I have recently watched Peter Jackson’s exciting epic adaptation of Lord of the Rings. It concerns The Evil Dark Lord Sauron, who during the First Age creates a number of powerful rings with the help of Elven blacksmiths – Nine rings for the Kings of Men, Seven for the Dwarf Lords and three for the Elves. However unbeknown to everyone he wishes to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth and corrupt everyone. So he forges another Evil Ring in secret in order to control the other Rings, this ring can only be Destroyed by throwing into the fires of Mount Doom, in Mordor. He is eventually defeated in battle by an alliance of Men and Elves, and Isildur cuts the One Ring from Sauron’s finger. Unfortunately though, instead of destroying it, he claims it as an heirloom and is later ambushed and killed by Orcs in the Gladden Fields. The Ring is lost in the River Anduin. Over two thousand years later, the Ring is found by a river-dwelling stoor called Déagol. Unfortunately His friend Sméagol immediately falls under the Ring’s corruptive influence and strangles Deagol to acquire it. Sméagol is banished and hides under the Misty Mountains, where the Ring extends his lifespan and transforms him over the course of hundreds of years into a twisted, corrupted creature called Gollum.
Gollum unfortunately loses the Ring and Bilbo Baggins finds it. Meanwhile, Sauron takes a new physical form flees from Dol Guldur in Mirkwood and reoccupies his old realm of Mordor. Gollum sets out in search of the Ring, but is captured by Sauron, who learns from him that Bilbo Baggins now has it. Gollum is set loose to find the ring, as Sauron needs it to regain his full power, he also sends forth his powerful servants, the Nazgûl, to seize it. Meanwhile back in the Shire, the hobbit named Frodo Baggins inherits the Ring from Bilbo, his cousin and guardian. Neither is aware of the rings provenance however Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and old friend of Bilbo, suspects the Ring’s identity. When he becomes certain, he advises Frodo to take and destroy it in Mount Doom where it was forged. So Frodo undertakes a hazardous journey across Middle Earth, accompanied by his gardener and friend, Samwise (“Sam”) Gamgee, and two cousins, Meriadoc (“Merry”) Brandybuck and Peregrin (“Pippin”) Took. The Nazgûl almost kill them while they are still in the Shire, but escape through the Old Forest.
After leaving the forest, they stop in the town of Bree where they meet Aragorn, Isildur’s heir. He accompanies them as a guide and protector. They narrowly escape from Bree but the Nazgûl follow and attack them on the hill of Weathertop, wounding Frodo with a Morgul blade. Aragorn leads the hobbits toward the Elven refuge of Rivendell, before Frodo succumbs to the wound. The Ringwraiths nearly overtake Frodo at the Ford of Bruinen, but flood waters drown them. Frodo recovers in Rivendell under the care of Elrond who organises The Council of Elrond to decide the fate of the Ring. Here Frodo meets Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf and Boromir eldest son of the Steward of Gondor who all agree to accompany him to Mount Doom to destroy the ring. So the hobbits Frodo Baggins, Samwise “Sam” Gamgee, Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck and Peregrin “Pippin” Took, aided by Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir set off on a perilous quest across Middle Earth to destroy the Ring in the Fires of Mount Doom. Along the way they Encounter many dangers including The Nazgul, Cave Trolls, Hordes of vicious orcs, and The Ancient Demonic and fiery Balrog in the former Dwarf stronghold of Moria. Eventually they reach the Elven forest of Lothlórien where They are assisted by Galadriel and Celeborn before making for Gondor. However they are again attacked and Merry and Pippin are kidnapped. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam set off across the treacherous Emyn Muil and Dead Marshes towards Mount Doom unaware that they are being watched by sinister eyes…
I enjoy The film even though it deviates from the novel somewhat, most notably Omitting the scenes when they are captured by Old Man Willow and when they are almost captured by Barrow Wights while crossing the ancient Barrow Downs. The film also omits the enigmatic Tom Bombadil, who alone seems unaffected by the Ring’s corrupting influence.