“I didn’t think it would end this way.”
“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… then you see it!”
“What? Gandalf? See what?”
“White shores… and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.”
“Well, that isn’t so bad.”
“No. No, it isn’t.”
Wasn’t actually sure that I liked ROTK during/right after I watched it, but it’s really stuck with me. I wasn’t as emotional over it as I thought I’d be (which was, oddly enough, a disappointment), BUT AT THE SAME TIME. It’s a wonderful film in an incredible trilogy. I read somewhere that the books were actually just one big book that Tolkien’s publisher split into a trilogy, and I feel like you have to watch the movies one right after another as well. You get the full impact that way. There’s a couple days coming up this summer where most of my family will be away camping and I’ll be at home…and I’m already kinda planning to do a marathon then.
Random thoughts, as always:
- I have a question. Is Éowyn’s crush on Aragorn something that’s canon to the book? Because it just really confused me, especially because of her ending up with Faramir at the end. Like, there didn’t seem to be much point to her liking Aragorn in the first place. Besides all that, Éowyn was the boss. I’m going to have to read the books and possibly rewatch the movies to fully understand her and her motivations, but I already like her from the relatively little I know of her. Also, I’m disappointed that we only got like three tiny scenes of her and Faramir healing together and being in love. Most disappointed.
- Éowyn and Merry’s relationship is THE BEST. As is Faramir and Pippin’s.
- I would follow Gandalf into battle any old day. I love how he knocks out Faramir’s dad (THANK you!) and sets up directing/encouraging the troops himself. So, so epic. Gandalf is one of my faves.
- The word that comes to mind when I think of Faramir is ‘gentle’. ❤
- Okay, but I canNOT with the Frodo/Sam storyline. I can’t even put into words how awe-inspiring and unbelievable (in a good way) I find their quest in this film. In the previous two movies, there was a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere. And even when there wasn’t that, the Ring wasn’t quite so heavy on Frodo and they weren’t in such danger of discovery. But in ROTK? It’s insane what they brave, what they go through to destroy the Ring. And then just imagine how absolutely sick and devastated Sam would feel when, at the last moment, Frodo can’t destroy the Ring. It’s all too much!!!
- Frodo is amazing. And Sam was amazing in this one as well. AND THAT ENDING WHERE THEY SAY GOODBYE. THEY’VE COME SO FAR AND FRODO SACRIFICED HIMSELF FOR THE SHIRE AND NOW HE CAN’T GO BACK. AHHHH.
- One thing I found ridiculous and corny was how Sauron’s eye was, like, a big searchlight. Idk why, but it just struck me as stupid and it didn’t fit with the general tone of the film (neither did those two Wilhelm Screams 😒).
- Also, I somehow managed to be doing other stuff during many of Arwen’s scenes, so her reunion with Aragorn didn’t have the impact it should have. (In fact, I’m not totally sure what all her scenes were about, because of being distracted.) A rewatch/reading the books is definitely called for!
- There’s other stuff too, but I’m just going to leave this post here.
What do you think of Return of the King? Where does it fall in your ranking of the three films? (I still like Fellowship the best.) Let me know in the comments!