If any of you follow Olivia's blog, Meanwhile, In Rivendell, you would have read her post on her top five movie endings. I loved it. And I agreed with it, so I stole this post idea, with her permission.
But then as I was brainstorming ideas, I realized that a lot of my top five moments were from Lord of the Rings. Because those movies are indescribably epic. And I post so little about them. So now the post is just my top ten moments from Lord of the Rings.
These are all moments where I get this deep-down-in-my-soul joy, those moments where you get choked up every darn time, those moments where it's so beautiful and sad all at once.
1. Frodo at Elrond's Council
This moment. Oh, this heart breaking, soul wrenching moment. This gives me shivers, because the bravery and innocence of Frodo is shown plainly. He sees the problem, and sacrifices himself to see it resolved. This moment also makes me want to cry, because I know all the pain that is to come to him, and wish it wouldn't. The look in Gandalf's eye says it all.
2. Aragorn's entrance at Helm's Deep
The level of epic in this moment is unfathomable... That moment when he pushes the doors open, is just like YASSSS!!!! King Elessar has returned peoples. *Sauron runs and hides*
3. The Elves arrive at Helm's Deep
Agghhh this scene. When the elves march in, and the look on the men's eyes is pure disbelief... "We would be honored to fight beside you once more. " The feels of joy are strong with this scene.
4. Gandalf comes to Helm's Deep
I wuv this so much. When the light pours over the hill, and they charge down... It's so nice to see the darkness driven back a little further.
5. Sam's Speech
Of course, how could I forget this scene. The beauty and truth and sorrow and hope and Agh. You understand.
6. Theoden's speech at Gondor
This moment always makes me want to ride into battle. The bravery and courage Theoden maintains to the end is so beautiful. And that part where he rallies them by hitting their spears with his sword.... *stands up and yells GAAHHHH!!!! with everybody else*
7. "Courage Merry, Courage for our friends."
This little whisper is so so powerful. If we could but remember to have courage. ( I know you just saw the charge, but it's worth a re-watching.)
8. I Can't Carry it for You...
Oh Sam. Oh sweet, loyal, brave Sam. *sniffs* No, I'm not crying, why would I?! *sobs*
9. King Aragorn's Speech
"There is a day when the courage of men shall fail, but it is not this day! This day we fight!!" Oh. My. Soul. This rally, I have no words. What can I say that will describe this scene? Or any of these scenes?? But that moment. That little whisper, "For Frodo" with a tear on his face... Heck. For once words are useless.
10. Coronation at Gondor
Because finally a happy ending, finally some joy. But the greatest part is the "My friends, you bow to no one." part. The horridly beautiful part is the look in Frodo's eyes, because he realizes nothing will ever be the same.
I hope that if you have never seen The Lord of the Rings, you go, and watch them now. Please, from the bottom of my heart do. Because these stories are so powerful and they will impact you, just like they did me.