Category: Lord of the Rings

  • Is Frodo Baggins a Bad Protagonist?

    Is Frodo Baggins a Bad Protagonist?

    Of all the characters in Lord of the Rings, Frodo tends to get the most hate and criticism. It’s fairly easy to see why. Compared to characters like Gandalf, Aragorn, or even the other hobbits, he doesn’t have that much presence. Especially in the films, which is the version of the story most people are […]

  • 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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]