Skip to comments.Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual
Posted on 12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST by dagogo redux
Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage.
I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very deeply devoted to our faiths, but we both also find a special sort of inspiration from these movies that speak to us powerfully in these times. So that they won't grow stale, we limit them to a once a year viewing. We're not sure how they will fit in with events next year.
Just posting to stimulate discussion from others for whom these tales and movies might have left an influence in these dark times.
Oh my goodness ... my wife and I do the exact same thing!!!! Usually extended cuts aren’t as good, but these are marvelous!
I think that is awesome you do this too. = )
ALL my battle flags will proudly proclaim "FOR FRODO!"
Our family does this every November and then spend the next 11 months talking about what great movies these are and quoting our favorite lines.
My wife doesn’t like these movies. Ummmm, could I borrow....
What’s the difference with the “extended version”?
I’ve been reading and re-reading the books for about 25 years now, and while I enjoyed the Peter Jackson version, I didn’t enjoy it enough to pay for any DVDs.
Does the extended version include scenes not in the film? If so, can you give us a brief rundown of the added scenes?
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it’s worth fighting for.
Us too. One son can quote most of the movie. The other has become jaded after he read the books and saw the differences between them and the movie.
How wonderful that you have such a tradition!
The trilogy is such a message and rallying cry, isn’t it?
Added scenes: Age of Aragorn, Finding the food at Isengard by the hobbits, death of Saramon, Confronting the Mouth of Saron, Merry and Pippin drinking water at Fangorn Forest, Dialogue with White Gandalf, Scene of the brothers Farmir and Boromer with their Father, Denathor. Ones thought of off the top of my head.
My sons Frodo, Merry, and Samwise, my daughter Éowyn, and my wife Galadriel and I watch it once a week.
...The movies are fine, but, I prefer to read JRR’s work from time to time.
I enjoy reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy every couple of years. The movies were so well done they should be watched again and again.
Too much was added to run through all the differences, but they are enormous.
First the choppiness of seeing three movies, each a year apart, as it was originally released, makes it all hang together so much better.
Then, all the material - all the scenes and parts of scenes that makes the story gel and make sense - all the material cut out to make the movies stand as normal-length features - all that is put back in. The movie just flows now, it lives, it breathes, it makes sense.
The extended edition also contains wonderful behind-the-scenes stuff about the creation of the film. That sort of stuff usually bores the heck out of me, but having seen it once - the first year we watched it - has really helped me appreciate the artistry and vision that went into recreating Tolkien’s story in this film version.
I’ve no problem, or course, if anyone sticks with the books - they are the source, the original texts, and dear to me; but to dismiss the movie after having merely watched the standard theatrical releases years apart or even altogether in one sitting is to have missed something truly worthwhile, IMO.
Either way, I’m happy for your love of the books.
Also the scene where Aragorn orders the pirates to surrender, at the threat of force.
Pirates: HAHA! You and what army??
Aragorn: (whispering) *This* army.
Then the ghost army charges ...
I think there’s about 1 1/2 hours of footage not in the film if I’m adding in my head correctly.
The making of the film, which they go into in the extended DVD, is nearly as good as the film. These guys broke new ground in special effects.
We’re actually watching it right now, I got the blu-ray version today
Precisely. Thanks. It moves me deeply every time I hear it, as does this great scene:
Gamling: Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.
Theoden: No. We cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.
I'm thinking that after Wodehouse, I'll do Tolkien via audiobook. I first read the print books back in the late 60s, and then again about ten years ago. This time I may audio-read the LOTR books . . . then watch the LOTR movies, the extended version . . . then read the Hobbit book . . . and then be ready for the Hobbit movie when it comes out.
The extended versions are SO MUCH better than the theatrical releases. The extended and added scenes make all the difference in the world, and they make The Two Towers so so much better than it was in the theater.
Truly, if you are a fan of these films, treat yourself to the extended editions.
The unabridged cd audio production of the LotRs from Recorded Books, Inc. narrated by Rob Inglis is really great, as is their unabridged The Hobbit, with the same narrator. The books are read without becoming too melodramatic, so the story and not the production is what you notice. I am just now listening to The Return of the King on my second time through the set. Personally, I believe Tolkien meant these stories to be read aloud over many evenings by the fireside, not chopped up and served in movies. Movies kill the imagination of an audience. Listen to Tolkien sometime - he built those sentences to be read aloud.
While different venues for these great stories each have much to offer, I think you are right.
For me, it is similar with Fagle’s translation of the Iliad - it truly needs to be read aloud to get the full impact. It’s true with much that is written well.
My wife hates to read, but loves to hear me read - I think I will read these books aloud to her. Thanks for sparking that idea!
That's exactly the kind of suggestion I'm looking for. I want to know what are excellent, unabridged, audiobook readings of LOTR and the Hobbit.
I've been impressed by how much an excellent narrator can do, just using his voice, to enhance the enjoyment of a book. I listened to Patrick Tull do all the Aubrey/Maturin books, and now I'm listening to Jonathan Cecil do as much P. G. Wodehouse as I can find, and these guys do a great job!
The third movie was good, but the shaky cams in the battle scenes bothered my eyes and then there were the multitude of endings while I was fighting my own internal struggle with a 64 oz Diet Coke.
I’m doing my fifth or sixth rereading of the Harry Potter series and have the last two movies from Netflix. I know there are anti-HP people on Freepers so flame away but it has led me back to Jane Austin, Dickens, and Shakespeare.
Just received the blue-ray version for Christmas... 15 discs! My older extended versions were 2 discs each (total 6 discs), but each movie is on one disc, front and back. In the blue-ray version each movie is in 2 parts on two discs. I’ve seen each of the movies a dozen times, but there is so much content on the blue-ray discs (storyline production, behind the scenes, etc.) that it will keep me occupied the entire winter!
Became a Tolkien fan after seeing Fellowship when it was first released. Devoured all of the books and consider Tolkien one of the best writers of all times. His descriptions of scenery are pure magic, not to mention that he was able to create entire worlds including new languages!
I’ve been following Peter Jackson on FB and he has been giving updates from New Zealand on the progress of the Hobbit which will be out in about 330 or so days :) I can’t wait!
My son was given the assignment in his Speech class to re-enact a great speech. He chose to do that one. His teacher said that he did an excellent job :)
“Were actually watching it right now, I got the blu-ray version today”
I watch the blu-ray extended version every year; along with the blu-ray versions of Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Firefly and Serenity.
Thanks Dagogo redux!
Pinging a friend..
By the way, there are full cast audio play versions of LOTR:
LOTR (abridged, BBC): http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-BBC-Dramatization/dp/0553456539
LOTR - FOTR (NPR, abridged or not, I can’t tell, but I listened to an excellent American production that was abridged and I think this might be it): http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Part-Fellowship-Ring/dp/1565116674/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324957398&sr=1-2
The whole NPR set: http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Wood-Box-wood/dp/1565115503/ref=pd_sim_b_9
Hobbit (abridged, BBC): http://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-BBC-Dramatization-J-Tolkien/dp/1602834547/ref=pd_sim_b_1
BBC version of Hobbit, LOTR, and other works in one set: http://www.amazon.com/J-Tolkien-Collection-BBC-Dramatization/dp/1602836612/ref=pd_sim_b_24 I assume abridged!
I don’t want abridged, and I don’t want a full-cast drmatization. Those may be good, but they’re not what I’m looking for. I want unabridged, and with one narrator reading the whole thing. (He can change his voice for different characters, as Tull and Cecil do for the books I mentioned above.)
One reader to do them all.
Watching the Lord of the Nazgul break Gandalf’s staff and knock him on his a*s just before the horn of Rohan sounds.
Then you’ll definitely love Ingles (is that unabridged though?).
When I was a wee one, back in the mid to late 70’s, my aunt took her daughter, my brother and myself into her basement and read us “The Hobbit” .
We loved it and on my 10th birthday, my neighbor bought me the set and I read them. Dont remember too much about them, being 30 years ago but hubby has read the series once a year, for the past 20 some years.
I have the vhs tapes , the “normal” dvds, the extended dvd’s set with the appendices.
Now that last set......I’ve just about worn it out. Plus my now 5 year old is responsible for some of the scratches and one lost disc ( sigh ).
In fact, I wanted this set replaced for one of my Christmas gifts and since I didnt get it yesterday, I guess I’ll have to buy it for myself LOL
One of my all time favorites. And yes, it’s about time to watch them again.
Ohhhhhhhhh I cannot WAIT til The Hobbit is released.
Thanks for this thread ~
I checked on our county library website, and they have the audiobooks of Rob Inglis reading the Hobbit and LOTR, unabridged. This sounds like what I’m looking for, so I plan to embark on this project probably starting in mid-April (busy with other things till then).
Audiobook Read by Phil Dragash and edited, and mixed, sound-effected, and designed. Music by Howard Shore for the Films by New Line Cinema.
I have not watched my extended BD yet and this week may be the best time to do it.
I like the LOTR but every so often I want to watch the 1967 Russian version of WAR AND PEACE, followed by Dino de Laurentus’ WATERLOO on those cold winter nights.
But then I also like to watch EL CID smash the moslem moors in Spain.
The musical score by Mr. Shore is another huge plus for the film format, and another somewhat unnoticed area in which the full flow of the extended version shines. The inspiring leitmotifs create indelible felt experiences that weave throughout and bind together the various elements of the story. It couldn’t have been done better.
You’re welcome. I have enjoyed listening to it.
Firefly!!!! A show that should have never been cancelled!!
The first movie came out less than six months after the late Freeper MrConfettiMan found out he had cancer. This was his favorite line:
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.
I don't know where I saw it, but there was a feature about one scene in particular in the movies. Frodo and Sam were supposed to push a boat in the water, so divers had gone in to scour the river floor to make sure there was no debris because the actors were barefoot. However, when they started filming, Sean Astin walked a few feet into the water and got a look on his face that alerted everyone that something was wrong. The divers had missed a piece of glass, and it had impaled Sean's foot. He had to be flown to a medical center.
I can't watch that scene without picturing--feeling--the glass piercing Sean's foot. Oh, well. I liked the books better anyway. It's about time to read them again.
I also watch the movies again in the darkest part of the year. The extended versions improve what is already wonderful material.