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One Ring to Rule Them All, yo!

Because of the general dullness of life these in the past week, I just had this sudden urge to watch Lord of the Rings again. I downloaded all three movies and watched for three consecutive nights. Because I downloaded extended editions, I think I finished Return of the King at around 4am already, and I still had work the next day. I have read the books in high school and watched each of the film adaptations as soon as they were released. I remember being addicted to LOTR that I even memorized the "One ring to rule them all..." verse in Elvish. I'd also pour over the book's Appendix trying to figure out Dwarven runes and the Tengwar alphabet. Haha. Until now, I never truly realized what an amazing piece of work LOTR is. Even if you haven't read any of the books, the films have merit of their own. I don't think I've seen any other film saga adaptation so complete. The plot, the script, the cinematography, the storytelling and the special effects were simply grade A, and the numerous references to the Darkness and the Light, which are inherent to the book and are very crucial to LOTR's core concept, were strongly felt in the movie's execution. A lot of shots were framed in such well thought out, symbolic scenes, as well (e.g. the singly white blossom that nobody noticed on the long-barren White Tree of Gondor). LOTR delivers the most profound yet fathomable treatment on the story of good versus evil. Besides, it's not as preachy and direct as Chronicles of Narnia (Aslan is Jesus!)

Having the idea of taking Middle Earth with me wherever I go, I downloaded the soundtracks for all three movies and replaced half of my Shuffle playlist with them. I just found the solemnity and grandeur of the tracks quite revitalizing for the mind. I listen to them at work, and when I sleep. Heck, the only time I play the other half of my playlist now is on the treadmill! And if I weren't half-finished reading two other books right now, I swear I think I'm this close to digging up my old LOTR books and start reading them again!

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kinagatng7lions
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Actually it's not elvish. It's a modification of Elvish script, na ginawa to represent Black Speech (no, hindi racist kind of comment yan) na ginagamit sa Mordor.

Yes, addict din ako sa LoTR. I have the Moria Door designed sa kwarto ko noon. So you need to say "Mellon" para makapasok ka. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Have you watched the extended versions ba? They're so totally worth it kahit 432534647456 hours long sila.

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