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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  19 December 2001 (USA)
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A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron.



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An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign! Written by Paul Twomey <toomsp@hotmail.com>

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Its power corrupts all who desire it. Only one has the will to resist it. A Fellowship of nine must destroy it.[full-length trailer] See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fellowship of the Ring  »

Box Office


$93,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,058,045 (UK) (21 December 2001)


$36,116,967 (Europe) (19 December 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Tim Sanders left the project after principal photography had commenced. See more »


In the Extended Edition, when Gandalf begins to speak in the language of Mordor, a long shot of Elrond is seen, at which point he puts his hand on his forehead. In the close-up immediately afterwards, his hand is down and he again puts it to his head. See more »


[first lines]
Galadriel: 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 and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who, above all else, desire power. But they were, all of them, deceived, for ...
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In Dreams
Written by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore
Performed by Edward Ross
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User Reviews

An Excellent Movie Choice!
3 June 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie, partly because the acting is really good, but also for the CGI effects and the good storyline. I watched the extended version and realized that it isn't boring like some people think because some people I know think that FOTR is quite a lengthy movie because of all the talking, but in my opinion, if there's not talking, there's no story! If they just jumped to the fighting scenes without any of the introduction, then you won't know where the movie started from. I love the scenes where they get to fight, whether Orcs or Nazgul, the fighting scenes are still the climax of the movie.

Another good movie to see after FOTR is TTT, of course. It is the second part of this great trilogy and there are more climatic scenes. Most probably, you'll enjoy that more than FOTR but don't shun this movie just because it's a bit lengthy.

Overall, it's a great movie to see and it is really worth spending the money to buy/rent the extended/special DVD to watch too. Definitely a 10 out of 10 on my scale! Actually, in my opinion, 10/10 doesn't even come close!

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