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Why I Love Lord Of The Rings
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 complete set in one book, so you can follow the Fellowship right from Hobbiton to Mount Doom and back again.
The first part!
In which we get to know our heroes - all 9 of them ....plus some others of course!
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 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....
All 3 books, plus The Hobbit thrown in for good measure!
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 Book Covers
Pictures and LOTR of book covers. Also includes related illustrations and magazine covers.
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.
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.
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!"
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 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 theatrical edition boxed set (i.e. How you saw them in the cinema/movie theatre)
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:
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?
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.
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!
It's a guide to the movie.
Now that's official!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Have just received this game in the post.
I'm now looking forward to a LOTR themed Easter!
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
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.
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.
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!