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

I remember going out to watch this movie with my family (parents and sister). None of us knew it was part of a trilogy and as such, the ending was something to talk about.

Having seen it a few times, it's such a great movie. Not as great as Return of the King, but it's up there in the list of great movies. I don't remember whether or not it's better than The Two Towers.


Prior to the start of the movie, there's a recorded introduction by director Peter Jackson. This showing would be among the first showings for the remastered version of The Fellowship of the Ring.

At the end of the movie, past the credits, there's the fan club credits. Because I wanted to watch it all, my friends stayed and we watched the credits. We commented on various names. We looked for certain last names, in particular our own. Christopher Lee and Elijah Wood were among the names. We guessed what the last name's first two letters would be. We figured it would be a Zy name, like Zygmund. It wasn't.

Afterwards we discussed some of our favorite scenes (see "Instant Comments" section below).

Of course some of the scenes that depend on surprise aren't as satisfying after seeing them the first time.

I'm fairly tired from everything that's happened in the last week and a half, and so I nodded off every now and then during the movie. It certainly doesn't help that the extended version is 208 minutes long (according to Note: The fan club credits add an additional 20 minutes and 228 minutes = 3.8 hours.

If you didn't know, the Lord of the Rings soundtrack is amazing.

As of 20180216, Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I gave the movie a thumbs up.

Instant Comments:
C: I recently read that many years had passed between (A) Bilbo leaving and Frodo inheriting his possessions (including the ring) and (B) Gandalf returning and telling Bilbo he must flee. I told my sister this and she said that makes sense. Since by the time Frodo meets Bilbo again, Bilbo has completed his book.
C: Strider.
C: Oh, she got cut on the cheek by a tree.
B: One of my favorite scenes: (6) Arwen races to Rivendell.
C: I'm imagining this instead: "Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. ."
C: My sister said that technically Elrond shares some fault. That is, he could have fought to cast the ring into Mt. Doom.
C: "I will take it. I will take it. I will take the ring to Mordor."
B: One of my favorite scenes: (4) Frodo volunteers to take the ring.
B: [20110622: I forgot to mention the scene where Bilbo bares his teeth in Rivendell. I love that one.]
C: "My cousin Balin..."
D: "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened." "So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought." C: My eyes fall shut in one or two scenes.
D: I'm curious how rare mithril is
C: That broken staircase scene is awesome.
C: Speaking of which, how do such thin passage ways get carved.
D: I'd be so afraid to pass that bridge. It's wide enough, but it's so high above nothingness.
D: "You cannot pass!"
C, D: "You shall not pass."
D: "Fly, you fools!"
D: "The dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark."
C: Sam contributes a verse about Gandalf's fireworks
B: One of two confusing scense: Galadriel's dialogue during her mini-craze; C: Frodo offers her the ring, she explains that she would have great power with it, but refuses and thus remains herself. She also self-proclaims that she passes the test.
D: Saruman says the orcs came from the elves. I'm not sure that makes sense. There'd have to be like generations of selective breeding to create orcs from elves.
B: One of two confusing scense: Conversation between Boromir and Frodo; C: Boromir wants the ring for himself. Frodo identifies that Boromir is not himself.
D: Ah. Aragorn phrases it as "I would have gone with you to the end." As such, he appears to have deduced that Frodo wanted to destroy the ring on his own.
D: Hmm. Consider that these Uruks are supposed to be specially bred warriors... for so many of them to be taken down by Aragorn... well I guess Aragorn along with Gimli and Legolas are just that legendary in comparison. Alternatively, they might be too brawn and not enough brain.
B: One of my favorite scenes: (5) During the final battle there's a scene where the camera pans and goes from a straight shot to an overhead shot. That really caught my eye during the movie.
B: One of my favorite scenes: (1) The three arrows.
B: One of my favorite scenes: (3) Sam jumps in the water.
D: Hehe. Ben thinks Legolas is a girl because he has long hair (in Ben's world, people are either boys or girls; he unfamiliar with the terms "men" and "women")
B: One of my favorite scenes: (2) The very end.
B=20110614 (Post-Movie Comments), C=20171128

Released 20011219.
Watched 20020104 Theatre. Metro Pointe [LORD OF THE] 12:00pm $6.00
Watched many other times on DVD.
Watched 20110614 Theatre. Irvine 21[LOTR: RING] 7:00PM $12.50. (Extended Edition)
Watched 20171128 DVD.
Watched 20230324 (Netflix)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Peter Jackson. 178 min. [botnotsn (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien]

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