Saying “Goodbye” to Middle-Earth

In 2001, the first installment of what was to become one of history’s biggest and most successful franchises was released. After The Fellowship of the Ring, the world was enthralled by how director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-Earth to life. In the next two years, The Two Towers and The Return of the King  were released, bringing in almost 3 billion dollars and garnering multiple awards, such as the Best Motion Picture Academy Award for The Return of the King. Ever since then, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy has been looked to as an example of revolutionary filmmaking.

In 2012, the first of three movie adaptations of Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit was released worldwide, followed by The Desolation of Smaug in 2013. This month, we will take the journey to Middle-Earth one last time with The Battle of the Five Armies, which comes out on the seventeenth.

Although the Hobbit films have been criticized for being too slow, drawn out, and bloated, there is a special place for them in my heart. Perhaps it is because the LotR films are my favorite movies of all-time, and I love the chance to visit Middle-Earth as much as possible. In my opinion, Jackson has brought to screen a series of films that will never be forgotten. The landscapes, the characters, the epic struggle between good and evil, and the humor have created a place in which I can escape this world in which we live. To be honest, this world can be a drag, and losing oneself in a mythical world such as Middle-Earth is a great way to escape the doldrums. I am sure that I will be only one of many who will be sad to say goodbye to Middle-Earth and those who inhabit it.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies releases December 17.

-Written by: Evan Morgan, Class of Jan 2015

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