So now we know. We know this is the One Ring. Oh boy!
Frodo doesn’t understand why this all had to happen to him. Gandalf explains the story of how Sauron has regrouped in Mordor, and Frodo, like every great nerdy hero, is whiny about it.
Gandalf shuts him down. No time for that. Sauron is gaining strength, but, he doesn’t have a clue where the ring is. That’s helpful. You see, Sauron is a bit of a ring collector. He got these nine rings from really, really dumb men, and has been picking up a handful more from some dwarves. He doesn’t care too much about the three rings that have been passed around among the elves, but he really wants this one. This one is important. Perhaps he might even be sending out his worst servants, those nine really, really dumb men, now wholly evil, to find it. With it, he could rule all.
-the Black Years: A period of time long ago. Gandalf says that it would be a long story to tell, but I can imagine that these were probably not good times to live in Middle-earth. Property values must have been much lower.
-Sauron: Finally, we get his name! Dark Lord, blah, blah, blah. Made this ring. He’s our big bad.
-the Three Rings: Rings of Power given to the elves. Carefully hidden from Sauron.
-the Seven Rings: Rings of Power given to the dwarves. Sauron has recovered three of them. The rest are presumed to have been eaten by dragons. Dragons hate dwarves!
-the Nine Rings: Rings of Power given to men. Sauron has them all because the men were idiots and were doomed to become…
-Ringwraiths: The nine men who held the Nine Rings of Power. They eventually succumbed to the rings’ evil, and have become Sauron’s most feared servants.
Cue the dramatic music. The full truth is out. It’s time to do something about this ring!
Yeah, Frodo is whiny, we get it. However, Gandalf gives him the best advice ever. It’s one of my favorite lines in the movie, and (no surprise) it’s taken directly from the book: “‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'” Is there better life coaching out there? Disregard the fact that Gandalf is talking about the potential end of happy life in Middle-earth. I’d take that advice any day.
Also, this conversation? Totally happens during the day. In the movie? Totally at night. Way to keep upping the dramatic tension by changing the book around just a bit. Sometimes I wonder if this blog is just going to end up making me dislike the movies a bit. I hope not. Regardless of anything, they’re still beautifully made films.
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Good to know that Tolkien’s back to being creative at this point. I mean, it’s not like writing a novel isn’t being creative, but, you know.
I keep having to remind myself that, with all the references to other weird nerdy things on this blog, I still have yet to reference Jurassic Park. In due time…
“‘If he recovers it, then he…'”