Tribute: Viggo Mortensen

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson
Neuseeland, USA 2001
178 min

“Much that once was is lost” is the poignant opening phrase in Peter Jackson’s long-awaited, mega-million-dollar production of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. Absent fidelity may be less the issue than temps perdu – there’s an elegiac tone to this lavish first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s cult trilogy. Robustly ranging from the cozy nook of a hobbit’s parlor to the blasted pitch-pots of darkest Mordor, visualizing Nordic elves and subhuman, blue-faced orcs, staging wizard wars with the panache of a Hong Kong master and building slowly to a boffo ending, Peter Jackson’s adaptation is certainly successful on its own terms. Like the animated skeletons in a Ray Harryhausen adventure flick, the relics have come to life. With the release of THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, american critics of a particular age (and possibly gender) have their own HARRY POTTER. (Jim Hoberman, “Village Voice”, 2001)

  • Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
  • Christopher Lee - Saruman
  • Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
  • Ian Mckellen - Gandalf the Grey
  • Liv Tyler - Arwen
  • Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
  • Sean Astin - Sam Gamgee
  • John Rhys-Davies - Gimli
  • Orlando Bloom - Legolas
  • Sean Bean - Boromir
  • Fran Walsh
  • Philippa Boyens
  • Peter Jackson in accordance with J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Andrew Lesnie
  • John Gilbert
  • Howard Shore
  • Grant Major
  • Ngila Dickson
  • Richard Taylor
Wingnut Films, The Saul Zaentz Company
New Line Cinema
Warner Bros.
35 mm
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