The Long-Lasting Significance Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy | The Huffington Post

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen reflect on the 15th anniversary of “Fellowship.”

Source: The Long-Lasting Significance Of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Trilogy | The Huffington Post

Believe it or not, it’s been 15 years since “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” made its debut in theaters. At that time, I had recently turned 18 years old and my friends and I drove out to the theaters in Salinas to see it. Well, let’s say my mind was blown away, making me into a Tolkien fan.

(Well, I admit I haven’t read the books until 2002, but that’s a given.)

Anyway, this article talks about how “The Lord of the Rings” managed to transcend time and gain fans, people who would never consider tackling J.R.R. Tolkien’s biggest work. (Plus, there would have been no “Hobbit” movies if  “The Lord of the Rings” was never made, nor became as big as they were.)

But as the comments imply, “The Lord of the Rings” is still the best. In a world full of Harry Potters and dystopias, it’s nice to know that there’s still one movie people can return to again and again.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Contents of Game.

Contents of Game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. (c) Warner Bros

My review: I was moved by such a beautiful and heartbreaking movie; a great way to say goodbye to the world of Middle-Earth. (unless they do “The Silmarillion“, of course) Thank you for the movies, Peter Jackson!

My recommendation: I highly recommend that you watch this movie, and that’s an order!

Spearwood Academy One by A.S. Oren Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1-5 (The Spearwood Academy Series) by A.S. Oren

Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1-5 (The Spearwood Academy Series)Spearwood Academy One: Episodes 1-5 by A.S. Oren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the mix of reality and fantasy in this story, and it is a work of fantasy worthy to be called a ‘classic’ some day.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

Cover of "The Hobbit"

Cover of The Hobbit

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.(c) WB

My review: Once again, I was very impressed by the movie. The cartoon, in my opinion, falls utterly flat when compared to the impressiveness of Peter Jackson’s movie. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug is truly terrifying. However, I wasn’t too impressed with Orlando Bloom as Legolas (which was a shames, as I liked Legolas in the Lord of the Rings). Anyway, I was very impressed by this movie.

My recommendation: I highly recommend that you see this movie NOW!!!

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

Cover of "The Hobbit"

Cover of The Hobbit

Intro: Years before he wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings“, J. R. R. Tolkein had been writing a series of myths for Middle Earth. He died before he could publish the story, but his son Christopher finished the series and published more works written by his father.

Summary: In the days BEFORE “Lord of the Rings”, Iluvatar had shaped the Heavens and the Earth…but Morgoth went and screwed things up. This is a story about how he screwed up everything Iluvatar had made, with the Elvestrying to stop him and innocent humans caught in the middle.

My review: Once again, this is an example of wonderful classic writng, which leads to a great story and why I love LOTR so much.

My recommendation: So if you loved Lord of the Rings and you want to know more about Tolkien and the world he created, then read this book.

My rating: *****

Bored of the Rings (A spoof of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings) by the Harvard Lampoon

Bored of the Rings

Bored of the Rings (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

This book was written nearly 40 years ago by the Harvard Lampoon and it’s just a twisted, all-in-one spoof of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings. Written during the height of the 1960’s, when the book just became larger than life, this tale follows a bogie and his gardener as they leave home to (you guessed it) destroy an evil ring and save the world.

My Review: This book was the most hilarious spoof of LOTR I ever read!

My recommendation: Anyone who loves LOTR should read this book.

My rating: *****