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Any Lord of the Rings fans?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Kylo Solo, Feb 14, 2017.

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Which LotR is your favorite?

  1. Fellowship of the Ring

    31 vote(s)
    43.1%
  2. The Two Towers

    18 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. Return of the King

    23 vote(s)
    31.9%
  1. Kylo Solo

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    Greetings Ladies and Gents, do we have any Lord of the Rings fans here in the Cantina? This thread is open to any and all things concerning the LotR trilogy.

    Come and join!
     
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    Fan here. I watch the trilogy every year and also read the books. Imo the LotR movies (especially RotK) are probably the most rewatchable films of all time (next to Star Wars ofc).
    I must've seen those at least 20 times and never get bored despite the 4+ hours run times (I always watch the director's cut)...
     
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    Greetings, General. I have only read the books once but have seen the movies countless times. The extended editions are the only way to watch the movies
     
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    Oh yes have the extend edition box set & watch it about once a year plus the extras on the edition are absolutely fantastic so much detail (why can't SW do something this good) voted for FotR because it just blew me away when it first came out.

    Also read the books when I was 10 which took me all summer
     
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    Big LotR fan here. I've read the books and watched the movies several times. My favorite part about these movies is the soundtrack.

    Have you ever watched all three LotR movies in a row at the cinema? 12 hours of awesomeness. One of the best cinema events I've ever taken part in.
     
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    I prefer the books, but I did really enjoy the movies, even more the extended versions.
    I miss Tom Bombadil though, but I can imagine that he wouldn't work on screen.
     
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    *Wants to admit he's a Lord of the Rings fan, but is scared of being jokingly slapped with an NZ stereotype, so he hides behind the screen* ;)
    He was in an early draft, but ultimately had to be cut, as he didn't fit the overarching structure/ pacing of the story. Peter Jackson said this was the hardest decision he made.
     
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    One of my biggest cinema-mistakes was missing out the LotR trilogy in theatres... I watched the first one after RotK's DVD release, as my friends hyped it. Ever since only one movie managed to impress me in the same way (Inception).
    I can imagine how incredible it must've been watching those movies in cinemas, especially in an era where big movie like LotR were a rarity. Probably like watching Star Wars in 1977.
     
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    The first time I got into LotR was when I read the books in a week while allegedly on work experience at school. I've revisited them several times over the years and can safely say that they hold my top spot in fantasy fiction in the same way that SW will also be my goto sci-fi.

    The movies were a true feat by Peter Jackson, brilliantly cast, visualised and executed with a clear love for the source material (and yes, I realise that means I'm including the bumped up Arwen role the cinematic versions had inserted). Even most of the effects work still stands up well at nearly 16yrs old*, which is more than can be said for some in other films of a similar age.

    For all the love I have for the LotR trilogy though, I can't bring the same feeling for the Hobbit movies that followed. While mostly well cast again and utilising the amazing NZ landscapes, the story and pacing suffered horribly as there just wasn't enough to stretch it to a trilogy and in many cases the (even more abundant) CG seemed to predate the older films.

    *I'm not including the high, distanced shot of Fellowship running through the pillars of Moria in that as it always looked daft ;)

    I didn't get the chance to do the back-to-back at the cinema, but some friends of mine and I do marathon the extended trilogy when we have our annual 'geekend' on the May Bank Holiday every year.
     
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    The film adaptations are a trilogy. The Lord of the Rings is a single long book typically published in three parts. ;)

    Though yes, I am a fan of both.
     
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    Aw, those were the years! My mother, brother and I watched every movie on the opening night in the massive theater with 3.500 seats with the largest group of geeks.
    The cheering alone during some scenes was like being at the stadium.

    We all loved the book, but the movies were something special, mainly because hardly anyone believed that they could be done. You could see the immense love the entire country poured into those films, I wish Peter Jackson was given the same time for Hobbit too without being forced to divide the book it in three movies.

    I recently found my old movie magazines including the entire Empire Magazine dedicated to LotR in special slip cover. I remember hunting anything about the movies while in production. the excitement of the first released pictures and waiting for December for the new movie to be released. Rings the bell, right? :D
     
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    I think most of us feel the same way. I've seen them at premiere days and while I really enjoyed the first one (mostly because of the brilliant score) the 2nd and the 3rd one utterly dissapointed me. I feel absolutely no desire to rewatch them ever.

    "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
    Peter Jackson somehow managed to redo the exact same mistakes as Geroge Lucas (although unlike the PT, the Hobbit movies are well acted and well cast). His overuse of CGI itself was nearly enough to deem the movies unwatchable to me. Compared to the brilliant LotR battle scenes, the Hobbit ones are videogame cutscenes imo...
    Although the source material is not really interesting either compared to LotR. It a short kids story, not an epic trilogy. I think even a better paced (maybe two part) adaptaion would've been maximum good, but still not even close to LotR.
    I just can't get invested in the intermezzo-like tale of the dwarves, when we know what is going to follow it. And the movies failed to make the characters interesting enough to make up for the lack of great story imo.
     
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    You nailed it there - I'd never thought of it quite like that, but that's about the best parallel to draw.
     
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    I forgot to mention the absolutely brilliant soundtracks.

     
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    I'm a big Tolkien fan.

    I believe J.R.R.T. and George Lucas, and their epic creations, compare wonderfully as they both tap into mythical, mystical, and metaphorical themes which will continue to relate to us, illuminate and allow us to explore our "human condition," and speak with depth and eloquence, as do the poetic works of Shakespeare, "not of an age but for all time" (to quote Ben Johnson).

    I was immediately reminded of Gandalf the White (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Gandalf#Gandalf_the_White) when I saw Luke Skywalker finally appear at the end of Episode VII.

    Gandalf being the archetypal wizard, the Arthurian Merlin of his world, to draw upon yet another incredibly relevant storyline rich with lore to our beloved Star Wars saga.

    So many of the Hobbit and LOTR story elements juxtapose interestingly with corresponding aspects, themes, and character analogues in Star Wars.

    For example, I believe the One Ring (http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/One_Ring) compares well with both Star Wars quests for ultimate control (e.g. Palpatine/Emperor, the Death Star, Starkiller Base), as well as the perpetual temptation provoked by the prospect of "unlimited power" -- the lure of the Dark Side, the Sith, versus the Jedi, who compare somewhat with both the Wizards and Elves of Middle Earth.

    Sauron (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Sauron) and Saruman (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Saruman) compare in various ways with Palpatine and Vader.

    Smeagol (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Smeagol) shares aspects of both Anakin and Palpatine's respective delirious and self-consuming quests.

    Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Fellowship) finds a worthy counterpart in the Original Trilogy's team of Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2.

    The Prequel Trilogy's Jedi Council echoes many aspects of The Council of Elrond (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Council_of_Elrond).

    The Sequel Trilogy's Knights of Ren are, to me, instantly reminiscent of the Nazgul (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Nazg├╗l).

    Above all, in Tolkien's works we are treated to some of the finest and clearest examples of the Monomyth -- The Hero's Journey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero's_journey).

    Very exciting stuff!
     
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    Yeah I'm a fan also, thanks for setting up this thread.
     
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    Huge "Lord of the Rings" here.

    But i realize you are talking about the Lord of the Rings Movies, that's ok because they are wonderfull movies, sometimes they go as "Game of Thrones" TV Series witch is even better than the GoT books (i'm not into the POV narrative). THe LotR Movies are an amazing entertainment and deliver visual and sensorial overloads with a great story adaptation, the extended DVD editions are a true must have, and even the poor and confused "Hobbit" movies worth some casual viewings.

    But the work of JRR Tolkien is so much more than The Lord of the Rings, i consider LotR the perfect kids book because they blow young imagination beyond, and it's a story everybody love and understand, but LotR value is a little overestimated since it simply retell "Beowulf" story and mix some Norse Eddas and mythology elements, curiously Tolkien is the absolute "Beowulf" scholar with several academic works about it, in the end Tolkien is just another R Wagner retelling the Beowulf and the Ring of the Nibelungs sagas.

    FYI - Odin, or the old German Wotan, had a magic ring "Draupnir", created by the Dwarfs, who has the ability to produce other rings as required, Odin presented those rings sons to the men he wan't to control, the one who control the Draupnir controlled all the other ring bearers. (recognize some of this? Pay attention that this is a very very old tale).

    The super mega work of Tolkien is the Quenta Silmarillion and the other Silmarillion Books, those are superb literary feats, the creation of a world, a universe, in it's entire conception from a small group of old tales, it's an amazing book.

    But all the Lord of the Rings Movies are incredibly good and very fun to watch (i try to watch them at least a couple of times a year).
     
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    I read the Hobbit when I was a kid and saw the Rankin/Bass & Ralph Bakshi animated movies. Always loved them. I didn't read the LotR trilogy until a few months before Fellowship of the Ring came out in '01. I must have seen the Fellowship of the Ring at least 12 times in the theater (I had a lot of time on my hands ;)). I didn't watch the Two Towers or Return of the King that many times, but I do have the extended versions of all three. I've read the Silmarillion a handful of times and the Tolkien universe has been a major influence to my own writing endeavors. :)
     
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    I really love both the LOTR and the Hobbit trilogies.
     
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    I've watched all the films. I may have them on blu-ray but haven't watched them recently, they are always on TV, they are great films. I'm a huge fan of GoT though.
     
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