Confession Time. (LotR style)

15/100 pictures from The Lord of the Rings  I've always loved this image. It's one of the last times that Frodo is like a regular, care-free Hobbit
I’m a pretty big fan of The Lord of the Rings. Love the movies. I mean, I’m not quite as big of a fan as many people I know. I’m definitely more in tune with Harry Potter and ATLA, but all things considered, I’m pretty into it. The Return of the King is the only movie I’ve ever seen in IMAX (and it was amazing!) and I just received the extended edition on blu-ray for Christmas. 
(BEST CHRISTMAS EVER)
A small confession: Before this week, I had never seen the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring or Return of the King.

Deacon and I have spent many hours of the last few days watching them, and I must tell you that it is like watching a completely different movie. Sure, there were changes that I thought could have been left out, like this:
Eomer finds Eowyn. This scene is heart wrenching.  ~Eomer gets Big Brother of the Year award~
areddhels: Today in Middle-Earth: The wounded come to the Houses of Healing; Aragorn comes to the City (March 15th, 3019 T.A.).  ’Let us not stay at the door, for the time is urgent. Let us enter! For it is only in the coming of Aragorn that any hope remains for the sick that lie in the House. Thus spake Ioreth, wise-woman of Gondor: The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known.’
Okay I realize that a lot of people probably love this scene but Eowyn was perfectly okay in the scene before it and then suddenly she’s not.
But then there were parts that I couldn’t believe got cut from the film, like this:
and this:
Lord of the Rings Extended Edition - Mouth of Sauron. Creepiest villain in entire trilogy...on screen for about 2 minutes.
I felt like I understood the story so much more with the extended editions. Which leads me to my other confession.
I have never read The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I’ve read The Hobbit, though I barely remember any of it. And I own all the books, but I’ve never actually gotten around to reading them.
#whatshouldwecallme When I open the fridge and see that my mom has gone grocery shopping
I’M NOT A REAL FAN, I KNOW OKAY.
But I had so many questions while watching these movies again that I was constantly googling things.

 Where do the wizards come from? What’s the deal with the necklace that Arwen gives Aragorn? What’s the real difference between orcs and goblins?  Are other dwarves still alive? Why does Galadriel go all crazy in the first film? What makes Shadowfax the “lord of all horses”? Why does Aragorn have a ridiculously long lifespan? What do they mean when they say his line was broken years ago? What’s the deal with the eagles? 
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.   No english word so will use the norwegian one. Barsk!
So. Many. Questions.
So I’ve resolved to do one of two  three things:
1) Finally buckle down and read the books.
2) Watch the extended editions with someone who knows their stuff.
3) Rely on bonus features, commentaries, and wikipedia.

Obviously, I’m probably going to do all three.

Not sure when this will happen, but it will happen, I will become a true fan, I will!
"For Frodo" -Aragorn
P.S. I cried like never before while watching the extended editions.
Aragorn telling the hobbits, “You bow to no one.” It gets me every time.
Lord of the Rings: "My friends. You bow to no one." Little hobbit heroes! (gif)
CUE TEARS.
AND THIS TOO:
Oh, Sam.
Hope you’re all enjoying 2015! I’m currently still trying to get through Jane Eyre. Ugh.
–Emily 

8 Comments

  1. Dr. Sus
    January 6, 2015

    I'm in the same boat as you. I enjoyed the books but don't consider myself a fangirl. And it is QUITE a canon to dive into. I've read 2/3 of the books and watched all three movies (not extended), and I still couldn't answer all your questions. Granted, I haven't read them in a few years. Anyway, if you want to get REALLY HARDCORE you could read The Silmarillion, which is basically a history of Middle Earth. I've never read it, but my older brother did.

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  2. Sarah Grace
    January 7, 2015
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  3. Rebecca Huskey
    January 7, 2015

    Ask the poor Johnson family…I am a huge Tolkien fan. I have resolved to finally read The Simarillion and Unfinished Tales this year (which I own and haven't gottento, see you aren't alone!). But Tolkien is so smooth and sing song-y that you will fly through the series. Feel free to talk to me about anything Tolkien! Haha I need another Middle Earth nerd…one that is willing to listen, that is! Haha -Becca Huskey

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  4. Hannah Mary
    January 8, 2015

    This post is awesome. I'm a Middle Earth fan (just wrote a post about it myself, actually) so I love reading about what other people think of it. Personally, I think you can be a "real fan" even if you haven't read the books! But the books *are* wonderful.

    I just found your blog, and I think it's lovely. 🙂

    P.S – I 100% agree. I refuse to watch non-extended edition. So many of my favorite scenes are extended!

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  5. Emily
    January 8, 2015

    Thanks for stopping by! I'll have to check out your post over Middle Earth. =)

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  6. Emily
    January 8, 2015

    I'm a pretty slow reader (surprisingly enough) so I'm not sure I'll fly by, but I'll definitely tell you when I start reading so we can have nice talks about Middle Earth. Let me know how the Simarillion and Unfinished Tales are. =)

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  7. Emily
    January 8, 2015

    Thanks Sarah!

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  8. Emily
    January 8, 2015

    I'm wondering how you could get through the first two books and not get to The Return of the King? It seems to be the most amazing of them all, from what I've seen in the movies. =)

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