This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 9: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
The hobbits enter The Prancing Pony, a large inn in Bree. A diverse company of guests is already gathered there: local hobbits and men, traveling dwarves, strange men from the South, and a mysterious Ranger known as Strider. After supper Frodo, Sam and Pippin decide to join the company; Pippin attracts the attention by telling a story about the Mayor of Shire, and encouraged by that he begins to tell about Bilbo’s farewell party. Frodo does not want Bilbo’s disappearance to be mentioned, and to interrupt Pippin he jumps on a table and starts to sing and dance. He jumps and falls off the table, and while falling the Ring slips on his finger and he disappears. This causes much anxiety and despite his later explanations of having crawled under the table into the corner most of the guests leave the common room. Strider seems to know his real name and the true cause of his disappearing and asks him to have a talk with him later. Butterbur, the innkeeper, also remembers something and asks Frodo for a private conversation.
Here’s a new photo from the first Hobbit film, “An Unexpected Journey”. From left to right, it includes: Bifur (William Kircher), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Bofur (James Nesbitt) and Oin (John Callen).
I like that the Dwarves really look like Dwarves here. They all have a John Rhys-Davies look to them.
Here’s a video I made for the complete version of “Arwen’s Song”.
This song was originally composed by Howard Shore in 2002 to underscore Arwen’s vision of Eldarion, her son with Aragorn, which was originally going to be in the second Lord of the Rings film, The Two Towers. Director Peter Jackson, however, decided to move the Eldarion scene into the third LOTR film (The Return of the King) and didn’t like the music for the sequence. The thought was that having Arwen both appear in and sing over the scene might be confusing. In 2003, Shore composed a new piece of music for the Eldarion scene for the theatrical cut of The Return of the King, and it looked like “Arwen’s Song” would not be used in the trilogy at all. But when the Extended Edition was put together, Shore thought “Arwen’s Song” would work well for the Houses of Healing sequence, and that’s how the song found a home. This is the complete version of “Arwen’s Song”, some of which could not be used for the Houses of the Healing sequence because the scene was too short. The song serves as an Elvish blessing — an ethereal prayer for the suffering from one who understands the difficulties of finding love in a changing world.
This is a video I made for a version of my favorite song from the Rankin/Bass animated Return of the King made-for-tv movie. It’s sung here by Greta Gertler. (Cool fact: Glenn Yarbrough, who sings this song in the animated version, is from the same area as me!)
This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films.
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 8: Fog on the Barrow Downs
The hobbits leave Tom’s house the next day, intending to cross the Barrow-downs; the Barrow-downs are a hilly area full of ancient barrows, about which dreadful legends are known. Around noon they stop to rest at a large, strangely cold stone standing on the flat top of a hill. They all fall asleep and wake at sundown surrounded by fog. They immediately head in the direction they believe to be the most direct towards the Road; some time later Frodo, who is in the front, passes between two standing stones and notices that the others are gone. He believes he hears them crying for help and follows them, but he is captured by a Barrow-wight. He awakes again within a barrow, and notices that the others are lying unconscious next to him and a hand is creeping towards them. Frodo sings the rhyme that Tom Bombadil had taught them the day before, and indeed Tom comes very soon, and daylight breaks into the barrow. Tom awakes the other three hobbits, and gives each of the four a sword from among the treasures that lay within the barrow. He also brings them their ponies, which have fled in the night; and he accompanies them for a while, to the borders of his land. The hobbits go on, and reach the village of Bree in the evening.
Dena at Goodreads just posted a review of The Lord of the Films. She gives it five out of five stars and says,
“As a HUGE Ringer I just couldn’t put this down. Read the entire thing in a day. It’s filled with insider info that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, and I thought I knew just about everything about The Lord of the Rings. Lots of interviews and info on the making of the movies, the characters, etc. And its told in a very warm way and a lot of it is filled with humor and had me laughing really hard. Every few paragraphs I’d run out and tell my dad, who also loves The Lord of the Rings, “Hey dad, did you know this?” and I’d tell him all that I was learning. Think I drove him nuts. lol Highly enjoyed this book!”
Thanks, Dena! You should have seen how annoyed your Dad was when I kept running to him to tell him about LOTR. He kept wondering who I was.
The Star Trek Franchise is alive again! This press release was issued by Paramount:
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2012 — Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles, CA on the sequel to STAR TREK from director J.J. Abrams. The film will be released on May 17, 2013 in 3D. The 2009 re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise by Abrams was met with critical acclaim and a worldwide gross of over $385 million at the box office.
Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The script was written by Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci & Damon Lindelof.
Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.