The Fellowship of the Ring London Premiere

Lord of the Rings stars leave fans spellbound

Ananova 10 December 2001

Actress Liv Tyler and young heartthrob Elijah Wood have brought the magic of Middle Earth to London.
The pair stole the show at the world premiere of the first Lord of the Rings movie.

They cast a spell on a crowd of 2,000 who were screaming for them as they arrived at the star-studded screening of the £76 million movie. Tyler was stunned by the reception.

"I've seen nothing like this ever before," she said.

Guests - including fellow stars Sir Ian McKellen, Sean Bean and Christopher Lee - arrived beneath a row of burning rings as they entered the Odeon in Leicester Square.

And all agreed that the film would come to be seen as one of the cinematic greats in years to come.
Sir Ian said: "It's indisputably a landmark in movie history. It's biblical."

And Lee declared: "I think it will go down in cinema history - this and the next two - because no one has ever seen anything like it."

The only major star missing from the premiere of the fantasy epic was actress Cate Blanchett who gave birth to her first son Dashiell on Wednesday and chose not to attend.

It was left to Tyler to add the glamour to the occasion - which she did in a scarlet Alexander McQueen trouser suit with retro padded shoulders.

The film, The Fellowship of the Ring, is the first instalment in the trilogy of books written by JRR Tolkien which have been adapted for the big screen.

Story filed: 21:03 Monday 10th December 2001

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