(Meaning, if fangirling over The Lord of the Rings annoys you, you might want to skip this post.)
This artist is talented...
I love how the same story can be told in such a different yet complementary fashion in book and movie form. Of course, I watched the movies before reading the books, as is the case with several stories I encounter, so I am not and really could not be a book purist. That being said, though, I do honestly feel that the movies are a faithful adaptation of the books. Sure, Tom Bombadil and Goldberry and a host of other characters/situations either do not appear at all or are not lengthily fleshed out, but the essence of the story, in my opinion, was respectfully captured and portrayed.
Tolkien's writing is really quite good. Truly is. (Of course, I'm biased, but ya know.) It has its *ahem* flaws (he tended to be a little too verbose in parts and too succinct in others), but overall it has a unique flavor, warmth, humor, and poignancy. 'T'is not every author--or every story--that can make you homesick for a place you've never been.
Practically every "good character" is a hero, simply by right of defying Sauron's power, and practically every "bad character" is simply a coward. Understand now, I'm not saying that the heroes didn't feel fear, 'cause we all know they most certainly did--but they rose above it. Individuals like Saruman and Gollum let their fear and selfishness overpower them, while people like Gandalf and Frodo refused to do so.
I don't really know where I'm going with this, except to say…Lord of the Rings, I love you. Thanks for being an inspiration, a source of hope, and just plain amazing.
(And here are three videos about LotR that I find particularly epic;D)
Námarië, vanya nórë!