Why The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy is Perfect to Watch Now


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The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy Poster.

The Lord of The Rings Film Trilogy is still an epic theatrical masterpiece, putting to screen J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned fantasy novels in a must-see tale of good versus evil. This series’ relevance today, cinematic success, and deeper messages all come together in a 10+ hour-long story to make these 3 films perfect to binge-watch now during quarantine and a time when things seem so bad.

Even though the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy was released almost 20 years ago, the fan base continues to be strong. Just this May, the cast was reunited for a Youtube series titled “Reunited Apart”, hosted by actor Josh Gad, and it has received over 5 million views according to Youtube. What’s more is the Lord of the Ring’s still strong presence in pop culture, such as the infamous “One does not simply…” meme, as well as countless other references to the story and its characters in modern television and film.

Also, what better way to pay tribute to actor Sir Ian Holm, who passed away this June according to an article by Vanity Fair. One of his most notable roles was as Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings films, making it a perfect time to watch or rewatch the films in honor of his memory.

Cinematically, the Lord of the Rings films are something to behold. According to an article by Fascinate, the last film, The Return of the King, is the “…first and only fantasy film ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture,” a strong testament to its cinematic genius. The Return of the King also won every Oscar it was nominated for, totaling 11 awards.

But another reason to see these films, and probably the main reason people love them so much, is the story’s underlying messages. Throughout the story, one sees time and time again examples of true heroism and bravery in spite of the worst evils, a message that connects with people of every generation. Right now, everyone is facing a global pandemic and is trying to adjust to this new world, so what better message to hear than one of victory in the face of darkness, all in a fantasy world apart from reality?

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.” J.R.R. Tolkien, the original author of the Lord of the Rings books, said.

What’s more, is the story’s emphasis on fellowship. In the world and in America specifically, there is a strong divide among people due to political differences, making the message of togetherness so very refreshing and inspiring, reminding everyone the importance of coming together in times of trouble and change.

Furthermore, at a time of so much talk about women’s equality and empowerment, one of the trilogy’s characters, Eowyn, has been seen as a feminist icon even though she was created over 60 years ago.

“Éowyn is surely the strongest female character Tolkien wrote,” Jocelyn Anderson-Wood, UEA Feminist Treasurer said, “In a culture run by men, which values prowess with the sword, she recognized that she could never be considered equal to her male counterparts until she proved herself in battle. And my god, does she do that.”

Overall, these are just some of the reasons why the Lord of the Rings films are perfect to watch now. In this time, it is good to be encouraged by heroes of fantasy.

“I wish the ring had never come to me… I wish none of this had happened.” Frodo Baggins, one of the main characters of the series said.
To this, Gandalf the Grey, one of Frodo’s close friends, responded with great words of encouragement.

“So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide,” Gandalf said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”