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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle Earth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Frodo (voice)
William Squire ...
Gandalf (voice)
Michael Scholes ...
Sam (voice)
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Aragorn (voice)
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Merry (voice)
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Pippin (voice)
Norman Bird ...
Bilbo (voice)
Michael Graham Cox ...
Boromir (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
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Legolas (voice)
David Buck ...
Gimli (voice)
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Gollum (voice)
Fraser Kerr ...
Saruman (voice)
Philip Stone ...
Theoden (voice)
Michael Deacon ...
Wormtongue (voice)
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Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)
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Storyline

A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandalf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil. Written by Film_Fan

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15 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,521,217 (Sweden)
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Trivia

At one point in the film's development, studio executives thought that the names "Saruman" and "Sauron" were too similar, and would confuse the audience, and decided that Saruman should be renamed "Aruman". This decision was eventually reversed, but some references to "Aruman" remain in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

When Frodo and Sam are rowing down the river, they are facing each other and rowing in opposite directions, so the boat is just moving back and forth. See more »

Quotes

Pippin: [after Gandalf has read the dwarves' book in moria]
[panicked]
Pippin: Gandalf, I don't want to stay here!
Gandalf: [soothingly] We're going now, Pippin.
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There is an Inn
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Performed by Christopher Guard
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Not As Bad AS I Thought It Would Be
29 April 2004 | by (Cape Cod, Ma) – See all my reviews

My friend had the idea of watching the animated LOTR after seeing the Peter Jackson Return of The King. So I finally bought it off e-bay, thinking right from the start it was going to suck. Actually, it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The animation was good for its time, they used a unique method of blending live action with animation to create some interesting effects, and the guy who did the voice for Frodo sounded somewhat like Elijah Wood.

Not the greatest adaptation of a book, but trust me, I've seen a lot worse. It skips quite a lot of things, since both Fellowship and The Two Towers are compressed into one two hour movie. Definatley worth a watch, kids might like, but still, absoutley no comparision with the Peter Jackson trilogy.


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