PG | | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
Peter Jackson first encountered The Lord of the Rings via this movie, and some shots in his live-action trilogy were influenced by it. One such shot features Frodo and the other Hobbits hiding from a Black Rider under a big tree root, while the Black Rider stalks above them. In his version of the sequence, Jackson uses a similar shot, although he filmed it from a different angle (in the book, Frodo hid separately from the other Hobbits). A second sequence features the camera slowly revolving around Strider and the Hobbits, who stand in a circle as the Black Riders approach them on Weathertop. In his staging, Jackson also used a similar shot, although his camera was much faster, and Strider is not amongst the Hobbits. A third similarity was the depiction of Gollum losing the Ring in the prologue: both movies show similar events, but the book had no such prologue, and it runs directly counter to Tolkien's scheme for the storyline. Another similarly staged scene is Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn's discovery of Gandalf the White.
I have come for your aid Saruman the White, in troubled times. The Nine are abroad, darkness approaches, the Black Riders!
Saruman: Is that all the news you have for me then?
Gandalf: Is that not enough? Sauron is moving at last!
Saruman: We can deal with Sauron ourselves ...
Saruman is called "Saruman the White" and "Saruman of Many Colors", yet throughout this movie he is dressed entirely in red.
The voiceover at the end of the film has been changed for recent home video releases. The original voiceover, heard after the credits were over, stated (paraphrased), "And so ends the first part of the Lord of the Rings." (At the time, a second film was planned, but the studio refused to fund the film's budget.) The new voice-over, as heard on recent DVD releases as the film comes to its stunning climax, states, "The forces of darkness were driven forever from the face of Middle Earth by the valiant friends of Frodo. As their gallant battle ended, so, too, does the first great tale of the Lord of the Rings."
$626,649 19 November 1978