At his eleventy-first birthday, hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) leaves his home in the Shire for one last adventure and gives his belongings to his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood), including a mysterious ring with strange powers.
The wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that it is the One Ring, an item of frightening power that heralds the return of the Dark Lord Sauron. Gandalf warns Frodo to keep the ring secret and to flee the Shire before the forces of evil locate it.
After a council of elves, humans and dwarves determines that the ring must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, Frodo volunteers for the quest. Accompanied by Gandalf, his hobbit friends (Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and Boromir (Sean Bean), this fellowship faces dangers at every turn, all while the corrupting influence of the ring threatens to destroy the group from within.
The first film in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy took the world by storm on its release in 2001, taking what many considered to be an unfilmable story and creating an epic that became the standard for future fantasy films.
‘Not since the original Star Wars trilogy has film dipped into myth and emerged with the kind of weight and heft seen in Peter Jackson's first instalment of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy’ – Boston Globe
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