THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS
“The board is set… The pieces are moving.”
We arrive at last to the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and part 3 of my LOTR Moments Countdown. Winner of 11 Academy Awards and easily the most difficult to narrow down to 10 moments. Where do these classics rank in the entire trilogy? Stay tuned for the 4th and final part of this series! The Return of the King
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10. ROHAN ARRIVES
Just when all hope is lost, Rohan arrives and absolutely decimates the Orc lines… Then Mumakil’s arrive and all hope is lost again… It was nice while it lasted.
9. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY
The first ‘My Precious’ has to make this list.
8. SAM VS SHELOB
Sam really shines in Return of the King and not just because he’s holding the Light of Eärendil.
7. GO HOME
I really thought Sean Astin would get a best supporting actor nomination for this scene alone.
6. LEGOLAS VS MUMAKIL
An extremely cool moment somewhat overshadowed by one of the most memorable lines in the series…
“That still only counts as one!”
5. THE BEACONS
This made the list purely because it’s visually spectacular. Howard Shore’s score is amazing throughout but this sequence is particularly powerful.
4. “WHITE SHORES & BEYOND…”
“A far green country under a swift sunrise.”
J.R.R. Tolkien. You have my admiration. Gandalf doesn’t actually say these words in the book but it’s a phenomenal cinematic moment.
3. “FOR FRODO”
Gimli sums it up pretty well:
“Certainty of death, small chance of success…. What are we waiting for?”
It may be humorous but it also sets up the impact of Aragorn’s big moment. Courage.
2. SAM CARRIES FRODO
The Lord of the Rings is packed with themes like the aforementioned courage. Friendship is another prevalent theme in this story and it doesn’t get better than this.
1. MOUNT DOOM
The journey ends. The long struggle is over for everyone including Gollum who falls to his death in one of the best motion captured performances ever. There are many movies out there that set up an epic finale only to rush through it. Stretching out this moment was a nice touch and a brilliant way to end this masterpiece. (Or at least start a series of endings)
Is it weird that watching Sauron’s eye as Barad-dûr crumbles makes me laugh?