Guess what momentous occasion takes place tomorrow.
It’s a birthday. A very special birthday.
Lord of the Rings turns 62 (not quite Eleventy-One yet, but we’re getting there).
Consider this the pre-party post. If you’ve been following the Silmarillion Awards the past several weeks, this is the pinnacle. The awards were to celebrate fantasy and—ultimately—celebrate the publication of the masterpiece that laid the groundwork for the fantasy genre as we know it.
Little did Tolkien know the great empire that would spring up, built upon those first humble whisperings of greatness.
As a lover of fantasy, I can’t fully express my amazement at the scope and beauty of Lord of the Rings, nor show enough gratitude for the rich landscape of fantasy novels that followed.
Lord of the Rings ranks up there on any fantasy fan’s list of favorites. To celebrate this pre-birthday party, let’s jump into a list of favorites, LOTR-style.
Lord of the Rings Favorites
Favorite quote, thanks to good old Sam:
Favorite humorous line (from the movie): When, after Legolas goes super-elf and takes down one of the towering Mumakil and its riders, Gimli stares for a moment, then says, “That still only counts as one.”
Favorite character: This is a tough one. Ultimately, I think I have to go with Sam. He’s loyal to the end, unwavering, determined. Thought Frodo in many ways is the hero of the story, he “wouldn’t have gotten far without Sam.”
Favorite scene: So many to choose from. In the book, I loved reading and rereading The Bridge of Khazad-dum chapter, particularly the part where Gandalf saves them and falls into the abyss.
In the movie, it has to be the scene when the Riders of Rohan charge into the black sea of Mordor’s horde as the sun rises. Gives me chills every time.
Favorite song: I’m torn between Into the West and May It Be. They’re both infused with a haunting beauty in their own right. But I think I have to choose Into the West.
Favorite movie: Return of the King.
Favorite battle: Helm’s Deep. In both the book and movie, it’s more intriguing, more compelling, than the battle for Minas Tirith (I enjoyed the movie’s version much more).
Favorite creature: This is going to sound weird, but…Smeagol. He’s not my favorite in the ordinary sense of the word, but he adds such an intriguing dimension to the story. He’s both despicable and pitiful, a picture of the twisted result of the Ring’s power.
Favorite location: Minas Tirith. Can’t go wrong with the White City. Not only is it epic, it also hits ten out of ten on the cool scale.
Favorite meme, starring Boromir of course: