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  • Elves don't really 'die'. The Elves' spirits are bound to Arda (the world) to forever remain, even after their physical bodies perish. Elves live very long lives, but eventually all Elves will feel start to feel weary and burdened from the troubles of the world, filling them with a strong desire to go to Valinor. Valinor is the realm where the Valar (gods, if you put it simply) reside, far into the ocean in the West. This desire to go there is known as the 'sea-longing'. If an Elf ignored the sea-longing and remained in Middle-earth, they would eventually fade (their spirit would consume their physical body), and be commanded by the Valar to go to Valinor. Most of this isn't clearly explained in the movies (neither the theatrical cut nor the extended editions), but it is explained in Tolkien's books.

    What Elrond is referring to in the scene is the fact that the Elves are starting to leave for Valinor en masse at that point. They are not leaving because of Sauron's presence, but simply because they feel the call of the 'afterlife' that summons them. They also saw that Men had been rising in power for a while, and realised the Dominion of Men was about to start to take their (the Elves') place as the dominating race in Middle-earth. Edit

  • You don't stop the "evil" by killing the only leader left, apart from oneself.

    Additionally, in the book it's explained that Isildur claimed the Ring as weregild for his father's death. Weregild is an ancient tradition, what you might call "blood money," the just compensation for the loss of life Sauron inflicted upon his family and people. In this ancient tradition, Isildur has every right to claim weregild for what Sauron had done.

    If Elrond was the kind of person who would oppose the accepted justice (weregild) of the time, what makes you think he would be a good enough person to then take the Ring from Isildur's dead body, and throw it into the fire instead of also keeping it for himself? Especially from Tolkien's Catholic mindset, somebody willing to do an evil deed so that good may follow would probably be easy prey for the Ring. Edit

  • Aided by wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a mysterious ranger named Strider (Viggo Mortensen), later revealed to be Aragorn, the rightful heir to the kingdom of Gondor, young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his three friends—Samwise "Sam" Gamgee (Sean Astin), Peregrin "Pippin" Took (Billy Boyd), and Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan)—set out to carry an ancient evil ring to the Elven kingdom of Rivendell, where they are joined by elf Legolas Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom), dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and human Boromir (Sean Bean), forming a fellowship pledged to destroy the ring by tossing it into the fires of Mount Doom to prevent it falling into the hands of its maker, Sauron, who would use it to cover the world of Middle Earth in darkness and war. Edit

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was based on the first of three parts of the fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings, written by the English academic and author J R R Tolkien. The other two parts in the story (both movie and novel) are The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The singular novel was divided into these three parts and six books to keep their selling prices more affordable to buyers when there was a paper shortage in the mid-1950s. This novel's three primary parts (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) were adapted for the movie by New Zealand screenwriter Philippa Boyens, director Peter Jackson, and Jackson's wife, screenwriter Fran Walsh. Edit

  • It is Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) who narrates the prologue. It was originally going to be Frodo, but it was felt that this would give too much of the story away (i.e. that Frodo makes it through his perilous journey with the ring). There was also one version with Gandalf, but that would have resulted in similar problems involving giving away later events. In the end, Galadriel was chosen due to her ageless quality and her all-knowing actions in the film. Edit

  • Sauron (Sala Baker) himself made only one of the 20 rings, the famed "one ring to rule them all," although he assisted in the creation of the nine rings for mortal men and the seven rings for the dwarves. The three rings for the elven-kings were forged alone by Celebrimbor, with knowledge obtained from Sauron. Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. Edit

  • The nine kings who were given the Nine Rings of Mortal Men were gradually suborned by them, fading into the shadow world and becoming the Black Riders, or Nazgul (also called Ring Wraiths). They do not appear to wear the Rings any more; reference is made to them being in Sauron's possession and no attempt is made to retrieve the Witch-King's Ring after his death. Galadriel, Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Gandalf each possess one of the Three Rings of the Elves. Gandalf got the Ring of Fire, Narya, from Círdan, an Elven lord who lives in the Grey Havens. Círdan in turn received it from Gil-galad. The Ring of Air, Vilya, was originally given to Gil-galad, who later gave it to Elrond. Galadriel possessed the Ring of Adamant, Nenya. They weren't enslaved by Sauron because he wasn't directly involved in their creation; in addition, they stopped using their Rings when they realized Sauron was evil and kept them hidden so he couldn't find them. Seven Rings were given to the Dwarves. They would have become corrupted by Sauron, but they ended up being too stubborn, and Sauron couldn't take control of them. He managed to acquire three of the Seven Dwarven Rings through war, trickery and theft, and the other four were consumed by dragonfire. It is said that, although Sauron couldn't bend the dwarves to his will, he was able to make them greedier and prone to bad decisions (such as trying to resettle Moria) and hoarding the great treasures beneath Erebor instead of sharing them with the other races of Middle Earth, a concept that's explored more fully in Jackson's Hobbit series. Edit

  • There are degrees of innate power among the Maiar. Some are inherently much more powerful than others. Gandalf's strength was primarily that of wisdom rather than of brute force. Also, Gandalf, Saruman, and the other wizards were bound to their mortal form to prevent them from using their full strength to intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth. Gandalf had to be sent back with more power after his body was destroyed in his fight with the balrog. Sauron took many centuries to acquire his power through corrupt influence. Edit

  • Not really. Tolkien described them as "relatives" of the race of Men. Elsewhere he describes them as a "variety" or separate "branch" of humans. The main differences are that hobbits are much shorter (typically a little over a metre / 3′6″ in height); do not grow facial hair; live longer (they only "come of age" in 33 years and have a life expectancy of around 100), and their feet are covered in fur and have hard leathery soles (so they do not need shoes). Edit

  • He doesn't get his staff back. The staff he has after leaving Isengard is a different staff from the one he had at the beginning of the movie. The two staves are shown in the Fellowship of the Ring Appendices 1 Design Galleries section. It's also very possible that Gandalf had other staves hidden around Middle Earth in case any were lost or damaged beyond use. He reacquires the new staff around the time he meets the hobbits in Rivendell so it's quite likely that he'd stored one there. The new one he wields simply looks very much like the one he lost. Edit

  • In addition to Elrond, Gandalf, Frodo, Gimli, Legolas, Aragorn, and Boromir the film shows dwarves, elves, and men. The dwarves included Glóin, Gimli's father. The elves were probably high-ranking elves who lived in Rivendell, Lorien, and the Grey Havens. And the men were supposed to be traders and merchants from Lake-town and Dale. The Council in the film differs from that of the book. By the Book: Aragorn, Bilbo Baggins, Boromir, Elrond Half-elven, Erestor and other counsellors of Elrond, Frodo Baggins, Galdor of the Havens, Gandalf, Gimli, Glóin, Glorfindel, and Legolas. Edit

  • He realised how evil the Ring really was and how much Sauron wanted it. Then looking at the Council arguing he knew that he was the only person who could take the ring to Mount Doom and destroy it. The Council would never trust anyone else, and he was the only person who was not in a position to "use" the Ring. He realized that he was fated to be Ring-bearer. Frodo was a virtuous individual and possessed an inner strength recognized by both Elrond and Gandalf, making him the perfect ring-bearer. Frodo knows, possibly before entering upon the quest, that it will mean his "doom", if not actual death, then the loss of the life he knows and loves. Galadriel, queen of the people of Lothlórien and keeper of one of the three Elven Rings, foresees this. Elrond (another ring-bearer) may also see it but is not as compassionate as Galadriel. He talks Gandalf into letting Frodo bear the One Ring to Mount Doom, since men cannot be trusted. It also makes for a great tale of tragedy in the span of LOTR because Frodo is gradually affected by the Ring's power. Edit

  • Frodo's journey was about 1800 miles (about 2990 kilometres). Edit

  • In the novel, Boromir did receive a golden belt from Galadriel but, in both novel and film, he died soon after the company left Lothlorien. Peter Jackson apparently chose to focus the screen-time in this scene on the giving of those gifts that had a part to play later in the story (or, in Gimli's case, showed something about the character). Edit

  • Yes. Galadriel is Arwen's grandmother. Arwen's father Elrond married Galadriel's daughter. Arwen seems to have split her time (thousands of years!) before meeting Aragorn, between her father's home in Rivendell and her grandmother's home in the forest of Lothlórien. Though she and Aragorn met in Rivendell, they "plight their troth" (get engaged) on a hill known as Cerin Amroth in Lothlórien. This is where Arwen goes after Aragorn's death, as predicted by her father, ready to face the mortality that she has chosen. Finally, she lies down on the hill and dies and, presumably, enters the same afterlife as does Aragorn. This part is told in one of the Appendices. Edit

  • Gimli didn't know the password to the door because that knowledge was lost. It was too long ago when dwarves had lived there. Elves built the door, back when they were friends with the Dwarves, thousands of years beforehand. But, nobody used the password much, because the doors were always open in friendlier times. Edit

  • As Gandalf explains, the Dwarfs had dug so deep in the mines of Moria that by the year 1980 of the Third Age (1,020 years prior to Bilbo's 111th birthday at the start of the movie), they awoke the Balrog, who decimated their numbers. The Mines of Moria were abandoned by the Dwarfs for centuries since, and were occupied by Orcs and other foul things. In the year 2799, a group of Dwarfs (including Balin and Thorin) defeated the Orcs at the eastern gates of Moria (the same place where the Fellowship exits the mines in the movie). However, the Dwarfs dared not enter Moria out of fear for the Balrog, a powerful demon. 141 years later, in 2940, they went on another quest; they re-claimed their old kingdom of Erebor, by defeating Smaug the Dragon (as seen in The Hobbit prequels). In 2988, Balin and a contingent of Dwarfs left Erebor to establish a new Dwarf colony in Moria. After a short period of correspondence with their home land, they were never heard from again. Nonetheless, Gimli assumed Balin would still be there with a successful colony to "give them a royal welcome", only to find that the mines had been infested by Goblins again, and the Balrog was still there. Because Dwarves in Tolkien's world live very long (as much as 250 years), visits to see their kin, which are common among humans in our age, weren't as frequent. It may have been decades since Gimli had last seen his cousin and, in the intervening time, Moria was attacked again and its inhabitants killed. Edit

  • It was likely independent of Sauron. The Balrog was a being of the same order as Gandalf, Saruman and Sauron. If Sauron were to go to Moria the Balrog would probably recognize him. Sauron in the First Age was the #1 Lieutenant of the first Dark Lord Morgoth and as such was of a higher rank than the Balrogs. Whether the Balrog would have followed orders from Sauron in the Third Age is debatable, since his allegiance was to the first Dark Lord Morgoth. Edit

  • You cannot pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire (In Tolkien's legendarium, the Secret Fire is the life-giving power imparted to the world by Eru / Ilúvatar, the creator God), wielder of the Flame of Anor. (Anor is the Sindarin, an Elvish language, term for the Sun. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udûn! (Udûn or Utumno is the fortress of Melkor/Morgoth, an evil deity in Tolkien's works.) Go back to the Shadow. (Sauron himself, and the power of darkness he commands, is often referred to as the Shadow.) You shall not pass! (Gandalf is telling the Balrog he is forbidden to cross the bridge.) Edit

  • He says, "Fly, you fools!" Turning on the closed captions or subtitles reveals the line, which is also in the book. In older English, "fly" is an imperative version of the word "flee". During the original theatrical release, Gandalf's line was modernized to "Run, you fools!" However, when the DVD was released, the line was changed to more faithfully reflect the novel. Edit

  • The Council of Elrond decided that secrecy and stealth were the only viable means of getting into Mordor. A large eagle in the skies would have been quickly spotted by Sauron and intercepted. In addition, the Eagles are an intelligent, independent race who cannot simply be summoned like beasts of burden, but who rather make their own decisions. Ultimately, they do decide to enter the war. There is also a matter of the eagles possibly being corrupted during the trip and that they would have simply delivered the ring to Sauron. Finally, there are certain areas of Middle Earth the eagles won't fly over, due to hunters' arrows. Edit

  • Yes. Orcs breed in the manner of Elves and Men, according to The Silmarillion, so there must be female Orcs even though they are either not shown in the story or are indistinguishable from males. Edit

  • The ring does prolong life but ringbearers do age. The rate of their aging appears to be dependent upon the amount of time they are in possession of the ring and the amount of "harm" they do when using it. Bilbo used the ring to hide and doesn't seem to have used it all that often in the comparatively short number of years that he had it. Frodo didn't use the ring at all until he started his journey. By comparison, Sméagol/Gollum was in possession of the ring for some 500 years and used it to kill Orcs. Consequently, the ring had a greater effect on him than on Bilbo. Bilbo does age much more rapidly after giving up the Ring, however. Though there is a time difference between the book and the film as to when he and Frodo meet again at Rivendell, it is clearly pointed out that Bilbo's advanced age has caught up with him, as is true in the book. At one point, (in both the book and film), when Frodo is visiting with Bilbo in his rooms, the latter asks to see the Ring again and Frodo refuses out of a sense of fear, or possibly even possessiveness. Bilbo suddenly snarls and reaches for the Ring, looking just like Gollum for a second. This pains Bilbo greatly and he apologizes for "everything", but also alerts Frodo visually to what might happen to him if he uses the Ring. Even though everyone keeps saying how "resilient" Hobbits are to the Ring's corrupting force, they are certainly not immune to it! Edit

  • No. "Gollum" was meant to mimic the nasty gagging-swallowing sound Smeagol began making after he got the ring. Edit

  • In the Foreword to later editions of the book, Tolkien was clear that pipeweed was "some form of nicotiana" (tobacco). This was in reaction to the speculation among fans in the 1960s that it might be marijuana. Edit

  • Yes, there is a 17-year timeline difference between the dates given in the film and the book. In the film, Bilbo's birthday party is one year before it happens in the book (TA 3000 instead of 3001). And Frodo leaves on his quest one year after Bilbo's party in the film, whereas it is 17 years later when he does so in the book. Thus, Frodo's age is considerably younger in the film version.

    The following timeline lists events as calculated for the film (vs. the book).

    Years are given as Third Age (TA).

    87 — Birth of Legolas (Tolkien never specified the age of Legolas).

    2889 — Birth of Bilbo Baggins.

    2913 — Birth of Denethor II in Minas Tirith.

    2914 — Aragorn son of Arathorn II and Gilraen is born on March 1st.

    2916 — Arathorn II slain. Gilraen takes Aragorn to Imladris (Rivendell). Elrond raises him as foster-son and gives him the name Estel (Hope). Aragorn's ancestry is concealed.

    2931 — Theodin son of Thengel, King of Rohan, is born.

    2934 — Aragorn turns twenty. He mets Arwen for the first time in the woods outside Rivendell. Elrond reveals to him his lineage. Aragorn goes off into the Wild.

    2937 — Mount Doom bursts into flame again.

    2939 — Aragorn meets Gandalf the Grey and their friendship begins.

    2940 — Thorin Oakenshield and Gandalf visit Bilbo in the Shire. Bilbo finds the One Ring. The White Council meets; Saruman agrees to an attack on Dol Guldur in Southern Mirkwood. The Necromancer abandons Dol Guldur for Mordor. Aragorn begins the period of his great journeys and errantries.

    2941 — Bilbo returns to the Shire with the One Ring.

    2948 — Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo in the Shire.

    2950 — Sauron declares himself openly in Mordor.

    2952 — Last meeting of the White Council. Saruman claims that the One Ring has passed down the Anduin to the Sea.

    2959 — Denethor weds Finduilas of Dol Amroth.

    2961 — Birth of Boromir son of Denethor II.

    2962 or 2963 — Samwise Gamgee is born on April 6th.

    2963 — Aragorn enters Lothlorien and is reunited with Arwen. Theoden becomes King of Rohan.

    2964 or 2965 — Meriadoc Brandybuck is born.

    2966 — Birth of Faramir son of Denethor.

    2967 — Frodo Baggins is born to Drogo and Primula Baggins on September 22nd. Death of Ecthelion II. Denethor II becomes Steward of Gondor.

    2972 or 2973 — Peregrin Took is born.

    2974 — Eomer Eomund's son born in Rohan.

    2978 — Eowyn sister of Eomer born.

    2979 — Frodo is orphaned by the deaths of his parents and is invited to live in Bag End by Bilbo.

    2988 — Balin leaves Erebor and enters Moria.

    2993 — Balin perishes and the Dwarf-colony is destroyed.

    2999 — Saruman uses the palantir of Orthanc and is ensnared by Sauron who has the Ithil Stone.

    3000 — Bilbo celebrates his 111th birthday on September 22nd. Gandalf begins researching Bilbo's Ring.

    3001 — Bilbo becomes a guest of Elrond and settles in Rivendell. Gandalf returns to Hobbiton. Frodo takes the Ring from the Shire in late summer or early fall accompanied by Samwise, Merry and Pippin. The Fellowship sets out from Rivendell near year's end. Edit

  • The Dead Marshes is the ancient battlefield of the Battle of Dagorlad between the Last Alliance and the forces of Mordor, where many of the fallen were laid to rest. Over time, the battlefield became marshes, which swallowed up the dead, though their bodies could still be seen floating in the water. Edit

  • Not according to the book. There was a third Wizard (or Istari) called Radagast the Brown, who was also—theoretically—a member of the White Council, as well as two other "Blue Wizards" (the Ithryn Luin) who went into the East and never returned. According to Tolkien's Unfinished Tales, the names of the two "Blue Wizards" were Alatar and Pallando. According to the essay "The Peoples of Middle-earth" in The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien later changed the names of the Blue Wizards to Morinehtar and Romestamo; the essay also provides a different perspective on their mission in Middle-earth. Edit

  • After she was brutally attacked by Orcs, Elrond's wife Celebrian, sailed over the Sea five centuries before the events in this movie. Edit

  • No, that is not in the book. At one time, however, Tolkien wrote that the Orcs came from the earth (as seen in the movie) ...but he later disliked this idea and did not include it in his final published works. In the books, the true Uruk-hai were actually bred by Sauron, to act as elite troops and commanders of the lesser Orcs. Saruman's hybrids of Orcs and Men were referred to as half-orcs; they are described as "sallow-faced and squint-eyed." In the movie, Saruman explains to the Uruk-hai how orcs came to be, that they were ruined Elves, captured and tortured by Sauron. In the Silmarillion, however, it is stated that it was Morgoth, the first Dark Lord who did this. Jackson & his co-writers, Fran Walsh (his wife) and Philippa Boyens, simply took a bit of literary license and created the scene for dramatic effect. Edit

  • Gandalf and Elrond, and others, come from a different place and, in a sense, a different time. They're meant to speak differently. As for some of the other characters, in the days before mass communication, regional accents varied more. The film glosses over class differences which would be readily understood, e.g., Bilbo and Frodo are of a different social class than Sam. In many places today, your "gardener" (or landscaper) would speak as you do and probably send his kids to the same school. In Tolkien's world this would not have been the case. Merry and Pippin are actually in Frodo's social class but they either picked up or affected more "countryish" accents. Edit

  • Yes and no: it was in the theatrical version of the movie (when Frodo and Sam are walking through the corn fields) but it was deleted in the DVD and VHS editions. While Sam and Frodo are walking in the cornfields right before they meet Merry and Pippin there is a long shot with dust coming from a back road behind them. This is the scene of controversy and, in his commentary, Peter Jackson points out several flaws, but still claims he cannot see this one. The dust plume can be seen in the National Geographic special about the movies. Although it has been suggested the dust rising is merely smoke coming from the chimney of a hobbit-hole in the background, the source end of the dust plume moves across the landscape, suggesting that the source of the dust plume is also moving across the landscape. Edit

  • Jackson has said that he purposefully left Tom Bombadil out of the film because he felt that Tom's meeting with the travelling hobbits did not advance the story, but rather held it up. It is possible to remove Bombadil from the story completely without affecting any later events. Another factor is that after trying very hard to convince the audience that the Ring corrupts everyone and is dangerous, Tom is seen to be apparently immune, reducing the threat of the Ring. However, in a small nod to Tom Bombadil, Treebeard uses Bombadil's incantation to save Merry and Pippin when they become trapped by the roots of an old tree in Fangorn Forest.

    It is worth noting, however, that after the Hobbits leave Bombadil's home, they must cross a land of "downs" (grasslands with hills) that are dotted with "Barrows" or underground graves from a much earlier kingdom. Tom warns them away from these structures but they get lost in the fog. He has given them a rhyme to summon them, as if knowing they will get in trouble. A "Barrow-wight", a sort of zombie—neither living nor dead—inside the mound, captures them and is about to kill them when Sam wakes up and attacks it. They recite the rhyme and wake up later (after passing out) on the grass, naked. Tom tells them to "run about" and clear their heads while he searches for things in the barrow, To show how old he really is, he finds a woman's brooch and reminisces, "Fair was she who long ago wore this on her shoulder!", indicating some romantic relationship in the distant past.

    But much more important are the Elvish blades he finds and gives to the Hobbits as swords. Merry's proves a lifesaver and a sword that turns the tide of the Battle of the Pelennor, when he attacks the Witch King of Angmar, who has disabled Eowyn. It turns out that his blade has the power to sever the "undead sinews" of the King and banish him from the world of the Living. In the film, it seems to be owyn who does this, since she is "no man", but in the book, it is Merry's blade. Both he and the shieldmaiden are sickened by their contact with the Ringwraith, not as badly as Frodo, but in the book, they are taken to the Houses of Healing inside Minas Tirith and healed by Aragorn. In the movie, they seem to have "double-teamed" him into becoming really dead, instead of just "undead". Edit

  • Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is an "expansion" of works which later would be published by his son, [link]nm1036123[/link], under the title The Silmarillion. There is information within The Silmarillion which is not given in LOTR, thus creating some viewer confusion. Examples: where Elves come from, the age of Arwen, the difference between Elves and humans and dwarves, what type of being Sauron, the wizards and the Balrog are, etc. Edit

  • For its DVD and Blu-ray releases, extended versions of all three Lord of the Rings movies have been included. For The Fellowship of the Ring, the extended version takes more time for exposition and characterization, especially considering the character of Aragorn. The Fellowship's stopover at Lothlorien is virtually doubled in length, and includes the entire gift-giving scene. Also, there are some scenes in the extended version which resonate with events from film two, The Two Towers: for example, the scene where Gandalf mentions Gollum's real name. Last but not least, Peter Jackson reinstated some violent scenes. Edit



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