The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
reviewed Monica Hurd
Utúlie'n aurë! Aiya Eldalië ar Atanatári,
|The first of J.R.R. Tolkien's Trilogy, The Fellowship Of The Ring, will
premier this December in movie theatres across the globe to be followed over the next two
years by The Two Towers and Return of the King. The year-long promotion of
the movie has made it one of the most anticipated openings in some time. By looking at the
trailers, I think the Lord of the Rings movie is well deserving of the anticipation by
movie-goers and will be jolly good fun. The movie, filmed in New Zealand, is exactly how I
pictured Tolkiens world to myself.
Previous efforts to make these movies have failed because of the lack of technology. Having overcome the technological hurdle, it is the actors and scripts that will make or break this film. One complaint I have of the movie is that Arwen, who doesnt appear until the last book of the Trilogy, is made into a "warrior princess" for the movie. This slight deviation from the book imputes more romance into the movie than is present in the books. Ah well, one cant have everything. Otherwise, the costumes, makeup, and settings look great!
I encourage you to take the time to read the book
before viewing the movie so you can recognize the differences in the story. J.R.R. Tolkien
was a wonderful writer. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is sometimes considered
Tolkiens best work. It consists of The Hobbit (the introduction to the
trilogy) followed by The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and the
conclusion: The Return of the King. He delved with his books where no man has
Tolkien created a world of his own in which dwelled Hobbits, Men, Elves, Orks, Trolls, Ents, Dragons and all manner of beautiful things. His favorites were the Hobbits he considered himself one of them. They were comfortable creatures, caring little for the world around them and much for the comforts near at hand. "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or it: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." (The Hobbit)
Hobbits like to wear bright colors and tend toward plumpness as they enjoy more then several meals a day. Like Tolkien, Hobbits enjoyed smoking pipes, sending smoke rings hovering fitfully over the Shire. The Shire is a small country with rows of holes that small, round, green doors filled surrounded by well-tilled fields and gardens - especially gardens. Outside the Shire and across the Lonely Mountains lies the dark forest, Mirkwood, the green fields of Rohan, and the White Tower of Gondor. Past these protectors lies the bare waste and mires of Mordor.
In The Hobbit the One Ring is discovered by the burglar-hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. He didnt want to be a burglar, mind you, but how can you refuse twelve impatient dwarves? This seemingly innocent ring was gold, lacking in all adornments, but strangely perfect.
Bilbo, a small, luxury-loving hobbit, had accomplished his mission of
capturing the One Ring. But Bilbo didnt realize exactly what was in his custody.
While in possession of the Ring, he continued to live as he had. He didnt seem to
grow old, he just felt
stretched, as he put it.