Analysis Of Peter Jackson's The Fellowship Of The Ring

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It was not so long ago that elves, orcs, and dwarves were treading the fringes of popular culture; Peter Jackson rejected this, and thrust them into the limelight and mainstream for the first time with the help of an ensemble cast, New Zealand’s stunning landscape, award winning makeup and costume artistry, innovative cinematography, and cutting edge visual effects. Jackson’s epic depiction of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth in “The Fellowship of the Ring” shook the foundations of filmmaking upon its arrival. From Jackson’s wake, a new wave of fantasy has emerged in film and television, streaming the way for such titles as HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Chronicles of Narnia, and MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles.
Tolkien’s original story afforded Peter Jackson a wealth of resources and specific details--so many details, in fact, that Jackson’s real test was not synthesizing material to incorporate into the films, but rather whittling down a journey of many years into a few short hours of screen time. Jackson’s portrayal begins with a brief overview of Middle Earth’s Second Age; the world was seemingly at peace for a time, until the dark overlord Sauron deceived the most prominent members of the most dominant peoples of Middle Earth. Men, elves, and dwarves were granted magic rings of great power as reward for the great kingdoms they had raised. To make a long story short, these races were subjugated under the “One Ring” forged by Sauron, and though Sauron and his

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