The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II.
The cinematography in the film is impeccable. Your eyes will thank you as you are watching. The first shot of “the ring” is so powerful. I think its the addition of the ring theme chiming in as you see it.
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) [is] most noted for works in which the story line is not tightly structured and the characters tend to be types rather than individuals, yet the milieu is carefully, lovingly drawn.
The first problem is the length of the book (over 1,000 pages) and 55 hours of audio turned into 560 minutes of film... Adaptations of books into films can be viewed as an extremely complex activity of problem-solving. [In a book] images and sounds [do] not always [transfer] straightforward.
Versions of The Hobbit became stage plays in schools as early as 1953, and scripts for plays and musicals as early as 1968 paved the way for attempts to obtain film rights to Lord in 1957.
The masterpiece offers a twentieth-century understanding of the nature of good and evil, the value of community, the natural order of the universe, and the singularity of the individual.
For this generation the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is a huge part of their moving watching experience. It is one of the movies of this generation. Therefore, "The Hobbit" can only bring insane amounts of excitement out of them.
The star of the story, and the film, is not a person, but an object, a ring. The ring allows one to control a host of other rings handed down to the different peoples of Middle Earth: three rings belong to the immortal elves; seven to the dwarfs; and nine rings to mortal humans. The ring that rules all the others, forged using the fires of Mount Doom by the evil Wizard Sauron (Sala Baker), gives its holder so much power that it corrupts all those who seek to wear it, even the purest.
The Lord Of The Rings boxset was one of the best examples of what could be achieved with the format – all 15 discs of it...Bigger, bulkier boxsets have since been and gone, but with 26 HOURS of additional footage, the complete Lord Of The Rings package set a high benchmark for home entertainment.
Between them, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King amount to three incredible movies and 558 minutes of spectacular entertainment, but they also kickstarted an evolution of the movies that we can really only truly appreciate with the benefit of hindsight.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is often erroneously called a trilogy, when it is in fact a single novel, consisting of six books plus appendices, sometimes published in three volumes.
The first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring, was published in Great Britain. The second volume, The Two Towers, was published in England. The third volume, The Return of the King, was published in England too. On the side note, Tolkien's work was made in the 1950's and was finally filmed in the 2000's.