spankmypirate (spankmypirate) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Original: The most hopeful and inspiring moments from Lord of the Rings

These are stressful times for everyone, and we could all use something to lift our spirits. And for me, personally, and probably many other movie fans out there, few film series inspire more hope in the human spirit than LOTR. The book trilogy was hugely influenced by Tolkien's experiences of World War One, and all the themes of death, strife and evil are all constantly imbued with and balanced out by the themes of love, friendship, hope and faith - which eventually turn out to be victorious. Here are a few scenes I've compiled which I think should provide comfort and optimism to anyone. (Side-note: If you haven't watched LOTR, and are looking to watch something during quarantine, then you cannot do any better than this flawless masterpiece).

1. Gandalf comforts Frodo in the shadows of Moria

Beaten, exhausted and shocked after finding out that Gollum had been doing a Stalker Sarah on the Fellowship for weeks, Frodo laments, "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened." To which Gandalf replies, "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

2. Frodo leaves the Fellowship to go to Mordor - and Sam follows him

Gandalf's TED Talk above proved to be so effective that its memory surfaces as Frodo prepares to leave the Fellowship to go to Mordor alone, giving him the final push to get over his fear and set out by himself. Fortunately for him, the ever-flawless Samwise Gamgee shows up and almost drowns in refusal to abandon his friend.

3. Gandalf Returns

Gandalf returns as Gandalf the White, a more skilled and powerful wizard, giving a much-needed burst of hope to his weary and worn-out friends.


Just as Theoden rides out to meet the Uruk-hai at the battle of Helm's Deep, Gandalf arrives as he had promised with reinforcements with the Riders of Rohan. The score, the cinematography, the build-up and payoff was just... *chef's kiss*

(remember when D&D compared the Battle for Winterfell to Helm's Deep? lol.)

5. Sam's speech in Osgiliath

Many fans consider this to be the best speech in the entire trilogy, and for good reason. It's perfect for the age of the coronavirus, yet speaks to any one of us going through tough times. Sniff.

6. King Theoden's Battle Speech

There are so many things that make this scene perfection - most of all, the underlying sense that the odds are entirely stacked against Theoden and his Rohirrim, yet the former still managing to unleash an awe-inspiring speech that energises his men and will have the audience screaming "DEAAAAATHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" along with Eowyn, Merry and all the other characters on the screen.

7. Eowyn meets the Witch-King of Angmar

Eomer, hew? The good sis Eowyn stole our hearts as well as the Witch-King's head, uttering the now famous cry, "I am no man!" Awesome? You bet.

8. Aragorn's speech at the Black Gate

This scene is too magnificent to describe so I'll just c/p the entire speech here:

"My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!"

9. Sam carries Frodo on Mount Doom

Utterly spent and exhausted (no, not like that, get your minds out the gutter, and yes I was in the LOTR fandom for years so you know what the fuck I'm talking about), Frodo collapses and weeps that he is too weak to continue. Sam refuses to give up, and says that even if he can't carry the ring, he can carry Mr. Frodo.

10. My friends, you bow to no-one

THE SCENE. THE scene that is guaranteed to make you cry every. damn. time. you watch it.

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Post your favourite scenes in the comments, ONTD, along with any others you think I've missed! <3
Tags: list, lord of the rings / the hobbit, ontd original
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