Watch: Fan-Made 15th Anniversary Trailer for 'Fellowship of the Ring'

July 20, 2016
Source: YouTube

Fellowship of the Ring Trailer

"You will unite, or you will fall." The first film in the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit theaters December of 2001, nearly 15 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Miguel Branco edited together a brand new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and it's rather wonderful. This is one of my all-time favorite films (only topped by The Return of the King) and I still remember seeing it in theaters on a cold, snowy night in December. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Samwise, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf; including Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, and many others. This trailer should make you smile, and put a tear in your eye. Hard to believe it has been 15 years.

Here's the fan-made 15th anniversary trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Found on YouTube. After fate places The One Ring in the hands of an unlikely hero, a fellowship is formed and tasked with journeying across Middle-Earth to destroy the Ring — along with the dark forces of Mordor forever. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, adapted from the first novel in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, is directed by Peter Jackson, from a script by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson . The film was originally released on December 19th in 2001 all around the world. It ended up winning four Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Music. It was later re-released as an Extended Edition version and has since also re-played in theaters with live orchestra performances. This newest trailer was edited by Miguel Branco - follow him @miguelsreverie.

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I still vividly remember the moment I saw the first (for me) trailer for the LOTR movie in TV. Sometime in 2001 I was at my parents-in-law (back then my wife and I were not yet married) and something was running on TV when the commercial break hit. I went into the room at that moment and saw the trailer and was stunned and excited - until then it was hardly believable someone would recreate the rich Tolkien's world on a movie screen. The rest is history and all three movies are now one of my most favorite ones.

Joe Kundlak on Jul 20, 2016


Still the greatest trilogy ever.

JuanBauty on Jul 20, 2016


One of the greatest for sure, along with the original Star Wars trilogy.

Steven on Jul 20, 2016


I'm one of among those rare ones that doesn't consider those movies so interesting. Yes, they were impressively done and can be really viewing treat. But it's another shallow new age mythology made out of ignorance for greater social and political imaginary...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


Care to elaborate? I do not understand your point (but perhaps I am not following relevant discussions about the LOTR movies)...

Joe Kundlak on Jul 20, 2016


I believe I have done it in previous comments. So far. If you want something more, If I have done it poorly, ask for more. But to be honest, I was only willing to express my impressions about the films and I got into some trouble. And please, try to understand, I absolutely respect your liking of those movies and I am happy for it. Unfortunately, I feel quite the opposite. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


Based on books published in 1954.......very new age.

Steven on Jul 20, 2016


I agree, you're right. As for the books. But when it comes to films, not so sure. They are definitely something outmoded ...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


Tolkien was anything but a mass manipulator. He wrote these books as a hymn to the hope during the darkest time of the 20th century, that is, inside a trench during the 2nd WW.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


I belive it was while he was recovery in a field hospital after being pulled from the trenches in WW1, not WW2.

Steven on Jul 20, 2016


My mistake. Thanks for fixing this huge temporal slide.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


Nothing compared to shiboleth's ignorance on the origins of the story.

Steven on Jul 20, 2016


Because it's not about the origins of the story (which is not particularly interesting to me). I was mostly interested in commenting films, now I am dragged into commenting books. Not interested. Regardless the fact films are based on them. What I am trying to say, films is what I almost despise since they really showed that film as a medium can sell everything. Come on, it's a crowd pleasing thing and it marked the way of earning money in film industry. Well crafted, I will repeat that, but shallow in motif and timing ...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


So you almost despise films because they as a medium can sell everything? I don't get what you're saying. These films where crowd pleasing to fans of the original work and a new generation that discovered them. Yes a load of money was made by the franchise in marketing from toys, models, etc......hell even republishing the books. If a film doesn't 'make' money the industry would collapse....

Steven on Jul 21, 2016


Well, that's something different and you're right, without money 'the industry will collapse'. I am one of those who thinks that such a development wouldn't be bad. In case you want the extreme of it, here it is: if culture needs to be payed then we don't need such a culture. I said it. Maybe that's more European attitude, and yours is more American. Maybe, it doesn't have to be. But, the point is that marriage of culture and money is a bad thing for everyone. Don't get me wrong, however, I like films, that's why I am here, but but what they do mostly today is turning culture in a making money machine. The whole thing is a part of bigger debate about commercial nature of culture. And movies, narratives like LOTR are worsening that. In my opinion. Cheers...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


Ah.....well in terms of rebooting such films like Ghostbusters in an attempt to grab yet more cash I would totally agree with you in that there is a culture of making money that goes to far. However, its unrealistic to not believe culture and money have not been 'married' for a long, long time. Money is a form of power, and that's been around since the dawn of humanity. No culture can remain outside of the system since any form of power corrupts. A good franchise enriches the film industry IMO. LotR is an epic tale that's been told on film in style, nothing more. The MCU isn't without its faults, but it will become a cash-grab the moment its rebooted. I don't think a 4th version of Spiderman will be accepted for quite sometime, the 3rd is tolerated simply by linking itself with the MCU. That's all from the UK.....

Steven on Jul 22, 2016


Like I already said, the vastness of debate that could come out of it goes beyond this site. But I have to be honest, I like to overstretch the argument since it gives me a chance to widen my views on culture (on films and popular culture in generally). So, you are saying pretty much valid things. My point of view is also already stated; I like to think more of films and popular culture than they are willing to express. Even if it sounds impossible and unrealistic. Which is also what movies are often about. I consider one's thoughts about them should be that too. Thank you for your patience in communicating with me. Cheers from Croatia ...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


Oh, I don't believe he was manipulator, not at all. If you want me to say that he was an imaginative man, I will do it and agree with you. I just think the scope of his work is also limited, contained in some secluded space and time. But, my comment is much more directed to everything that came after his books. Especially, regarding films. I find them almost horrendous but I also absolutely anticipate interest and awe of many others who disagree with me. I, in fact, think that films mark a bad turn in making movies. After LOTR, films became even more expoitative then before ...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


I find his work so great I would swear he found some forgotten archive on a lost time and civilization, where dwarves, elves and orcs really existed. He created a believable, yet very poetic universe. So to me it is anything but secluded. I read the LOTR books maybe 3 times in two different languages, and read the Silmarillion twice, even though it is a very tough book to digest. As for what came after, of course it was mainly pale and uninspired imitations worthy of SciFy channel. The only universe that can rival with the Tolkien universe is Game of Thrones. It's less poetic and more complex and mature. I like both for their own merits.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


First of all, I certainly respect your admiration for Tolkien's world. You know, it's a bit a strange thing from me to discuss it here the way I do since I also have Tolkien's books at home, and I have them also in two different languages (that's my wife's 'fault' - she was at some point obsessed with them). But despite that, the whole thing doesn't seem to be very interesting to me. I guess it has to do with my education in social and human sciences since that's one of the reasons why I do consider Tolkien's narrative to be some secluded world. Yeah, I know Tolkien was a scholar, linguist mostly if I am not mistaking, so also an educated man. But his books are nice piece of popular myths for masses. And nothing more. The real tragedy of such books nowadays, and that will provide me more 'friends' here, is that such books in best case can become only films and nothing more. Books should be discussed and make change, but his got only admiration. I'm not saying that's not something, it's just not nothing something worthy of mention beyond good popular literature. In that respect, in fact, I consider books like those really shallow in intent, no matter how good they are written. And posthumous, those books bring a nice share of money. And if I don't admire them, like here, I'm not being, I guess, serious. No problem for me there ... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


I fully understand your POV regarding his work. It certainly isn't Nietsche's Thus spake Zarathustra, nor it is Ibn Khaldun's Prolegomena, and it never had this ambition. It's above all an artistic piece of work and a nice piece of poetry. And as any artistic work, it seeks to reach our emotional brain, rather than our rational brain. But can we be rational without being emotional?.. Hard to tell. Maybe your expectation towards his books were too high. which accentuated your perception of its intellectual "shallowness". LOTR certainly took its inspiration from Germanic and Norse mythologies. A myth is at its core a very simple concept ( good vs evil, darkness vs light, etc), but created by a complex societal process of subjectivisation and collective memory. LOTR didn't try to hide its obvious influences, nor it tried to sell us a philosophical treaty coated with cotton candy. Its main ambition was to make us Dream and hope. What would be a human being without dreams...Do androids dream of electric sheep? Now I am digressing. ;D

tarek on Jul 22, 2016


Oh, tarek, I really like you comments. No, I didn't expect any Nietzsche (although it would be a good thing, for a change, to see a philosopher in a process of killing God. huh? No? Never mind). To be honest, the more I'm answering to you people, the more I get soft about it. So, let's say I agree with you on LOTR. I never thought it should be a philosophical treaty for serious thinking people. In fact, I think it is too seriously accepted for what it is... But let's use your digression. Those androids and their sheep will soon give us another film about Blade Runner if I am not mistaken. What to make of it? What are we getting from it? A morality tale, maybe?. Not likely since it's very dystopian narrative, right? Pure pleasure of visual splendor if we compare it to the first installment. And hopefully a good story with it. There's definitely a good director (Denis Villeneuve). So there's hope. Of what, tarek? Don't think about it too much. This time, I am just playing with the idea in this part about Blade Runner ...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


If you ask me, I'll tell you that I'm not very confident in the success of this sequel. Blade Runner didn't need and doesn't need a sequel. I love the universe of Blade Runner, that is a dark, gritty and gloomy dystopian future for adults, but I don't like the idea of revisiting it with an old Harrison Ford. Crystal Skull is still hurting me. Would have they talked about a new story that has nothing to do with the Blade Runner story, I would have applauded with four hands. That being said, I really hope it will be a good surprise. Villeneuve is good at small budget drama, but is he that good to spring a surprise on us? We'll see.

tarek on Jul 22, 2016


I mostly can agree with you. Blade Runner is a filmic story unique in itself. Won't argue with that. But what will you say when in ten, twenty or thirty years someone in Hollywood decide to make a spin-off related or coming directly from LOTR? The same thing happens now with Blade Runner. We live in a such world, that's what I am saying. Cheers tarek ...

shiboleth on Jul 23, 2016


Speak for yourself. The trilogy is anything but shallow.

ragethorn on Jul 20, 2016


I hurt feelings, I guess. I can understand it. Which is, however, not the main reason to state what I did. But I think it's worth to do what you so succinctly describe: I speak my mind not somebody else's ...

shiboleth on Jul 21, 2016


He is speaking for himself, he clearly stated that in his first sentence..

Tester on Jul 21, 2016


I think this one more fluid and well edited:

lobisomem on Jul 20, 2016


Dat wide shot of The Fellowship crossing the mountain will forever be LORD OF THE RINGS for me.

DAVIDPD on Jul 20, 2016


this trailer reminds me of how horrible is the Hobbit.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


Ahhhh Fellowship. How I miss thee.

ragethorn on Jul 20, 2016


The Editing Room's abridged script for FotR is Brilliant and Hilarious:

Sharkman1963 on Jul 21, 2016


I think you have to consider that anyone who'd read this series when they were coming of age, would have said "there is no way in Hell that ANYONE will ever put this on the screen in a way that is at all satisfying" because the story is so rich and detailed and sweeping. And yet, pace Shiboleth, who's point is lost on me (what is the exploitation that you see? That patriotism and honor and hope and Truth with a capital "T" are actually shown in a positive light, rather than pissed on as Hollywood has done so regularly in the last 60 years?) despite some flaws, the trilogy was rendered on the big screen beautifully and very satisfyingly. And, nobody really missed Tom Bombadil after all, since he was, in truth, pretty fucking annoying in the books! YMMV, of course. I could watch the trilogy over and over and remember that Tolkien started conceiving the story during WWI and had fighting experience in the horror of the Battle of the Somme, and he fleshed the story out in the 30s and 40s as Hitler was coming into power and then almost destroying Europe. From that perspective, I wonder what the "greater social and political imagery" is that he thinks Tolkien was ignorant of. Just askin'. I'd just had neck surgery in 2001, and was late to the theatre, in agony wearing a neck brace, so I was stuck in the first row propped up with my head leaning back, watching this magnificence play out over my goggling eyes. Anyway, off to work.

Sharkman1963 on Jul 21, 2016


Dear people visiting FirstShowingnet, you have to thank me for making you speak so eloquently about LOTR. Please, admit, nobody made you talk so much and also made you word so beautifully your thoughts about this narrative as I did. Dear Sharkman1963 I hope you understand that I thank you very much for your thoughts here. Don't worry, no hard feelings here. you said nothing wrong. Passionately maybe, but that's ok. To be honest, I was not sure should I write my first comment here for the reasons which are, few days later, obvious. But since I did it, there's no way back so I decided to answer patiently to everybody. There's one other thing about me, I have a history degree (MA) and that somehow form my views. Believe me, it's not necessarily something I care too much about (I also like very much popular culture of films and music) when I talk to other people. But it affects me when I think that history is often very badly made and very often is made in a manner to please people too much. Which means, to manipulate them. And you must also know that I am very much convinced that every good story is also a historical piece, not just piece of fun or of morals. And it renders more than a hope or something like that. It express very much idea of history in time it's made. And forgive me, in 21st century I despise every idea of patriotism, honor or whatever is close to it. Whether Hollywood is pissing on it or not. I have problem, in fact, with reviving LOTR so graciously, where LOTR can only serve very nicely to that purpose of manipulating historical sense, where such ideas are a miss in our time. I think that our time deserves epic stories about some other ideas. Social justice would be one of them. But there's no richness there, right? But that doesn't mean that LOTR is a bad narrative and its messages or morals are bad. I just think they can't be interesting but only manipulative in 21st century. No matter how good they are done... Cheers...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


One of the greatest most moving films I have ever seen in a theater.

Orionsangel on Nov 22, 2016

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