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Born of Hope (2009)

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Set near the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth. Arathorn takes refugees to Taurdal, the village of his father, Arador. Then as Arador begins his campaign against the gathering orc bands ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Dane ... Arathorn
Beth Aynsley Beth Aynsley ... Gilraen
Kate Madison ... Elgarain
Danny George Danny George ... Dírhaborn
Iain Marshall Iain Marshall ... Arador
Andrew McDonald Andrew McDonald ... Dírhael
Philippa Hammond Philippa Hammond ... Ivorwen
Howard Corlett ... Halbaron
Matt Kennard ... Elladan
Sam Kennard Sam Kennard ... Elrohir
Luke Johnston Luke Johnston ... Aragorn
Robert Harvey Robert Harvey ... Baby Aragorn (as Robert 'Bobble' Harvey)
Jonah McLafferty Jonah McLafferty ... Baby Aragorn
Lars Mattes Lars Mattes ... Halbarad
Ollie Goodchild Ollie Goodchild ... Halbarad


Set near the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth. Arathorn takes refugees to Taurdal, the village of his father, Arador. Then as Arador begins his campaign against the gathering orc bands in the north, he sends Arathorn onward to find the motive behind these Orcs attacks. Written by Alex K Alderidge

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A light in the darkness. A destiny born of hope.

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English | Sindarin

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1 December 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

King of rings See more »


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GBP25,000 (estimated)
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Excellent production - every fan's dream
2 December 2009 | by pirateoftheringsSee all my reviews

I've been following the production of Born of Hope for over two years, and it was well worth the wait. It's an excellent film period, but it is especially impressive given that it is a fan film made on a low budget. The effects aren't top-notch (though better than those in many fan films), but you can really tell that the team responsible for this cared about every aspect of the film.

For me, the beauty is in the details - just little things that only real fans of the books will notice, but add so much more to the film. There was a brief moment with Halbarad and young Aragorn that contributed little to the story but still managed to give me chills. It's the little moments like this that make this film truly remarkable.

They did an excellent job of scouting locations, especially for Taurdal - it really captured how I've always envisioned the Dunedain villages. The story isn't flawless, but they did very well provided how little they had to go off of. You feel for every one of the characters, and even though I knew how it would end, I was nearly in tears. It was beautifully written and beautifully performed.

In all, I definitely recommend this film. It represents everything that I love about fan films. It's loyal to the original material and captures the feel of Middle-earth, but it's also a beautiful story in its own right. It's an excellent companion to the trilogy, and I will be watching it many more times.

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