Something for the weekend. The lighting of the beacons sequence from the The Return of the King. This sequence sets up my favorite scene in the entire trilogy. Aragorn sees the lighted beacon fire and runs to Theoden, King of Rohan, and asks for aid for Gondor. There is a long pause before Theoden can bring himself to commit his people to another desperate war, but when he makes his decision he does so decisively. Go here to view the scene.
Aragorn: The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid!
Theoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim. Continue Reading
This video re-awakened one of my alternate history fantasies: Tolkien publishes the Lord of the Rings in the Thirties to immediate acclaim. The film rights are bought by Hollywood with the condition that Tolkien has script approval. Tolkien relunctantly travels to Hollywood during the filming where an epic, and comedic, struggle ensues as Middle Earth and the Golden Age of Hollywood come into mortal combat. Continue Reading