The Lord of the Rings

Synopsis: A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandalf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil.
Director(s): Ralph Bakshi
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
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132 min

Long ago... the early years of the Second Age...

...the great Elven-smiths

forged Rings of Power.

Nine for mortal Men.

Seven for the Dwarf-lords.

Three for the tall Elf-kings.

But then, the Dark Lord learned

the craft of ring-making...

...and made the Master Ring.

The One Ring to rule them all.

With the One Ring, Middle-earth is his

and he cannot be overcome.

As the last alliance of Men and Elves

fell beneath his power...

...he did not notice the heroic shadow

who slipped in.

It was Prince Isildur...

...of the mighty kings from across the sea...

...who took the Ring.

But because he did not destroy it,

the spirit of the Dark Lord lived on...

...and began to take shape and grow again.

But the Ring had a will of its own,

and a way of slipping from one hand... be found by another, so that it

might at last get back to its master.

And there the Ring lay,

at the bottom of the Great River Anduin...

...for thousands of years.

During those years...

...the Dark Lord captured the nine Rings

that were made for Men...

...and turned their owners

into the Ring wraiths:

Terrible shadows under his great shadow...

...who roamed the world,

searching for the One Ring.

In time, the Ring was found.

Two friends were fishing

in the Great River one day.

- Give us that, Deagol, my love.

- Why, Smeagol?

Because it's my birthday,

my love, and I wants it.

I have already given you

more than I could afford.

I found this, and I'm going to keep it!

Are you indeed, my love?

He used the Ring for thieving,

and to find out secrets.

His own people began to despise

the wretched creature...

...and to call him Gollum.

Tortured and driven by the Ring,

he hid in dark caves...

...under deep mountains.

But the Ring

slipped off Gollum's finger, too.

And so it was that Bilbo found it,

during his travels with the Dwarves.

Thief, Baggins. Thief!

It stole our precious, our precious...

Our birthday present.

Thief, Baggins! We hates it forever!

It was Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit...

...who took the Ring back to the Shire,

his home.

Years later...

...Gandalf the Wizard, visited Bilbo

on his going-away birthday party.

I don't know half of you

half as well as I should like...

...and I like less than half of you

half as well as you deserve.

Frodo, I can see your uncle Bilbo

hasn't changed much.

And though 111 years

is far too short a time... live among such admirable Bagginses

and Boffinses, Grubbs...

...Chubbs, Brace-girdles, Good bodies...

- ...Bolgers, Hornblowers and Proudfoots...

- Proudfeet!

...I regret to announce that this is the end.

I'm going away.

I'm leaving. Now.


Where did he go?

Oh, Gandalf.

Have you left the Ring for Frodo,

as we agreed?

It's mine, I tell you! It's my own.

My precious!

It's mine now, and I shall keep it.

I won't give my precious away, I tell you.

Do not say that again!

Give it to Frodo, and I will look after him.

All right, I will.

Seventeen years passed sleepily

in the Shire.

All right, just a minute!


Greetings, Frodo.

Gandalf, it's really you!

Oh, it's been so long!

Seventeen years...

...since Bilbo left.

You look the same as ever, Frodo.

You look older, Gandalf.

Oh, I've been on a long journey.

It's the Ring, isn't it?

Bilbo's funny magic ring.

You always used to look like that

when you talked about it.

Bilbo's 'funny' ring,

that makes you invisible?

- Give it to me, Frodo!

- Give you the Ring?

For a moment only.

Can you see any markings on it?

There are none.

It's quite a plain ring, really.

Well, then, look!

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Chris Conkling

Jon Christopher "Chris" Conkling (born March 31, 1949) was a co-author of the screenplay for the animated version of Lord of the Rings, directed by Ralph Bakshi and produced by Saul Zaentz. He has also published articles in BYU Studies, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies and the Ensign, and wrote the 1979 book A Joseph Smith Chronology and an award-winning article on Melville's "Bartleby The Scrivener." Conkling has taught a variety of courses at the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, California. Prior to this he worked in advertising and public relations for several oil companies and Pool/Sarraille Advertising of Beverly Hills. He also wrote a paper entitled "The Dark Ages: The L.D.S. Church and Japan, 1924-1948" which is held by the Church History Archives and has been used as a source for published work by R. Lanier Britsch.Conkling is a Latter-day Saint. Conkling studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University.California State University, Dominguez Hills, and California State University, Northridge from which he received his teaching credentials. He wrote six complete scripts in an attempt to find the right approach for Bakshi's version of Lord of the Rings—one covered only a third of the epic, one tried to fit the entire saga into a single film, one tried to cut it in half; one version even focusted on a re-telling by Pippin and Merry. There was a good deal of experimentation as to how to approach the enormous saga. Eventually, popular science fiction novelist, Peter S. Beagle, was called in to do some revisions, although Conkling still retained first credit on the final version. Lord of the Rings was nominated for a Hugo Award. He was also a story consultant for the 1977 BYU Film Studio film The Mailbox and wrote The Emmitt Smith Story for BYU. He also wrote several management videos which appeared on PBS, and was also a writer for ABC's television series The Hardy Boys.Conkling and his wife Robin are the parents of six children. His mother was in the singing quartet The King Sisters, who had a weekly ABC television musical in the mid-sixties, called The King Family. His father, James Conkling, was a record executive, who became Capitol Record's first vice president, then president of Columbia Records, and founder and first president of Warner Bros. Records. He also helped to found the Grammy Awards where he became the Grammy's first national chairman. Conkling's entire family is rather accomplished. One cousin was musical director for the Sonny and Cher show, another the voice of Leonardo on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" for a decade, another was the female lead on the long-running TV program "My Three Sons" and yet another several created the signingtimes sign language videos. One sister, Jamie Miller, has published a half dozen books and another is married to a top Yankee Scout. One Uncle, big band leader and guitar virtuoso Alvino Rey, was the first inductee into the steel guitar hall of fame, another, Bob Clarke, produced and starred in such "B" monster movies as "The Hideous Sun Demon" and "Man from the Planet X," another, Bill Burch, was a Universal Studio executive and longtime protegee of Gene Autry. Among his second cousins is the wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the founders of the alternative rock band "The Arcade Fire." At AJU Chris Conkling created courses in literature of utopia and literature of evil, taught ancient Greek and Roman literature, and was faculty advisor for several years on the student newspaper. He currently works as a 12th grade English teacher and creative writing teacher at Sylmar High School's Math/Science Magnet, in Sylmar, Ca. more…

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