Hace 20 años se estrenó The Lord of the Rings: the fellowship of the ring

Twenty years ago the cinemas presented for the first time the history and universe imagined by the English writer born in South Africa, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, better known as J.R.R. Tolkien.

Two decades ago the first installment of the trilogy was released: “The Lord of the Rings: the fellowship of the ring”.

The three films were shot continuously for a year and a half in New Zealand, the homeland of the director in charge, Peter Jackson..

The first was screened in 2001; the second, “The Lord of the Rings: the two towers”, the following year; and the final installment, “The Lord of the Rings: the return of the King”, in 2003.

SOME CHARACTERS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN OTHER ACTORS

To celebrate the two decades of the ring’s arrival in theaters, we present some curiosities about the film trilogy and its protagonists.

Last year, in an interview In The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Peter Jackson revealed what was his favorite scene of the ten hours that the three films add up: Gollum’s monologue at the beginning of the second installment, “The two towers”.

The scene was not even written by him, but by his partner Fran Walsh. In it Gollum is torn between killing Sam and Frodo to get the ring..

One key thing with Gollum is that most people know that it’s Sméagol and it’s Gollum, it’s like a division. But we didn’t have a scene where the idea of ​​’this guy is two people’ was really there. So we knew we needed it“Said Jackson, according to the Independent newspaper.

Fran wrote a scene where Sam and Frodo are asleep so it may just be lumps on the bed, we don’t even have to have Elijah and Sean. We didn’t have anyone directing it, so I said to Fran: ‘you wrote it, you should shoot it”Continued the director.

Now it is almost impossible to separate the cast from its characters, but Aragorn, for example, could have had Nicolas Cage’s face instead of Viggo Mortensen’s.

In an interview on Newsweek in 2015, the Oscar winner for “Leaving Las Vegas” was asked if he regretted turning down a role. “I do not regret anything. I think regret is a waste of time”, He responded and then added that there were films that he would have benefited from if he could have made them.

“’The Lord of the Rings “. That trilogy, the role of Aragorn. Or “The Matrix,” ”Cage responded when asked for an example.

The actor explained that he was offered the role that Mortensen ended up occupying, but that at that time he could not travel and be away from home during the entire shoot.

And i mean it. I can enjoy movies as a member of the audience, because I don’t watch my own movies“, He said. According to various sources, Daniel Day-Lewis was also offered the role.

The same happens with Ian McKellen and Gandalf. As published in 2012 by Celebrity Networth, Sean Connery, a Scottish actor who died in 2020, turned down the role because he apparently didn’t understand the script. This “no” to one of the most famous movie trilogies meant giving up 15% of the box office collection.

THE DIRECTOR’S CAMEOS AND THE CREATOR’S INSPIRATION

Jackson, as a director, was behind the scenes, but you can also see him in front in the occasional cameo. As a drunken peasant in the first installment; throw in hand in the second; or pierced by an arrow in the third.

Samwise Gamgee’s daughter, meanwhile, is the daughter of the actor who gives her life, Sean Astin, Alexandra, in real life.

A priori, Samwise may only see a gardener, Frodo’s squire, but in reality, he is essential in achieving the task entrusted to Bilbo Baggins’ nephew.

I think the simple ‘rustic’ love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborate) is absolutely essential to character study (the main hero) and to the relationship theme of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, spawn) and quests, sacrifices, causes the ‘longing for elves’ and sheer beauty“, wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in a letter collected together with others in the book “The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien”.

According to this excerpt, Tolkien considered the good-natured Sam the main hero of the story.

In another letter, the author refers to “my Samwise” and points out that it is a reflection of an English soldier.

Tolkien, according to various sources have collected over the years, was inspired by his experiences during World War I to give life to the conflict in Middle-earth.

I realized how much the horrors of the trenches must have influenced his grand conception. The evil in Middle-earth is mostly industrialized. The orcs of Sauron are brutalized workers (…)”Wrote his grandson, Simon Tolkien, in 2016 for the BBC.

And then when the war is over, Frodo shares the fate of so many veterans who are scarred by invisible wounds when they return home.”Added the writer’s relative.

They all brought their play to life, but the only person in the entire cast who knew Tolkien personally was Christopher Lee, who played the magician Saruman the White and who passed away at age 93 in 2015..

“By chance, really,” he said in an interview on Cinefantastique. “I met him with a group of other people at an Oxford pub he used to go to, “The Eagle and the Child.” He was very impressed, as you can imagine, so I just said ‘how are you?’”He recalled.

HIGHLIGHTS:.

+ The trilogy was shot continuously for a year and a half in New Zealand, the homeland of the director in charge, Peter Jackson. The first was screened in 2001; the second, “The Lord of the Rings: the two towers”, the following year; and the final installment, “The Lord of the Rings: the return of the King”, in 2003.

+ Last year, in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Peter Jackson revealed what was his favorite scene of the ten hours that the three films add up: Gollum’s monologue at the beginning of the second installment, “The two towers” .

They all brought their work to life, but the only person in the cast who personally knew Tolkien, the writer who spawned the story, was Christopher Lee, who played magician Saruman the White and who passed away at 93 in 2015.

By Manuel Noriega EFE / Reports

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