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  1. Striding Ahead

    Meet Strider, shady man of Middle-Earth, prowling the land, sleeping rough and menacing young Hobbits in Bree-land taverns. Underneath the muddy hood and travel-stained cloak hides the noble Aragorn, son of Arathorn, elf-friend, chieftain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, wielder of the sword that was broken and long-lost heir to the throne of Gondor. Both […]
  2. The myth made real

    Reviewer Fazio reluctantly acknowledges how impressed he is with The Fellowship of the Ring, from the script to Peter Jackson's attention to detail to the acting. Excerpt: "It's McKellen, with a voice that truly could summon forth the spirits, who provides the film with depth and gravitas. His is a mesmerizing performance, with Gandalf at times looking like the aged, weary man who knows his time is getting short, and then, like a cat, suddenly revealing a flash of vigor and ferocity, the fire that still burns within. Subtract this performance and you could lop one star off this review."
  3. Viggo Mortensen/Lord of the Sword

    With The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of the epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, having become a massive box office and critical hit over this past holiday season, director Peter Jackson, its producers and the studio behind the fantasy franchise, New Line Cinema, are breathing easier these days. With an initial […]
  4. Ringleader/Viggo Mortensen

    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."
  5. The human Viggo Mortensen

    He wasn’t the first choice to play Aragorn but Viggo Mortensen’s attention to authenticity and devotion to detail means that the role is now his own. Enigmatic, brooding, handsome… This is part of the official casting description for the character of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These words go a long way […]
  6. “Ring” actor tuned in to warrior spirit

    Nearly every young actor in Hollywood wanted the role of Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring. Viggo Mortensen is looking every bit the bohemian, barefoot and sipping a special Argentine tea, as he talks about his role in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three Lord of the Rings films. Actually, […]
  7. Viggo Mortensen: ‘We Were All on an Epic Journey’

    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."
  8. The Man Who Would Be King

    "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.]
  9. Power can be held in the smallest of things - The Fellowship of the Ring

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

    Detailed review of The Fellowship focuses on the differences between the books and the films and the reasons for the changes. In spite of some reservations, he is impressed. "The filmmakers have shown great respect for their source material. I was moved by Peter Jackson’s passionate, caring, and human portrayals of these characters and dramas.... I’ve imagined these scenes my whole life, and to see them portrayed as vividly, or more vividly than I have imagined, really shook me. I felt like I was meeting in person someone with whom I had only corresponded long distance for decades."
  10. Taking it in his Stride

    With The Lord of the Rings’ forthcoming release on the big screen, Viggo Mortensen shares his excitement with Ian Spelling on portraying the role of Aragorn in the trilogy. Viggo Mortensen, to hear his co-stars, director and producer tell it, took his Lord of the Rings role as Aragorn/Strider about as seriously as he possibly […]