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The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy film series directed and adapted by Peter Jackson, based on the books by the same name by English author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Set in the fictional world of Middle-Earth, it follows the story of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit of the Shire, and the Fellowship that built up around him to destroy the One Ring, and its maker, Sauron. The films were largely considered to be a minor success, with reviewers praising the faithfulness to Tolkien's original work, while working within a film's constraints, but criticizing the acting and execution, most notably the special effects.


Peter Jackson first came into contact with the series when he saw Ralph Bakshi's 1978 cartoon adaptation of the books. He later read the books at age 17. Soon before his moviemaking career began, Doomsday occured. He was not hampered much by the incident, but he was heartbroken at the loss of Hollywood and Western filmaking in general. He hoped that New Zealand would become a filmmaking center eventually.

After working on various horror comedy films, Jackson, while finishing his King Kong remake, Jackson considered making a reletively serious fantasy film set in the landscape of New Zealand, as the new Kong was.





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