Top 10 Moments: The Return of the King

December 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

9. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY

The first ‘My Precious’ has to make this list.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

8. SAM VS SHELOB

Sam really shines in Return of the King and not just because he’s holding the  Light of Eärendil.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

7. GO HOME

I really thought Sean Astin would get a best supporting actor nomination for this scene alone.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

6. LEGOLAS VS MUMAKIL

An extremely cool moment somewhat overshadowed by one of the most memorable lines in the series…

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

“That still only counts as one!”

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

3. “FOR FRODO”

Gimli sums it up pretty well:

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

“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.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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)

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Is it weird that watching Sauron’s eye as Barad-dûr crumbles makes me laugh?

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King