Born of Hope is a non-commercial production created for free internet streaming for film fans worldwide.

It was made purely for entertainment purposes, for keeping the storytelling history of Middle-earth alive. The film had an original budget of £8,000, which was all of filmmaker Kate Madison's life savings, but through online fundraising received an additional £17,000, bringing the total up to £25,000. Directed by Kate Madison, and written by Paula DiSante (as "Alex K. Aldridge"), the original idea formed in 2003 when Kate Madison wanted to send a film to a Tolkien Fan Film Exhibition. However, from a small spark the idea grew into a hugely ambitious project. 

In April 2006, a test shoot was completed filming a collection of scenes and a teaser trailer produced. Principal photography started in July 2008 and continued throughout 2008 and 2009. The film was released on December 1, 2009. By the end of 2017, the film had been viewed just under 42 million times on YouTube.


Arathorn (Christopher Dane)

A scattered people, the descendants of storied sea kings of the ancient West, struggle to survive in a lonely wilderness as a dark force relentlessly bends its will toward their destruction. Yet amidst these valiant, desperate people, hope remains. A royal house endures unbroken from father to son.

Near the end of the Third Age of Middle-earth, the power of Sauron was great, and few things were more important to him than the destruction of the Dúnedain and the ruining of the line of kings. The opening scene begins with a ragged group of travelers besieged by Orcs, who are swiftly rescued by a small group of rangers led by Arathorn. The refugees are taken to Taurdal, the village of Arathorn's father, Arador. Arador begins his campaign against the gathering orc bands in the north, and sends Arathorn to find the motive behind these attacks; the Orcs were definitely working for Sauron, but their true motive was unknown.

Arathorn discovers that they are searching for the Ring of Barahir, and therefore the royal bloodline. Arathorn and Gilraen fall deeply in love, and win Arador's blessing, but Arathorn is too timid to ask Gilraen's father for his daughter's hand. Eventually he overcomes his fear, begs for her hand in marriage (which is given reluctantly), and the two are married. A year later, when journeying through the Coldfells, Arador is killed by a Troll, making Arathorn the chieftain of the Dúnedain. In this year, Aragorn, son of Arathorn, is brought into the world. Elladan and Elrohir arrive in Taurdal with news from Rivendell; Elrond knows that danger is drawing near, and asks that Gilraen and Aragorn be taken to Rivendell for safekeeping. Before a decision is reached, Orcs attack the village, and many are killed; in a pursuit against the orcs, Arathorn is mortally wounded. After his death, Gilraen takes her child, under the protection of Elladan and Elrohir, to Rivendell.

Behind the scenes

The film focuses on the lives and hardships of the Dúnedain of the North and their constant struggle to survive.

This hour-long original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by only a couple of paragraphs written by Tolkien in the appendices of the "Lord of the Rings" it follows Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people's history. The majority of the film was shot in the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk, England.

Forest scenes were done in Epping Forest, and much environmental shooting was done in Snowdonia National Park.

Differences between book and film

The film follows the books in many ways: Arador is killed by Trolls, Arathorn is chieftain only two years before being slain, etc. One difference, however, is that Tolkien specified that he was shot in the eye, whereas the film has him stabbed there with an arrow pulled from his chest. The change for the film seems to have been made for purposes of drama.

Sam and Matt Kennard as Elladan and Elrohir

Cast of characters


Since its release on the internet, Born of Hope has received world-wide attention for its impressive production values on such a low budget of £25,000.

Wendi Ide of The Times newspaper gave the film a 4 star review, ranking it higher than some of the Hollywood films also listed.



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Gebore van Hoop
Albanian Lindur nga Shpresa
Arabic ولد من الأمل
Armenian Ծնունդով հույսի
Azerbaijani Ümid doğulur
Basque Esperantza jaio zen
Belarusian Cyrillic Нарадзіўся надзеі
Bengali আশার জন্ম
Bosnian Rođen od nade
Bulgarian Cyrillic Роден на надеждата
Cambodian កំណើតនៃក្តីសង្ឃឹម
Catalan Nascut d'esperança
Cebuano Natawo sa paglaum
Chinese 希望诞生了
Croatian Rođenje nade
Czech Narodil z naděje
Danish Født af Håb
Dutch Geboren van Hoop
Esperanto Naskita de Espero
Estonian Sündinud lootuse
Faroese Føddur av Vón
Fijian Sucu ni Vakanuinui
Filipino Isinilang ng pag-asa
Finnish Toivon synty
French Né d'espoir
Frisian Berne fan Hope
Galician Nacido de esperanza
Georgian იმედის დაბადება
German Geboren aus Hoffnung
Greek Γεννημένος της Ελπίδας
Gujarati જન્મે છે આશા
Japanese 希望の生まれ
Haitian Creole Fèt de Espere
Hebrew נולד של תקווה
Hindi आशा का जन्म
Hungarian Született remény
Icelandic Fæddur af von
Indonesian Lahir harapan
Italian Nascita della speranza
Irish Gaelic Rugadh de dóchasach
Kannada ಭರವಸೆಯಿಂದ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ
Kazakh Үміт туды ? (Cyrillic) Ümit twdı ? (Latin)
Korean 희망의 탄생
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Үмүттүн туулган
Laotian ການເກີດຂອງຄວາມຫວັງ
Latvian Dzimis cerību
Lithuanian Gimė vilties
Luxembourgish Gebuer vum Hoffnung
Macedonian Cyrillic Роден од надеж
Malagasy Teraka ny Fanantenana
Malayalam പ്രത്യാശയുടെ ജനനം
Malaysian Lahir Dari Harapan
Maltese Twelid tat-tama
Marathi आशेचा जन्म
Mongolian Cyrillic Найдвараас төрсөн
Nepalese आशाको जन्म
Norwegian Født av Håp
Pashto د امید پیدا شوی
Persian تولد امید
Polish Zrodzony z Nadziei
Portuguese Nascido da esperança
Punjabi ਉਮੀਦ ਦਾ ਜਨਮ
Romanian Nascut de Speranta
Russian Рождение надежды
Scottish Gaelic Rugadh de Hòb
Serbian Рођен од наде (Cyrillic) Rođen od nade (Latin)
Sindhi اميد جي پيدائش
Sinhalese බලාපොරොත්තුවෙහි උපන්
Slovak Narodený z nádeje
Slovenian Rojen iz upanja
Somalian Dhashay ee Rayeyn
Spanish El Nacimiento de la Esperanza
Sudanese Dilahirkeun harepan
Swahili Kuzaliwa ya tumaini
Swedish Född av Hopp
Tahitian Fanauhia e te Tiaturiraa
Tajik Cyrillic Умеди таваллуд аст
Tamil நம்பிக்கையின் பிறப்பு
Telugu ఆశ యొక్క జననం
Thai เกิดจากความหวัง
Tongan Fa'ele'i 'o e 'amanaki lelei
Turkish Umudun Doğuşu
Ukrainian Cyrillic Народження надії
Urdu امید کی پیدائش
Uzbek Умиддан туғилган (Cyrillic) Umiddan tug'ilgan (Latin)
Vietnamese Sinh của hy vọng
Welsh Geni gobaith
Xhosa Kuzalwa kwethemba
Yiddish געבוירן פון האָפענונג

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