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Favorite scenes from Lord of the Rings

I've got so much I need to do, but I'd really like to just chuck it all and go downstairs and watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I've been listening to the achingly-beautiful soundtrack while doing some online searching today, and I feel the yearning.

While it's difficult to choose a favorite scene, one of mine is the part where signal fire after signal fire roars to life as Minas Tirith calls to Rohan for aid (thanks to Pippin), and the music soars with hope. Théoden makes his decision:

Aragorn: The beacons of Minas Tirith! The beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid!

Théoden: And Rohan will answer! Muster the Rohirrim! Assemble the men at Dunharrow, as many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor… and war.


That bit always gets me.

Mind, this part in Fellowship always gets me, too (Sean Bean was terrific as Boromir!).

Boromir: Give them a moment, for pity's sake!

Aragorn: By nightfall these hills will be swarming with orcs! We must reach the woods of Lothlórien. Come, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, get them up. On your feet, Sam. Frodo? Frodo!


The performances by Sean Astin and particularly Elijah Wood -- his eyes, the loss of innocence in his eyes ... he is completely bereft -- never fail to blow me away.

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jasondemotte
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
I completely agree, especially Sean Bean as Borormir. It's a role that could have easily become unsympathatic in another actor's hands. "Well he betrays the group so I'll just play him as an ass and be done with it." Bean's performance, like the way he says "pity's sake!" gives Boromir a lot more layers.

And as for the soundtrack, the only two movies (well, franchises anyways) in recent years whose musical score I'd be interested in purchasing would be Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings.
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