The following are the all of the articles that have been tagged as and being related to Sauron that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.
This is the end of the trilogy, and it did the rest of the series well with its no-nonsense style. It is by far the best movie in the series, and there are many reasons why. We learn so much more about the state of the Stewards of Gondor in this movie. Get an idea of exactly how palintirs work, and get away from the sappy romance of Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Arwen (Liv Tyler) for awhile. We see more focus on Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam’s (Sean Astin) trek into Mordor, and how much influence Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and even Pippin Took (Billy Boyd) has in the grand scheme of things. We are treated to the simple grandeur of Rohan, and the bravery of Eowen (Miranda Otto) and Eomer (Karl Urban). Read more... (795 words, 165 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
Today, we take a visit back to the one of the best loved epic fantasy stories of all time in the film form of the second book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. This movie was far better than the first movie in the series, The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring. There was far more action once the boys split up, each little group taking their own course, but not of their own choice. Frodo and Sam are passing through Emyn Muil, looking for an southeastern route to get directly to Mordor. Merry and Pippin have been taken captive by Saruman’s Uruk-hai, and are heading to Isengard. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas are tracking down the Uruk-hai. Boromir was lost to madness and finally to some massive piercing of Uruk-hai arrows in the first film, and Gandalf disappeared when fighting the balrog of Morgoth in Moria. Saruman is looking to expand his influence over the nations of men in the southern part of Middle Earth, starting with the plains of Rohan. Luck is holding with Merry and Pippin, as Saruman knows one of the hobbits is carrying the One Ring, but he does not know which one, nor that the Ring is with Frodo. He tells his Uruk-hai to bring the hobbits back, unharmed and unspoiled. This gives Pippin the chance he needs to take advantage of Aragorn’s ranger skills to leave mark to show him where they are heading. Pippin matures much in this movie from being the spoiled, bumbling prankster heir to the ruling house of the Shire to becoming a real leader. Merry becomes quite a motivator when dealing with Treebeard and the other Ents in regards to fighting against Saruman. It is when they come to Fanghorn Forest that they learn that Gandalf survived his fight with the balrog, and has somehow “upgraded” his wizardly status. Read more... (948 words, 109 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
In 2001, the world awaited with baited breath to see the Trilogy finally unfold on the big screen. The epic scope was everything we dreamed of, but there were some bad flaws with this script. The hobbits and Gandalf were well done, and the Shire seems like the most peaceful place ever, but once Frodo and Samwise set out on their mission to destroy Sauron’s One Ring, things go artistically awry. We don’t really know in the telling of the film that Gandalf had been gone from the Shire for 17 years after Bilbo’s 111th birthday bash, or that Frodo and Samwise where 50 years old when they headed out. The obvious thing that gave this the PG-13 rating were the Ring-Wraiths. Many a child who saw this movie might have gotten a pretty good scare from them. So many things could have been added, and when you have so much to work with, perhaps it is best to remember to add some important secondary characters. The extremely old and merry Tom Bombadil was never even mentioned, as was his ever elusive quest, to have the water nymph, Goldberry, as his own. Bree-lands was as well as expected, but there was no mention of Bill Ferny and his Southern bandits. The Midgewater Marshes were just perfect, and there could never be enough bugs, as is true with any marsh. Weathertop and the Lonelands were a bit too green for plains, and the Trollshaws, where they met up with Arwen were far too open. Read more... (681 words, 129 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)