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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 November 1978 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Christopher Guard ...
Frodo Baggins / Mr. Underhill (voice)
William Squire ...
Gandalf The Grey / Gandalf The White / Narrator / Dwimmerlaik - The Witch-King of Angmar (voice)
Michael Scholes ...
Norman Bird ...
Michael Graham Cox ...
Boromir - Son of Denethor (voice) (as Michael Graham-Cox)
Legolas Greenleaf - Son of Thranduil / Déagol - Smeagol's Cousin (voice)
David Buck ...
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Gollum / Smeagol (voice)
Fraser Kerr ...
Saruman The White Sorcerer / Narrator (segment "Epilogue") (voice)
Philip Stone ...
King Theoden / Uglúk - Uruk-Hai Captain (voice)
Michael Deacon ...
Grima Wormtongue - Saruman's Spy / Grishnákh - Mordor Orc Captain (voice)
Lord Elrond (voice) (as Andre Morell)


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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From J.R.R. Tolkien's Magical The Lord of the Rings Trilogy See more »


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Release Date:

15 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,521,217 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(5.1) (L-R)| (Dolby 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Burton worked as an animator on this film. He was not credited, but worked as an "inbetween" artist. It was his first job on a film. See more »


In Rivendell when you first see Bilbo he is stood reciting poetry, while the other four hobbits walk into the room. In one frame you see Frodo sat in a corner playing a harp, then it returns to him entering with the other hobbits and it is an elf playing the harp. See more »


Sam: Straight stairs, winding stairs what comes after that?
Gollum: We shall see, oh yes... We shall see.
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Referenced in American Dad!: All About Steve (2005) See more »


Music by Leonard Rosenman
Words by Mark Fleischer
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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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