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In 1996 director Peter Jackson embarked upon a seven year odyssey and one of the most demanding projects in movie history bringing the hugely popular series of compelling novels The Lord of the Rings written in the 1950s by JRR Tolkien to the big screen After years of careful and precise production planning Jackson had before him the dual task of not only tempting a movie audience and creating a financially viable movie but he also had to appeal to the colossal cult following of JRR Tolkiens novels written half a century previously There is always a great deal of expectation surrounding any multi-million dollar movie adaptation from a powerfully recognisable novel however The Lord of the Rings was awaited with even more anticipation due to its phenomenal Tolkien fan-base from the novels and that for the first time in movie history there was technology available to create the Tolkien World and with a hefty 300 million to make the trilogy for the first time the resources were available to make a movie trilogy of the scale that would do Tolkien proud Much of the following that Tolkien had gained throughout the novels would go into watching the movie with a sense of scepticism as they would be curious about Jacksons loyalty to Tolkiens work The popularity of The Lord of the Rings was evident when the trailer for The Fellowship of the Ring was first released on the Internet on 7 April 2000 it was downloaded a hectic 16 million times within its first 24 hours of operation People who watched the The Fellowship of the Ring trailer would be able to see a brief insight of how Jacksons interpretation of the Tolkien novels compares to your own therefore you have the chance to compare and contrast Gandalf Frodo and Middle Earth also the opportunity to get a feel for the movie with the amazing score that was put into all of the
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