How classic does literature have to be, before you can bypass the Spoiler Alert? I guess 60 years isn’t long enough. No worries: I won’t give away the ending. ………Even though I’ve seen it half-a-dozen times. In 2001, 2, and 3, the movies came out. This week, I finally got around to watching them. [??] Don’t be confused: I hadn’t seen the trilogy (I always dosed off during the first or second Orc attack). But always, at the end of No. 3, a mysterious force drew me into the family room.
Now that I’ve seen the whole thing, after a decade of feeling like an outsider, I understand what the hubbub was all about. They weren’t kidding when they said “Lord of the Rings” is “the biggest project to hit the movies.” Wow, I would definitely watch them again someday. Maybe next time, though, we’ll let more than three days lapse between installments.
My daughters were right: I did appreciate the inescapable symbolism of the strong forces of evil, a good fellowship, prophet/priest/king, loving the unlovable, supernatural providence, and a suffering servant.
And it did get me charged up for the 2012 release of “The Hobbit.” I read that book in high school; a group of us were all about it. Someone in that circle got hold of a Runic alphabet of sorts, and we memorized it so we could pass notes. I’m 53 years old, and still write in that alphabet nearly every day. Weird. I know. What’s really fun is, it’s not exactly the same as in the encyclopedias; my kids tried for years to decipher it, to no avail. YESS!!
So, yeah, I really liked the Fellowship, the Towers, and the Return. Awesome. And, not to take us away from this epic conversation, but I’ve just gotta say it: Elijah Wood? Jeepers, creepers, where’d you get those EYES?!!