Character Analysis, Lord of the Rings, The Mind of a Character

Is Sauron a Good Antagonist?

The Dark Lord. A fantasy antagonist more frequently used than even dragons. The numbers of stories featuring one or even multiple is beyond count. Hell, a good many of them have 'The Dark Lord' somewhere in their title! And as with most fantasy, it takes its roots in Tolkien. Specifically with the Lord of the… Continue reading Is Sauron a Good Antagonist?

Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

Return of the King (Extended Cut): The Longest Ending in Cinematic History

Seriously, this movie has, like, three endings back-to-back! Is it super satisfying? Oh, hell yes! But still! Out of all three Lord of the Rings movies, Return of the King is the one that everyone really loves. It's easily the longest, whether you're watching the theatrical or extended cut (the ladder is the only proper… Continue reading Return of the King (Extended Cut): The Longest Ending in Cinematic History

Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

The Two Towers (Extended Cut): From Book to Film, Still Underappreciated

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is the best Lord of the Rings story. Y'all are just too focused on Return of the King to admit it. Don't get me wrong, I get it. But my point still stands. The Two Towers movie has all the same advantages as Fellowship of… Continue reading The Two Towers (Extended Cut): From Book to Film, Still Underappreciated

Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Cut): The Proper Way to Watch It

There are some movies that have been around in my life for so long that I can't remember a time before them. The Iron Giant. Galaxy Quest. The original Star Wars movies (hey, even I was a kid at some point). And, of course: the Lord of the Rings series. Before I even knew how… Continue reading The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Cut): The Proper Way to Watch It

Books, How's This Book?, Lord of the Rings

Which Lord of the Rings Book Was the Best?

I want to make it clear upfront because some people might be angry about my criteria. First: I'm talking about the books, not the movies; those are for later. Second: I'll be discussing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion since all five of them are pretty deeply connected. If you… Continue reading Which Lord of the Rings Book Was the Best?