10 years ago, director Peter Jackson brought the fantastical and mythic world of J.R.R. Tolkien ‘s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to life on the big screen. That film was the first of a trilogy of hugely successful films based on Tolkien ‘s work, beloved by fans all around the world. Empire magazine, in honor of Fellowship’s 10th anniversary, has reunited the actors who played the Hobbits in Lord of the Rings trilogy for a special magazine feature. Click below to check out photos and video of Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd and Sean Austin happily reunited again.
It’s ten years on since four little hobbits set off from the Shire on an epic quest that spanned Middle Earth and took in vast battles, demonic monsters, wizardry, Orcs and, ultimately, enough Oscars to fill the Lonely Mountain. It’s ten years that have seen the rise and fall and rise again of two-part prequel The Hobbit, now firmly in production in Wellington, offering moviegoers an imminent return to Middle Earth. Obviously this all called for a big celebration so a celebration is what Empire is having. The new issue is more bursting with revelry and nostalgia than a Friday night at the Prancing Pony. There’s tall tales – well, tallish tales – memories; behind-the-scenes pics from Aragorn himself, Viggo Mortensen; Oscar night reflections from Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson and Mortensen; and rarely-seen concept art. Best of all, though, is a gathering of the four hobbits themselves: Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry). It was so momentous it called for its own trailer – and here it is for your perusal pleasure. Sadly the Nazgûl got stuck in LA traffic.
Um … how has it been 10 YEARS since the first Lord of the Rings film came out? I mean … seriously. I guess I never really paid attention but, damn, a lot of things have happened in the past 10 years … since the first film came out. The iPhone did not exist 10 years ago. Twitter did not exist 10 years ago. Facebook did not exist 10 year ago. I hadn’t met David 10 years ago. The Fellowship of the Ring is older than all of those things … I mean … wow. Time is surely flying by … and all it took was a group of aged Hobbits to make me see it. Dang.