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In an effort to catch up on the parts of the film that haven't been discussed yet -- and to show that you can always post about anything at any time regardless of the monthly themes (*g*) -- I grabbed a few caps and some favorite lines from the first four scenes of Fellowship (originally part of the October 09 themes).

Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All

The world is changed.
I feel it in the water.
I feel it in the Earth.
I smell it in the air.
Much that once was is lost. For none now live who remember it.

I'm sure many will disagree, but I love the prologue, in no small way because it's Cate's glorious and powerful voice, the amazing control she has over it. I think it's a great introduction to the story. But mostly I love it for the language; some of my favorite lines come from this scene.

History became legend, legend became myth, and for two and a half thousand years, the Ring passed out of all knowledge.

Darkness crept back into the forest of the world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the east, whispers of a nameless fear, and the Ring of Power perceived.

Concerning Hobbits / The Shire / Very Old Friends

I find myself smiling throughout so many of the scenes in the Shire. There's such a lovely quality to them, to the idyllic landscape, to the hobbits themselves. And the Shire music, including the band at Bilbo's party, never fails to lift me, place me on those rolling hills with a gentle breeze on the air.

But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good tilled earth.

I love how the characters are introduced in these scenes. Gandalf's relationship with both Frodo and Bilbo is played out so well. And I think that the idea that the ring has begun to have some effect on Bilbo is portrayed nicely. Having it all end with the two old friends sitting out in the garden smoking their pipes is just beautiful.

a couple of screencaps )

The Muster

Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:40 am
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The one thing that immediately comes to mind when I think of the scene "Marhsalling at Dunharrow" is a little bit from the commentary: Dom having difficulty saying Rohan and Billy's infectious laughter. It's incredibly silly but cracks me up every time.

Since that by itself isn't something I wanted to post, I wrote a ficlet from the perspective of one of the men of the Mark.

Title: The Muster
Author: [livejournal.com profile] foxrafer
Characters: A man of Rohan
Rating: G
Word count: 172 words
Disclaimer: All make-believe and not written for financial gain; the characters belong to Tolkien
Warnings: None
Author's note: Written for "Marshalling at Dunharrow" (scene 29 from The Return of the King), one of the March 2010 themes at [livejournal.com profile] nzstories. This is a first-person narrative, written almost as a journal entry by one of the men. I hope the style isn't too weird.

The Muster
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I really can't say anything about this scene. Not because I don't love it; quite the contrary. You're going to think I'm an overemotional sap but just reading the transcript made me cry and trying to grab a few caps and hunt down a clip was just a bit much. So we'll just let the scene speak for itself. Please discuss, critique, laugh at my super sentimental self (*g*), whatever inspires.

Home is behind the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow, cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade

a few caps and a clip are behind the cut )
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All the seeds Gollum has been planting finally come to painful fruition in this scene and it kills me every time. Or to be super accurate Sam kills me every time. Such frustration, rage, desperation and anguish. While it may not be the first time I had tears in my eyes watching this movie, I think it was the first time they started to fall.

What to say about this scene? )
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I know the wargs are featured much more prominently in a later scene but I have a feeling I'll be too busy getting excited about Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli and the horses and the fighting and the special effects and all the action *takes a deep breath* to want to actually talk about the wargs themselves. And since they are mentioned here now seems like a good time. *g*

cut for possible book spoilers (The Hobbit and LotR) )
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There is nothing I don't love about this scene. To start with the purely superficial, I could look at Viggo and Miranda for days and not get bored. As Philippa says in the commentary: this is a "spunky Aragorn" scene and I highly approve! :-)

A Shieldmaiden of Rohan )
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For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarfin and his house.
The Silmarillion, chapter 19: "Of Beren and LĂșthien"

"And yet he bore a strange ring. Two serpents with emerald eyes. One devouring, the other crowned with golden flowers."
GrĂ­ma Wormtongue; The Two Towers

His cloth was poor. And yet he bore a strange ring. )
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The first time I read the book, I spent a great deal of time keeping track of the timeline (because it was so different than the film), writing down favorite lines (both ones from the movie and new ones from the book) and making note of differences between the two. I think I really read it only for enjoyment the second time through because I turned the first reading into some kind of strange project. :-)

Watching this scene reminds me of two of the biggest differences between them: cut for book spoilers )
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In this scene we're introduced to one of the characters that has a huge impact on the Fellowship. The leader of Saruman's Uruk-hai, bred for one purpose and I think leaves an enormous impression on all who see the films.

Lurtz )
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The trees are strong, my Lord. Their roots go deep.

Rip them all down!

A few thoughts and screencaps )
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For many years Return of the King was the only film I had seen in the theater and this was one of the scenes that completely blew me away. The majesty, the music, the meaning. Everything was stunning and gorgeous and made me very emotional. (Not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears.) Even now after hearing the jokes the cast and crew made on the commentaries (all of which make me laugh) I'm still incredibly moved by the lighting of the beacons.

Source: The Lord of the Rings Image Library

I can't embed the video but the scene has been uploaded to youtube.
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