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Most heartbreaking movie moment?
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Poll: Most heartbreaking movie moment?
Frodo and Sam (on their way to Bree) watching the Elves leave ME
Gandalf's fall to the Balrog (and the tears that ensued)
Boromir's death/redemption scene
Seeing the women and children hiding the caves of Helm's Deep
Haldir's death
Smeagol killing Deagol on the riverbank
Frodo sending Sam away, on the stairs of Cirith Ungol
King Theoden's death
Gollum's fall
Frodo's departure from ME at the Grey Havens
Another? Let's hear about it...
View Results (240 votes)


Apr 25 2012, 5:50pm

Post #1 of 42 (1887 views)
Most heartbreaking movie moment? Can't Post

We all know there are many emotional scenes in the movies, and some of these are just downright heartbreaking.

Which of these are the most heartbreaking for you? Multiple answers are permitted.

I'm sure there are other scenes I haven't included here. If there is another one you feel strongly about, I'd love to read about it...


(This post was edited by Nuradar on Apr 25 2012, 5:51pm)


Apr 25 2012, 5:59pm

Post #2 of 42 (1014 views)
I went for the Grey Havens and Frodo [In reply to] Can't Post

But I think the most hearbreaking moment, which you didn't mention, is Frodo and Sam on the rock waiting for they think will be the end. They have finished the quest, but now will die. That is heartbreaking


Apr 25 2012, 6:21pm

Post #3 of 42 (979 views)
Other: "I can carry you..." // [In reply to] Can't Post



Apr 25 2012, 6:36pm

Post #4 of 42 (955 views)
yes, I forgot that one [In reply to] Can't Post

Indeed DanielLB, that is truly a heartbreaking moment. Especially when Sam talks about marrying Rosie, and harvesting strawberries....very gutwrenching stuff. Thanks!


Apr 25 2012, 6:39pm

Post #5 of 42 (959 views)
very emotional [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks Elizabeth. That's truly an emotional moment, but personally, I don't consider it heartbreaking. I put it in the same realm of "My friends...you bow to noone." An emotional moment, but one of valour and inspriation. But I love that line, especially how Sean Astin delivers it; he almost seems angry he's so determined. Very awesome. Thanks!


Apr 25 2012, 6:39pm

Post #6 of 42 (965 views)
If I hadn't watched it so many times [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd probably blub like a baby Wink


Apr 25 2012, 7:02pm

Post #7 of 42 (1004 views)
This is a good question [In reply to] Can't Post

and I must admit, I was a little bit upset when Gandalf fell in Moria. If that didn't get me going then it was Boromir getting killed and if that didn't get me crying, it had to be Sam drowning in the next scene that made my tears come...

So my vote goes for Boromir's death and the Grey Havens.

Tol Eressea

Apr 25 2012, 8:51pm

Post #8 of 42 (967 views)
1. Boromir 2. Gandalf 3. Smeagol [In reply to] Can't Post

I dislike the Grey Havens scene in the movies. I love it in the book though.


Apr 25 2012, 8:54pm

Post #9 of 42 (944 views)
another one [In reply to] Can't Post

is when Gimli discovers Balins Tomb and that many of his fellows have been killed.


Apr 25 2012, 9:02pm

Post #10 of 42 (947 views)
"Don't go where I can't follow"// [In reply to] Can't Post


Aunt Dora Baggins

Apr 26 2012, 1:46am

Post #11 of 42 (956 views)
Little boys putting on armor at Helm's Deep. [In reply to] Can't Post

As a mom, that really gets me every time.


Apr 26 2012, 11:34am

Post #12 of 42 (954 views)
I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the most heartbreaking for me is Boromir's death, also. Gandalf's fall is made less so because we know he'll return is Gandalf the White. The Grey Havens is a close second for me though. Thanks!


Apr 26 2012, 11:35am

Post #13 of 42 (901 views)
Nice. [In reply to] Can't Post

Why do you dislike the Grey Havens scene?

For me, I still can't be comfortable with the fact that Frodo leaves. I understand he's not the same person he was before the quest, but to leave your home, your best friends, and your way of life still doesn't make sense to me. I hope that one day I'll understand that.

Thanks Faenoriel.


Apr 26 2012, 11:36am

Post #14 of 42 (899 views)
Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

Excellent call Chopsta, that is indeed a very sad moment. Thanks!!


Apr 26 2012, 11:40am

Post #15 of 42 (934 views)
oooooooh [In reply to] Can't Post

that's a good one Nightingale! Excellent line - very heartbreaking for sure. Thanks!!!


Apr 26 2012, 11:41am

Post #16 of 42 (912 views)
Oh my, how did I miss that one? [In reply to] Can't Post

You're right Aunt Dora, that is truly a gut wrenching moment, seeing those 12-year-old boys putting on chainmail and armor and grabbing swords that are probably too heavy for them to swing. Brutal.

Thanks for bringing that to our attention, excellent!


Apr 26 2012, 11:51am

Post #17 of 42 (942 views)
Also [In reply to] Can't Post

the bit where the soldiers are leaving Minas Tirith for the final assault on Osgiliath (?), and all of the women are giving them flowers and crying. Reminds me of a funeral procession somehow.


Apr 26 2012, 1:33pm

Post #18 of 42 (940 views)
Yes, nice one. [In reply to] Can't Post

Faramir is so darn brave in that scene, it's hard not to get choked up. Especially when they're on the field advancing toward Osgiliath and he raises his sword and yells "charge!". Goosebumps.

Grey Havens

Apr 26 2012, 5:14pm

Post #19 of 42 (1000 views)
The Rohirrim mother sending her kids away during the village raid... [In reply to] Can't Post

... and their reunion at Helm's Deep. Talk about bravery - a mom trusting her kids to whatever may come because there's no other way, and then finding each other again. Gets me every time.

Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2012, 9:43pm

Post #20 of 42 (920 views)
Because it's just not sad enough for me [In reply to] Can't Post

The logic part of my brain says it's supposed to be sad, because these characters aren't going to see each other ever again, and then they cry. But the emotional part of my brain gets nothing. For some reason it doesn't feel sad. Actually it looks kind of cheesy.

Plus I'm bothered by the design of the Grey Havens. I'd want to see the Sea, the horizon. But the city could aswell be on the shores of a lake nested between mountains.

The scene being all golden and rosy doesn't help it - they went for that colour palette to invoke the feeling of exotic harbours taking you to somewhere else, but IMO it doesn't work. The Grey Havens should be grey, dim, and rainy. It's both the place of death and rebirth, but in the context of the story, it should mainly be a place of figurative death; farewells, loss and silence. We're trapped on the shores of Middle-Earth, and everything that is ancient, good, wise and beautiful is sailing away from us, while we helplessly watch.

Of course, this is all only how I feel about it.

Tol Eressea

Apr 28 2012, 6:46am

Post #21 of 42 (897 views)
This is going to be a long post [In reply to] Can't Post

Listing scenes chronologically that bring a big lump to my throat (*) /make me cry like a baby(**):

*Gandalf's fall , more specifically, the reaction of the Fellowship to his fall.

**Boromir's death and redemption as well as the taking of Pippen and Merry by the Uruks.

**Sam following Frodo, nearly drowning, being saved, and his "Don't you leave him" speech.
*Eowyn believing that Aragorn had died, then seeing that he was alive but watching Legolas give him Arwen's necklace knowing that her love was unrequited.

*Yes, the boys preparing for battle, and I'm not even a mother.

**Frodo attacking Sam, putting the sword to his throat and Sam's, "Don't you know your old Sam?" with a tear running down his cheek. Frodo's dejection, "I can't do this", and Sam's stirring "It's like in the old stories" speech. Though it's uplifting, it comes when things seem so very bleak. I'm a mess every time I watch that.


*Faramir heading out to battle to try to earn his father's approval.

*Sam finally admitting that there will probably not be a return journey.

*Theoden's death and Eowyn's mourning.

*Eomere finding Eowyn, thinking she is dead.

**Frodo dangling over the lava with a look of exhausted resignation in his eyes and Sam's cry of "Don't you let go! Reach!!!"

**Sam and Frodo on the rock.

**Grey Havens, mostly because it's the end of the films and I know there's no more to come.


Apr 28 2012, 6:54am

Post #22 of 42 (897 views)
Good list [In reply to] Can't Post

Will have to agree with you here zarabia. They are all heartbreaking scenes


Apr 28 2012, 12:05pm

Post #23 of 42 (933 views)
I rate heartbreaking based on how much I bawl my eyes out during the scene so... [In reply to] Can't Post

...mine are when Boromir dies and gets his send-off, when Theoden dies, when Frodo and Gandalf leave ME, and (last but certainly not least) when the Rohirrim charge across the Pelennor (although they're mostly tears of joy at the awesomeness of that scene!)


Apr 28 2012, 5:57pm

Post #24 of 42 (922 views)
I picked Frodo at the Grey Havens but.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Arwen has many tearjerkers as well. The scene with Elrond where he asks if he is in her heart....the visual of Arwen standing by Aragorn's tomb with Rivendell in ruins in the background always gets me....Arwen's vision of her son is another one.....but I sob like a 6 year old at the Grey Havens when Frodo says goodbye to the Hobbits Frown


Apr 29 2012, 4:41pm

Post #25 of 42 (946 views)
The one where I sobbed uncontrollably [In reply to] Can't Post

was Frodo's departure at the Havens. I was completely lost in the sadness.

But among others that hit me very hard are

Gandalf's fall and the Fellowship's devastation.
Theoden's death
*wups... here come the tears*
Boromir's death

and not on your list

Eomer's cries when he finds Eowyn at Pelennor
Frodo and Sam above the lava flow remembering the Shire
Arwen at the visions of 1) Elessar's death & 2) Eldarion and Elessar

There are others... but these come to my mind first. Now I need to console myself with some ice cream *snifffle* or hug my kitty FeBea.

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