Today is big day in Lord of the Rings land! We’re officially going to be graced with another movie trilogy instead of a pairing…which, well, I don’t know how I feel about it. Later.
Oh, and there’s some recasting…
Back in the BOOK, the boats pass through the Argonath and into a black tunnel of sorts. Sam is fearful, but Aragorn, seemingly transformed into the king he should be, comforts him. Out of the darkness, they arrive at the north end of a long lake. Three peaks lie ahead. One is the island, Tol Brandir or the Tindrock, and the two others are hills on either bank.
-Amon Lhaw: The hill on the eastern bank. Amon Lhaw has acoustical properties that allow one to hear things from far away atop its summit. Thus, it is known as the Hill of Hearing.
Amon Hen, conversely, is known as the Hill of Sight. On a clear day, you can see forever.
Fellowship of the LATE: 118 pages
So, once again, the movie changes things up at the Argonath. There certainly wasn’t some dark tunnel to go through in that vision. Yeah, they took all the fear out of it! Everything needs a touch of fear in Middle-earth, that’s what keeps it all from being fairies and unicorns roaming around in an enchanted forest.
Water oxen, unicorns…whatever.
To more pressing issues!
A third Hobbit movie… This is either going to be a great or terrible idea. Let’s start off with the fact that there just isn’t as much to The Hobbit as there is to The Lord of the Rings. Three movies the first time around? Great, Lord of the Rings has three books. Sure, stuff had to get cut out, but that happens in movies all the time. But three Hobbit movies? There’s not as much there.
Okay, right, we know that they’re adding in things that aren’t directly shown in The Hobbit, but happen at the same time. Gandalf flushes Sauron out of Mirkwood. Yes. This makes sense. In fact, it makes more sense than Gandalf just disappearing for a while for no reason. Although, he’s gotten pretty good at that.
BUT WHAT ELSE IS THERE? We’ve got two titles so far: An Unexpected Journey and There and Back Again. These make sense, but what is the third going to be? Here’s my thought: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: There, and The Hobbit: Back Again. No?
Truth be told, an entire movie about Bilbo traveling BACK from the Lonely Mountain would be sorry stuff.
And where do we chop these movies up to make three? I won’t guess on the two/three split, but, and you heard it here, my guess is that the first movie ends with Bilbo finding the ring and escaping from Gollum. There, I said it.
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Aw, barnacles! I mentioned Gollum.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 43 – “Oops. You’re still creepy.”
“‘But it is said that no foot of man or beast has ever set foot upon Tol Brandir.'”
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