Friday, September 08, 2006

Lord of the Rings

After failing miserably at watching LOTR a few years back (I fell asleep both times), Randy and I finally watched the triology over this past week, finishing up late last night with "Return of the King". I really liked the movies' plots, but at the end I just wished they'd all stop fighting and get over it. I didn't want to see any more orcs get their heads smashed off, and I was tired of Frodo and his attitude. Sam had to have a lot of patience to put up with a whiny, lazy brat like Frodo. I just wanted the hobbits to get back to the Shire, Gollum to be dead, and for Liv Tyler to hook up with Stridor (and for Eowyn to back off of him- he's taken!!!!). Don't get me wrong- I liked the movies, but they were way too long I think. Plus, the only thing I keep on asking is why couldn't Gandolph's special eagle friend just take Frodo to the volcano and let him throw the ring off in the first place? I've never read the books, but is Frodo portrayed as an idiot as much as he is in the film?

9 comments:

JaredB said...

Heresy!

Just kidding. Frodo's actions are more understandable if you remember that he's constantly fighting the influence of the ring, which is so strong that normal (non-hobbit) people can't resist it, and it will even break down hobbits (like Golum) eventually.

The One and Only Bugg said...

Yeah- that's true. I'm wondering if I should try to tackle the actual books or just leave it at the movies.

Randy said...

Just leave it at the movies. There are better things to do with your time than read a story you already know, such as cook me some dinner. I'm hungry.

JaredB said...

We made Christian read the books before watching the movies, but he reads so fast that it was no big deal.

You probably aren't missing anything important; only really hardcore geeks would probably say that you were. Although I think there is a lot more in the books about the relationship between that Liv Tyler character (Arwen) and Aragorn, if you were into that part.

nathan stryker said...

i'm with you. it feels like from the middle of the first movie until the middle of the third, nothing happens. oh sure, there are battles and interesting characters and loads and loads of pining, but ultimately the characters are completely unchanged between those two points. oh, gandolph puts on a different color costume -- that's the big change.

nathan stryker said...

i'm with you. it feels like from the middle of the first movie until the middle of the third, nothing happens. oh sure, there are battles and interesting characters and loads and loads of pining, but ultimately the characters are completely unchanged between those two points. oh, gandolph puts on a different color costume -- that's the big change.

JaredB said...

I wouldn't say that; I think there's a lot of stuff that happens in the second movie that are the basis of some of the best parts of the story, I think.

If I had to rate them, the third one is definitely on the bottom of my list. I go back and forth between liking the first and the second one best.

Kristen said...

I have to say the second one is by far my favorite. Especially the introduction of the Ents.

Melanie said...

kristi,

I loved the books and movies, but I have some little things to tell you that might help...Frodo is not as whiney and mean to Sam in the books, they added that for the films (he doesn't EVER send Sam away). And sorry Jaredb, but there is ONLY a five sentence line about Arwen in the actual bookS, you have to read through the Indexes in order to find out more about their relationship, the filmmakers used the indexes and other tolkien writings to expand that storyline (but they also took great liberties), because there is no actual story about strider and arwen in the books Eowyn's love isn't so annoying, you kind of root for them.
They briefly show it, but the Hobbits do go back to the shire and that's a whole other story (that's why they cut it out of the movie).
Finally, if I remember this right, the Eagles, who are a great species (that can talk) refuse to get involved in "mans" affairs and leave it to the men of middle earth to sort out...after the ents and trees get involved the eagles to comeback and actually help in the last great battle (not the one in front of the black gate).
So i know this is long, but I had to explain a little bit about this story that I love so much. You don't have to read the books, but when you're done making Randy dinner, I suggest you flip through it, but remember Tolkien LOVED to describe things in detail!