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The Shire

Oct 18 2013, 8:12pm

Post #1 of 53 (2443 views)
That Scene That Gives You Goosbumps! Can't Post

Hey Everyone!

So I thought I would put the feelers out there and see what everyones ultimate, favourite scenes are from any of the three films? You know the one that you really love and gives you goosebumps?!

Mine is only a small scene in Return of the King and does not take up much of the film at all, but it gets me each time! I am talking about when Gandalf rides out from Gondor on to the Pelennor with Pippin in tow, shining the bright light from his staff to sheild off the Nazgul from the Faramir and the soldiers of Gondor, after Osgiliath is over run.

I know it is slightly different from the book (Pippin does not ride out but watches from the walls as i am sure you all know) but i do believe PJ got it so right! Of course there are so many scenes that have such an effect !

So what are your faves?



Oct 18 2013, 11:04pm

Post #2 of 53 (1742 views)
Ride of the Rohirrim [In reply to] Can't Post

In Return of the King. It is my absolute favorite scene in all the movies. Although I really like the cave troll in the Fellowship as well!


Oct 19 2013, 12:41am

Post #3 of 53 (1777 views)
2 immediately come to mind [In reply to] Can't Post

The lighting of the Beacons - both the visuals and the music are stunning.

When Pippin sings "Home is Behind" - that pure voice over the scenes of Faramir riding out, goosebumps indeed.

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Oct 19 2013, 1:59am

Post #4 of 53 (1707 views)
Welcome OopsyDaisy! [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree with Mikah and Kim: the Ride of the Rohirrim and the Beacons. I love them both on soundtrack too.

Another one for me is when Aragorn is facing the Dead: Fight for us, and I shall hold your Oaths fulfilled.

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Oct 19 2013, 2:12am

Post #5 of 53 (1720 views)
So many to pick... [In reply to] Can't Post

Off the top of my head, I know of a couple:

Legolas and the Múmakil. To me, it's one of the best examples of CGI/live action integration in a film, ever. It's so incredible, and gives me such a 'rush'.

Ride of the Rohirrim. Specifically, I get major goosebumps at the end of the 'death' cry, as the sun breaks through the clouds on the horizon. Tears. Then, after breaking through the Orc army's line, there is a very wide shot of the Rohirrim driving through Orc ranks. Minas Tirith is in the background. The music swells to a major high. At that very moment, I'm (mentally) in another place.

So many more, though. But those come to mind.


Oct 19 2013, 2:31am

Post #6 of 53 (1705 views)
Mae govannon, Oopsydaisy! [In reply to] Can't Post

Three goosebump moments come to mind. First, when Boromir is hit with the first arrow, but refuses to die and keeps fighting. Second, when Boromir is hit with the second arrow, but refuses to die and keeps fighting. Anyone care to guess at number three?

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


Oct 19 2013, 5:20am

Post #7 of 53 (1697 views)
Oddly enough, I was thinking of this just the other day [In reply to] Can't Post

And the first scene that pops into my mind when I think of these films is the little scene in ROTK between Theoden and Eowyn, where Theoden tells her she shall "live to see these days renewed." I don't even remember if this conversation is in the books, but I think that little scene so perfectly encapsulates what is wonderful and beautiful and sad about this story. Just all that wonderful stuff about hope, life and death, rebirth and renewal and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. Gets me every time.

"In the beginning the Universe was created.This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Oct 19 2013, 9:19am

Post #8 of 53 (1667 views)
Mine [In reply to] Can't Post

Gandalf/Pippin talking about the West

Ride of the Rohirrim


Sauron's Fall

March of the Ents

Gimli blowing "Helm's Horn"

The Fellowship Shot

“A dragon is no idle fancy. Whatever may be his origins, in fact or invention, the dragon in legend is a potent creation of men’s imagination, richer in significance than his barrow is in gold.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Words of wisdom that should be remembered - both by critics, purists and anyone in between.


Oct 19 2013, 9:54am

Post #9 of 53 (1657 views)
So many to chose from! [In reply to] Can't Post

A few personal favourites are:

The Bridge of Khazad-dum sequence ending in Gandalf's fall.

The battle of Dagorlad.

Gandalf's speeches to Frodo on Bilbo's pity and to Pippin on death.

The collapse of Barad-dur.

And of course the obligatory Ride Of The Rohirrim!

Endor Dweller

Oct 19 2013, 12:51pm

Post #10 of 53 (1696 views)
Five goosebump moments [In reply to] Can't Post

In no particular order:
* The Lighting of the Beacons combined with the orchestration of the Gondor's theme
* The Ride of the Rohirrim combined with the orchestration of the Rohan theme
(also favourite moment in the book - '...but Théoden could not be overtaken. Fey he seemed, or the battle-fury of his fathers ran like new fire in his veins, and he was borne up on Snowmane like a god of old, even as Orome the Great in the battle of the Valar when the world was young.'
* Frodo and Sam near Orodruin - from 'Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo...' to 'Come on, Mr. Frodo, I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!' combined with the beautiful Sir James Galway's flute
* Gandalf in his cart arrives in Hobbiton
* 'For Frodo'

- Good morning.
- What do you mean? Do you mean to wish me a good morning, or do you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not? Or perhaps you mean to say that you feel good on this particular morning...or are you simply stating that this is a morning to be good on?

- Good evening.
- Yes, yes it is. Though I think it might rain later.

(This post was edited by Endor Dweller on Oct 19 2013, 12:54pm)


Oct 19 2013, 1:15pm

Post #11 of 53 (1665 views)
I really liked frodo in LotR - and the hobbits in general [In reply to] Can't Post

1. the scene where Frodo is in the shire right before Gandalf arrives - seems so peaceful and idyllic - then so happy when Frodo sees Gandalf - I feel like it needs explaining somehow because nothing crazy or dramatic happens but I find that scene haunting me in a good and peaceful sort of way
2. "Get off the road!"
3. Strider's intro at the Prancing Pony
4. Pippin's song in Denethor's halls
5. Bilbo flipping out in Rivendell

... or maybe it's something Tookish ...


Oct 19 2013, 2:19pm

Post #12 of 53 (1645 views)
Just one? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll give just a few to not overload things.

The Fellowship cresting the hill

You bow to know one.

Scenic scene when they first see the inside of Moria.

Meeting the Balrog

Beacons are lit

And a whole lot more.

(This post was edited by Elessar on Oct 19 2013, 2:21pm)

Eye's on Guard

Oct 19 2013, 5:49pm

Post #13 of 53 (1625 views)
Dawn breaking at Helm's Deep [In reply to] Can't Post

and Aragorn remembering: "Look to my coming, at first light, on the fifth day..."

I always think to myself, "Yes, yes, yes, guess who's coming!"

(This post was edited by Eye's on Guard on Oct 19 2013, 5:50pm)


Oct 19 2013, 7:16pm

Post #14 of 53 (1594 views)
Welcome to the forums, OopsyDaisy! [In reply to] Can't Post

"What say you?" (especially in the Theatrical Version) makes me shudder.

"What do you want, Gandalf Greyhame? Let me guess - they of Orthanc or perhaps the key of Barad-dûr itself along with the crowns of the seven kings and the rods of the five wizards!?" Spine-chilling music and the way the camera flies over the tower where Saruman is standing - in fact, that whole scene just made me go 'wow!'

Weathertop with the Ringwraiths. Oooh, I shudder just thinking about it.

....."Loyalty, Honor,
......A Willing Heart.
I can ask no more than that."

...... ~ Thorin Oakenshield


Oct 19 2013, 7:27pm

Post #15 of 53 (1616 views)
Ooooh, Strider in Bree... [In reply to] Can't Post

The pipe illuminating his eyes in that vacant corner of the Prancing Pony - oh, how I shiver just thinking about it!Smile

"Get off the road!" is another great one!

....."Loyalty, Honor,
......A Willing Heart.
I can ask no more than that."

...... ~ Thorin Oakenshield

The Shire

Oct 19 2013, 8:04pm

Post #16 of 53 (1590 views)
all amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

All of them are amazing! And now the more scenes people mention the more i love these films and tolkien! Also i would like to thank people for making me feel so welcome to TORn Smile

Ziggy Stardust

Oct 19 2013, 8:36pm

Post #17 of 53 (1582 views)
Good question [In reply to] Can't Post

For me, there are a lot of scenes. It's hard to pick one. From the Ride of the Rohirrim, to Pelennor Fields, Gandalf riding out with Pippin and shining the light, the beacons being lit, the Balrog chasing the Fellowship, and when the Ring is finally destroyed.


Oct 19 2013, 10:39pm

Post #18 of 53 (1593 views)
"The eagles are coming" [In reply to] Can't Post

and of course the ride of the Rohirrim, the beacons, and the reforging of Narsil.


Oct 20 2013, 3:15am

Post #19 of 53 (1563 views)
Grey Havens weren't mentioned and that did it for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

The End of All Things with Frodo and Sam... i whimper so much.

Ride of Rohirrim as many has mentioned.

Gandalf and Boromir's death scenes in FotR :*(

(and yes there are many more but those are the most goosebumps inducing scenes for me)

"By Elbereth and Luthien the fair, you shall have neither the Ring nor me!" ~Frodo

"And then Gandalf arose and bid all men rise, and they rose, and he said: 'Here is a last hail ere the feast endeth. Last but not least. For I name now those who shall not be forgotten and without whose valour nought else that was done would have availed; and I name before you all Frodo of the Shire and Samwise his servant. And the bards and the minstrels should give them new names: Bronwe athan Harthad and Harthad Uluithiad , Endurance beyond Hope and Hope Unquenchable.." ~Gandalf, The End of the Third Age , from The History of Middle Earth series


Oct 20 2013, 3:19am

Post #20 of 53 (1600 views)
Many other scenes I like better, but these give me the goosebumps... [In reply to] Can't Post

"You bow to no one." -Aragorn

"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for." -Sam

"But you're part of this world!" -Merry

Frodo's first face close-up shot (the "money shot")

Just as Gandalf is riding out of the stables with Pippin. The music in those few seconds is perfect!

Eomer's cry upon seeing the presumed dead Eowen

Pippin finding Merry after the battle

Frodo's scream just after taking off the ring after being stabbed by the Witch King

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise

(This post was edited by Nira on Oct 20 2013, 3:25am)

Tol Eressea

Oct 20 2013, 10:02am

Post #21 of 53 (1573 views)
Hey Oopsy Daisy [In reply to] Can't Post

Fun question Smile

From FotR, the fellowship's exit from Moria without Gandalf. The expressions of grief combined with the haunting music gets me every time. And that close up of Frodo...so moving. Also at the end when Frodo rescues Sam from drowning. And Sam's " Don't you leave him Samwise Gamgee. And I don't mean to. I don'tmean to." Always brings me to tears.

From TT, Elrond's speech to Arwen while showing her grieving over Aragorn's tomb is amazingly beautiful. Also Sam's "It's like in the great stories..." speech while intercutting the scenes from the other storylines.

From RotK, Frodo's look of despair and surrender while dangling over the lava and Sam pleading with him, "Don't let go. Don't you let go! Reach!" And then them clinging to each other "here at the end of all things. " But what may be my most goosebump inducing shot is Frodo being carried by the eagle. I think that scene is exquisite.

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


Oct 20 2013, 10:58pm

Post #22 of 53 (1530 views)
The Fellowship's reactions to Gandalf's fall - specifically, the haunting music that plays [In reply to] Can't Post

Beautifully done. In addition, someone mentioned Theoden's scenes with Eowyn, and I must concur. The one line that gives me the most goosebumps is when Eowyn asks him what other duties he would have her do if the battle goes ill, and he responds:

Duty? No... I would have you smile again, not grieve for those whose time has come. You shall live to see these days renewed. No more despair.

(This post was edited by thomasofrohan on Oct 20 2013, 10:59pm)


Oct 21 2013, 2:36pm

Post #23 of 53 (1513 views)
5 goosebumps! [In reply to] Can't Post

FOTR - the Prologue.

TTT - the Prologue + Gandalf and the Rohirrim charge at Helm's Deep.

ROTK - The Lighting of the Beacons + The Ride of Rohirrim.

(This post was edited by elanor_thefair on Oct 21 2013, 2:36pm)

Misty Mountain Hop

Oct 21 2013, 5:42pm

Post #24 of 53 (1496 views)
All of these that have been mentioned are on the top of my list. [In reply to] Can't Post

But one that might not get a lot of attention is from ROTK and is one of my favorite images from the trilogy.

It's only a 3-4 seconds shot. Gandalf is sitting on a bench in what appears to be some sort of an alley way in Minas Tirith. It's just before the armies of Mordor are about to lay siege to the city.

He is just sitting there, staring at the ground, among random carts, containers and baskets, thinking deeply about what is happening. To me, it's so deep and emotional. All of this crazy end-of-the-world stuff is going on, and he is just sitting there, wondering what is going to happen next.

It's very sad, and gives me goosebumps every time I see it!

"Only, you've never done a hard day's work." - Merry


Oct 21 2013, 9:27pm

Post #25 of 53 (1466 views)
Couple from FOTR [In reply to] Can't Post

Both scenes are very close together

1. Boromir. I love Sean Bean as an actor and think he was perfect as Boromir. His final scene where there arrows go into him gives me goosebumps every time.

2. When Sam runs into the river when Frodo is trying to row across and he ends up nearly drowning before being pulled out by Frodo.

'What's the matter with you?' - J.R.R. Tolkien

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