The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, set in Middle-earth, the story tells of the Dark Lord Sauron, who is seeking the One Ring. The Ring has found its way to the young hobbit Frodo Baggins, released on 10 December 2001, the film was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike who considered it to be a landmark in film-making and an achievement in the fantasy film genre. It has continued to be featured on lists of the greatest fantasy films ever made. The film was a box office success, earning over $871 million worldwide. As of January 2017, it is the 50th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide unadjusted for inflation and it also won four British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Director BAFTA awards. The Special Extended Edition was released to DVD on 12 November 2002, in 2007, The Fellowship of the Ring was voted No.50 on the American Film Institutes list of 100 greatest American films. The AFI also voted it the second greatest fantasy film of all time during their 10 Top 10 special, the film ranks #24 on Empire magazines 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time. Isildur is later killed by Orcs, and the Ring is lost for 2,500 years, found, the Ring is then found by a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Sixty years on, Bilbo celebrates his 111th birthday in the Shire, Bilbo reveals he intends on leaving the Shire for one last adventure and leaves his inheritance to his nephew Frodo, including the Ring. Gandalf investigates the Ring, discovering its true identity and warns Frodo, learning Gollum was tortured by Orcs and told them that Bilbo took the Ring, Gandalf instructs Frodo to leave the Shire, accompanied by his gardener Samwise Gamgee. Gandalf rides to Isengard, meeting fellow wizard Saruman the White, but learns he is in league with Sauron, after a brief battle, Saruman imprisons Gandalf. The Hobbits are ambushed by the Ringwraiths, one stabbing Frodo with a morgul blade, Arwen, an elf and Strider’s lover, comes to Frodo’s aid and successfully takes him to Rivendell where he is healed, meeting Gandalf who escaped Saruman on the back of a giant eagle. Arwen’s father, Lord Elrond, holds a council, deciding that the Ring must be destroyed in Mount Doom, Bilbo gives Frodo his sword, Sting. The Fellowship of the Ring sets off but Saruman’s magic forces them to travel through the Mines of Moria, the Fellowship find the dwarves within Moria have been slain, and they are attacked by Orcs and a cave troll. They defeat them, but are confronted by an ancient demon called a Balrog, Gandalf casts the Balrog into a vast chasm, but its fiery whip drags Gandalf down into the darkness with it. The rest of the Fellowship, now led by Aragorn, reach Lothlórien, home to elves Galadriel, Galadriel privately informs Frodo that only he can complete the quest and one of his friends will try to take the Ring. Meanwhile, Saruman creates an army of Uruk-hai to track and kill the Fellowship, the Fellowship leave Lothlórien by river to Parth Galen
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The eponymous Fellowship of the Ring, from left to right: (Top row) Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Boromir, (bottom row) Sam, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Gimli.
Arwen faces the Nazgûl at the Fords of Bruinen (Arrow River).