A look at how the first “Lord of the Rings” movie, “Fellowship of the Ring,” stacks up against the others in the series.
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The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings film series, and was produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Jackson and Fran Walsh, written by Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair, and starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Ian Holm. The story begins in the Shire, where the hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a simple gold ring that would have dire consequences for his cousin Bilbo Baggins’ eventual encounter with a creature called Gollum.
Frodo Baggins is a young hobbit who lives in the Shire. Bilbo Baggins is his older cousin who lives in Bag End. One day Bilbo finds a ring in Gollum’s cave. When he returns home he gives it to Frodo.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first installment in a three-part film adaptation based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film was produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, and 45th overall in Jackson’s Middle-earth series. The film features an ensemble cast including Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry and Andy Serkis as Gollum/Smeagol.
The story features the character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who journeys with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his band of thirteen dwarves to Lonely Mountain to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). Making a deal with Bilbo that if he aids them in their quest he can keep a share of the treasure for himself, Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) joins the company on their journey which takes them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs. Along the way they are joined by Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) of Lake-town who will help protect them as they attempt to reach Smaug’s lair at Lonely Mountain before he destroys Lake-town entirely.}
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is based on the second and third novels of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The film was released on December 18, 2002 in New Zealand and worldwide on January 10, 2003. It was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and followed by The Return of the King (2003).
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic high fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson that is based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
No, “Fellowship of the Ring” is not the first movie. The first movie in the series is “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The first film in The Chronicles of Narnia series, based on the classic novel by C.S. Lewis, was released in December of 2005. Set in the fictional land of Narnia, the film follows the story of four siblings who are transported to this magical world through a wardrobe. Once there, they must help the lion Aslan overthrow the White Witch, who has enslaved the people of Narnia. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $745 million at the worldwide box office.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 American high fantasy film based on the novel Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It is the sequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), and was produced by Walden Media in partnership with Regency Enterprises and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was released on May 16, 2008 in the United States and grossed $419 million worldwide.
Directed by Andrew Adamson from a screenplay by Ann Peacock, Adamson and Steve Gothbert, it stars Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, alongside Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Serkowitch Emin as Edmund Pevensie; Laura Brent as Lucy Pevensie; Shane Rangi as Reepicheep; Damian O’Hare as Trumpkin; Amir Aboulela as Rhince;Aneurin Barnard as dwarfs Pennyroyal and Nikabrik ; Pier Ferdinando Casini as Miraz; Peter Dinklage as Trumpkin’s right-hand-man Nikabrik; Liam Neeson returns from the first film as the voice of Aslan; and Tilda Swinton reprises her role from The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe as Jadis / The White Witch.
The story follows closely that of the book. One year after their return from Australia at the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952), Peter Pevensie (William Moseley), Susan Pevensie (Anna Popplewell), Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) are living back in England during World War II with their mother Eleanor (Prunella Scales) while their father Laurence (Patrick Kake) is away at war. Aside from boring school lessons they have no adventures to speak of until one day they are transported back to Narnia where they discover that 1300 years have passed since they last visited and all memories of Narnia have been wiped from their minds by an evil magician called Miraz who usurped power while Caspian was still an infant prince. Now grown up Caspian has been living a life of luxury but when his uncle pays him a visit he soon discovers that all is not well in Narnia and sets out on a journey to find Aslan so that he may restore peace to his kingdom with the help of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Along the way they encounter many friends and foes including talking animals such as Reepicheep the mouse voiced by Simon Pegg, new minotaur allies and an enigmatic creature called DoctorCornelius played by Ben Kingsley who knows more about Caspian’s family than he is letting on…
Prince Caspian was filmed mostly in New Zealand ,and post-production work took place in England . Disney released a game tie-in titled Prince Caspian on several platforms . There have been two previous live action films based Secondhand Lions staring Haley Joel Osment in 2003 ,and also Bridge to Terabitha staring Josh Hutcherson which was released in 2007 .
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy adventure film directed by Michael Apted, based on the 1951 novel The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, and the third installment in The Chronicles of Narnia film series.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a 2012 American science fiction action film directed by Gary Ross and based on Suzanne Collins’s 2008 novel of the same name. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, and Wes Bentley.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen via lottery to compete in The Hunger Games, a televised annual event in which participants must fight to the death in order to be the lone survivor. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the games when her name is drawn. She then partners with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark as they attempt to survive the games.
The film was released on March 23, 2012, in some European countries and on March 26 in North America.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
No, “The Fellowship of the Ring” is not the first movie. The first movie in the franchise is actually “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”