Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Frodo Baggins: Elijah Wood
Gandalf: Ian McKellen
Aragorn: Viggo Mortensen
Sam: Sean Astin
Bilbo: Ian Holm
Arwen: Liv Tyler
Elf Queen Galadriel: Cate Blanchett
Saruman: Christopher Lee
New Line presents a film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Running time: 178 minutes. Rating: PG-13 For epic battle sequences and some scary images.

Central Theme
Based on the literary masterpiece voted in worldwide polls as ‘book of the century’, Tolkien takes us on an adventure that chronicles the archetypal struggle between good and evil, life and death.

At the core of the story in The Fellowship of the Ring are the cultures that make up Middle-earth: Hobbits, Dwarves, Humans, Elves, Wizards, Orcs, Ringwraiths and Uruk-Hai. Each culture has its own rich way of life, its own customs, myths, ways of dress and even style of fighting.

Our unlikely and unforgettable hero, the Hobbit Frodo Baggins, battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save Middle-earth from the grip of evil. Frodo and a Fellowship of like-minded comrades representing the people of Middle-earth embark on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength, the One Ring, a ring of such power that it cannot be destroyed except by taking it to the land of Mordor and throwing it into Mount Doom.

Under the watchful eye of Gandolf, Sauron’s counterpart, Frodo and the Fellowship traverse the treacherous landscape of the magical lore-filled Middle-earth and discover how the friendship and courage protect them against evil and those who seek the ring for their own evil ends.

Tolkien was a professor of philology and ancient European languages at Oxford and many wondered whether his literary masterpiece of imagination and ‘wordsmithing’ could be translated into film. Most have not been disappointed with what one has called a film of ‘painterly beauty’.

Beliefs num
–There is a battle raging between the forces of good and evil.
–Even the best of us is vulnerable to being corrupted
–When corrupted by evil we become as those who are ‘neither living or dead.’
–The battle we fight involves an unseen, spiritual dimension and cannot be fought with swords alone.
–Each of us must decide whom we will serve.
–Even in the darkest moment there is a light when all other lights go out.
–We get by with a lot of help from our friends.
–Each of us must decide what to do with the time that is given to us.
–Behind the drama of good and evil is a prevailing power driving destiny towards the good.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How do you explain the immense popularity of this book and now movie?
–What universal themes does LOR tap into?
–How is it that some see Tolkien’s theology throughout the LOR and others see it is just a wonderful literary fantasy?
–LOR walks a tightrope of dark forces and light, do you get a sense of which will prevail in this first installment of the trilogy?
–Do you believe in destiny? For instance, are certain events are ‘meant’ to happen?
–How does LOR balance the importance of individuality and reliance on community?
–LOR conveys a clear sense of a dark power and force in the universe-do you believe this darkness exists and how do you explain it?
–Do you believe humans are ‘corruptible?’ Who are what seeks to corrupt them?
–Once corrupted can humans be restored to innocence? Purity?

Provocative Quotes byline
–The world has changed
==Opening line of film
–I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
==Bilbo’s farewell speech to the hobbits.
–Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
This is the Master-Ring, the One Ring to rule them all.
This is the One Ring lost many years ago,
to the great weakening of its maker’s power.
Now, he greatly desires to have it again,
– but he must NOT get it
==Gandolf to Frodo, explaining the Ring
–I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
==Frodo to Gandolf
–Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the ring, and not by its maker. In which case you were also meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought.
==Gandolf to Frodo
–So do all who live to see such times, but that it not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
==Gandolf to Frodo.
–Nothing is evil in the beginning. Even Sauron was not so.
–Swords are of no more use here
==Gandolf to the Fellowship at the Bridge of Khazad-Dum
–There is a light for you when all other lights go out
==Elf Queen Galadriel to Frodo
–I pass the test, I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.
==Elf Queen Galadriel to Frodo At the mirror of Galadriel.
–Two powers strove in him. For a moment perfectly balanced between their piercing joints, he writhed, tormented. Suddenly he was aware of himself again, Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye; free to choose, and with one remaining instant in which to do so. He took the Ring off his finger.
==Frodo on the summit of Ammon Hen, from the book.
–Farewell, and may the blessing of Elves and Men and all Free Folk go with you.
May the stars shine upon your faces!
==Elrond’s blessing at the departure of the company from Rivendell
–I f any mortals have claim to the Ring, it is the men off Numenor, and not Halflings. It is not yours to save by unhappy chance. It might have been mine. It should have been mine. Give it to me.
==Boromir to Frodo
–Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace!
I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.`
==Aragorn and Sam at the end
–This is neither history nor fiction…You just believe it.
==Ian McKellen, veteran British actor, the wizard Gandalf, about Lord of the Rings
–The prime motive was the desire of a tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.
==Tolkien when pushed regarding the deeper meaning of Lord of the Rings
–Tolkien was not fond of allegory, he believed in ‘smuggling’ truth in his work
==Kerri Dearborn at Tolkien roundtable, DSS
–Tolkien did not like allegory, but he was not opposed to ‘applicability’.
==John West at Tolkien roundtable, DSS
–It is about God, and his sole right to divine honour. The Elder and the Numenoreans believed in The One, the true God, and held worship of any other person an abomination. Sauron desired to be a God-King, and was held to be this by his servants.
==Tolkien, Notes on Auden’s review, Letters p 43
–The Lord of the Rings is a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; Unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. It was my desire to stay theologically orthodox that led me to avoid being too specific, despite the biblical parallels in the creation story…That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like ‘religion,’ to cults or practices, in the imaginary world…For the religious element is absorbed into the story and into the symbolism.
==JRR Tolkien, in a 1953 letter to friend, Father Robert Murray, just before book one was published

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