- There's something very sweet about Gandalf, wizard of the Istari Order, a Maiar of Varda in the service of Eru Ilúvatar, who can dispatch a room full of orcs in a flash of light and defeat a Balrog, genuinely enjoying himself entertaining the hobbit children with fireworks.
"Life in the wide world goes on much as it has in this past age: full of its own comings and goings; scarcely aware of the existence of hobbits...for which I am very thankful."
- There is also this line, showing the great regard and protectiveness Gandalf has toward the hobbits in general:
- Bilbo's conversation with Frodo at his birthday party.
- Aragorn's decision to go to the aid of Merry and Pippin at the end. And Gimli's reaction.
- And, of course, this:Sam: It's a promise I made to Gandalf: "Don't you lose him, Samwise Gamgee." And I don't mean to.
Sam: I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise! "Don't you leave him, Samwise Gamgee." And I don't mean to. I don't mean to.Frodo [choking up]: Oh, Sam. [Hugs him]
- Of course, the echo of those words at the end and Frodo's reaction just makes it even more so.
- The distinction between the two is important. Samwise made the initial promise to keep Frodo safe largely out of fear of Gandalfnote . But by the end of the film, Sam has instead made it a promise to stay with Frodo no matter what, just out of loyalty and friendship.
- The bit that makes us laugh through our tears:Frodo: Go back, Sam. I'm going to Mordor alone.Sam: Of course you are. And I'm coming with you!
- What about the very formation of the Fellowship? Poor Frodo looks like he's about to Go Mad from the Revelation, when the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits pledge to aide him in destroying The One Ring:Aragorn: You have my sword.
Legolas: And you have my bow.
Gimli: And my axe!
- Things have gone ill for the Fellowship: Boromir dead, Gandalf believed dead, Merry and Pippin taken by the Enemy, and Frodo and Sam moving onward alone. But Aragorn is there to remind them that there is more to their bond than just the mission.Legolas: You mean not to follow them.
Aragorn: Frodo's fate is no longer in our hands.
Gimli: Then it has all been in vain... the Fellowship has failed.
Aragorn: Not if we hold true to each other. We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment and death... not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared behind! We travel light... let's hunt some Orc.
(Gimli and Legolas cast glances at each other and smile.)
- The quiet moment after we see Gollum for the first time.Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened.Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case, you were also meant to have it... and that is an encouraging thought.
- This comes up later for another heartwarming moment when Frodo is standing at the river bank thinking about what he said before wishing the ring had never come to him. He then recalls Gandalf's advice of "all you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you", which then gives him the resolve to continue with his mission. Made all the more heartwarming by the music that plays during this scene.
- Bilbo is trying to work on his book when Gandalf comes knocking.Bilbo: No thank you! We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers or distant relations!Gandalf: And what about very old friends?Bilbo quickly opens the door
- As the Fellowship are entering Moria, Gimli is boasting to Legolas about the fabled hospitality of the dwarves. A few days ago, they were at each other's throats. Now, Gimli's talking to an elf (a race he dislikes) on friendly terms. The first hint of their friendship.
- Later, as the Fellowship are escaping Moria, it's Legolas who saves Gimli from falling when he jumps a broken bridge...albeit by grabbing hold of his beard.
- A small one in Moria during a moment that would otherwise be a complete Tear Jerker. When Gimli finds his cousin's tomb and is sobbing over his body, take note that Boromir has a comforting hand on his shoulder the whole time.
- For a few parts of the Fellowship, we don't see that much of Boromir except for the fact that he keeps wanting to use the ring. When Gandalf dies and Frodo starts screaming, Boromir's the one to carry him away.
- And the one to insist that Aragorn "give them a moment, for pity's sake!" when the hobbits are grieving.
- Boromir actually shows a lot of empathy and concern throughout the whole film. He shows the most concern for the Hobbits when Gandalf dies and tries to cheer up Frodo by telling him he didn't die in vain.
- After Gandalf dies and the Fellowship escapes Moria, we see Gimli, enraged and in despair, trying to go back on what would definitely be a suicide run, and it is Boromir who holds him back and comforts him.
- Boromir is also the one to point out that trying to cross over the mountains would kill the hobbits when Gandalf was stubbornly insisting on pushing onward.
- In a lighter moment of the film, he's teaching the Hobbits how to fight with swords when he accidentally cuts Pippin's hand. He instantly starts apologizing - and gets knocked ass-over-kettle when Merry and Pippin proceed to tackle him playfully. He proceeds to laugh uproariously and put one of them in a headlock; you half expect him to start ruffling hair or giving noogies.
- It's even better when you realize that he's probably played with Faramir in the same way when they were kids, and likely reminded of said brother.
- Frodo is still reeling from the death of Gandalf in Moria, and they're being held by Haldir and the elves of Lothlorien. Frodo looks around at everyone and sees them all look at him and look away, except for Boromir, who offers him some consolation.Boromir: Gandalf's death was not in vain. Nor would he have you give up hope. You carry a heavy burden, Frodo; don't carry the weight of the dead.
- Shall we just say 'Boromir is everyone's big brother' and have done with it?
- Literally, in the case of Faramir - see below under The Two Towers.
- In the Extended Version, observe Gimli's absolutely smitten expression as he reveals to Legolas that he asked for one hair from Galadriel's head as a gift, and she gave him three. Observe Legolas's knowing smile: he, like everyone who's read The Silmarillion, knows that Feänor made the same exact request of her in the First Age, to no avail. Galadriel, having read Gimli's heart, apparently deemed him thrice worthy of a gift she once refused to the greatest elf who's ever lived.
- There's also Galadriel's reaction to his request. She only really loses her serene expression twice—once when tempted by the Ring, and when Gimli bashfully compliments her and asks for a hair, and she breaks into a huge smile.
- When Boromir is dying in utter despair, claiming that he's failed the Fellowship and lamenting that not only his city but his entire race is doomed, Aragorn - whom Boromir has only gradually come to accept, and who seems to identify more with the Elves - swears to save the White City, and "our people". You can see the joy and hope in Boromir's face, as he believes at last that there's a chance for the race of Men to survive. He dies content instead of despairing, thanking and accepting Aragorn fully with his final words: "I would have followed you, my brother. My captain. My king."
- The last words my king are only made even more poignant by contrasting his reaction to first discovering Aragorn's heritage.Boromir: Gondor needs no king.
- Could well just be a tearjerker moment, but how about, right after Aragorn kills Lurtz, when he goes to Boromir, Boromir's first words to him are 'they took the little ones'. He, only about an hour ago (in universe) tried to steal the ring from Frodo, even possibly tried to kill him. Now? All that matters is that the Hobbits are in danger. He doesn't care that he's dying, he just cares that the 'little ones' are in danger. Rest assured, nobody doubted Boromir's pure and noble heart after that one line
- The reactions by Gimli and Legolas made it all the more heart wrenching and manly tears-inducing.
- The last words my king are only made even more poignant by contrasting his reaction to first discovering Aragorn's heritage.
- And before all that, Aragorn and Boromir have a sort of subtler Friendship Moment in Lothlorien. Boromir, in a shaking voice, is confessing he's almost crossed the Despair Event Horizon, that he "cannot see [hope]" and Aragorn just sits with him, concerned and patiently listening. Boromir talks about the pressure of his position, to do right by his father and "see the glory of Gondor restored" and then he speaks lovingly of his home, the White City, and asks Aragorn if he's seen it. Aragorn says he has, and Boromir says one day they'll go there together, and the people will take up the call that "the lords of Gondor have returned!" By this point, he's accepted Aragon as a brother and equal.
- As Frodo is just deciding to take off on his own and is running from his encounter with Boromir, he first runs into Aragorn. When it becomes clear what Frodo is doing, Aragorn tells him "I would have gone with you to the end," and Frodo says he knows. He then asks Aragorn to look after the others, "especially Sam" who will not understand.
- Frodo offers Aragorn the ring, and Aragorn refuses it. This proves to Aragorn what even Arwen couldn't convince him of: he does not share Isildur's weakness. It was Frodo who showed Aragon that he was worthy of the throne of Gondor.
- The credits song "May It Be" by Enya. Also counts as Awesome Music.
- There's something rather endearing in the Extended Edition when Merry leans forward to see the mithril better and Pippin holds him back, afraid that he might fall.
- When Boromir's body has been placed in a boat to go over the Falls of Rauros, we cut to Aragorn strapping Boromir's vambraces (armour for the forearms) onto his own arms. It was Viggo Mortensen's idea for Aragorn to take them, both as a tribute to their fallen companion and to constantly remind himself of the promise he made to Boromir: to save Minas Tirith and their people. He wears them throughout the rest of the trilogy, and is even buried in them over a century later, showing he never forgot his promise.
Heartwarming / The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring