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: An Unexpected Journey

Bag End, as used in the Lord of the Rings films.

Bag End, as used in the Lord of the Rings films. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Main Title: Back to Middle Earth We Go!!

The deal: About half a century and a decade BEFORE the events of Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins is pushed into going on a huge journey with Gandalf and 13 Dwarves.

The “Who Came Back” Factor: Well, here’s the big lineup regarding that: Ian McKellen, Iam Holm, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee. and Elijah Wood have decided to come back and pick up their previous roles. No word yet on the other characters.

The Bilbo Baggins Factor: Well, this story IS all about Bilbo, of course, so they hired Martin Freeman to play the younger version of Bilbo. Ian Holm is the older version of Bilbo.

The Frodo Baggins Factor: Well, we all gotta consider that at some point in the story, Frodo HAD to ask Bilbo the big question-where did he get that ring, anyway?

The History Factor: A good part of the movie set the stage for what is to happen, such as the evil Smaug taking over the Lonely Mountain and chasing the Dwarves out and Thorin taking on an Orc by himself.

The “Please Do Not Feed the Trolls” Factor: Well, the trolls decided to turn everyone into mincemeat. Maybe by shining the bright light of truth upon the Internet trolls can we shut them up.

The Radagast Factor: He may be off his rocker, but he was right about one thing: there is evil afoot.

The Council Factor: Big heated debate dead ahead…

The “Please Do Not Feed the Orcs” Factor: Uh, the Orcs were very ugly. I’m going to leave it at that.

The One Ring Factor: Oh come on, people! It HAD to show up at some point in the movie! If Bilbo never found the ring, then there would be no “Lord of the Rings“!

The Gollum Factor: Uh, he had to be in this movie. *rolls eyes and shakes head at the naysayers*

The Big “I’m Gonna Kick Your Butt” Factor: Came for the adventures of Bilbo, but stayed for the fight between Thorin and Azog. Bilbo tries to beat up said Orc.

The “We Came So Far, Yet We Have So Far To Go” Factor: They look upon Eriador, where the Lonely Mountain is. And the movie cuts off right there. Gotta leave some stuff for the sequel.

Yay or Nay?: Yay! What an excellent way to kick off the prequel to Lord of the Rings! I highly recommend that you see this movie NOW!

Rating: *****

The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King

Cover of "The Lord of the Rings: The Retu...

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Name of Movie: The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (2003)

Director: Peter Jackson

Year Released: December 17, 2003

Summary: Here is the conclusion to the highly successful LOTR movies. As Sauron’s forces get stronger and stronger, Aragorn, Theoden, and their armies struggle to fight him off and saved the beleaguered country of Gondor, which is failing and its steward, Lord Denethor, has gone mad. It’s now all up to Frodo Baggins to get to Mount Doom to throw away the evil ring before Sauron gets it back and Middle Earth is destroyed!

My review: After nearly 8 years since the movie was released in theaters, I’m still blown away by how it all played out.

My recommendation: You’d be a fool NOT to see this movie!!

My rating: *****

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: *****

Nightlight: Parody of Twilight by the Harvard Lampoon

Bored of the Rings

Bored of the Rings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warning: Any attempt to actually understand this book will result in just flat-out laughter!

Nightlight is a spoof of the popular vampire romance novel Twilight, and the book was written by the Harvard Lampoon, which has been responsible for such uproarious spoofs as Bored of the Rings (a spoof of the Lord of the Rings), the Barry Trotter series (which pokes fun at Harry Potter), and Doon (which is a send-up of Frank Herbert‘s 1965 science fiction novel Dune).

Here’s the summary, which comes from a very reliable source (or in this case, from ME):

A super boring, klutzy girl named Belle Goose leaves her home (and mother) to go live with her father in Switchblade, Oregon. But then something happens; she meets this guy called Edwart Mullen, and he’s the weirdest guy she’s ever seen! He’s a genius who doesn’t like girls, and yet he saves Belle from getting flattened by a giant snowball. Belle discovers that Edwart is a vampire and she will stop at NOTHING to become his eternal bride.

My recommendations: I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Twilight (or hates it, thought I can’t see why you would hate it, as the series is actually quite good) and has a sense of humor.

My review: I say that the book is absolutely funny and quite enjoyable, because I’ve haven’t read a book that poked fun at vampires until I saw this book at Borders during holiday shopping and I knew I had to get it. Being a fan of Twilight and and yet enjoying the spoofs that resulted helps too.

My vote: *****