The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Frodo and Sam part with the Fellowship

Frodo and Sam part with the Fellowship

Frodo decides to go to Mordor on its own, but Sam follows him into the river where he almost drowns. The scene is filmed at a lake on the South Island in New Zealand. This  To find the exact filming location read on or click on the map pointer in the image section above.

“I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to.”

Samwise Gamgee


Where did they film the scene where Frodo and Sam part from the fellowship? 

The lake that represented the river Anduin where the fellowship went ashore is called North Mavora Lake. The lake is part of the Mavora Lakes Park located to the west of Queenstown, New Zealand.


Hint: Click the map pointer icon in the image area at the top for the exact map location.


How to get to the Mavora Lakes Park?

The park is located to the west of the resort town of Queenstown, known for being a tourist center on the South Island. If you also want to visit other Lord of the Ring filming locations, staying in Queenstown is the best option since it is surrounded by LOTR locations.


The only way to get there is by car and it will take you 2.5 hours from Queenstown. However, it is absolutely worth the effort because the Mavora Park is beautiful. On the south end of the North Mavora Lake, there is also a camping area for those who might spend the night.

The scenes filmed at North Mavora Lake:

The fellowship goes a shore

The fellowship of the ring is paddling towards the Anduin shore. Aragon says they will wait for the night and then cross the river and continue on foot towards Mordor. Legolas argues they should continue right away but Aragorn’s disagrees saying that the orcs are patrolling on the east shore. But Legolas remains restless feeling that something is approaching.

Frodo and Sam part with the fellowship

Frodo, troubled by the recent events decides to continue his way to Mordor alone. Sam sees him leave with the boat so he tries to stop him, but Frodo doesn’t want to return. Sams goes into the water and he tries to reach Frodo’s boat even though he can’t swim. He almost drowns but Frodo grabs his hand in the last minute and pulls him out of the water into the boat. In the boat, Sam explains that he gave a promise that he will not leave Frodo’s site and he attends to keep this promise. Frodo is touched by Sam’s words, they continue together.

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli decide to save Merry and Pippin

The rest of the fellowship decides to let Frodo and Sam go on their own and instead help Merry and Pippin who were taken by the orc.

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