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English Essay - Lord of the Rings

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Introduction

Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring Introduction Lord of the Rings is directed by peter Jackson. This movie ' The Fellowship of the Ring', was first shown in December 2001 and was nominated for 'The Oscars', 'Golden Globe awards', 'BAFTA' and many more others including 'Best picture and Director'. Some of the critics' remarks on the film were: 'A profound testament to the extraordinary power of moving images and sound! This remark was commented by Gregory Weinkauf for the New Times. Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R Tolkien, one of the most famous authors of fantasy Literature. He wrote the classic trilogy 'Lord of the Rings' which was published in 1954. The three books which make up 'the Lord of the Rings' are, 'the Fellowship of the Ring', 'the Two Towers' and 'the Return of the King'. A long time fan of J.R.R Tolkien, Peter Jackson, made history with 'the Lord of the Rings' by becoming the first Person to direct all of the three films simultaneously. This Film became a smash hit at the 'Box Office' and is still seen as a FANTASTIC movie. Synopsis In a land of where great evil lurks, Trolls, Goblins, Orks, and Ring Wraths Roamed the land, destroying peaceful villages where innocent people lived, in search of one ring which has the potential to obliterate Middle Earth. A place called 'the shire' in Hobbiton where Hobbits Laid low from the evil, is the place where an old man named 'Bilbo Baggins' lived. ...read more.

Middle

On one scene it shows a village being terrorized by Orks sent by a evil Fiend called Sauron. The scene was shown slightly blurred to symbolize fading memory, the atmosphere changes as the village is being burnt down and the people fleeing, this atmosphere is obliterate and scary, the colours turn dark and dim then fading as you hear the villagers screaming as they flee. The Arrival of Gandalf On this scene Gandalf arrives in Hobbiton and enters 'The Shire'. The mood at this point is optimistic and cheerful, the birds are singing and the sky is blue, the country side grass is pure green and you could hear laughter and cheering. All this symbolizes peace and the atmosphere is joyful. As Gandalf goes further in, there are hobbits preparing for a party for Bilbo Baggins, a strong sense of community has gathered for the celebration of Bilbo's birthday. The music makes this scene more delightful, there is light drum playing and strong violin type strokes, the colours are bright and clear and everything present here symbolizes goodness and happiness. The camera had used close up shots to show the facial expressions of the hobbits of which they are smiling continuously. Another camera shot is the Medium shot, this was used to show the laughter shared in there community and how joyful they all were, this was also used to show the pleasure of setting up Bilbo's party. ...read more.

Conclusion

We know straight away that the castle is a bad place because, the director uses dark and dull colours for an intimidating feel, there is also grass in the background that seems to be lifeless because of its colour which is dark green. We also know it's a bad place because the weather shows it all, the sky turns black and the clouds aren't white and puffy they are black and motionless. Time to Move on On this scene Bilbo Baggins has been persuaded to give up the ring to Gandalf. Gandalf came to this decision because he could tell that the ring was manipulating Bilbo, he was loosing control of himself and his personality had changed dramatically. The effect of the ring had a change in Bilbo's appearance, he became over possessive and protective over it, every time Gandalf talked to him, Bilbo immediately grabbed hold of the ring tightly, he was scared that someone would take it off him. Bilbo also calls the ring 'my precious', this signifies that the ring has over powered his mind with it over whelming powers. When Bilbo holds the ring in the palm of his hand, his face screws up, it seems to be addictive like taking a drug that changes your whole personality. The camera uses a big close up shot to show the small ring in Bilbo's hand, it makes it seem that the ring is powerless because it is plain when its not been touched by fire. The camera also goes into a close up shot when he goes into a trance. ...read more.

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