Overview of Lord of the Rings Movies
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Hi, I'm Jamal Andress for About.com and today we're giving an overview of the blockbuster film series: The Lord of the Rings.The series is based on the classic fantasy novel series by the British writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien published the first story, The Hobbit, in 1937 and the three Lord of the Rings novels in 1954 and 1955.Director Peter Jackson began storyboarding the first film of the series in 1997 and it was released in 2001. It starts off telling the story of how the Rings of Power came into being and fast forward to an unexpected party where Bilbo Baggins leaves the ring to his nephew Frodo, played by Elijah Wood. Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and family friend, convinces Frodo the ring must be destroyed, as the Dark Lord Sauron will stop at nothing to recover it.Frodo sets off with his three friends to Mordor to destroy the ring. Along the way, they meet a number of unique characters and while in Rivendell, the home of the elves, it is decided a fellowship will be formed to assist Frodo in destroying the ring. Near the end, Gandalf gives his life while battling an ancient demon to save the Fellowship.The second film, released in 2002, picks up several weeks after, where Fellowship left off. Frodo and his friend Sam have been separated from the rest of the Fellowship and while continuing to Mordor, encounter the creature Gollum who possessed the ring for centuries. Frodo convinces Gollum to lead them to Mordor.In a dual storyline, the film follows the rest of the Fellowship as they encounter Théoden, the king of Rohan who is being controlled by the evil wizard Saruman the White who serves Sauron. The Fellowship convinces him to take his people to the fortress of Helm's Deep for protection against Saruman's army of Orcs and Uruk-hai. An epic battle ensues that results in Saruman's forces fleeing. Oh, and Gandalf returns from the dead.The third film in the trilogy was released in 2003. After the Battle of Helm's Deep, the Fellowship forms up again but Frodo and Sam are still on their own with Gollum. Gandalf believes Sauron is planning an attack on Minas Tirith, the fortress city and capital.Aragon, one of the members of the Fellowship and the heir to the throne of Gondor, assembles an army that battles and defeats Sauron's forces at Minas Tirith. Frodo and Sam are continuing to be led by Gollum to Mordor. The two are eventually able to make it into Mordor and climb Mount Doom to cast the ring into the volcano, which destroys Sauron. The two return to the Shire where they settle down and Aragon becomes King of Gondor.Peter Jackson had originally wanted to start the series by filming The Hobbit, Tolkien's first story about the ring and how it came to Bilbo. After legal battles and back and forth about whether Jackson or Guillermo del Toro would be the director, it was announced in 2010 that Jackson would direct a three-part film based on the novel.The series has been met with widespread critical and box office acclaim. The series is one of the highest grossing film series of all time, having brought in almost $3 billion. The three films have been nominated for 30 Academy Awards, winning 17. All three were nominated for Best Picture with The Return of the King actually winning the award--in fact, Return of the King won all 11 awards it was nominated for that year tying Ben-Hur and Titanic for most awards by a single film.And that's a look at the Lord of the Rings film series. For more information, check out About.com.