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When the weather is good, it is hard to consider viewing movies. But, here in Alaska we never known when we’ll have a dreary summer day that has us holed up inside.
Today is such a day. If the boys weren’t having fun with rediscovered computer games that were recently installed on one computer, then they’d most likely be asking to have a movie marathon.
One such marathon would most likely be for the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies. (And, my instinct while beginning this post was correct as D had gone downstairs to watch the first one!)
The Fellowship of the Ring sets the tone for the adventure, introducing the characters you’ll come to either love or hate. You meet Frodo Baggins, the Hobbit who is charged with the task of destroying the one ring and prevent the dark Lord Sauron from rising to take control over the lands. The need to destroy the ring is presented by his friend, Gandolf the wizard. He is joined by 3 Hobbit friends (Samwise, Merry and Pippin) as well as an elf (Legolas), a dwarf (Gimli), and 2 humans (Boromir and Aragorn.) This unlikely crew start off together on this quest, but by the end of the first part of the trilogy they have begun to separate into smaller groups.
The Two Towers further develops the storyline. Frodo and Sam have gone off on their own while the others who began the journey are searching for the missing Merry and Pippin. You meet Gollum, previous owner of the ring, who agrees to guide Frodo and Sam to Mordor. All the while Gollum is seeking to regain his ‘precious’, the ring who has him acting like any drug addict in need of a fix. Full of battles, this part has Gandalf remarking that the hope of all rests in Frodo and Sam fulfilling their mission.
The Return of the King brings the journey to fruition. Aragorn takes the throne of Gondor and sets off to battle against Sauron. Frodo and Samwise finally reach the long sought Mount Doom where the ring must be destroyed. The ring does its best to prevent destruction, but in the end good triumphs over evil. The journey does take it’s toll on all involved who do not all return to their previous lives.
Now, I do NOT recommend these for young children as they are rather violent. But, an older child can most likely handle the violence with many of the creatures being fought having an other worldly appearance. And, we love all the Christian symbolism you’ll find throughout the works. I just wish we had the extended versions in the house to be closer to the actual novels. Although…I think we’ll all be reading (or re-reading) the novels in the not too distant future.
This post has been submitted for inclusion in The Christian Home carnival (Issue 22) hosted by The Legacy of Home.
As the featured columnist for the Movies and Music category, you can be looking forward to weekly posts on what we are watching or music we’ve enjoyed. Feel free to leave suggestions for me as well. While I have several movies and some music selections in mind, I’m always on the lookout for other great choices.