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The Last of the Fey


Apr 30 2013, 3:34pm

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1. What did you think of the switching back and forth between the intense action scenes of Helm's Deep and the Ent-paced moments with Merry and Pippin?

Very nice. The pauses let the audience catch their breath so they don’t get exhausted from continuous action. Plus it allows the battle to leap forward over various stages of the fighting so the action doesn’t drag. Finally, it does give a new burst of adrenaline each time the film explodes with action as it returns to Helm’s Deep. Basically rather than by a slowly ascending slope, the climax builds through a series of steps.

2. If you first watched the films way back when they were first released, and you watch them again now, do you have the same or different opinion now as you did then of the Entmoot scenes and/or Helm's Deep and/or the way they were interwoven?

Each time I can see more parallels, like with the Gandalf/Theoden debate watched by the passionate Aragorn and the eating/drinking distracted Gimli versus the Treebeard/Ent debate watched by the passionate Merry and the clueless Pippin.

And of course this is setting up the parallel moments of realization and resolve of the two leaders, where Theoden leads a seemingly suicidal last charge of the Rohirrim, and Treebeard leads a seemingly suicidal last march of the Ents. Very nice!

3. What does the contrast in settings and action (Helms Deep vs Entmoot) say about the overall battle to save Middle-earth?

The Entmoot is the last glimpse of Faerie we’ll have in the films. After this it’s all the World of Men. A really sad moment though we don’t realize it yet. Even though it ends in victory, there’s far more loss here than we realize at first. After this Man is truly on his own.

4. Although Merry and Pippin don't look or act to us anything like Orcs, to the Ents there is a possibility they are little Orcs. What reason(s) would they have for thinking this?

Proud daddy Grishnákh took his two kids out in the woods for some hide and seek play that, as often happens with orcs, spiraled a bit out of control. The question is, where is Momma Grishnákh to call for a stop whenever the roughhousing turns murderous?

The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.”

Subject User Time
SCOD - Meanwhile, back at the Entmoot Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Apr 29 2013, 1:44pm
    I grew less interested in the Entmoot scene Nuradar Send a private message to Nuradar Apr 29 2013, 5:34pm
        Surprisingly, when I watched TTT Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Apr 30 2013, 12:59pm
    hmmm...ah...well... batik Send a private message to batik Apr 29 2013, 10:06pm
        The battle scenes Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Apr 30 2013, 1:13pm
    Entmooting going on... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 30 2013, 12:24am
        The ongoing battle Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Apr 30 2013, 1:41pm
    It's always rather jarring to me, One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Apr 30 2013, 3:14pm
        Decisions made from behind a desk Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme May 2 2013, 12:38pm
    The Last of the Fey Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Apr 30 2013, 3:34pm
        Orc toddlers Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme May 2 2013, 1:01pm
    :) hehe Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb May 4 2013, 5:28pm


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