The One That Went There and Back Again.

Holy smokes, did you know the first The Lord of the Rings movie came out ten years ago? (I'll pause, so you can angst over how old you feel...)

(... done? Okay. Moving on.)

I rewatched all three movies this weekend (because I have a rockin' social life), and, let me tell you, the movies are still visually magnificent. Aside from a few odd battle scenes, and Gollum here and there, the computer graphics are gorgeous and blend seamlessly with the scenery and living characters. I tend to prefer the scenes that you can tell ARE New Zealand, one of my favorites being the shot of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli tracking down the captured Merry and Pippin at the start of The Two Towers. Talk about an epic landscape:

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Speaking of that scene, Legolas' "THEY'RE TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD!" has emerged as one of my favorite lines to quote at random.

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Mostly thanks to the genius behind this masterpiece:

(That'll be stuck in your head for the next century--enjoy!)

On a more serious note, I've discovered that there are two moments in the trilogy that never fail to get me a little choked up. The first being at the Council of Elrond in Fellowship, when Frodo speaks up and says, "I will take the ring, though I do not know the way." It's pulled directly from the text, but the way Elijah Wood delivers it just KILLS me every time. It lends itself beautifully to establishing Frodo's courage and selflessness, and also puts into context how great of a sacrifice he's making to do this.

The OTHER scene is at Aragorn's coronation in the Return of the King, when the hobbits start to bow and he's all, "MY FRIENDS, YOU BOW TO NO ONE." AND THEN EVERYONE ELSE BOWS TO THEM AND THE UGLY TEARS START FALLING AND YOU'RE JUST LIKE, "THAT'S RIGHT, LITTLE HOBBITSES, YOU BOW TO NO ONE!" EVEN THOUGH YOU SWORE TO STOP GETTING SO EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED IN FANTASY FICTION AND FILMS.

(I also think the strong response might come from the fact that, after over three hours, the viewer AKA moi is emotionally exhausted and distressed she still has three more endings to go.)

Sooooo yeah. I spent my weekend in Middle Earth and did some writing and all that good stuff. What kind of adventures did you find yourselves in?