A dark and powerful lord, Sauron, needs only one small object, a ring, to snuff out the light of civilisation and cover the world in darkness. Putting all his power into the search for this ring, fate has put it in the hands of a young hobbit, Frodo Baggins. With the help of a loyal fellowship, Frodo must journey to the Mount of Doom to destroy the Ring. If he doesn't find a way, no one will. If he doesn't find a way, no one will.

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Elijah Wood plays Frodo Baggins, who's a hobbit, a gentle home-loving creature, slightly height-impaired, with pointy ears and feet that are very hoof-like. Frodo sort of inherits the ring from his uncle Bilbo (Ian Holm), who's had it for sixty years and is beginning to be affected by it. But it's a ring that's coveted by the dark force of Sauron, the Lord of Mordor who sends his minions to Frodo's home in the Shire to find this answer to ultimate power.

The ring has to be returned to the Cracks of Doom where it was created to be destroyed. A fellowship of nine gather to protect Frodo on his journey, they're Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen), Aragorn (Viggo Mortenson), the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Boromir (Sean Bean), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and three hobbit friends of Frodo, Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin), Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Merry (Dominic Monaghan). Together these nine engage in wondrous adventures and frightening battles to keep the ring from Sauron's power.

It's so good to be able to report that The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of Tolkien's Ring Trilogy, is the beginning of the movie trilogy to be seen over the coming Christmas periods, it is an absolute triumph. The casting is impeccable, the production design so beautifully, fantastically realistic and Peter Jackson's direction, working with Andrew Lesnie as cinematographer is exhilarating. It doesn't happen very often that filmmakers actually deliver on a popular book and Tolkien's books are classics now but Fellowship of the Ring does just that. It's a fable about good and evil, about friendship and loyalty. Maybe at three hours it's a touch too long, but of all the films to see over this holiday period don't miss out on this one. What an achievement for New Zealand.