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Why I Love Lord Of The Rings

Updated on December 19, 2013

I Love Lord Of The Rings Because...

This article explains why I love Lord of the Rings so much.

The Lord of the Rings (LOTR for short in this lens), is my favourite book of all time and for so many different reasons.

I love LOTR: I love the books, and I love the movies and games that have been inspired by them (more on them later).

It inspires me!

There, I said it.

In fact, the reason I am writing this lens is that I was digging around in the loft the other week and found a box.

It felt fairly heavy, but I didn't know what was in it.

I got it down and when we looked inside, I found a set of old board games which I used to play in my teens.

One of those games was an obscure I.C.E. Game called "Fellowship of the Ring", based of course on my beloved books.

My son and I immediately got to work on the rules and although it's pretty complicated, we worked out how to play it and had a great time.

I will put some more details about the games later on, but for now ...on with the show!

Picture: my very own Lord of the Rings book box set by me.

One Book To Rule Them All

The Real Thing

As I said above LOTR (the book) is my favourite of all time.

"But why?", I hear you cry.

Well, I'm glad you asked me that.

I love the story.

I love the themes.

I love the epic scale, the feeling that you are reading about history in the making (even if it is a made up history!).

It has sentimental value for me: my granny bought me my first all-in-one copy when I was about 10 and I've never been the same since!

I'll explore some more of these topics in future posts.

Lord of the Rings Books

My first copy was in one volume and was a gift to me by my granny.

The pages were paper thin (pun intended), but it had great artwork on the front,

I have kept it safe for many years, even though I have bought a separate box set in three parts.

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

The complete set in one book, so you can follow the Fellowship right from Hobbiton to Mount Doom and back again.

 
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

The first part!

In which we get to know our heroes - all 9 of them ....plus some others of course!

 
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings

The second part!

Chronicles the breaking of the fellowship and one of my favourite battles: the siege of Helm's Deep.

The thing I really like is how part 1 only follows one group of characters and you are left thinking "but what happened to Frodo and Sam?" - Something that doesn't come across in the films due to chopping from one scene to the next.

 
The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings
The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings

The conclusion to the trilogy in which the bad guys get their come-uppance and the good guys live happily ever after ...well, more or less....

 

Friendship - At The Heart Of LOTR

One of my favourite aspects of LOTR is that of friendship.

It's a theme that runs throughout the books and has been modelled fairly well in the movies too.

Frodo and Sam are the obvious examples here.

Sam, with his down-to-earth optimism, honour, steadfast loyalty and courage is badly needed by Frodo; more so as they reach the end of their quest.

These are qualities that I think are all to often missing in our modern world, as they are seen as "old fashioned".

Other characters are not left out of this equation either.

I can think of Merry and Pippin, Gimli and Legolas and even people like Beregond (the tower guard at Minas Tirith - sorry he's not in the movie!)

I have read that Tolkien was highly impressed by the character of the everyday soldiers during his time in the Trenches in WW1.

My understanding is that he based the character of Sam on these people and I think it shows!

Lord Of The Rings Book Covers

I came across this interesting site that shows pictures of all the book covers that have been used for Lord Of The Rings, from when it was first published, up until the present day.

I share it here for your interest.

Lord of the Rings Movies - Which version do you prefer?

There was a storm of fury on both sides of the Atlantic when Lord of the Rings was first released as a boxed set on Blu-ray and DVD.

Why?

Because it only included the "theatrical" versions of the movies, not the extended editions, and didn't have all the extras that many fans wanted.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

This movie was a revelation when I first saw it.

Reasonably true to the book, and certainly capturing the overall flavour of it, my first thought was "finally, someone managed to get it right!"

 
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Actually my favourite of the movie trilogy.

Why? Because it features the battle of Helm's Deep!

This is a scene I loved in the books and I think they got it just right here, from the build up through to the shout of victory.

My absolute favourite scene of the trilogy is here: where Theoden is asking his advisor "how did it come to this?" while he is being dressed in his armour....

 
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The conclusion of the trilogy, all wrapped up nicely.

My wife and I still blub every time we watch the ending (...er, I think that's me more than her *cough*) and I particularly like that the very last line of the film precisely matches the last line of the book:

Sam: "Well, I'm back."

 
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]

The extended edition boxed set (all the extra scenes that were cut from the big screen, added back in again)

 

I Love/Hate the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions

Do you love or hate the LOTR movie Extended Editions?

If so, then let us know why!

I think the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions are:

Fantastic!

Fantastic!

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    • Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @AmyLOrr: I think that's what I find too: one or two of the extended scenes are great, but with all of them in, it just feels like it loses its pace.

      Pity we can't have a version where we could pick and choose which scenes are included. ;)

    • AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      I love love loved the extended edition however I do wish I had a copy of the theatrical version as sometimes the extended is a little slow.

    • Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @hmommers: Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment

    • hmommers 4 years ago

      I love it because of the looking behind the screens

    • Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      haven't got it but would love :)

    • ideadesigns 4 years ago

      I don't have it but it's the one I'd get just to see the extra scenes.

    • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fantastic! The books are so rich with detail that the theatrical releases only captured essence but left so many nuances out. The extended editions gave Peter Jackson the opportunity to explore the supportive parts of Middle Earth more fully. He said he was trying to stay "Frodo-Centric" in the theater versions--the extended cuts move into the side stories, which I like.

    • Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Love them all!

    • Amy Fricano 4 years ago from WNY

      What else could they be? Read and re-read since high school. Love these.

    Pants!!

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      • Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

        @BunnyFabulous: I agree, it would have been good to see more of Saruman (I don't know why they skipped the scene from the Return of the King) and it would have been great to see the Scouring of the Shire too.

        On the other hand, it doesn't seem to stop me watching them every few weeks!

      • BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

        I like the theatrical versions better, but would have rather have seen them stick closer to the book.

      • Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

        Pants is probably too strong a word to be completely honest!

        However, IMO I prefer the original theatrical editions.

        I think they are better paced and generally "tighter" movies.

        I find the extended editions don't really add anything worthwhile, other than a couple of key scenes such which answer questions such as "where did Sam get the elven rope from?" And "so what happened to Saruman in the end?"

        I also, thought that Fellowship was kinder on Boromir in the Theatrical version: the Extended scenes seemed to make him a darker figure right from the start, which didn't feel true to the books.

      Poll: When Are You Going To See "The Hobbit" - The Long Awaited Movie

      So "The Hobbit" movie is out!

      Are you like me and can't wait to see it?

      Are you jumping up and down with excitement, or are you cool about it?

      Sadly, I don't think I am likely to get to it until the New Year (but there is always hope)!

      When will you go to see The Hobbit?

      See results

      The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

      These days it seems that movies are only out for 5 minutes before they appear on Blu ray or DVD.

      Well, now it's here ...Roll on December for the next installment!

      The first time I watched part 1, I was in shock as I thought they had changed it too much from the book.

      However, having watched it again with my kids, I enjoyed it a lot more second time round. Once you've accepted how they have linked it in with the LOTR movies (very cleverly, I might add), then it makes a lot more sense and is still a great story.

      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray)
      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray)

      I got this for Father's Day and I'm enjoying it so far.

      It's a little bit 'darker' than LOTR IMO but I will withhold judgement until I've watched it several times ...as I know I will!

       
      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

      It's a guide to the movie.

      Now that's official!

       
      The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Movie Poster 18"X27"
      The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Movie Poster 18"X27"

      Gandalf, my favourite (alongside Bilbo and all the dwarves, of course!)

       

      The Hobbit - Trailers

      If you really can't wait for the DVD to come out, watch the trailer to remind you how great the movie is!

      You can also see a sneak peak for movie number 2 - due out any day now.

      Lord of the Rings Video Games

      Here's a number of Xbox games that have been inspired by Lord of the Rings over the past few years.

      You may not be able to get some of these now, but it just shows how much interest there has been.

      LEGO Lord of the Rings - Xbox 360
      LEGO Lord of the Rings - Xbox 360

      Now available for a knock down price!

      I just ordered this one in the last couple of days, so I will report back when we have played it!

       
      Lord of the Rings: War in the North - Xbox 360
      Lord of the Rings: War in the North - Xbox 360

      Supposed to be good for theme/atmosphere.

      It's not about the "real" characters from the books, but you get a party of cool characters to play with, nonetheless.

       

      Lord Of The Rings Board Games

      Here's some other kinds of games around the Lord Of The Rings Theme.

      You wouldn't think there were so many different variations on the same thing, but there are and they all play differently!

      War of The Ring 2nd Edition
      War of The Ring 2nd Edition

      Supposed to be the ultimate representation of Tolkien's masterpiece in a board game.

      One player represents the Fellowship as they attempt to hold off Sauron's forces long enough to destroy the ring.

      The other player represents the Shadow as he tries to take over Middle Earth by force of arms, or better yet, find and corrupt the ring bearer.

      The game involves war (naturally), politics, hidden movement and card-play to turn the tables on your opponent.

      Not for those looking for a quick one-hour session!

      ***Edit***

      Have just received this game in the post.

      I'm now looking forward to a LOTR themed Easter!

      **Further edit**

      Played our first game this weekend and it was awesome!

      You can read more about it in my War of the Ring Board Game Review

       
      Lord of the Rings: The Board Game
      Lord of the Rings: The Board Game

      This is a great game by board game guru, Reiner Knizia.

      The game is unusual in that it is co-operative game where 2-5 players work together to try to get the ring to Mount Doom before they are all corrupted by its power - harder than it sounds!

      With brilliant artwork by John Howe, you're onto a winner with this one.

       
      The Hobbit Boardgame
      The Hobbit Boardgame

      A new release, timed to coincide with The Hobbit movie.

      Also by Reiner Knizia and once more featuring artwork by John Howe, it's already getting positive reviews from Amazon pundits.

       
      Middle Earth Quest
      Middle Earth Quest

      A different take on the genre, featuring the time period between Bilbo's birthday party and the ring's departure from the shire.

      One player plays as Sauron, while up to three other players try to thwart his evil schemes.

       

      Do you like the books?

      Do you love/hate the movies?

      Do you play the games?

      Why do you like, or not like them???

      Tell us, precious!

      What do you think?

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          Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @AmyLOrr: We saw the Desolation of Smaug when it came out - the kids loved it and so did I.

          Looking forward to the third film too.

          Thanks for dropping by.

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          AmyLOrr 3 years ago

          I love the books and I love the films. The characters are wonderful and there is so much depth to them if you dig a little. I cannot wait to see The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back again :D

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          Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @hobbity: Thanks for leaving a comment.

          Of course, I agree with everything you say.

          I've not listened to the audiobook, but have heard part of the BBC radio series (unless they are the same thing?) and that too was excellent.

          I think the strength of the source material is so good that it's almost impossible to go wrong with any adaptation.

          Middle Earth sure does rock.

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          hobbity 3 years ago

          I'm a big fan. I particularly love the fantasy genre but The Hobbit was one of the first fantasy books that I ever read - and then I was hooked. You're right about the friendship element in The Lord of the Rings. I really love the friendship between Sam and Frodo and also between Legolas and Gimli which is particularly touching since Dwarves and Elves have a lot of distrust and dislike between their races. It is hard to decide whether I prefer the book, audiobook or PJ movie versions because they each have their own merits. But Middle Earth rocks whichever way you swing it.

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          Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @Meganhere: Ha ha ha, you made me laugh!

          So you decided Matthew was better than Aragorn then? ;)

          Thanks for reading.

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          Meganhere 3 years ago

          Eighteen years ago, I wanted my unborn daughter to be called Arwen. 'She' became Matthew. That tells you everything you need to know about how much I love these books.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @Klaartje Loose: 5 editions? I thought I was doing well with 2!

          Thanks for reading.

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          Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

          I love the book and the movies, don't know anything of the games.

          For my brother this book is his 'one book to rule them all' too! I guess he has 5 different editions of the book...

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @Paladins: I agree with everything you said!

          Thanks for reading.

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          Paladins 4 years ago

          Tolkien was a master storyteller with a striking imagination. I have read the four books a few times and it is very easy to get caught up in the story. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the LOTR movies followed the books. Thanks for a great lens.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @SteveKaye: 45 years ago? Perhaps you should read them again? ;)

          Thanks for visiting!

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          I read the books - all of them - over 45 years ago. It's a fantastic story.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @jayavi: It sure is!

          Thanks for dropping by.

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          jayavi 4 years ago

          I like LOTR so much. its a great film. waiting for hobbit part 2.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @beaworkathomemom: Thanks for reading!

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @aesta1: Aren't we all? ;)

          Thanks for visiting!

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          beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

          Great lens! I also love LOTR. Great movie.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I am a fan of Lord of the Rings.

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          hmommers 4 years ago

          I love the books and the movies. Don't know the games, so I can't say anything about them!

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          hmommers 4 years ago

          I love the books and the movies. Don't know the games, so I can't say anything about them!

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @takkhisa: Me too!

          Thanks for dropping by.

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          I like the books, movies and the games :)

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          I like the books, movies and the games :)

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          I like the books, movies and the games :)

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          Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

          I love the books read them a very long time ago and would read them again :)

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @TheLittleCardShop: They're definitely worth a re-read! Thanks for visiting.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @RuralFloridaLiving: Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment: glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the encouragement too!

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          RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

          I love Lord of the Rings too, and enjoy all of the above ways to celebrate the work. Good article!

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          ideadesigns 4 years ago

          I loved the movies. If I had time to read, they would be on my bookshelf! Must watch every year at least. You've done an excellent review and I've learned much about LOTR!

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Love LOTR, love Tolkien. My parents bought me the LOTR Monopoly a few years ago at Christmas and it's officially my favorite board game ever. I'm adding your lens to my Nat'l Tolkien Week lens.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @greenspirit: Theme updated: I thought a literary theme would be best, although I was torn between that and a movie theme!

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          Mickie Goad 4 years ago

          I read the books when I was in high school then rediscovered the stories when the movies came out. Love the movies.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @BunnyFabulous: Yes, I've finally persuaded my kids to let me read it to them.

          We've only just started so it may take us a while!

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @greenspirit: That's an excellent idea: I will look into it.

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          BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

          I love the books. I'm re-reading the trilogy now for about the 4th time. The movies are gorgeous, but I don't think they were as true to the books as they could've been.

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          poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

          Grew up with the books, and was surprised to find I liked the films as well. How about finding a more LOTR's theme to go on this page. (just my thought)

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @anonymous: Ah, I remember now.

          That was a real bargain then with 3 games in 1 box, especially as you're still playing it!

          I've not played the Battle for Middle Earth games, as I'm not normally much good at RTS + I moved over to XBox a few years ago so don't keep track of PC games these days (although I think Battle for Middle Earth 2 is available on XBox - perhaps I should give it a try anyway?)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @Tim Bader: Yes it actually had three different games in one box. Gondor, Sauron and War of the Ring. I have the battle for middle earth pc game installed on my computer as we speak. Very good game and one i play often.

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @anonymous: When Tom comes I'll tell him!

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @Amy Fricano: Yep, I would certainly agree with you.

          I have come across people who just don't 'get' fantasy though (and hence don't get LOTR either): I think they're missing out, but we're all different.

          Thanks for leaving a comment!

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          Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

          @anonymous: Hi Steve! Thanks for leaving a comment!

          Ah yes, fond memories indeed. I looked up SSI War of the Ring on BoardGameGeek (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2228/war-of-the... and the memories came flooding back! A classic.

          The one I particularly remember playing with you was the seige of Minas Tirith: was that part of War of the Ring too?

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          Amy Fricano 4 years ago from WNY

          How could you not?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: That should have been tim, lol.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Hi Tom,

          Lord of the rings has a very special place in my heart too. The books I have read many times. The films are some of my all time favourite also. I booked my ticket at the cinema the other day for The hobbit coming out in December.

          I still have the ssi classic game THe war of the ring. I recall you and me playing that a few times when we were young. Great fond memories.

          T