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It's been 15 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring made its way into theaters, as well as our hearts. After all of those years, the actors who brought to life J.R.R. Tolkien's landmark literary fantasy, with the help of Peter Jackson's sterling direction, have gone on to other gigs that have put distance between them and Middle Earth. But if they were confronted with a Cave Troll, could they dust off their skills and defend themselves? That's the question that's best left answered by the following video:
You can thank an Orlando Bloom fan account on Instagram for the footage above, which came from a reunion of Bloom and co-stars Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen. As you can see, with the simple prompt of defending themselves against a cave troll, the gang sprang back into action as if it were the first day on the next chapter of the Lord of the Rings saga. Except that there isn't another chapter, and this looks more like the first day of rehearsal than actual production.
Still, you could probably make a good chunk of change from a theatrical release of this caliber. No purpose or reason was given for the reunion, which took place just yesterday. However, getting Bloom together with his LOTR brethren isn't exactly something that needs much prompting. With the well documented history of the gang being consummate friends and pranksters, any gathering of the Fellowship of the Ring is bound to have laughter and tomfoolery.
Despite the mixed reaction to The Hobbit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings still holds a special place in the hearts of fans and movie-goers alike. Up until that point, it looked like a proper adaptation of Tolkien's epic trilogy wouldn't ever happen, but lucky for the world, Peter Jackson took the reins and hired a cast as well equipped as this one. While it's funny to see part of the gang together again, it's also a fond reminder of just how good those movies actually were, as this crew always worked as hard as they played.
If only Viggo Mortensen could bring his entire Lord of the Rings family with him on Oscar night, as he'll be awaiting the news of whether or not he's won the Best Actor trophy for Captain Fantastic. Not only would it be a great morale booster for the man himself, it'd also be a hell of a ratings grabber if they're allowed to clown around periodically on stage. For now though, we'll have to settle for this reunion and our copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which you can find on Blu-ray and Digital HD pretty much anywhere.