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Lord of the Rings: The 10 Most Heartbreaking Deaths, Ranked

Even years after its release, no high fantasy has come close to dethroning Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as the genre’s definitive cinematic outing. To this day, the trilogy remains influential on popular culture and its significance isn’t likely to wane any time soon.

Some of the series’ most iconic moments don’t come from the massive battles or the characters’ interactions, but in the deaths of our favorite characters. Over the course of three movies, characters inside and outside the Fellowship of the Ring either fell in combat or tragically died the way they lived. Here are the 10 most heartbreaking deaths in The Lord of the Rings, ranked according to their narrative and emotional impact.

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10 Denethor – The Return of the King

With Faramir dead, Denethor decides to end his bloodline once and for all by burning himself in a funeral pyre for his second son. Thing is, Faramir is alive. Nearly cremating his son causes the already unhinged Denethor to throw himself off of Minas Tirith’s highest point.

Though his death is more cathartic than tragic, the end of Denethor’s stewardship over Gondor was only brought about by severe grief and regret instead of malice. It’s hard not to feel bad for the king, even if he was kind of pathetic when compared to everyone else in the cast.

9 Sauruman – The Return of the King (Extended)

Following his defeat at the hands of the Ents, the corrupted wizard Saurman the White meets his end when he’s backstabbed by Grima Wormtongue before being impaled on one of his Uruk Khai-creating machinations.

What makes the wizard’s death more heartbreaking outside of the poetic justice is the fact that it can only be seen in the third movie’s extended edition. To meet the required running time, one of Christopher Lee’s last onscreen appearances was cut out from The Return of the King’s theatrical run. He reprised the role in The Hobbit trilogy before passing in 2015.

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8 The Army of the Dead – The Return of the King

For abandoning their promise to provide aid to Isildur’s forces during the War of the Last Alliance, the Oathbreakers were cursed to never die until they uphold the pact. They redeem themselves in the Battle of Pelenor Fields, where Aragorn holds their oaths fulfilled.

Some have joked that Aragorn should’ve kept the undead soldiers around for the final battle in Mordor, but they’ve been stuck in limbo too long – doing so would just be rude. After eons of regret , the Army of the Dead regained its honor and finally received the eternal rest they’ve yearned for.

7 Haldir And His Men – The Two Towers

After eons of self-imposed exile from Middle Earth, the Elves come to the humans’ aid during the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Led by Haldir, the Elves bolster Rohan’s forces against the coming onslaught.

It should be noted that the Elves, particularly Elrond, lost faith in men when King Isildur kept the Ring of Power instead of destroying it. Their deaths in Helm’s Deep may make their efforts seem futile, but this was the first time in ages that the Elves helped mankind – a bond they were willing to rekindle even if it meant their demise.

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6 Faramir’s Company – The Return of the King

For an unspecified amount of time, Faramir and his men have been keeping Mordor’s forces at bay in the ruins of Osgiliath. They’re finally overwhelmed when Sauron launches a full-scale invasion on Gondor, starting with the fallen city.

Adding insult to injury, Faramir’s already decimated forces are ordered by Denethor to launch a suicidal cavalry charge in a vain attempt to retake the city. The attack ends predictably and the soldiers’ heads are catapulted into Gondor’s walls, thus giving some of the most honorable soldiers in the entire trilogy a humiliating end.

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5 King Theoden – The Return of the King

The brave warrior king Theoden of Rohan continued to make up for lost time by rallying all of the horsemen he could find to answer Gondor’s call for aid, and he died on the battlefields for doing so.

Once downed by the Witch King, Theoden is saved from the Nazgul’s blade by his daughter Eowyn, who for the longest time he underestimated by virtue of her being a woman. In his last moments, he asks his daughter for her forgiveness and acknowledges her for being a brave soldier of Rohan.

4 Aragorn’s Prophesied Death – The Two Towers

In his attempt to save his daughter Arwen from grief, Elrond warns her that Aragorn – a regular human being – would die of old age. This would drive Arwen into a deep sadness from which she’ll never recover, leading to her own death.

Though it’s only shown in a premonition, Aragorn’s death is all but inevitable – even more so after he rejected a chance to join the Elves’ exile to the Grey Heavens, where immortality awaits them. Aragorn went down in Middle Earth’s history as one of mankind’s bravest champions, living and dying as an ordinary man despite his title.

3 Gandalf the Grey –The Fellowship of the Ring

One of the most iconic moments in The Lord of the Rings is also one of the most tragic, since it’s where the beloved wizard Gandalf the Grey dies in his battle with the fiery Balrog.

Gandalf’s death in the Mines of Moria marked a significant shift for the Fellowship, since their optimistic sense of adventure was dashed the moment the Balrog dragged the wizard into the abyss. His eventual resurrection as Gandalf the White does little to diminish the impact of his death, which is also a point of no return for the trilogy.

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2 Boromir – The Fellowship of the Ring

Gondor’s chosen son, Boromir, is the first of the Fellowship to fall to the powers of the One Ring and nearly kills Frodo because of it. He immediately regretted this upon regaining his senses, and died to atone for his mistakes.

To give Frodo a chance to escape, Boromir holds off as many Uruk Khai as he can. The lone warrior is soon overwhelmed by the Orcs’ numbers, but not before he fulfills his mission. What makes Boromir’s sacrifice heartbreaking is how it hammered in the growing severity of the situation and marked the end of the Fellowship.

1 Smeagol/Gollum – The Return of the King

Smeagol’s descent into Gollum is the clearest depiction of Sauron’s darkness, which corrupts an innocent Hobbit into a feral creature that barely remembers its name. Obsessed with his “precious,” Gollum finally gets it back but at the cost of melting along with it.

What makes Gollum’s death truly heartbreaking are the flashes of innocence we see in his Smeagol form. Unlike Boromir, Smeagol loses to the Ring’s influence after managing to temporarily stave it off. Whatever bits of Smeagol were left vanished when he tricked Frodo into Shelob’s lair, and he would finally die as the irredeemable Gollum in the fires of Mount Doom.

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2019-07-14 01:07:45

Angelo Delos Trinos

How To Watch Lord Of The The Rings: The Two Towers Online

It was the second part of the epic trilogy that really raised the stakes, so where can fans watch The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online? Prior to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson made a name for himself as the director behind gory horror comedies like Braindead. Jackson was initially torn between developing a Lord Of The Rings adaptation or directing a King Kong remake and ultimately opted for the latter. When that project was canceled in 1997, Jackson turned back to working on a two-film Rings adaptation with Miramax.

Miramax later attempted to shrink the entire saga down to a single, two-hour movie, something Jackson felt was impossible. The director then shipped the project to other studios, with New Line Cinema agreeing to make a three-movie Lord Of The Rings adaptation. This was seen as a big risk on the studio’s part since if the first movie bombed, they would have been left with two movies that either would have been shelved or sent straight to video. Luckily, the gamble paid off and the entire franchise proved to be a critical and commercial triumph.

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Jackson would later return for The Hobbit trilogy, which lacked the acclaim that greeted its predecessors but still proved a financial success. Fans often debate which entry of the original trilogy is the best, and a strong case could be made for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers. It fully introduced Andy Serkis’ iconic Gollum, it expanded the scope of the Middle Earth and it ended on the famous Battle of Helm’s Deep. It’s a great movie, simply put, so where can fans who want to revisit it – or seek it out for the first time – find The ord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online?

Sadly, it appears The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers currently isn’t available to stream on platforms like Netflix or Hulu. The movie is available to rent or buy from a number of services, however, including iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Prime Video, and Vudu. Rental prices typically start from $3.99 while it can cost anywhere between $9.99 to $17.99 to purchase a copy online.

UK fans are in luck, with the entire Lord Of The Rings trilogy currently available to stream on Netflix. With Amazon’s Lord Of The Ring’s series currently in development, it’s likely their streaming service will be the next place to host the movies in future. For fans seeking The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers online, it appears renting or buying is currently the only option in the U.S.

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2019-04-25 12:04:25

Padraig Cotter

The Myers-Briggs® Types Of Lord Of The Rings Characters

In Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy we’re introduced to Middle Earth. A fantastic land populated by numerous creatures, species and interesting characters. From humans to hobbits, elves to dwarves, there’s no shortage of personalities. When evil threatens to destroy Middle Earth, in the form of Sauron, the all seeing fiery eye, people must come together from all over to help in the quest. Race relations are fraught in Middle Earth and not everyone is going to get along. Personalities clash and old grievances are brought to the forefront. Still, this myriad of personalities must unite, forming a Fellowship, to save their existence.

These intricate relationships and the many various personality traits give the characters from LotR incredible potential for analysis using the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator® system. A means of categorising different personalty. Tolkien layers so much depth and reality into his world, it’s no wonder these characters are so fascinating. Below is a look at some of your favourite Middle Earth inhabitants and their corresponding Myers-Briggs® personality type.

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10 GANDALF – INFJ

Gandalf the Grey is a wizened old wizard, but he’s not without his charm. As powerful and mysterious as he is Gandalf has a playful, cheeky side to his personality as well. He is incredibly smart, bordering on brilliant and along with being incredibly knowledgeable, he is in touch with the land around him. He’s particularly close with giant moths. All of this isn’t to say he’s not fierce when the time comes. Facing off against the Balrog, Gandalf very nearly sacrificed himself to allow for the Fellowship to continue in its quest.

For these reasons Gandalf is an INFJ type. These types are brilliant and creative with a profound, yet left-of-centre outlook on life and the world around them. They look for substance beneath the surface, much like Gandalf did when giving the ring to a Hobbit, perceiving greater strength of character then others might have seen.

9 FRODO – INFP

Our unlikely hero, Frodo was a Hobbit who looked beyond the picket fences of Hobbiton and the Shire and saw adventure beyond. While diminutive in size, Frodo has a strong heart and a good sense of right and wrong. He is determined yet introverted, which served him well when keeping the ring a secret became essential for his survival.

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A classic INFP type, Frodo has an enormous imagination and inner world. He day dreams and fantasises about life’s possibilities, without making a spectacle of himself. Sensitive and analytical, these personality types, while meaning well, can be neglectful of others in pursuit of their own goals.

8 SAM – ISFJ

Sam is constantly put-upon by Frodo, and indeed has saved his life countless times. Yet, he does it all willingly. Sam is a constant giver. He is sensitive and empathetic, putting other’s needs before his own at every turn. Generous and never self effacing, Sam is braver than he seems especially when he’s coming to someone else’s rescue.

These are the traits of an ISFJ type, for sure. They are often known as nurturers and will continually put others needs before their own. They’re only angered when others are noticeably more selfish than they are themselves. Po-tay-toes!

7 LEGOLAS – ESTP

The elf Legolas is a nimble and precise warrior. Elves are known for their archery skills and their connection to the natural world around them. Legolas is calm and perceptive, feeding off the world around him, he is able to perceive messages and visions from the future. He’s also a badass on the battlefield. Leaping into a battle or sliding down the back of an Oliphaunt without a moments hesitation.

Legolas shares many traits with ESTP types. They’re risk takers and will jump without looking but they’re also incredibly in touch with their feelings and extremely perceptive about the people and the world around them. Myers-Briggs doesn’t mention anything about their skills with a bow and arrow, however.

6 GIMLI – ESTJ

The dwarves are a proud and noble people with centuries of history and tradition behind them and, quite literally, below them. The dwarves being great and industrial miners, with miles and miles and mines dug out beneath the ground. Gimli is a great example of not only his people but also the ESTJ types.

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These types are very traditional, they believe in standing behind a cause and are usually considered excellent citizens. Gimli the Dwarf is all of these things. He’s proud of his people and their accomplishments. His personal type is often in conflict with that of Legolas, which explains the rivalry between the two.

5 ARAGORN – ENTJ

Aragorn is a bit of a mystery when we first meet him. The dark Ranger from the North, a lone wolf, turns out to be a King and a great leader. He is stoic and deadly, keeps his thoughts to himself, but is able to communicate with great swathes of troops and eventually rule as a benevolent King. This fun mix of traits make Aragorn an ENTJ type.

They have great internal lives but are also very external people and they are natural born leaders. Long live the King!

4 ARWEN – ENFP

It’s unfortunate that Middle Earth isn’t as diverse when it comes to gender representation as it is when representing mythical creatures. Arwen, who’s role in the films in greatly expanded from the novels, is a strong and graceful elfin warrior, who also happens to be in love with Aragorn. While she is proud of her people and devoted to her father, the Elven King, she is rebellious, and trailblazing in her own way.

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Relationships with humans are unheard of in the elfin Kingdom and Arwen is willing to sacrifice a great deal for her love of Aragorn. These individualistic traits are common amongst ENFP types.

3 EOWYN – ISTP

Continuing to represent the women, Eowyn is another King’s daughter and also a rebellious one. Desperate to fight to help save Mordor, Eowyn dresses as a man in order to join the battle. Although, like Arwen she is rebellious, her rebellion is more secretive and discreet. Her impulse are spontaneous and unpredictable.

These are all traits of an ISTP type. They make rash decisions and keep their cards close their chests. But they are not without their own sort of bravery.

2 SARUMAN – ENTP

Unlike Gandalf, Saruman is a powerful and wise old wizard without a sense of moral direction. He is strong and smart but also nefarious and underhanded. He sticks to his own and has a dislike for things repenting the ‘other.’ He is sensible where Gandalf is mischievous and malevolent where Gandalf is well meaning. Much like ENTP types, this bad wizard has a logical mind, even if his logic errs on the side of evil, and resents small talk.

1 GOLLUM – INFP

Unsurprisingly, Gollum is also an INFP, the same type as Frodo. Yes, these two character seem worlds apart but Gollum is an example of what could become of Frodo is he kept hold of the ring. Much like Frodo, Gollum enjoys his quiet spaces and alone time, he is introverted and can sometimes lash out when not given enough space. He lives in something of a fantasy world, while Frodo is looking off to the horizon, Gollum stares longingly at his ‘precious’ dreaming of having her back and the joy that will bring. They both look for joy outside of themselves, are quiet, introverted types, but who will go to great lengths for their goals. Gollum should serve as a warning to Hobbits everywhere, especially if they’ve got the ring.

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2019-04-18 03:04:33

Joshua Dean Perry

10 Things Super Fans Want From The Lord Of The Rings TV Series

The Lord of the Rings is returning to live-action in a big way with Amazon’s upcoming series. We already know that it’s taking place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, but there’s not much else. Amazon has been playing it close to the chest when it comes to this show, leaving fans hungry for more information.

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With the knowledge that the series will be in the Second Age, there has already been talk about what could happen. Drawing from many of Tolkien’s books, there are a lot of possibilities in this series. Here are 10 things super fans want from this show.

10 SILMARILLION CONTENT

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have both been properly adapted into movies. That means the next massive story on the list would be The Silmarillion. This book contains various stories and tales from Middle-Earth’s history, which would make a direct adaptation quite difficult.

However, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to pepper in content from the story throughout Amazon’s show. It could detail more about the creation of Middle-Earth, building on the worldbuilding elements already present in the movies. It could even give more backstory on who Gandalf is and the class of beings that were related to him.

9 YOUNGER SAURON

Sauron was the antagonist of The Lord of the Rings, but he was more of a looming presence rather than a direct adversary. We saw him as a warlord in the prologue, but that was it.

With Amazon’s show taking place during the Second Age, that gives us the opportunity to see what Sauron was like as a moving figure, taking over after the defeat of his master. Sauron was known as a tempter who seduced many people to his side. He was also known for having all sorts of witchcraft at his disposal, being able to alter his form.

8 GANDALF

There aren’t many characters from The Lord of the Rings that could realistically return for Amazon’s series with it being set thousands of years in the past. However, characters like Gandalf, Treebeard, and Galadriel could easily be integrated.

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While we’re not sure that Ian McKellen would return to the role, it would be great to see such an iconic character present in the series. That would cement it as a story that takes place in the same world as Peter Jackson’s movies. It’s probably a long shot at this point, but it would be such a powerful addition for fans.

7 FORGING OF THE ONE RING

In the prologue for Peter Jackson’s films, we learn about the forging of the Rings of Power and how Sauron made the One Ring to rule them all. Apart from that, we don’t get much information about the One Ring or how it specifically grants power.

Sauron forged the One Ring during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, which makes it ripe to be portrayed in the upcoming movie. If that were the case, hopefully the show would go into more detail about how the Ring holds so much power and what Sauron’s reasoning was behind creating such a weapon.

6 BATTLING NUMENOR

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were both known for their epic battles in massive locations like Erebor, Helm’s Deep, and Minas Tirith. During the Second Age, there were numerous impressive battles as well.

The Numenoreans, the ancestors of Aragorn, were moving to Middle-Earth. They faced opposition from Sauron, which led to many battles. Sauron was even taken as their prisoner for a time, but he used it as an avenue to persuade many to join him. Showing this ongoing conflict could be interesting and show Sauron as more than just a force of power.

5 AGE OF THE ELVES

In The Lord of the Rings, Middle-Earth is predominantly inhabited by men. The Dwarves are hiding in their mountains and the Elves all leave to Valinor. With the Second Age being a focus of the show, it would be an opportunity to show what Middle-Earth was like when Elves were the dominant race.

The Elves were known for their great deeds and skills in battle. With impressive and glorious cities across Middle-Earth, they were the ones doing much of the fighting. Having Elves so primarily featured could also lead to characters like Galadriel, Celeborn, and Elrond appearing for a time.

4 RISE OF THE NAZGUL

The Nazgul were the primary lieutenants for Sauron. Also called the Ringwraiths, they were the creatures sent to find the One Ring and return it to him. They were once kings of men, though, who were seduced by the Rings of Power Sauron gave them.

This change happened in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, which means that it could be included in the show. Imagine getting to know some of the kings of men while watching them slowly changed into the dreaded Nazgul that we know from The Lord of the Rings. It could serve as a major plot point.

3 BIRTH OF GONDOR

Gondor was a powerful city in the movies. Home to iconic locations like Osgiliath, Minas Tirith, and Ithilien, it was heavily defended by the men of Middle-Earth. However, even Gondor has its origin. In the Second Age, it was the Numenoreans who established Gondor and constructed its massive cities.

Seeing the birth of such an iconic land would be a great thing to see in the show. It would also give the opportunity to showcase more characters, like Isildur or Elendil beyond their minor appearances in the movies. It would flesh out their characters much more than how we remember them.

2 ARNOR

Gondor and Rohan were the major cities of men in the Middle-Earth movies. However, there was one more outside of those: Arnor. The realm of Arnor was in the west and covered a great piece of territory. Weathertop is part of Arnor’s ruins after it was destroyed by the Witch-King.

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Arnor was also established by the Numenoreans, which could make it a crucial part of the show. Seeing this new kingdom of men could be a great way of making Middle-Earth feel like a much bigger place. We could see more impressive sets and structures, just like the feeling of witnessing Minas Tirith for the first time.

1 CONSTRUCTION OF BARAD-DUR

Barad-Dur is the dark tower in The Lord of the Rings that houses the Eye of Sauron. It’s there that the darkest deeds in Middle-Earth were done. That tower was also incredibly old, as it was built in the Second Age by Sauron himself.

If the show is more connected to the films than the books, it would be cool to see how Sauron figured out the magic to become a flaming eye that saw all of Middle-Earth. Furthermore, any chance to see the inner workings of Mordor would be a nice touch. It was just a dark place in the movies, but the show could make it something more.

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2019-04-17 07:04:09

Joshua Olivieri

Ranked: Every Major Death In Lord Of The Rings

While lovers of classic Tolkien lit and lovers of modern Tolkien films either overlap or debate the merits of their favorite representation of The Lord of the Rings, we can all agree that each time we lose one of our most beloved characters it hits us hard in the feels. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson gave us versions of incredible heroes who fought against the odds to save Middle Earth and we’ll always miss the ones we lost.

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That said, some of the greatest losses in the series also involve those who put Middle Earth at the most risk, and while celebrating destruction may be frowned upon, we also value those major deaths for their contributions to the series.

10 Déagol

Smeagol’s best friend isn’t just his buddy but his blood relative, one of the Stoor Hobbits. His departure wasn’t the most major death of the series since we really didn’t get to know the man all that well, even if he did seem rather good-natured. But his demise did stir feelings of sorrow in us not only because it was such a tragedy, but because it led to the downfall of Smeagol himself into the creature Gollum.

This is also the moment we witness how the ring can truly destroy the heart of a simple hobbit, which makes Frodo and Sam’s journey all the more moving. How they were able to resist the ring all the way into Mordor was truly an impressive feat.

9 King Théoden

Witnessing the death of King Théoden was so difficult because we had already watched him suffer so much. The man missed the death of his own son, Théodred, and his entire kingdom fell into ruin while Gríma Wormtongue, who was controlled by Sarumon, poisoned his mind. After Gandalf the White came to his rescue, it felt so fulfilling to see him rise back into his kingly state, particularly when that meant fighting alongside his people, so when it came to his final loss in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (over the city of Minas Tirith), it truly was a “dawnless day.”

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Éowyn was definitely hit hardest by his loss, especially since she’d fought hard to save him in the first place, but you can’t have a war without experiencing terrible losses.

8 Denethor II

As the Steward Of Gondor, Denethor II suffered not only from delusions of grandeur from the power trip of his position but also a slow-building disturbed mind due to the loss of his beloved firstborn son, Boromir. His loss was a mixed bag as it presented both an opportunity for his younger son, Faramir, to survive his father’s suicidal funeral pyre but also represented an necessary descent into madness.

Had Denethor II only embraced his younger son, he could have avoided so much loss in both his own family as well as Faramir’s men. Luckily Faramir survived to enjoy a happy ending with Éowyn as the first Prince of Ithilien.

7 Saruman

When we lost Saruman the White, it was even more bittersweet than Denethor II’s descent into madness. Saruman was once a wise and powerful wizard who worked on the side of good, and Aragorn said that, “Once he was as great as his fame made him. His knowledge was deep, his thought was subtle, and his hands marvelously skilled.” He also admitted that he had power over the minds of others, however, even then.

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While some may have longed for Saruman to experience redemption, it simply wouldn’t have worked out. The wizard ended up too cunning and corrupted to make a comeback, so even though we mourn his loss at the hands of Grima Wormtongue (who slit his throat rather than his back in the book), we also understand that there weren’t many other options for the wizard.

6 Boromir

We can all agree that losing Sean Bean in any of his many forms is always a sad day. Enough memes have been made about Boromir and Eddard Stark to demonstrate how hard we take it when he’s gone. Boromir’s loss, unlike many of the deaths in the LOTR films and books, marked a redemption for the character whose misguided desire to use the ring for good ultimately rendered him a danger to it and Middle Earth itself.

Boromir redeemed himself by defending the hobbits and paying the ultimate price in the process. As Aragorn told him, he fought bravely and kept his honor in the end.

5 The Balrog

The Balrog of Morgoth, also known as Durin’s Bane, is pretty much the Grendal to Gandalf’s Beowulf. While we have many monsters destroyed at the hands of heroes in the series, this particular monster represents so much: revenge for Gimli’s kin, one of the best battles in the films, a hero freeing not only his own company but the entire mines of Moria from unholy terror and ultimately the transformation of Gandalf the Grey himself.

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Durin’s Bane represented 500 years of terror in the mines that Gimli’s fellow dwarves called home and in sacrificing himself for both the Fellowship and the Balrog’s destruction, Gandalf rid a portion of Middle Earth of evil as a first major step toward securing the safety of the entire land.

4 Gandalf The Grey

Gandalf the Grey’s loss was one of the most significant in the series not only because it marked a selfless sacrifice in which Gandalf gave his own life to help his company to safety, imploring with them, “Fly, you fools!” but also because it transformed him into a new, powerful White Wizard, which was just what the Fellowship needed in order to stand a chance against Saruman.

Olórin’s return was one of the happiest moments in the entire series, giving joy to the fans who thought they’d lost him for good as well as the Fellowship itself–particularly poor Frodo, who didn’t know his friend had made it out alive until they met again at the end.

3 The Witch-King Of Ang-Mar

The Witch-King’s death itself was a much-needed win for the heroes of Middle Earth since the Black Captain, also known as the Lord of the Nazgûl, controlled the Ringwraiths and gave the Frodo and his companions, as well as the humans of Middle Earth, so much trouble. His demise was considered unattainable since no man could slay him, but we all know what happened next.

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The fact that Éowyn slayed the Witch-King is so significant because there aren’t any other women as heroes in the story. Sure, Galadriel and Arwyn play their parts but Tolkien isn’t known for writing many roles for strong women–or positive roles for people of color, for that matter. Arwyn gives the film some much-needed representation and the Witch-King’s death proves that women can be heroes and that, along with one of the tale’s main themes, no one should be underestimated.

2 Gollum

Even after all he’s done, the loss of Gollum still seems bittersweet after witnessing just how badly the ring warped the creature’s mind. The person he once was long forgotten, Gollum steals the ring and finally possesses his beloved Precious even as he falls to his doom with it in Mount Doom itself.

In this moment, Gollum does what Frodo could not and destroys the One Ring, even without meaning to do so. He unwittingly saves Middle Earth, destroys Sauron and proves, once and for all, that underestimating the significance of anyone, as Gandalf predicted, would be a terrible mistake.

1 Sauron

The most major death in all of the Lord of the Rings films is obviously Sauron’s. It was the goal of the Fellowship to destroy the ring and its master to protect Middle Earth all along, and when he perished all of their hard work, all of the other losses here, gained meaning. No heroes died in vain and no monsters were vanquished without purpose.

Sauron’s demise proved not only that there was good left in the world to vanquish evil, but that even the smallest of us can make the biggest difference. This is the magic of Tolkien’s work and even with its issues, it reminds us that, as Sam told Frodo, “in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something.”

NEXT: 10 Storylines From The LotR Books That Should Be Made Into Their Own Movies


2019-04-17 01:04:06

Sara Schmidt

Lord Of The Rings TV Show Reportedly Starts Filming In Scotland This August

Filming for the new Lord of the Rings TV show may be happening this year and could take place in Scotland. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s much-loved trilogy of books, it is anticipated that filming could commence as early as August 2019, with Leith being the possible new home for the expensive new series.

The series is being made by streaming giants Amazon and, with its $1 billion budget, is being touted as the biggest budget series in TV history. The Lord of the Rings TV show was first reported in late 2017, with the series eventually landing at Amazon. Since then, news has been slim on production, but it appears filming could begin as soon as this summer.

Related: What To Expect From Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Show

The Daily Record reports that the proposed site for this project has already delivered on production for blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War last year, and so it is envisaged that this could add another string to the bow of the Scottish TV and film industry. It will also help to alleviate concerns that Scotland is missing out on such ventures due to lack of studio space. While this will be a welcome boost to the industry, this isn’t completely new to Scotland, where filming and production has taken place for the Netflix historical drama, Outlaw King, and which houses the production of Outlander at Ward Park Studios in Cumbernauld.

While it’s not yet clear what the focus of the series will be, Amazon executives hinted that, though it will not be a remake of the books or films, it will contain characters that fans are familiar with and whose journeys they will be keen to explore. Some fans have speculated that Aragorn will be the main player here, though a map revealed by the show’s official social media confirms it will be set in the Second Age, 3000 years before the movies. Fans can also rest assured that with help from the Tolkien Estate and Trust, the heritage of such a canonical text will be respected. But it will be at least 2021 until this will be revealed, when the Lord of the Rings TV show is likely to air.

For now though, Amazon is refusing to comment and so it is a waiting game for those eager to know if such a production will grace the new Scottish studios. Scotland has already proved that it can deliver and is anxious to become a major player when it comes to filming and production. The UK has seen a resurgence in recent years when it comes to producing high-end TV drama, with studios like Bad Wolf springing up in Wales, producing shows such as A Discovery of Witches and the upcoming His Dark Materials starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Filming of the Lord of the Rings series in Scotland would be a triumph not just for Scotland, but for the UK TV and film industry in general.

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Source: The Daily Record


2019-04-15 10:04:27

Melanie Smith

7 Things in Lord Of The Rings Canon That Peter Jackson Ignored

Love them or leave them, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson is in some ways very different from the novels we all know and love. Some of the changes were more aesthetic than not, while others we’ll never be able to forgive. Some of the changes were made for the sake of pacing or timing, and to be fair the movies would have all been at least twice as long without those edits. But that doesn’t always make the changes sit right to fans.

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Here is a short list of some of the most frustrating bits of canon that Peter Jackson ignored when making his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

7 The Reason Merry & Pippin Join the Quest

Merry and Pippin are all cute and cheerful in both the novels and the movies, but there’s a dramatic shift between the two. In the novels Merry and Pippin are shockingly perceptive; being well aware that Frodo was in some sort of danger and planning on making a mad run. Knowing that they were likely to be headed into danger, the stubborn pair refused to let Frodo go off on his own (yes, Sam was going with, but without their support, it hardly counts).

In the movies, the pair are shown as bumbling hobbits. They’re clearly being used as comic relief at points. They ended up along the quest because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It gave no justice to their true characters or their loyalty.It may seem like a small change, but it did set the tone for these two characters and their appearances for the rest of the movies.

6 The Scouring of the Shire

It is mind-boggling that the Scouring of the Shire was left out of the movies. It was an important lesson for the hobbits and the readers alike to learn, so it seems strange that it got completely overlooked. At the end of the Return of the King, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin all come back home to the Shire…only to find it fundamentally changed. The Shire did not escape the war unscathed. Here they find that Saruman (disguised as Sharkey) had run from his tower to the Shire to take over their homeland.

The Scouring of the Shire represented the Hobbits learning to stand against tyranny on their own. They had to fight for their homeland in a way they never expected, from an enemy they didn’t see coming. This chapter has been considered vital by many, and as an allegory for what happened to Britain after World War II. Considering how influenced Tolkien was by the war, this seems extremely likely. The closest we get to this chapter is the briefest hint when a glimpse of the future is shown – and even then nothing really comes of it. It’s a shame this part was left out, though Peter Jackson to this day defends his choice.

5 The Elves’ Reason for Leaving

In the movies, it was never really made clear that the Elves must leave regardless of the outcome. If Sauron wins, the reason is fairly obvious. But even if he lost, the Elves must depart. Their power had been weakening, and they had become somewhat dependent on the power supplied by their rings. If the one ring is destroyed, then so are their rings.

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The movie pretty much glossed over this, however, showing it as the Elves leaving almost like they were giving up hope for the battle. It seemed at times like the Elves just assumed that the battle was already lost, and thus not worth staying. When in truth the Elves had invested so much in the battles before this and had high hopes for the outcome of this one. It was simply beyond them to stay and help.

4 Aragorn, Arwen, & Elrond

The relationship dynamics between Aragon, Arwen, and Elrond are a bit skewed between the novels and the movies. It might not have been a big deal, had they not played a major part in how things turned out. Aragon and Arwin were fiercely loyal to one another. Arwen had pled herself to Aragon some fifty years before the novels began, and that is not something Elves turn back on lightly. Thus she simply would not have considered leaving the way she did in the movie; she was tied to Aragorn one way or the other.

Likewise, Elrond wouldn’t have pushed Arwen to leave the way we were shown. He adored Aragorn in his own way – he was, in essence, the uncle or foster father for many of Aragorn’s line, and thus respected Aragorn highly. He thought that if anyone could get the humans through this battle it would be this man. There was tension built here that didn’t need to be. These three were very happily set in their own agreements and opinions. The changes weren’t needed, and the time could have been better spent on other areas that needed more explaining.

3 The Elf Army Appearance

In the movies, during the battle of Helms Deep, the fighters are given a sudden sense of hope as an Elven army arrives at their doors. This does not happen in the books. There simply were not enough Elves to go around at that point. There certainly weren’t enough of them that they’d be so willing to risk and throw away their lives like this. And once again, the Elves have been weakening for years. This land can no longer be their home. It doesn’t seem likely that the Elves would choose to stay and fight for a land that they will never be a part of again.

RELATED: LOTR: 10 Facts About Elves They Left Out Of The Movies

Another important point; the Elves were actively engaged in their own battle by this point in the novel. So they truly did not have the forces to spare, not even if they had been otherwise willing to. Admittedly the moment was very inspiring and heartwarming, which is likely what Peter Jackson was going for. There were other opportunities he could have gone with here though.

2 Tom Bombadil

Tom Bombadil was the biggest character left out of the movie adaptations. There were reasons for it, we’re sure (pacing, having to explain his character, etc), but it still stings. Tom Bombadil is a unique force in the world of Lord of the Rings. Many argue that he’s a great evil perfectly hiding as a crazy – but powerful – old man. Others are less convinced. In the novels, Tom Bombadil was one of the first encounters the Hobbits had all on their own. This odd encounter turns out to be extremely important later, but we’ll get to that. Tom helps Frodo to free Merry and Pippin from Old Man Willow, only to then invite the travelers back to his home.

Frodo trusted this man so much that he allowed Tom Bombadil to inspect the ring – yes, that ring. The ring notably had no effect on Tom Bombadil. Tom Bombadil saved the Hobbits once more after their parting. Tom is one of those characters that fans love to debate about. Still, no matter how one feels about him, we must all agree that he took care of the Hobbits and they likewise learned a lot from him. Not to mention the items they gained with his help.

1 Barrow-Blades

Since we just talked about Tom Bombadil and his importance to the plot, we may as well cover the other reason Tom Bombadil is important. And this fact has inarguably long-reaching effects. Tom Bombadil is the reason the four Hobbits have Barrow-Blades.Barrow-Blades are the iconic short blades we see the Hobbits carrying in the movies (not Frodo’s, of course). These blades were found in a wight’s barrow, hence the name.

These blades were also known as Daggers of Westernesse, and were forged by those very men. They’re old blades, but they have one unique property to them. You see, these blades were enchanted by an Arthedian weaponsmith. Their purpose? They get around the protections cast upon the Ringwraiths. When Merry stabbed the Witch King during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, he significantly weakened the foe, allowing for Eowyn to strike the killing blow. The focus of this moment in the movies was shifted to Eowyn, diminishing the role that Merry (and thus the blades and Tom Bombadil) played in the movie.

NEXT: 10 Most Controversial Changes Made To LOTR In The Movie Adaptations


2019-03-20 03:03:43

Cat Wyatt

Ranked: The Various Races In Lord Of The Rings From Weakest To Strongest

Few authors create worlds with the richness and depth of J.R.R. Tolkien. The landmarks, landscapes, creatures and races he created have inspired generations of people around the globe. Each race is fully fleshed out with its own unique culture. Some even have fully developed languages spoken by avid fans. We’ve analyzed the races from the Tolkien universe and ranked them from weakest to strongest.

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In a world as diverse as Tolkein’s it’s important to know where each race stands in the pecking order. The positions of some races my surprise you. Humans rank pretty low on the list. We think you’ll agree that the average man on the street wouldn’t stand a chance against most of Tolkien’s characters.

10 HOBBITS

Hobbits are one of the most important races in all of Lord Of The Rings lore. They’re celebrated for their contributions to shire culture and both Bilbo and Frodo are legends. The main hobbits featured in the books and films are an exception to the rule.

Most are not brave, hearty and adventurous. Hobbits are one of the weakest races in the LOTR universe. Most could be defeated by simply ruining their lunch. Hobbits are charming and valuable people but they aren’t a very strong race.

9 TROLLS

Trolls may be huge and physically very strong but they lack the basic skills that make most other races much more formidable. They don’t have the intelligence to use even the most basic strategy. Trolls are incredibly easy to outsmart.

A human child could lay a successful trap for these cruel and dim creatures. Trolls have no forethought and seem to have little self-preservation instincts. Their sensitivity to the sun makes them vulnerable every day. With a weakness that huge and no ability to evade mind games they’re easily defeated.

8 MEN

Men hold an interesting place in the list. While most other races in the Tolkien universe can easily beat men for strength and constitution few possess the intelligence that makes this race so threatening. Men are masters of strategy capable of outwitting most creatures.

They’re also capable of great feats of endurance and can outlast opponents by sheer force of will. The indomitable spirit of man makes him a fierce opponent, especially in large numbers. For what they lack in size they make up for with cunning and courage.

7 DWARVES

Don’t let the small stature of Dwarves fool you. They are stout and hearty folk with who are renown for their iron will and battle readiness. A Dwarven army is a force to be reckoned with. This race of steadfast fighters are small but incredibly strong.

Female Dwarves are just as ferocious and skilled as their male counterparts. Most races would easily find themselves bested by a force or dwarves. Singled out by creatures larger than themselves they may easily fall, but in large numbers, they’re a brutal and efficient fighting force.

6 Orks

The orcs are a strong race that is exceptionally ferocious. They are dark, cruel and twisted. They find themselves unencumbered by morality or conscience. Orcs are physically very muscular but they have a serious weakness.

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They can not stand sunlight rendering them defenseless during the day. Their minds are also weak against great evil and they are easily dominated. Ork armies can raze cities to dust and fell armies. They are also a clever and cunning race capable of intelligent battle strategy.

5 URUK-HAI

Uruk-Hai are bigger, badder orcs. They were designed exclusively for battle and thrive at war. They’re strong, resilient and intelligent. The Uruk-Hai mind has been designed to think of nothing but battle and victory.

They aren’t distracted by other interests like many races. Their armies are highly organized and disciplined increasing their ferocity in numbers. An Uruk-Hai army is not a force many would relish facing. Even in single combat, an opponent would have to be highly trained to defeat an Uruk-Hai.

4 ELVES

Similar in size to men you may think of elves as equals to humans. Elves live much, much longer lifespans than mortal men. They are considered immortal unless they choose to die. They don’t have to live in fear of old age or disease.

They possess skills and that eclipse those of humans. They’re more agile, faster and have sharer senses. Elves have always been looked to for aid against the forces of evil. One notable elf was even said to have defeated a Balrog alone.

3 DRAGONS

Dragons could easily be considered one of the strongest races in the Tolkien universe based on incredible size alone. Dragons are massive, dwarfing almost all other creatures. They possess the ability to fly which allows them to best any grounded race.

They’re also adept swimmers capable of remaining submerged for extended periods of time. A dragon’s fiery breath and powerful claws make this race dangerous and deadly. They aren’t unintelligent creatures but their unmatched avarice can make them easy to trick.

2 EAGLES

The Eagles are a wise and ancient race that have many impressive strengths. They’re faster and more agile than dragons. If they successfully avoid a dragon’s flaming breath they could potentially best one in battle. These powerful creatures can take to the sky to avoid most retaliation from grounded foes.

They are susceptible to areal attack and siege weapons but their incredible reflexes give them the ability to avoid most projectiles. These majestic, ancient birds are an impressive race with few natural enemies.

1 BALROGS

Few creatures could overpower a Balrog. These ancient fiends are so powerful even the great Gandalf was terrified to face one. Balrogs are the demented result of a great wizard being twisted by evil. They take on the living form of fire and shadow and appear as great winged demons. The Balrog were once immortal spirits who inhabited the mortal bodies of wizards.

Once they became dark and irredeemable they took their demonic forms and served in the armies of Melkor. Most of them were defeated at the end of the First Age but some escaped and hid deep into the earth.

NEXT: 10 Shows To Watch If You Like Lord of the Rings



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2019-02-22 01:02:10

10 Shows To Watch If You Like Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is a classic for a reason – it’s a phenomenal story with plenty of sword-swinging adventure thrown in. With months, and maybe years, to go before the Lord of the Rings TV show hits Amazon Prime, fans are chomping at the bit for their next bingeable fantasy drama series. It’s hard to find that perfect mix of action, drama, and magic that is oh so satisfying to watch. We’ve scoured all of Middle Earth in search of the binge-worthiest shows fit for a king. So let’s Netflix and dine at the Great Hall with these ten shows to watch if you like Lord of the Rings.

10. Spartacus

Spartacus Blood and Sand

Inspired by the historical figure of the same name, Spartacus follows a Thracian gladiator who, from 73 to 71 BCE, led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua. Early seasons focused on the events of Spartacus’ obscure early life leading up to the beginning of historical records. The story is a little thin, but the action sequences are stunning, having their stunts nominated for an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

9. Black Sails

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8. Robin Hood

Before two awful Robin Hood movies, there was this 2006 BBC series. Based solely on the traditional stories of legendary English folk hero of the same name, Robin Hood sees the titular character returned to England after five years fighting in the Third Crusade as part of the King’s Guard. He is shocked to find the Sheriff of Nottingham running the town with an iron fist upon his return. Robin is soon made an outlaw, and takes it upon himself to steal from the rich to feed the poor along with his gang, which consists of his best friend Much; two young men he saved from hanging, Will Scarlett and Allan A Dale,  the ex-leader of a band of outlaws already in the woods, Little John; and another young man named Royston White.

7. Merlin

Merlin from BBC's Merlin

Merlin >is a re-imagining of the legend in which the future King Arthur and Merlin are young contemporaries. Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon has banned magic in Camelot, its use punishable by death, forcing Merlin to keep his magical powers secret from everyone in Camelot other than his mentor Gaius. Arthur grows from a young, self-absorbed boy to the mighty king in the legends, and Merlin develops into his colossal role in creating the powerful Camelot.

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>6. The Hollow Crown

For good, historical dramas one need not look further than the BBC. Taking seven of William Shakespeare’s plays and turning them into mini-series, The Hollow Crown features a star-studded lineup of Britain’s best, including Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, and more. These aren’t adaptations of Romeo And Juliet, though. The Hollow Crown focuses on The Bard’s Henriad – the plays about the monarchs of England before and during the War of the Roses. Spanning over 100 years, this mega-series is as good as it gets.

5. Vikings

Created for the History Channel in 2013, >Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse folk heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian King, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. After Ragnar’s death, the later seasons follow the fortunes of his sons, and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

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4. Legend Of The Seeker

Based on the book series The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, Legend of the Seeker follows the journeys of a long-awaited “Seeker of Truth” named Richard Cypher, a Confessor named Kahlan Amnell, a wizard named Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, and a Mord-Sith named Cara as they defend the people of their realm against tyranny and destruction. A fun series that only lasted two seasons, Legend of the Seeker has a little bit of something for everyone.

3. The Shannara Chronicles

Another series based on books by a well-known fantasy author, The Shannara Chronicles is based on the >Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks. Set in the fictional Four Lands, demons start to return after being banished from this world to a place known as the Forbidding – locked by an ancient tree called the Ellcrys. The series chronicles the journey of Wil, Amberle and Eretria who, with the guidance of the last druid Allanon, must go on a quest to protect the Ellcrys from dying and releasing all the banished demons back into the Four Lands.

2. The Last Kingdom

Ola Rapace in The Last Kingdom Season 3

A British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels, The Last Kingdom is set in the late 9th century AD, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered, and effectively ruled by Danes in many areas. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes. Very much the BBC response to Game of Thrones, this show plays fast and loose with the lives of beloved characters.

1. Game Of Thrones

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

This show needs no introduction. If you aren’t already watching this show, you need to go binge every episode right now. Game of Thrones has mastered the art of combining a vast, complicated plot with action, suspense, and mystery. We still don’t know how it’s all going to end, and with several prequel series inked for the future, it’s possible that the small screen adaptation of the song of ice and fire may never truly end.

NEXT: 10 Facts You Need To Know About House Targaryen



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2019-01-24 01:01:57

Mortal Engines Footage Description: First 25 Minutes Debuts At NYCC

Following The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Jackson returns as a producer on Mortal Engines, and at the movie’s New York Comic Con panel, the first 25 minutes of footage debuted; we offer a brief breakdown of what’s included.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines takes place in a futuristic world where cities are moving beasts that roam the world searching for fuel to keep moving. Meanwhile, smaller also mobile towns have become the prey of larger city-states like London. The film follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a fugitive with a deadly grudge against London’s Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). Hester runs across historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she attempts to defeat Valentine and protect smaller cities and towns from the insatiable hunger that is London.

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Ahead of the film’s release in December, Jackson, Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers and members of the cast appeared on a panel at NYCC. Prior to a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers during the Mortal Engines NYCC panel, Andy Serkis presented the first 25 minutes of the movie. Much of the opening footage focused on building out the world of Mortal Engines. The film kicks off with an opening monologue setting the stage for the post-apocalyptic world (what Jackson refers to as a “post-post-apocalyptic” world) following the 60-Minute War that destroyed society as we know it.

After the voiceover, viewers get to meet Hester, who’s on a cliff and spots the approaching predator city of London. Once she sees the oncoming, mobile city, Hester runs back to a grouping of smaller, mobile towns that break apart and start running from London. Hester is stuck on one town that can’t seem to get its engines started and winds up being the “prey” pursued by London. The town flees across the open land, which Jackson referred to as “the great hunting ground” (essentially, where Europe used to be). The chase sequence continues for much of the opening, as the smaller town is chased by London and attempts to lose the larger city-state amid some foothills. While the sequence is filled with tension, the town is eventually caught by London and “ingested.”

On board London, Tom meets Katherine Valentine (Leila George) at the London Museum, where he shows her some of the artifacts he’s collected to help with her research into the 60-Minute War. Tom shows Katherine a video of a pre-war city being destroyed using some kind of quantum technology. Then, Tom reveals he’s been collecting similarly dangerous technology, some of which has been stolen. Once London ingests the smaller town, Tom is tasked with going down to sort through it for valuable artifacts, and he’s accompanied by Katherine. There, they meet Thaddeus, but Hester is lurking in the crowd of people moving from the town into London. When she has a moment, she attempts to assassinate Thaddeus, but she’s stopped by Tom and has to flee.

The final sequence of the footage screened includes a foot chase through the ingested mining town as Hester runs from Tom and Thaddeus (though the latter is following more slowly due to the injury Hester inflicted). Hester flees from Tom through the town as it’s being destroyed by massive saws and metal jaws. Eventually, she reaches a platform that overlooks a tunnel out of London and she jumps. Tom catches her and Hester tells him to ask Thaddeus about her mother, revealing that Thaddeus murdered her mother. Then she forces Tom to drop her and when Tom does mention to Thaddeus what Hester said, Thaddeus pushes Tom down the tunnel and out of London.

Altogether, the footage shown at NYCC for Mortal Engines introduced an expansive world akin to that of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with sweeping, beautiful visuals. It remains to be seen if Mortal Engines turns out to be a massive blockbuster success on par with the trilogies for which Jackson is most well known. But, with Jackson on board as a producer and Rivers at the helm, it’s clear Mortal Engines will provide some stunning sequences for moviegoers – which they’ll get to see when the film hits theaters in December.

Next: The Biggest Changes Mortal Engines Makes to the Book



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2018-10-05 12:10:02 – Molly Freeman