A creature emerging from the darkness, attempting to manipulate the mind as it displays itself as a frail, weak heap of a soul. Ancient names in falsified tongues with dots over the vowels. Mortal kings ascended from the dead to fulfill the wish of their body-less master. Blades with names, weapons of great makings and the beholders of them are pointy-eared, short and bearded, bred from underground pits, or bear long-brimmed hats. Under said retrospect, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is often regarded to as being ‘nerdy,’ and only for violence loving children or single, middle-aged men. Whenever I talk about Lord of the Rings, I always start off by saying, “Sorry, I’m kind of a nerd…” In essence, I, or anyone else shouldn't have to, and here’s why.
Fan or not, many lists of ‘best trilogies’ include the Lord of the Rings trilogy as one of the best; even thirteen years after its end. On IMDb’s top 250, Return of the King is ranked 8th, Fellowship of the Ring is ranked 11th, and The Two Towers is ranked 16th. On HitFix’s list of ‘12 Best Trilogies,’ Lord of the Rings is ranked 4th, and on thetopten.com’s list of greatest movie trilogies, it’s ranked 1st. There is an excessive amount of consistency of Lord of the Rings' status among of film critics and it’s almost unanimously all positive. Not to mention, the third installment, Return of the King, is tied with Titanic and Ben Hur for the most Academy Awards at eleven. All these examples vividly display that this trilogy is not just for fantasy-lovers or the “nerd” culture. Concerning its status as a trilogy, Lord of the Rings is ultimately the prime example of a ‘trilogy.’ Allow me to elaborate.
ONE TRILOGY TO RULE THEM ALL:
One, the loneliest number, but can be incredibly effective for there have only ever been two Best Picture winners that have been sequels thus far (The Godfather Part II and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.) Two, an incredibly strange number to contain in a film series; in film, two is kind of like an awkward, pimply twelve year-old. Three is a culmination. Three is often regarded to having the most symbolic references involved with it. There have been movies who have perfectly utilized all three installments, but there have been many more that have failed. While the Dark Knight and Toy Story trilogies are fantastic, there is something that separates Lord of the Rings from them. The single arc. The majority of trilogies in films, and even in literature, utilize the concept of three different story arcs that derive under a primary initiative. Lord of the Rings, however, has one story arc throughout the entire duration. The same goal is being striven for in each chapter. In most three-film series, there is a different goal of the protagonist(s) in each installment. There’s nothing wrong with using that strategy, but when that third installment ends, a goal that has been being chased for about two hours doesn't give off the same kind of effect as accomplishing a goal that has been being chased for 558 minutes.
EVERYDAY APPLICABLE THEMES:
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
“That there’s some good in this world, … and it’s worth fighting for.”
“I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.”
I may be deceived for I, myself, am a nerd, but these phrases do not appear to be “nerdy” expressions. Nevertheless, they come from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are certainly more profound quotes than just these three, but they are some of the best. In regard to the first one, not everyone is born fortunate (or six-foot-five), however, humble beginnings can change the world. Interwoven in the battles with cave trolls, walking through marshes, and climbing a volcano, philosophical concepts are present. In dark times, there will always be good, and that sliver of good presence if worth living for. This phrase can certainly apply to an abundance of troubled places and people in today’s world. Lastly, at the end of the day, what is humanity without the ability to rely on others? “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” Carrying a burden doesn't have to be a sole excursion; having people to carry us in such times is an incredibly enlightening concept.
While I could talk all day about how much I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this is a busy world and people have places to be. So if you haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and call people “nerds” who have, I hope I could have maybe gotten you to reconsider. And to those of you who have seen these films, perhaps you have the desire to watch them again in the near future.