I had read one of the books and, while I was impressed, I knew next to nothing about the rest of the series. And honestly? Lord of the Rings? That sounds Satanic. There’s only one God. And as far as I know, jewelry is not something He concerns Himself with.
For another thing…if my cousins liked it? Scary. They are invigorated, not horrified, by gore. I, on the other hand, like the Sound of Music, probably for the exact same reason my cousins hate it – no gore. None. Throw a whole platoon of soldiers in there, make them chase after the Von Trapps, and not even so much as a nose bleed? Masterful. Throw a gun into the mix, add a shaking Rolf, and a calm, cool, and collected Captain Von Trapp? Nope. Still nothin’.
Just as movies should be. (Although, to be perfectly honest, some fight scenes are…cool. Don’t hate me, ladies. I have three brothers.)
But, back to Lord of the Rings – I was…impressed. Very. With intricate plots, rich characters, and vast landscaping, these movies could have been horrific in the wrong hands. Instead, even the purists have to grudgingly admit that they are okay. (The rest of us leap around the room shouting, “Yes! Yes!”).
I was most struck by the loving care devoted to showing the close relationships so many of the characters shared. For one…I love Sam. He’s solid. Ever encouraging. And loyal to the death. He literally saves Frodo’s life, his sanity, and his reason for living. And he has the most amazing quotes.
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.”
The other characters are amazingly cool as well. There’s Gimli, who’s so macho he’s almost weirdly cool, and Aragorn, who’s so cool it’s cliche.
But for the cool of the cool – pick an elf. Every time. Legolas is the epitome of cool.
Nuf’ said. So tell me, who’s your favorite Lord of the Rings character? And why??