The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Top 30 Moments

December 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Top 30 Moments | The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King

THE JOURNEY ENDS

I’ve counted down the 10 best moments of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King.  In Part 4 of this series, we find out where each of these rank in the series as a whole!  For more detailed write ups be sure to check out Part 1,2& 3:

Top 10 Moments: The Fellowship of the Ring

Top 10 Moments: The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Return of the King

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LORD OF THE RINGS MOMENT?

30. ROHAN ARRIVES

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

29. THE BIRTH OF LURTZ

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28. GANDALF VS BALROG 2: THE WIDE SHOT

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

27. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY

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

26. NUMBER 43

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

25. WEATHERTOP

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

24. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

23. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

22. THE WATCHER IN THE WATER

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21. HORSE TIDAL WAVE

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

20. THE CAVE TROLL

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19. I WILL TAKE IT / FELLOWSHIP

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18. SAM VS SHELOB

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

17. GO HOME

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

16. MY BUSINESS IS WITH ISENGARD

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

15. TOSS ME

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

14. ARAGORN VS LURTZ / MY KING

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

13. DWARROWDELF

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12. MY PRECIOUS

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

11. THE GREAT STORIES

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

10. LEGOLAS VS MUMAKIL

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. THE BEACONS

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8. BOROMIR PIERCED BY MANY

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7. “WHITE SHORES & BEYOND…”

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

6. AT DAWN LOOK TO THE EAST

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

5. YOU SHALL NOT PASS

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

4. “FOR FRODO”

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

3. GOLLUM VS SMEAGOL

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2. SAM CARRIES FRODO

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

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

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE LOTR MOMENT?

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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.

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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.

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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:

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“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

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ‘RETURN OF THE KING’ MOMENT?

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailers & TV Spots

December 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailers & TV Spots

IT’S ALMOST TIME!

I don’t know about you but the anticipation is killing me!  We are now weeks away from returning to Middle Earth.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been an incredible movie to follow.  Now we’ll finally be able to see what Peter Jackson has in store for us.

Dear December 14th…  Hurry up!

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is precious to me. (Forgive the pun)  It’s packed with so many unforgettable moments.  And here we are, about to go back to J.R.R Tolkien’s world.  Today I spent some time watching the trailers for the film and decided to collect them in one place.  I did this for two reasons.  First, so I can continually watch them without having to search again.  Second, to save you all the trouble if you’re as excited as I am.

So click play and let the anticipation soar!

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Will we get a third trailer before the release?  It may happen according to The One Ring.

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Top 10 Moments: The Two Towers

December 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

The Lord of the Rings Top 10 Moments Countdown continues with The Two Towers.  In part 1 of this series, I counted down the top 10 moments of The Fellowship of the Ring.  Narrowing the extended edition down to 10 moments wasn’t easy and The Two Towers was no different.  It’s hard to select specific moments from a film that features the battle at Helm’s Deep, Gollum, Ents and more.  There are simply too many classic moments I couldn’t fit in this countdown.

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10. GANDALF VS BALROG 2: THE WIDE SHOT

If you’ve ever seen the special features, there’s a great sequence devoted to this Wizard vs Demon battle.  Pulling out for this breathtaking wide shot was a genius move by Peter Jackson.

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9. NUMBER 43

“He was twitching because he’s got my axe embedded in his nervous system”

Gimli and Legolas compete with each other throughout the trilogy but this moment really cemented their friendly rivalry.  Not a lot of respect for that dead Uruk Hai but I suppose it’s to be expected.

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8. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING

I think it’s lame that they refer to these Legolas moments as ‘Leggy’ moments but that doesn’t make them any less cool on screen.  The daring elf rides a shield down a staircase while firing arrows into enemy skulls.  Not too mention the skillful dismount sending the shield deep into the chest of a Saruman’s minion.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

7. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?

A massive explosion that spells doom for our heroes.  It’s also a fantastic showcase of the productions incredible miniatures.  (aka Bigatures)

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

6. MY BUSINESS IS WITH ISENGARD

This battle makes me laugh for a number of reasons other than the numerous giant trees that talk and squash Orcs.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

If you really pay attention when they break the damn, an Ent picks up an Orc and oh-so-casually tosses him in the path of destruction.  I’ve included a screen shot of the doomed Orc in mid air.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

During the battle, many Orcs are crushed but they still inflict damage on the Ents.  One unlucky Oak (or is it Ash?) is lit on fire.  What makes me laugh is how quickly this poor Ent darts towards the rushing water to douse the flames.  Great stuff.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

5. TOSS ME

Nobody tosses a Dwarf!

Setting up a joke in one film and paying it off in another is a rare occurrence on the big screen.  These moments don’t happen in the books but it’s a perfect example of attention to detail and a deep love of the material.  The screenwriting Oscars were well earned.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

4. MY PRECIOUS

Introducing Gollum.  One of the most beloved & fascinating characters in the history of fiction.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

3. THE GREAT STORIES

“What are we holding on to?”

This is a great speech and one of Sam’s shining moments in the trilogy.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

2. AT DAWN LOOK TO THE EAST

Gandalf returns just as our heroes and what’s left of Rohan meet their doom.  A fantastic and visually spectacular moment.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

1. GOLLUM VS SMEAGOL

“I hate you…”

Brilliant. Watching Smeagol struggle with his powerful inner demon before finally ridding himself of Gollum. This is a perfect moment that really illustrates the hold the Ring has on Smeagol.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ‘TWO TOWERS’ MOMENT?

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Why The Lord of the Rings Continually Inspires the Screenwriter in me

December 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

Why The Lord of the Rings Continually Inspires the Screenwriter in me

LORD OF THE RINGS INSPIRES A NEW AGE OF SCREENWRITING

I love writing screenplays.  I always have.  It’s always been a distant dream to write a film that gets made and shown to audiences around the world.  I say distant because it’s not a simple task to accomplish and it’s easy to lose your way.  But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.  Last year, for a time, I lost my way.  I was still obsessed with screenwriting but I wasn’t making time to actually write.  There was always something else to do.  It’s a poor excuse.

That’s why I dropped everything and challenged myself to do better.  As soon as I applied myself, I finished a new screenplay within two months.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you actually sit down and write.  What does that have to do with The Lord of the Rings extended edition DVDs?  There is a chapter in every film’s documentary that focuses on the screenwriting challenges they faced.  Three half hour chunks dedicated to each film and the passion required to realize get the screenplays done.  I.  Love.  Those.  Documentaries.

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Adapting The Lord of the Rings was an exercise in commitment and screenwriting precision.  With such a wealth of information at their disposal, it fell to Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens to weave it all into three movies.  What I love the most is their devotion to the world of Middle Earth.  They care so much about these characters and that’s why they were so successful.  They knew the world and the characters well enough to deviate when they needed to in order to make the movies work.  It takes supreme command of the craft to pull off a screenplay based on a beloved book AND having the confidence to change things.

What’s even more inspiring was their constant need to make the screenplays better.  There were always places to improve.

IT WON’T WORK IF YOU DON’T CARE

There have been many instances when I felt disconnected from the characters I created.  The Lord of the Rings inspires me to continue searching for a story I believe in.  Last summer, that search led to an idea that I finally sat down and finished.  It was an amazing experience and immediately led me to another concept I care deeply about.  That’s the most inspiring thing about these films and the talent behind them.  These people cared deeply about J.R.R Tolkien’s work and wanted nothing less than perfection.  They wanted to treat every single detail with the respect it deserved.

That’s the dream.  Looking at a blank page and seeing a blank page doesn’t work.  You have to see something there.  Something you care about.  You should see new worlds, characters and the little details worthy of your passion and dedication.  It should be fun.

That type of thinking makes the blank page an inspiring sight indeed.

Why The Lord of the Rings Continually Inspires the Screenwriter in me