Those of you who have seen my segment on TheOneRing.net know that I have been giving away prizes for the last couple of years. Now it’s time for a larger contest: The Big Spring Giveaway (or Autumn or Summer if you’re from New Zealand or Hawaii or wherever). I’ll be formally announcing this contest in the next installment of the bookshelf, but you can enter anytime, and here are all the details just for you!
For this giveaway, you can win one of three different prize packages:
Here’s all you need to do to enter: get my book, The Lord of the Films, and e-mail a photo of yourself with it to email@example.com. On June 18, three names of all those who enter will be drawn at random. First place will have first choice of whatever prize package he or she wants, second place will have second choice, and third place will get whatever’s left. I’ll announce all the contest winners here and in my bookshelf segment at TheOneRing.net. So good luck!
Previous contest winner Michael of Sydney, Australia
The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 3: The Muster of Rohan
Chapter synopsis: Théoden and his host ride to Dunharrow, where the army of Rohan is gathering. Éowyn awaits them there and tells them that Aragorn has gone to the Paths of the Dead; little is known of them to the Rohirrim, only a few frightening legends, and they are sure that Aragorn will never be seen again. An errand-rider of Gondor comes, bringing word from Denethor about the peril of Minas Tirith, and asking the Rohirrim (who have been allies of Gondor for centuries) for help in the war. Théoden prepares to set out on the following day, intending now to go openly across the plain, for the great cloud from Mordor has covered the entire sky with darkness. He decides that Merry should remain behind in Edoras, where Éowyn will lead the people until the king’s return. Yet a young rider called Dernhelm secretly offers Merry to bear him on his horse to Gondor, and Merry gladly accepts the offer.
I thought it would be fun to pull out an old DVD and dust it off. This is my recap and reactions to The Quest for the Ring, a special that aired on Fox November 29, 2001 to promote the first Lord of the Rings movie.
“During the next half hour,” the narrator says, “we’ll discover why the opening of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’ the first movie in the ‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy, has fueled unprecedented anticipation.”
And so they try to do by explaining the years and locations that went into production as a lot of unfinished footage is shown.
To begin, a synopsis of the story, an explanation of Middle-earth, and a bit about Tolkien educates the audience.
The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 2: The Passing of the Grey Company
Chapter synopsis: Soon after Gandalf’s departure the company of king Théoden is joined by a group of Rangers of the North, Aragorn’s kin, accompanied by Elladan and Elrohir, the sons of Elrond. They ride together to Helm’s Deep, where Aragorn looks into the palantír and wrenches it from the control of Sauron’s mind. He decides to go as quickly as possible to Gondor, taking the dreaded Paths of the Dead, accompanied by Legolas, Gimli, the sons of Elrond and the Dúnedain. It will take Théoden (with whom Merry remains as an esquire) several days to muster the host of Rohan; meanwhile Aragorn and his company ride towards Edoras and Dunharrow in a straight course. There Éowyn wants to join them, but Aragorn does not permit her, saying that only Théoden could release her from her duty. The next morning the company pass through the Paths of the Dead: a kind of tunnel leading to the other side of the mountains south of Rohan. The ‘Dead’ are the shadows of a people of old who broke their oath to Isildur, and Isildur cursed them not to find peace until the oath be fulfilled. Now Aragorn, being Isildur’s heir, summons them to help him in the war, thus fulfilling their oath. The company, followed by a great host of the shadows of the Dead, head eastwards.