In honour of Peter Jackson’s imminent return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, we at Cinetropolis would like to celebrate his earlier modern classic set in that world, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. It is a benchmark fantasy saga, surely destined to be as well loved as Star Wars. Our classic moments are in the order they appear throughout the films (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, The Return Of The King) to save having to choose which is the most “precious” (yes, I went there). Here, therefore, are twenty one classic moments from the saga of “One ring to rule them all..”
21. The Black Riders hunt the Hobbits on the road
The black riders are a bloody terrifying presence here, far more scary on horseback than riding their winged beasts later. All of nature slows and stills in their evil presence. As Frodo and company huddle in the tree’s roots, the foul creature sniffs the air..
20. Strider’s entrance
Having left the safety of the Shire, the world of men in the village of Bree is a strange and unsettling one for the Hobbits. Watching them from the corner of The Prancing Pony Inn is a mysterious Ranger called Strider, who soon reveals himself as Gandalf’s intermediary, and their protector, Aragorn. “Are you frightened?” he asks of Frodo. “Not nearly frightened enough. I know what it is that hunts you.”
19. Saruman vs Gandalf
While Gandalf visits fellow wizard Saruman at his tower Orthanc, he realises he has been seduced by evil and allied himself to Sauron. They duel with sorcery, their staffs as magic weapons, flinging each other across the obsidian floor, before Gandalf is imprisoned high atop Orthanc’s roof.
18. At Rivendell Forge
Elf maiden Arwen races the Ringwraiths to get the gravely ill Frodo to Rivendell. Facing off against them across the Ford , she sends them packing with a wave summoned by Elven magic. Not before luring them into the water with a taunt: “If you want him, come and claim him!”
17. The Bridge at Khazad-Dum
Another stand off. Here fleeing the Orc infested Mines Of Moria, the Fellowship are harassed by the fearsome Balrog, made up of roiling flame and smoke. Blocking the giant demons way across the thin strip of the bridge, Gandalf cries out “You. Shall not. Pass!”
16. Galadriel is offered the Ring
In the safety of Rivendell, Frodo innocently offers the Ring to Galadriel to keep safe. She seems tempted, and transforms into a terrifyingly cold beauty, describing how under her stewardship, “All shall love me and despair!” before recovering herself and passing on the offer. “I pass the test,” she smiles.
15. Boromir’s death at Amon Hen
The moment when the Fellowship fractures. Boromir, tempted by the Ring’s power, causes Frodo to flee. Ashamed at his weakness he comes to the other Hobbits aid as Lurtz and his Uruk-hai intercept the band. As Lurtz fires arrow after arrow into Boromir, who stands Cuchullain – like against the horde, Aragorn races to the rescue, too late to save him, but delivering a killing blow to Lurtz. “I would have followed you, my brother,” Boromir tells Aragorn, acknowledging him now as the true King of Gondor. “My Captain.. my King.”
14. Eomir and the Rohirrim surround the Fellowship
Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas have decided, now Frodo and Sam have gone on alone to destroy the Ring, to “hunt some Orc” and rescue Merry and Pippin. Following the trail into the horse-lords realm, they ask news of a band of Rohirrim, who surround them, suspicious of Saruman’s spies at large. A spectacular feat of cavalry-ship, a small taster of the grand spectacle to come.
13. Gollum vs Smeagul
A brilliant scene, the first taste of how performance capture can convincingly showcase a performance with emotional truth. Gollum’s better nature, Smeagul, is slowly battered into submission by his nasty, greedy, evil Ring-corrupted other half.
12. Wormtongue taunts Eowyn
In Meduseld at Edoras, King Theoden’s corrupt advisor Grima comes upon Eowyn grieving for the King’s son. Long having wanted her, the film-makers cleverly give him a speech from Gandalf that plays as a seduction of sorts. “Oh but you are alone. Who knows what you have spoken to the bitter watches of the night, when all your life seems to shrink, the walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in? So fair, yet so cold, like a morning of pale spring still clinging to Winter’s chill.”
Almost taken in, she recovers and spits “Your words are poison!”
11. “I release you”
Gandalf (now the White), Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas arrive at Edoras to knock some sense into King Theoden, sorely needed in the fight against Sauron. Realising Saruman has cast an enchantment upon him, Gandalf casts aside his disguise and proceeds to draw the poison from his old ally.
10. Get Leggy With It
The second of the Legolas “Leggy” moments in the trilogy. Escorting refugees to Helm’s Deep, the heroes are ambushed by Orcs upon Wargs. Picking a few scouts off with his bow, Legolas turns and mounts a horse on the gallup in one smooth (CGI) move. Awesome.
9. Sam’s encouragement to Frodo
Faced with another setback, it’s Sam’s simple plucky obstinacy that gets Frodo back on track to be rid of the Ring.
“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 will 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. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
8. Gandalf drives back the Nazgul
As Faramir and his men abandon Osgiliath and flee across the Pelennor Fields back to Minas Tirith, they are harassed by flying Nazgul. Gandalf rides out and cast a blinding light from his staff, driving the fell-beasts away. All captured in glorious wide shot.
7. Lighting the beacons
Pippin is sent to light the beacon at Minas Tirith, triggering a chain of watch beacons ending back at Edoras. “Gondor calls,” Aragorn pleads. After a beat, King Theoden replies “And Rohan answers.” Yeess!!
6. The Journey doesn’t end here
When it looks bleak at the siege of Minas Tirith, Pippin is given consolation of a sort by Gandalf. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass…And then you see it… white shores… and beyond… a far green country under a swift sunrise.”
“That’s not so bad,” Pippin replies, not altogether convincingly!
5. The battle of Pelennor Fields
A bit of a cheat, this one. There are so many brilliant moments within this momentous battle – King Theoden’s rousing war cry, the charge of the Rohirrim, the attack of the Mummakil, Aragorn’s army of the dead – and of course Legolas taking down two Mummakil, to Gimli’s annoyance – “That still only counts as one!”
4. “I am no man!”
Taking one moment aside from the overall battle, Eowyn’s take down of the Witch King is a great punch the air moment. “No man can kill me, ” he sneers. Tossing aside her flimsy disguise, Eowyn snaps ““I am no man!” before stabbing him through what presumably is still his face.
3. Aragorn’s Henry V moment
With the siege now broken, Aragorn rallies his forces to the Black Gate, to assist Frodo and Sam, and delivers this stirring speech:
“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, men of the West!”
2. Frodo and Gollum at Mount Doom
Frodo is about to pitch the Ring into the fiery depths, when he seems to change his mind, seduced by it. But then Gollum snatches it from him, and they tussle, until Gollum regains his precious, and falls with it in bliss to his death, and its destruction. Frodo is free at last.
1. How it should have ended
Aragorn is crowned rightful King of Gondor, he and Arwen are reunited and he snogs the face off her. And the Hobbits get a lump in the throat tribute. “My friends, ” Aragorn says, “You bow to no-one.” He then leads everyone in bowing before the plucky halflings. A quick epilogue after this would have sufficed, but hey ho. Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye…
Originally posted 2012-12-01 11:16:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter