“This business of being a writer is ultimately about asking yourself, how alive am I willing to be?”
– Anne Lamott
December 19, 2001
Dir. Peter Jackson
Prod. Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Genre: Epic High Fantasy
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis
I love Lord of the Rings. The whole series is amazing and it’s definitely what kicked off my love for New Zealand.
I’ve seen the first film in the trilogy more times than I can count and think it’s absolutely brilliant. I recently bought the extended edition (finally) and have really enjoyed seeing all the behind the scenes stuff that went into making the film.
If I were to ask you to name a film (or several) that you thought was truly great I’m sure everyone would have a different answer. However, I don’t think anyone can deny that Fellowship of the Ring is definitely on that list.
Fellowship brings together an intriguing plot, fascinating characters, and a beautiful landscape and creates what is probably one of the best films of all time.
The film follows Frodo Baggins, a hobbit from The Shire, as he embarks on a quest to destroy an all powerful ring. A ring that could bring an end to Middle Earth if it fell into the wrong hands. With the help of several companies along the way, Frodo takes great steps on his journey to saving all of Middle Earth.
Now, as I mentioned before Lord of the Rings is full of interesting characters and in this first film we meet the original ‘fellowship’: Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, and Gimli.
All of these characters are very different and not only do they each bring something unique to the fellowship, but they bring something unique to the screen that makes the film all the more enjoyable.
On the surface each character appears very simple, Frodo is the hero, Sam the loyal companion, Merry and Pippin the comic relief, Aragorn the warrior, and Boromir the traitor. But they are all so much more than that. Each character, from Gimli to Gandalf, offers comedic moments and heart wrenching moments; moments where you admire their bravery and moments where you want to slap them for their stupidity (you know who I’m talking about).
However, even at their lowest moments you can’t help wanting these characters to succeed. Maybe not at everything they attempt to do (like, you know, stealing the ring from Frodo), but at most things. You want to see what happens next, where these characters are going, what they’re going to encounter.
And what they encounter is a whole lot of adventure and a whole lot of beauty as they travel across Middle Earth aka New Zealand.
Over the years my dream destination has changed drastically. As a child of course I wanted to go to Disney World. Then as I got older I wanted to go to England and Scotland, two places my family comes from.
Well now I’ve been to Disney World and I’d still love to go to England Scotland one day, for many years now I’ve wanted nothing more than to go to New Zealand. And Lord of the Rings played a big part in that.
Fellowship was my first memorable view of New Zealand and every time I watch the film and the ones that follow I desperately want to walk the same paths the fellowship follows over mountains and trails.
New Zealand is Middle Earth, it is magical and mysterious and full of creatures that don’t exist anywhere else.
Fellowship of the Ring is a cinematic masterpiece. Not only does it contain all the things required to make a good film (interesting plot, characters, etc.), but it also contains something that keeps the audience completely entranced. I don’t quite know how to describe it, but anyone who has watched Lord of the Rings will know what I’m talking about.
There’s just something about these films, and Fellowship in particular, that keeps you watching over and over again.
Near the start of this review I called this film one of the best films of all time and I stand by that statement. There are many films that could fall into that category, but for all the reasons stated above and many more, I think you can see why Fellowship belongs there.
What do you think of Fellowship of the Ring? Which character is your favourite?
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! To celebrate here’s a profile of the mother in Brave Young Boys, Aimee!
Name: Aimee Elizabeth Emerson
Age Appearance: Late 40’s – Early 50’s
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birth Date: August 6th
Ethnicity: Canadian (I did Google of this was an ethnicity and apparently it is, but it does seem weird)
Name Origin: France
Name Meaning: Beloved Friend
Name Pronunciation: Ay-mee
Archetype: The Caregiver
Western Astrological Sign: Leo
Zodiac Sign: Snake
Physical Traits: Average height, tan from working outside so much
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Sandy Blonde
Hair Style: Shoulder Length, Usually tied up
Facial Hair: None
Distinguishing Marks (Scars, Birthmarks): Couple scars from over the years
Dress Style: Jeans, tshirts, blouses, pastel colours
Strengths: Proud, Charitable, Organized, Loyal, Caring
Weaknesses: Wilful, Jealous, Easily Frustrated
General Health: Healthy except for the occasional migraine
Medical History: Nothing too serious
Mental Health: Depressed post-Kyler
Blood Type: A+
Medication: Headache pills
Speech (Pace, Vocab): Fast paced, Vocab depends on who she’s with
Parents: Elizabeth and Michael
Relationship Status: Married
Significant Other(s): Todd
Children: Nova, Kyle (d), Nathan
Other Relatives: Josh, Caleb, and Autumn
Places Lived: Canada, volunteered for a year in Cambodia
Birth Place: Canada
Birth Order: Oldest
Friends: Three currently unnamed friends as I haven’t written that chapter yet
Relationship History: A high school sweetheart, brief relationship with fellow volunteer in Cambodia, few failed dates over the years before meeting Todd
Education: College Graduate
Average Grades: N/A
Criminal Record: Couple speeding tickets
Employment History: Dental Receptionist
Lives With: Todd and Nate
Languages: English, Some Khmer
Quirks: Reorganizes things when frustrated
Confidant: Usually Todd
Habits/Mannerisms: Taps Foot, Crumpler things when nervous
Accomplishments: Opened Shop
Talents: Floral Arranging
Wishes: Pre-Story: Typical things like a wish for a new car or to win the lottery. During story: Wishes for her family back
Religion: Not Practiced
Politics: Avoids Politics
Secrets: Depressed (trying to hide it)
Insecurities: Started questioning and doubting herself after Kyle joined up
Memory: Scarily good memory, ‘mom of three teens memory’
Priorities: Family and the shop
Goals: Maybe open a second shop
Short Term Goals: Make it through each day
Long Term Goals: Give the kids a good life
Sleeping Habits: Light Sleeper
Dream Job: Florist
Relaxes Them: Gardening, Walking
Excites Them: Jogging, Holidays
Favourite Food: Garlic Bread
Favourite Sport: Not a big sports person
Favourite Book: Interview With a Vampire – Anne Rice
Favourite Music: Country
Favourite Animal: Otter
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Season: Spring
Favourite Holiday: Christmas
Favourite Show: Pushing Daisies (Thought it was a gardening show, ended up staying for Lee Pace)
Favourite Scent: Violets
Favourite Pastime: Gardening (especially with the kids)
Favourite Film: Mamma Mia, 2008
Favourite Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Favourite Place: Cambodia
Favourite Number: 12
Favourite Curse Word: None
Least Favourite Food: Fish
Least Favourite Sport: Basically all of them
Least Favourite Book: Doesn’t really have one, though she isn’t a big fan of new – age vampire novels
Least Favourite Music: Rap
Least Favourite Animal: Fish
Least Favourite Colour: Green
Least Favourite Season: Winter
Least Favourite Show: Game of Thrones
Least Favourite Pastime: Fishing (Todd took her a couple times and it started a lifelong phobia)
Least Favourite Film: Inkheart
Least Favourite Place: The dentist, freaked her out since she was little so Todd always took the kids
Least Favourite Number: 13
Imagined Actor Portrayal: Julianne Moore
Everyone has goals. I have goals, I’m assuming you have goals, and your characters should have goals.
Have you ever read a book or seen a film in which the main character(s) didn’t have goals? No? That’s because the story would be really boring!
Imagine Harry Potter where Harry doesn’t go after Voldemort; The Hunger Games where Katniss doesn’t lead the Rebellion; Star Wars where Luke doesn’t destroy the Death Star.
Those stories would all be over pretty quickly. I mean, sure, they made for some interesting Alternate Universe fanfics, but a story where the main character doesn’t have a goal isn’t much of a story.
The goal doesn’t even have to be anything major like saving the galaxy, it can be simple. Ever read The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I did. About a million times as a kid. And that caterpillar had a goal. It’s goal was to eat everything in sight.
This might be a bit of a weird example, but you get the point. The goal can be as tiny as eating four strawberries or as huge as saving the planet or galaxy from someone set on destroying it.
Whatever they may be, give your characters goals. They need it and the story needs it.
What goal does your main character have?