SUNDAYS SEVEN | 7 OF MY FAVOURITE QUOTES OR MOMENTS IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIES…

Good afternoon book folk and happy Sunday!

As some of you may know from my recent Twitter activity I have been rewatching the Lord of the Rings movies and enjoying them sooo much! So, today my post is veering away from the traditional idea of seven books for seven days of the week but I don’t care.

My blog, my rules!

There is no order to these seven, they are just the ones that came to mind while posting, and no doubt I will love any you say too because these films are EPIC! Some will be fan favourites and others you might be like righttt, that ain’t all that!

The Lord of the Rings movies are iconic and I will always be grateful for them for various reasons, some being the resurgence of fantasy as a genre and the fact that they have been the gateway film for many fantasy readers!

Here are seven of my favourite quotes and moments from the movies…

IF BY MY LIFE OR DEATH I CAN PROTECT YOU, I WILL. YOU HAVE MY SWORD. AND YOU HAVE MY BOW. AND MY AXE.

This scene always makes me squirm with excitement! It is such an heartening moment, none who attended the council meeting stood to accept the burden of the ring for their own reasons, but when Frodo does they all offer their support. Each steps up, representing their race and accepting their piece of responsibility in this war and it is the start of something great.

WHEN PIPPIN AND MERRY REALISE FRODO IS GOING TO LEAVE…

I ADORE this scene, there is just something about it that has such an impact for me. It is the moment that Pippin and Merry see Frodo and realise he is leaving and give him his distraction. They charge to the forefront and steal the attention so he can flee. They don’t question it or a beg him to change his mind. They know. The two see it on Frodo’s face, and despite not understanding it they make the decision in that moment to help. It is so selfless and it guts me every time!

And so begins the breaking of the fellowship…

I would cut off your head, Dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground. You would die before your stroke fell.

I think what I love about this moment is that it is the moment Legolas and Gimli’s relationship has a significant change, in my opinion. The two start off hating each other ,based pff the history os heir races, and yet throughout their journey a friendship blooms and it endures. They are loyal and it is in this moment that you see Legolas will, against pretty shitty odds, defend Gimli and even die for him!

THERE’S SOME GOOD IN THIS WORLD, MR. FRODO…AND IT’S WORTH FIGHTING FOR.

FULL MONOLOGUE:

“It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But 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. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something

Sam is the real hero of this duo!

Gosh, in this moment Sam not only changes the heart of Faramir, but you even see Gollum listening! It is such a gut-wrenching moment. Sam who just wanted to see the elves, is the linchpin that holds Frodo together and when he can’t hold it any longer keeps carrying Frodo.

What makes this moment even more spectacular is that it was added to the movies, through much research of the books Jackson came up with Sam’s words.

SHALL I DESCRIBE IT TO YOU? OR WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO FIND YOU A BOX?

If this isn’t a fan favourite then I really don’t know what is!

Gimli and Legolas again feature because they have one of the best bromances ever! Gimli is hilarious with his one liners and moment of absolute humour but Legolas, when he isn’t just stating the obvious (A DIVERSION), holds his own in the humour department.

I AM NO MAN.

I have to stand up for the lades, right! Eowyn can be pretty annoying someitmes but she has her moment, and what a moment! And what is even more epic is the fact that this line is right from the bloody books!

MY FRIENDS. YOU BOW TO NO ONE.

David, this one is for you my friend!

Aragorn is at no point during the movies arrogant, he never sees himself as more and never underestimates those around him. So, when Merry, pippin, Sam and Frodo bow to him and he begs them stand, it is so humbling. He knows their worth, and what they have done!

Honourable Mentions…

“THE BATTLE OF HELM’S DEEP IS OVER: THE BATTLE OF MIDDLE EARTH IS ABOUT TO BEGIN.”

“A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day.”

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

“PO-TAY-TOES! BOIL ‘EM, MASH ‘EM, STICK ‘EM IN A STEW.”

“SO IT BEGINS.”

“FRODO WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN FAR WITHOUT SAM.”

“I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” 

“MY PRECIOUS.”

Ok, I’m going to stop because I could do this ALL DAY! I really could, so see you later folks!


BOOK REVIEW | THE HOBBIT BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN & NARRATED BY ANDY SERKIS

Good Evening Bookish Folk!

Today I will be posting my review of Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’. Firstly, I would like to say this book has been one of my favourite books for a long time and will continue to be so. It probably, to many, doesn’t stand up to the modern day but this book will forever have a place in my bookish soul.

A few facts about .:

  • Title: The Hobbit
  • Author: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Series: Standalone
  • Published by  Harper Collins
  • Pages: 322
  • Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins

Synopsis:

Add It To Your Goodreads!

The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar! 

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from :

  • A classical fantasy tale;
  • Reluctant hero;
  • Dragons;
  • Middle Earth;
  • A charming adventure; and
  • A fun read.

On to the full review…

As I have said before I have always loved The Hobbit, it is one of my favourite books!It is captivating, fun and an epic tale of adventure and friendship. There is little I can say that has not already been said my the masses so i’m expecting this review tone quite short.

First off, as I reread this by way of the Audiobook I am going to say a few things about that…

ANDY SERKIS IS FREAKING AMAZING!

I haven’t listened to the other narration and never will, many I know have said it is beyond drab and utterly boring. Which is not what this book deserves, this book deserves to be told by a super talented narrator. Thankfully, Andy Serkis is just that!

Serkis does not disappoint he is an utterly engaging narrator, each voice and character is unique and he brought a new and fresh breath of life to this old gem for me!

In terms of the book itself it is set in a breathtaking world and filled with loveable characters. I always remember the birds of old in this book, the listening thrush and the old truthful bird who gathers the other Dwarves for Thorin. All these little details fill the world and add to the lore and history of these stunning lands.

Bilbo is an utter joy to read, his dry sense of humour mixed with his longing for home is pure gold. I love how Bilbo develops in this tale and creates lifelong relationships. The dwarves are also a great bunch to journey with and obviously Gandalf is brilliant. I love the old wizard as it is because I LOVE Lord of the Rings but seeing him in this book and what seemed like a little grumpier was great!

I feel like this is quite a well paced book, I didn’t feel overwhelmed much by heaving descriptions and found that the story was continuously moving, I probably couldn’t describe this a fast paced book but it didn’t feel like a slog to me.

I will say reading this book again makes me truly dislike the movies. I wasn’t overly impressed with them in the first case but now remembering how much they missed and changed…just urghhh. There was no need.

As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale.

I personally would buy The Hobbit in hardback, I love this book along with Lord of the Rings. I have the stunning leather-bound editions and have every intention of buying the newest illustrated edition too!!

  • This book has and forever will hold special place in my heart, I loved it when I first read it and I adore Middle Earth.
  • I’m well aware someone who hasn’t read it before may feel it to be childish and not modern, but it isn’t a modern book so its not going to be.

AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!