PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Composers are usually involved with movies for about six to eight weeks. By the time this movie was released, Howard Shore's involvement was stretching back for two years.
The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest...
In the theatrical version, Saruman's lower legs disappear for a frame or two as the camera swoops toward him when he is standing on the summit of Orthanc, bringing the lightning down on the mountain. This has been corrected in the extended edition of the film.
After the end credits, the DVD and Blu Ray editions of the extended cut feature a list of "Lord of the Rings fan-club members" who contributed financially to the project in exchange for a credit. This additional credit sequence lasts 20 minutes.
In the extended edition, the nature of Bilbo's party plan is very different. In the original, the film made it seem like Gandalf was in on the joke and was keeping mum about it with Frodo, keeping the happy air of the Shire scenes. However, in the Extended Edition, further close ups and different dialogue takes show that Gandalf not only is unaware of the trick but actually is concerned about it.
$844,711 (Belgium) (21 December 2001)
$315,544,750 (USA) (14 June 2011)