The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

J.R.R. Tolkien created Middle Earth, where hobbits, humans, elves, wizards, orcs and dragons lived in a world full of magic. He told of its many tales and detailed history over many decades, becoming a beloved author by millions for his attention to this mystical world. New Zealand director Peter Jackson took on the enormous task of putting Tolkien’s most popular books on the big screen. The result is a cinematic saga of hobbits working to save Middle Earth from the forces of evil.

Fans of the series were treated to six films in this universe, starting with The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. We’re introduced to Frodo (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who must save Middle Earth from Lord Sauron by destroying the One Ring. He has the help of fellow hobbits, wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and a bevy of brave elves and dwarves who join him on this epic quest.   

With magic and mayhem, The Fellowship of the Ring topped “Best of” lists, won a tremendous amount of accolades and awards, and would create a phenomenon that still maintains today, grossing almost 900 million dollars to date. One of those awards was an Oscar that went to Canadian composer Howard Shore for Best Music, Original Score in 2002. He would win the same award for The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King in 2004, which follows Frodo and Sam as they reach Mordor to destroy the One Ring in a colossal battle of might and courage. The films enlisted a huge cast, including Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, and thousands of crew to bring Middle Earth to life.

Review by Howard Shore collaborates with Canada’s horror king, David Cronenberg, on almost all his productions, scoring films like Eastern Promises, The Brood, Dead Ringers and more.

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Music composed by Howard Shore