Aragorn the Elfstone
Sep 18 2017, 4:43pm
In many ways, I feel about the whole trilogy the way you describe FotR.
And, yet, one can't deny the singular power that FotR itself has. It was the first, and probably continues to send chills down my spine in a way that's wholly unique.
There's a double edged sword aspect to the experience of these films, and FotR in particular. I've felt similar obsessiveness toward other films and television shows in the years that followed, but never have I been able to replicate that feeling of my body and soul being overwhelmed and, in the best possible way, taken prisoner. Never has there been anything else that has made my heart so glad, so overjoyed.
In truth, I don't think the feeling's been replicated, because that place in my soul is still - and, perhaps, always will be - reserved for The Lord of the Rings.
When I think of sitting in that theater on December 19, 2001, and hearing those first words out of the darkness (and the eerie majesty of Howard Shore's opening notes), I still, after all these years, feel overcome with so many emotions.
I've written at length before about how I feel LotR came along for me at just the perfect time. I became exposed to Tolkien not a year and a half before the release of FotR, at a most formative time in my youth. It's difficult to imagine myself without this great love. Without it, there would be a great hole in my heart, I think.
I've never been able to exemplify this feeling more than by recalling how I found myself awash with tears after finishing the final page of The Return of the King, for the first time, all those years back. It wasn't, as a friend of mine glibly suggested at the time, that I was sad to not have any more of the book(s) to read. It was rather something that dernwyn more accurately wrote back in 2010, the first time I described my experience:
You have discerned from afar the air of Númenor; you have passed through Lothlórien, and returned not unchanged, and a part of you will forever walk amidst the flowers of Cerin Amroth. Your heart feels a "firm foothold" in the Shire.
And you have experienced the tears that are the very wine of blessedness.
It's a feeling that returns every time I return to the opening moments of FotR in the dark of my living room, or set my headphones upon my ears to listen to those enchanting opening notes of Howard Shore's music. Or anytime I open the pages of the good Professor's book.
Or anytime I just think about Middle-earth.
"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that."
- Viggo Mortensen
(This post was edited by Aragorn the Elfstone on Sep 18 2017, 4:45pm)