Let’s begin with a refresher, shall we?
- Lord of the Rings is my favorite book and movie series
- The most important theme: fight for what you believe in.
- Why this book/movie series is important to me.
I watch very few television shows or movies nowadays that are really any good, with a few exceptions usually distributed by Netflix. That, however, is for another post.
And now to continue…
With Frodo and Sam on an epic journey to save Middle-Earth from the dark lord Sauron, Merry, Pippin, and, sometimes, Gimli provide quite necessary comic relief throughout the trilogy. In all seriousness, both of them fight for a chance to go off to war to support their fellow comrades who formed the fellowship.
Pippin: “What’s that?”
Merry: “This, my friend, is a pint!”
Pippin: “It comes in pints? I’m getting one!”
This exchange, and others, express the joviality present, despite impending doom, despite open war, despite losing faith and hope. That is how I see it, anyway.
Gimli is equally as light-hearted a character as his hobbit counterparts, without the nearly disastrous mistakes. He is a fighter, a miner of treasures, and a friend to an elf (Legolas) and a man (Aragorn).
The ending is bitter and sweet. Tolkien coined eucatastrophe to describe a conclusion that is bitter, such as Frodo accepting the fact that his actions saved the Shire (but he wouldn’t be able to enjoy it), and that is sweet, the victory over the evil forces and the reunification of the World of Men with Aragorn’s coronation.
What is your favorite book? And why?
Enjoy your weekend and comment below if there’s anything in particular you’d like to read about.