Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Director: Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Producer: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Studio: New Line Productions, Inc.
Runtime: 178 min (extended 208 min)
MCAA Rating: PG-13 for fight scenes and some scary images
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: Aragorn son of Arathorn, aka "Strider"
Other leading roles:
Sean Astin: Sam Gamgee
Sean Bean: Boromir
Cate Blanchett: Galadriel
Orlando Bloom: Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd: Pippin
Ian Holm: Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen: Gandalf
Christopher Lee: Saruman
John Rhys-Davies: Gimli
Andy Serkis: Gollum
Liv Tyler: Arwen
Hugo Weaving: Elrond
Elijah Wood: Frodo Baggins
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Synopsis
This movie is the first of three which make up The Lord of the Rings. An ancient ring of power, lost for centuries, has ended up in the hands of a Hobbit named Frodo. When the Wizard Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, he and leaders of the Elven, Human and Dwarf races agree that the One Ring must be carried to Mt. Doom, the volcano in which it was forged, and be destroyed.
A fellowship of nine undertakes this mission: Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, the Men Aragorn and Boromir, and Frodo's three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. The fellowship faces fear and internal conflict, and external hazards both natural and evil. Their strength is in their commitment to each other and their quest as much as it is in their courage and skill with arms.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Brief Review
The three films of the Lord of the Rings form perhaps the greatest series of movies ever created. Peter Jackson and a crew of thousands created a vision of Middle Earth, its places and peoples, that is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and true to the books. While the leading characters do not always match those in the books, they are none the less inspiring and the tales of their heroic quest are superbly told.
Performances of the cast are also top drawer. Most often singled out are Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee, but it almost seems wrong to mention them just because there are so many other exceptional performances.
If you are considering purchasing this film on DVD, I strongly recommend the extended version. In addition to several commentaries it has many additional scenes that regrettably had to be cut from the theater release of the movie. Both regular and extended versions have interviews with cast and crew. New Line cleverly did not include the interviews from the standard DVD on the extended DVD so if you want them ALL you must get both versions.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
The Fellowship of the Ring features an award-winning original score by Howard Shore, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, supplemented with two original works from Enya:
1. The Prophecy
2. Concerning Hobbits
3. The Shadow Of The Past
4. The Treason Of Isengard
5. The Black Rider
6. At The Sign Of The Prancing Pony
7. A Knife In The Dark
8. Flight To The Ford
9. Many Meetings
10. The Council Of Elrond [featuring the song "Aniron (Theme For Aragorn And Arwen)" composed & performed by Enya]
11. The Ring Goes South
12. A Journey In The Dark
13. The Bridge Of Khazad Dum
15. The Great River
16. Amon Hen
17. The Breaking Of The Fellowship
18. May It Be [composed & performed by Enya]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Articles & Interviews
Ways of the Warriors - SFX Fantasy Special, 2001
Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean describe their characters, Aragorn and Boromir. [Brego.net]
Taking it in his Stride - November 2001 [Viggo-Works]
The Man Who Would Be King - Black+White #58, December 2001
"Brooding cinematic presence, Viggo Mortensen has skirted the fringes of stardom for over a decade. But as Aragorn, the sensitive action hero of The Lord of the Rings, this actor/artist is set to inherit his rightful crown." [Also published as "Striding Ahead," in Dreamwatch #90, March, 2002.] [Chronicles] [Viggo-Works]
Viggo Mortensen: 'We Were All on an Epic Journey' - Newsweek, December 6, 2001
Interview with Viggo Mortensen about his preparation and investment in the role of Aragorn for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. He talks about the difference between the director's vision and Tolkien's: "The more I explored Tolkien, the more I felt I had two bosses: Tolkien and Peter Jackson. I tried my best to be loyal to both of them." [Viggo-Works]
A Fantastic Leap of Faith - Entertainment Today, December 14, 2001
"Viggo Mortensen had less than a day to decide whether he wanted to spend 18 months in New Zealand battling orcs and protecting hobbits as part of the unprecedented adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy." [HobbitTale]
Viggo Mortensen Interview - Virgin.net, December 18, 2001
Viggo Mortensen talks about making The Fellowship of the Ring, the Harry Potter phenomenon, sword-fighting and his new tattoo. [Viggo-Works] [Chronicles]
Ringleader/Viggo Mortensen - Empire #151, January 2002
Viggo talks about preparing for and filming The Lord of the Rings. Excerpt: "I can say it, my conscience is clear," he says without a hint of vanity. "I did my best to study and find as much as I could. I read everything I could that was connected to Strider or Aragorn or his environment, to represent that character. I feel I did the best I could under the circumstances." [Brego.net]
The human Viggo Mortensen - Pavement #50, January 2002 [Lilith] [Chronicles]
The Ranger - Total Film #60, January 2002
A brief interview with Viggo regarding his immersion into the role of Aragorn, sword training and his "war wounds" from the filming. [scans at TORN] [Brego.net]
Viggo Mortensen/Lord of the Sword - Controversy Volume 3, Number 1, January 2002 [Brego.net]
Striding Ahead - Dreamwatch #90, March 2002 [Brego.net]
Fellowship of the Ring Resources
See also the general Lord of the Rings resources elsewhere on this site.
DVD Review: Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
- Brief review of the film followed by a very detailed analysis of the extended edition features and DVD production values. In conclusion: "This is a stellar DVD release that is flawless from the first to the last bit... one of the best DVDs I have ever seen!"
OutNow.ch: Fellowship of the Ring
- Over 50 images from Fellowship of the Ring
. Only a few feature Aragorn. Most photographs are offered at medium resolution, up to 900x500. Nice large thumbnails make it easy to see what you're getting. Site also has movie review in German.