Who’d have thought that it has been 15 years since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring? The first instalment of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy hit cinemas in December 2001, introducing a land that had only ever existed in our imaginations. Jackson’s vision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth conceived a franchise that became the most successful in Oscars history – earning 11 awards at the 2004 ceremony alone.
On the 31st of January 2017, Dominic Monaghan (our beloved hobbit Merry), shared a selection of Instagram posts that have made our hearts swell:
From interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and awards ceremonies, the one thing that stands out for me is the rapport between the cast of LOTR. Now, 15 years have passed since and, evidently, that bond still lives on.
In their January issue, Empire magazine asked each of the 9 members of the fellowship to pose nine questions to each other; full of nostalgia and reminiscing, their friendship shines through each of their answers.
I have selected a few of the most poignant:
Elijah Wood (Frodo)
Asked by John-Rhys Davies (Gimli)
“Where do you see yourself being another 15 years down the road?”
“Still making films and hopefully directing. And I imagine I’ll still be talking about these films: my love of New Zealand, the closeness of the cast and crew, the craftsmanship of the various departments and the new roads they paved, and so much more.”
Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn)
Asked by Billy Boyd (Pippin)
“If you could kiss me again, would you?”
“I am anxiously counting the interminable minutes that pass until it happens again.”
Sean Bean (Boromir)
Asked by Viggo Mortensen
“It has been a while since you and I have seen each other – I believe the last time was at the Empire Awards a few years ago – and I miss your company. I cannot for the life of me remember whose turn it is to buy the next round. Do you?”
“I think it’s yours. Actually, I don’t remember either. I do remember sharing a bottle of whiskey with you, which you took up onto the stage when you won your well-earned award… It was a fine night.”
Orlando Bloom (Legolas)
Asked by Sean Bean
“Have you still got any of the stuff you nicked from the set?”
“Er… I did not “nick” anything! I was too young and innocent for that. Actually, I lie, I may have somehow managed to wander off with an elven brooch.”
John Rhys Davies
Asked by Orlando Bloom
“What was the last photo you took on your phone?”
“Mock me, would you, you p*ss-taking, point-eared devil! He knows, gentle readers, that I still use the phone I had in New Zealand in 1999, a Nokia 6310i, which has no camera!”
Clearly, the camaraderie and banter still exists 15 years on.
The fellowship, supporting cast and crew have set the standard for the best-known working environment in film. This is the very thing that inspired me to go into film.
The Lord of the Rings, for all of its awe-inspiring environments, epic sequences and accolades would be nothing if not for the fantastic collaborations between cast and crew.
Excuse me while I go and purchase the extended edition (which I unfortunately have not yet witnessed) and relive this amazing trilogy.
Here’s to another 15 years.
What was your favourite part of the LOTR trilogy? Let me know in the comments!