Tonight’s ‘Film Friday‘ starts a three week adventure into the EPIC adventure that is the Lord of the Rings. Let’s get right to it.
There be massive spoilers ahead!
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). It begins the adventure which spans all of Middle Earth, as the hobbit, Frodo, is burdened with the task of destroying the One Ring of power. A task which will save all of Middle Earth. To do so he bands together with eight others, who are to aid in his mission.
It stars Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, John Rhys Davies as Gimli, Sean Bean as Boromir, Dominic Monaghan as Merry, Billy Boyd as Pippin, Liv Tyler as Arwen, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Andy Serkis as the voice of Gollum.
It took me a while to get into liking these films, but I’m glad I did. They’re high fantasy as it’s greatest. I’ve read the first two books, and I can tell you, this film (particularly the extended version) is pretty spot on. Sure it cuts out some bits of the novel, but, in my opinion, it cuts out the boring bits. Not often you get to say that.
There’s a lot of walking in all the films, this means great scenery. This film in particular has lot’s of the Shire and Rivendell, which are beautiful and which I shall now appreciate with GIFs.
My favourite character is Aragorn. That BAMF is 87 years old and still kicking. He has the best character introduction ever. Dark mysterious stranger watching you in the inn. No, I’m not frightened. And those eyes. Damn Viggo. Also did I mention he’s a BAMF? Watch him kick ass, like the King’s heir he is.
A close second is Legolas. He’s a majestic creature, and an archer (which I love). He has long flowing hair, which I am totally jealous of. And Orlando Bloom, man. Enough said. (I also love how he just walks on top of the snow while the other’s have to trudge through it.
Frodo: You’re late.
Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
Gandalf: My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.
Boromir: One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.
Aragorn: [to Frodo] 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* axe.
Boromir: You carry the fate of us all, little one. If this is indeed the will of the Council, then Gondor will see it done.
Elrond: Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring.
Pippin: Great! Where are we going?
Legolas: Lembas! [nibbles a corner] One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man!
Merry: [to Pippin] How many did you eat?
The second Lord of the Rings film will be subject of next week’s ‘Film Friday’ post, so be prepared for more epicness!