THE LORD OF THE RINGS
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
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The movie starts with a little history on the One Ring. It was forged in the fires of Mount Doom, and worn by Sauron, who threatened to rule all the lands of Middle-Earth with it. Finally, a brave group of soldiers was able to defeat him, and the ring fell into the hands of Isildur, a man who would become king of Gondor. The Ring would later betray him (it can think on its own) and be lost for a long time, until it is later found by Gollum/Smeagol (Andy Serkis). From there, Gollum kept it as his own, until it fell into the most unlikely hands of all -- Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End.
The Fellowship of the Ring
After the history lesson, we see Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellan), riding into the shire
(home of the hobbits)
and performing tricks for various little hobbits. He picks up Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a friend of his, and they start talking. Frodo leaves, and Gandalf goes on to Bilbo's house, where Bilbo (Ian Holm - Ash in the first Alien movie) is making party preparations for his 111th birthday party that night. Later, he and Gandalf reminisce about when Bilbo first left the Shire sixty years ago. Later still, at the party, Bilbo is making a thank you speech to all of his friends, and then he sees that he won't be seen around here anymore. He then takes out the ring (secretly), slips it on, and turns invisible, leaving the crowd wondering.
Back at Bilbo's place, he and Gandalf get into an argument over what should be done with the ring. They make up and Bilbo leaves. Later, Frodo comes by and Gandalf tells him that Bilbo has left already and left him his house and all his possessions, including the ring. Gandalf says to keep the ring hidden and not to tell anyone about it. He then goes to a town south of the shire and realizes that Bilbo's ring, now Frodo's ring, is, in fact, the One Ring. He goes back to the Shire, tells Frodo to leave for Rivendell, home of Elrond (Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith), and tells Frodo to take his best friend Sam Gamgee (Sean Astin) with him. Gandalf says he will meet the two at the Prancing Pony Inn in Bree, and then they will all go to Rivendell. However, two or three complications arise. The first two are Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) who quite literally run into Sam and Frodo as they (Merry and Pippin) are fleeing a farmer whose vegetables they've been stealing. A few minutes later, the foursome are chased to a river by a bunch of riders on horseback who are dressed all in black.
These are the Ringwraiths, and they are nine kings of men who were each given rings of power but were corrupted and now work only to get the one ring for Sauron, who still exists in spirit form.
After this chase, the hobbits finally make it to Bree, and from there they go to the Prancing Pony. While there, they meet Strider (Viggo Mortenson) and are told about Sauron and the Ringwraiths. Frodo is also forced to use the ring for the first time in a barfight in order to keep from being hurt. While using it, he sees everything in black and white, and is invisible to all eyes but Sauron's and the Ringwraiths. That night, the Ringwraiths come to Bree, but the foursome - now a fivesome, with Strider - is already on its way out, continuing on to Rivendell. The next night, however, a fire started by the hobbits draws the attention of the Ringwraiths, and Frodo is mortally wounded with a poisoned sword.
Over the next few days, Frodo gets sicker and sicker. One afternoon, while hunting for something to help Frodo last longer, Strider gets a sword pointed at his neck. The sword belongs to Arwen (Liv Tyler) - Elven princess and Strider's girlfriend. The two talk in Elvish, and it is decided that since Arwen has a horse, she will carry Frodo onto Rivendell, and after a brief fight with the Ringwraiths, she gets there.
A few days later, Frodo wakes up in Rivendell to find Gandalf at the foot of his bed. Seems Gandalf went to seek advice on how to destroy the ring from his old mentor Saruman (Christopher Lee), only to find out that Saruman had betrayed him and now worked for Sauron and was building and Orc stronghold and a new breed of Orc - the Uruk Hai. Fortunately, Gandalf was able to catch a ride out of there on a giant eagle just before Saruman could kill him. The next day a meeting of all the different races is held on what to do with this ring, and it is decided that Frodo shall go to Mordor and try to destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom, along with Gandalf, the archer elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), the humans Strider and Boromir, steward of Gondor (Sean Bean - Alec Trevalyan in Golden Eye), and Samw, Merry, and Pippin, who were all eavesdropping on the conversation. Also at this meeting, it is revealed that Strider is really Aragorn, the last descendent of Isildur and the rightful king of Gondor.
Over the next few days, things settle into a kind of routine for the fellowship: meals, breaks, sword training for the hobbits, and occasional buzzes from Saruman and Sauron's forces (birds and bees and such). Than they go into the mountains, where through the magic of Saruman, they are forced to go through the dwarven stronghold of the Mines of Moria - a decision Gandalf is extremely reluctant to make. At first, going through the mines excites Gimli, but when they get there, they find that it has been the place of a slaughter.
They begin exploring the mines, and after some time, they come to a wide open area where normally there would have been a city. They find sunlight in a room with a well in it (important) and Gandalf picks up a book and reads the last entry which says basically that there is no way out. While he is reading, Pippin is looking at a suit of armor and knocks it down the well, thus waking an entire horde of goblins AND a giant cave-troll. After stopping them, they make for the exit, but are blocked by a Balrog, a giant creature that looks like a bull that can walk on two legs and is on fire. They almost all get out, but Gandalf is forced to sacrifice himself so that the rest can live.
After they get out and have grieved a little, Legolas says that they are near the forests of Lothlorien. They go there and rest and are healed. At one point, Frodo goes to visit Galadriel (an extremely beautiful Cate Blanchett) and gets to see what will happen ot the Shire if he fails in his task (basically, it looks like what happened to every town the nazis occupied with the hobbits as the jews). Frodo is also warned that Boromir will try to take the ring. The next day, they all leave, going south along the great river Anduin.
They make camp, and at one point, both Frodo and Boromir are gone. We see Boromir trying to take the ring from Frodo but Frodo fights Boromir off with a little help from the ring. While Boromir wonders what he was doing, Frodo is running for the river. Aragorn asks what he's doing, and Frodo says that he's going on to Mordor alone. Aragorn understands, and they part ways.
Frodo takes off running, and just in time too. A large band of Orcs and Uruk-Hai have come to collect the ring. After a twenty minute battle, the final results are almost all the Orcs and Uruk Hai are dead, Pippin and Merry have been captured by the remaining Orcs, and Frodo, now joined with Sam, is continuing on to Mordor. Boromir has been killed by the Uruk Hai.
The movie ends with Frodo and Sam looking out over the land that lays between them and Mount Doom, Boromir floating down river in one of the groups canoes in proper military fashion, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli heading off to reclaim Merry and Pippin...
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