruman
Lawrence Makoare … Lurtz
Andy Serkis … Gollum / Witch-King (voice)
Brent McIntyre … Witch-King
Ian McKellen … Gandalf the Grey
Peter McKenzie … Elendil
Sarah McLeod … Rose ‘Rosie’ Cotton
Dominic Monaghan … Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck
Viggo Mortensen … Aragorn
Craig Parker … Haldir
John Rhys-Davies … Gimli
Harry Sinclair … Isildur
Liv Tyler … Arwen
Hugo Weaving … Elrond

In this part of the trilogy, the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples.

Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal Hobbit friends, Humans, a Wizard, a Dwarf and an Elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs.

And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship.

Elrond: “Lasto beth nin. Tolo dan nan galad” [Hear my voice. Come back to the light.]

Elrond: “Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins”

Elrond: “His strength returns.”
Gandalf: “That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it for the rest of his life.”
Elrond: “Yet to have come so far still bearing the ring, the hobbit has shown remarkable Resilience to its evil.”
Gandalf: “It is a burden he should never have had to bear. We can ask no more of Frodo.”

Elrond: “Gandalf, the Enemy is moving. Sauron’s forces are massing in the East. The Eye is fixed on Rivendell. Now you tell me Saruman has betrayed us. The list of our allies grows thin.”
Gandalf: “His treachery goes deeper than you know. At Falcraft, Saruman has crossed orcs with goblin men. He is breeding an army in the caverns of Isengard. An army that can move in sunlight, and travel great distances at speed. Saruman is coming for the ring.”
Elrond: “This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the elves. We do not have the strength to stand against Mordor and Isengard both. The ring cannot stay here. This peril belongs to all Middle-Earth, and they must decide now how to end it. The age of elves is over. My people are leaving these shores. Who will you turn to once we are gone? The dwarves hide in their mountains seeking riches and care not for the troubles of others.”

Gandalf: “We must place our hope in men.”
Elrond: “Men! The race of men is weak, failing. The blood of Numenor is all but spent, its pride and dignity forgotten. It is because of men that the Ring survives. I was there, three thousand years ago, when Isildur took the ring. I was there when the strength of men failed.”

(flashback: Isildur takes the ring) “Follow me!”
“I led Isildur into the heart of Mount Doom, where it was forged, the one place it could be destroyed.”
(flashback to Mount Doom) “Throw it in the fire! Destroy it!”
Isildur: (flashback to Mount Doom) “No.”
Elrond: (flashback to Mount Doom) “Isildur!”
“It should have ended that day, but evil was allowed to endure. Isildur kept the Ring. The line of Kings is broken. There is no strength left in the world of men. They are scattered, divided, leaderless.”

Gandalf: “There is one who could unite them. Who could reclaim the throne of Gondor.
Elrond: He turned from that path long ago. He has chosen exile.”

Elrond: “Strangers from distant lands, friends of old. You are summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle-Earth stands on the brink of destruction. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom.Bring forth the ring, Frodo.”

Elrond: “Never before has any voice uttered the words of that tongue here in Imladris.”

Elrond: “You have only one choice. The ring must be destroyed.”

Elrond: “The ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. It was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. It must be taken deep into Mordor, and cast back into the fiery chasm from which it came. One of you must do this.”

Sam: “Heh! Mr. Frodo is not goin’ anywhere without me!”
Elrond: “No indeed, it is hardly possible to separate you even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.”
Pippi and Merry: “Wait! We are coming too!”
Merry: “You’d have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us!”
Pippin: “Anyway you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission, quest… thing.”
Merry: “Well that rules you out Pip.”
Pippin: “Where are we going?”

Elrond: “Nine companions… So be it! You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring!”

Elrond: “Anirne hene beriad i chên în. [She wanted to protect her child] Ned Imladris nauthant e le beriathar aen. [She thought in Rivendell you would be safe] In her heart your Mother knew you’d be hunted all your life. That you’d never escape your fate. The skill of the Elves can reforge the sword of kings but only you have the power to wield itAragorn: I do not want that power. I have never wanted it
Elrond: You are the last of the blood line. There is no other.”

Elrond: “The Ringbearer is setting out on the Quest of Mount Doom. On you who travel with him, no oath nor bond is laid to go further than you will. Farewell. Hold to your purpose. May the blessings of Elves and Men and all Free Folk go with you.”