AN EPIC TALE FILLED WITH MOMENTS WE’LL NEVER FORGET
This is by far the toughest edition of the All Time Best Countdown I’ve ever produced. How can you possibly decide on 10 moments from such a beloved series? Step one: Start with a top 10 from each film. This is Part 1 of a 4 part series where we countdown the most memorable moments from an incredible film. A masterpiece.
It begins with The Fellowship of the Ring.
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HONORABLE MENTION: Demon Bilbo
10. THE BIRTH OF LURTZ
The ghastly manner in which fighting Uruk Hai are ‘born’ is simultaneously fascinating and disgusting. Surrounded by mud, filth and a layer or two of slime, Lurtz emerges and promptly kills an Orc with his bare hands.
The entire sequence on Weathertop is phenomenal. Frodo’s first encounter with the Witch King and the rest of the nine is trumped only by Aragorn’s fiery assault on them.
8. THE WATCHER IN THE WATER
A fantastic creature that lurks in the waters outside Moria. A great moment that forces the fellowship into the mine where far greater threats live.
7. HORSE TIDAL WAVE
From a pure visual effects perspective, this sequence must have extremely difficult to pull off. Thankfully, they pulled it off and the resulting scene is absolutely stunning.
6. THE CAVE TROLL
“They have a cave Troll”
Hey! Pippin! Try not to knock skeletons into wells causing enough noise to alert evil of your presence next time please…
5. I WILL TAKE IT / FELLOWSHIP
The moment that sets the entire saga in motion. The Ringbearer steps forward and volunteers to take the ring to the worst place imaginable knowing full well it could cost him his life. Gandalf’s reaction is incredible.
4. ARAGORN VS LURTZ / MY KING
What do you think is going through Aragorn’s head when he stabs Lurtz in the gut only to have him pull the sword even deeper?
“Easy tough guy. I just cut off your arm, you aren’t fooling anyone. PS: Also… Say goodbye to your head.”
Of course, the awesome battle between Aragorn & Lurtz leads to the most emotional moment in the entire film. Boromir’s death.
“Behold the great realm and dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf”
Epic. It doesn’t get much bigger than Dwarrodelf. An incredible image in a film OVERFLOWING with incredible images. (I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the brilliance of the Argonaths as well.)
2. BOROMIR PIERCED BY MANY
Fighting through one arrow is one thing… But four? Boromir most definitely shows his quality as he fights off arrow after arrow in order to defend the Hobbits. His courage is easily one of the best moments of the entire series.
1. YOU SHALL NOT PASS
This stunning confrontation is a classic LOTR moment and by far my favorite moment of Fellowship.
In my opinion, the Balrog of Morgoth is one of the coolest monsters in movie history. Beyond the amazing visuals, this moment also boasts one of the most quoted and easily recognizable lines from the series.
Gandalf vs Balrog… Amazing.