I went to see "Fellowship of the Ring" within its first week of showing at a cinema.

I remember it having a scene at the beginning that has Frodo being asked to tell the story of how he lost his finger. I have tried to find articles of this scene existing, but have not found any.

I suppose my head may have filled in this scene after I had seen "The Return of the King", but I think not.

Is there any article or other evidence that there was this alternate beginning?

  • Frodo being asked to tell the story of how he lost his finger I cannot remember Frodo losing his finger in LOTR!
    – Mistu4u
    Oct 29, 2012 at 13:45
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    Doesn't he get it bitten off by Golum?
    – Stefan
    Oct 29, 2012 at 13:50
  • @Stefan thanks for reminding me. Looks I like I have to see 'em again!
    – Mistu4u
    Oct 29, 2012 at 14:29
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    Maybe you are remembering this?
    – Oliver_C
    Oct 29, 2012 at 18:53
  • @Oliver_C I think you may be right. I was working in a video store at the time. I'll bet one of the employees played this and my brain combined it with the movie.
    – J126
    Oct 31, 2012 at 0:41

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There are indications that other prologue narrations were considered, and you might find what you are looking for on the Extended Edition DVD.

From the DVD Journal review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition

Under the menu for Visualizing the Story you'll find a featurette called Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words into Images, covering the obsessive planning of every aspect of the film...Also in this section are Early Storyboards, animatics of scenes that were never used, including an alternate opening with Frodo as narrator...

And from imdb:

Originally the narration at the prologue was to be spoken by Elijah Wood, but it was felt that the information imparted had little bearing on the character of Frodo. Ian McKellen also recorded a narration but once again it was felt that Gandalf wasn't the right character to speak it. They eventually settled on Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, as it emphasizes the timelessness of the elves.

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