Recently I decided I wanted to reread The Lord of the Rings. I hadn’t read them since high school, which was well before the movies came out, so I wanted a little refresher.
I knew there had been parts left out, like Tom Bombadil, and other things added, like Arwen doing pretty much anything, but it was fun to go back through and read it all with so many great visuals from the movies.
I just finished Return of the King tonight, and I must say that it really is an amazing series. The pictures that Tolkien painted in words is just amazing. He created an entire world of life and places and things, and he brought you there in a way that even a documentary about a real place would struggle to do.
I repeatedly found myself in complete awe of the intricacies of his world. The detail that he utilized, while at the same time moving the story along, is simply incredible.
I have always found it ironic that I actually find Frodo’s story the less interesting of the paths that are described. With that being said, it is still a marvel to behold. I only wish there had been a way to include the cleansing of the Shire into the movies.
I realize it would be quite anticlimatic and ruin the flow of the movie, but I think it is some of the most powerful writing because of the way it shows how the Hobbits grew and changed their world when they needed to. None of us would be called in to destroy a magic ring, but each of us has the chance everyday to change our world.
We can clear out ruffians, and go about planting trees and such to beautify our world. We can take on community leadership roles to help improve our neighborhoods. We can stand up to those who carry a big stick, but are clearly in the wrong. It is not usually easy, but if a couple of Hobbits can take down the greatest power of evil ever seen, then we can do it too.