The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 4.15-10.40pm ITV
It’s 15 years this month since the release of Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring – whose pure escapism I remember really appreciating in those uncertain weeks after 9/11. Here, it’s joined in an “event” double bill with the first part of Jackson’s subsequent Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey. Both will leave you hanging, narratively, but maybe you have the DVDs? Either way, an armchair fantasy marathon steeped in the love of a good book is yours, with sky-high production values and shot in verdant New Zealand locations. In the first, Elijah Wood’s Frodo sets out on his quest to destroy the Ring of the title, and with it the Dark Lord Sauron. In the prequel, released in 2012, Martin Freeman’s Bilbo (Frodo’s adoptive uncle) does the same. Dwarves, elves, mountains, bows, arrows – what, unless you’re Tolkien-intolerant, is not to like?
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