In what way has the marketing of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, fulfilled the expectations of the target audience?

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In 1996, director Peter Jackson embarked upon a seven year odyssey and one of the most demanding projects in movie history, bringing the hugely popular series of compelling novels 'The Lord of the Rings' written in the 1950's by JRR Tolkien, to the big screen. After years of careful and precise production planning, Jackson had before him the dual task of not only tempting a movie audience and creating a financially viable movie, but he also had to appeal to the colossal cult following of JRR Tolkien's novels written half a century previously.

There is always a great deal of expectation surrounding any multi-million dollar movie adaptation from a powerfully recognisable novel however 'The Lord of the Rings' was awaited with even more anticipation, due to its phenomenal Tolkien fan-base from the novels, and that for the first time in movie history there was technology available to create the 'Tolkien World' and with a hefty $300 million to make the trilogy for the first time the resources were available to make a movie trilogy of the scale that would do Tolkien proud.

Much of the following that Tolkien had gained throughout the novels would go into watching the movie with a sense of scepticism, as they would be curious about Jackson's loyalty to Tolkien's work. The popularity of 'The Lord of the Rings' was evident when the trailer for 'The Fellowship of the Ring' was first released on the Internet on 7 April 2000, it was downloaded a hectic 1.6 million times within its first 24 hours of operation. People who watched the 'The Fellowship of the Ring' trailer, would be able to see a brief insight of how Jackson's interpretation of the Tolkien novels, compares to your own, therefore you have the...