gandalf

33. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
34. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
35. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Here is the trailer for The Fellowship of the Ring.

[youtube VIgkpEgCV-I]

Here is the trailer for The Two Towers.

[youtube yBNSOdEjtZs]

Here is the trailer for The Return of the King.

[youtube atKEVOpFL5Q]

(Spoiler alert for all 3 movies.) I recently attended a 3-week event, where on 3 consecutive Tuesdays, my husband and I went to see the extended versions of all 3 LOTR films on the big screen!  I was excited for this as I had never had the chance to see either of the first 2 films in the theater, I didn’t see The Fellowship of the Ring until the middle of 2003, as my husband owned the extended version DVD.  I loved it and bought up the extended version of The Two Towers later that year when it came out, and then saw The Return of the King in the theater when it came out.  I was really excited for this opportunity to see all 3 movies the way they were intended.

The Fellowship.

The Fellowship of the Ring introduces us to Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, Men and other beasts. We meet a hobbit named Frodo who has ended up in possession of a magic ring, later determined to be a tool of great power, created by the Dark Lord Sauron, a complete tool himself.  Sauron had been defeated long before, but his essence remained intact, allowing for his return.  Gandalf has suspicions about the ring and after some research, realizes that it is indeed, The One Ring.  He sends Frodo to meet with a gathering in Rivendell, and soon enough, a Fellowship is formed to journey with Frodo to Mordor, the realm of Sauron, to destroy the One Ring.  By the end of the film, Gandalf has died due to his inability to locate a fire extinguisher, and the Fellowship has been broken into 3 factions.

Hmm, Haldir. So hot.

The Two Towers continues the journey, a story now split up into the 3 factions—Sam and Frodo; Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli; and Merry and Pippin.  While Sauron is still building his army and strength in Mordor, Saruman has created a massive army at Isengard, and plans to attack the realm of Rohan.  Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli are reunited with Gandalf, who has been reborn in some magical way, and Merry and Pippin are left with Treebeard, the giant walking and talking tree, to presumably just chill out.  Sam and Frodo have encountered the creature named Gollum, and Frodo has brought him on as a freelance tour guide into Mordor. There’s a lot of walking and running, a big giant battle scene, and an obvious lack of a real ending – which makes sense given that this is the 2nd of 3 films.

This image pretty much sums up the third film.

The Return of the King is SUPER LONG, especially the extended cut which comes in at something like 4 hours and 20 minutes.  At the beginning, the now larger group traveling with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli joins back up with Merry and Pippin, retrieve a Palantir, which is sort of like a weird Middle Earth version of Skype, and head back to Edoras to basically sit around and wait for things to happen.  Sam and Frodo are still walking to Mordor with Gollum, and Frodo is going mad because the ring is sucking him into its vortex of evil.

There is more walking, horseback riding, a big spider, 1.3 giant battles, and about 16 endings.

I really love these movies, even though I wrote snarky recaps.  While I didn’t see them the first time that they were in theaters, because I probably had attitude about fantasy movies, but once I saw the first one, I was totally in.  The theatrical showings were part of the buildup to the launch of the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray set.  All 3 movies were remastered to make them look and sound even better for home viewing.  I can’t recommend these DVDs enough—the movies are indeed great, and the special features on these discs are also fantastic.

The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray set is available for $69.99 from Amazon.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }