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Lord of the Rings: From books to movies

J.R.R Tolkien

Years ago, the first time I got to know The Lord of the Rings was through a weekend night TV show. I still remember that scene of Gollum leading two young hobbits across the swamp filled with hidden souls. What followed was a slight inner conflict between continued or stopped watching, between fear and excitement. Years later, emotional dissociation continued to chase me through the pages.

Referring to writer J.R.R Tolkien, we cannot help but mention the world famous work The Lord of the Rings. This book has been so successful that it was made into a movie of the same name and is well received by fans and won many noble awards.

So what is it about this work that makes such a great attraction?

The Lord of the Rings

The Lords of The rings

The book The Lord of the Rings was composed by J.R.R Tolkien author and divided into three parts, but the content is still closely related to each other. Writer Tolkien launched and published three parts of the Lord of the Rings novels between 1954 and 1955, including:

  • The Fellowship of The Ring launched on July 29, 1954.
  • The Two Towers launched on November 11, 1954.
  • The Return of the King, premiered October 20, 1955.

The content of the story is set in an area imagined by the author called Middle Earth, or otherwise known as Middle Earth. Here, it is home to many species, special and different tribes, such as ordinary people, dwarves (hobbits), wizards (Wizard), goblins (Goblins), Elves (Elves), eagles (Eagles) … these are tribes that have combined and allied together to eliminate the ring of the dark lord Sauron.

Throughout the story are their thrilling and dramatic journeys in finding and discovering the Dark Lord Sauron – who holds the One Ring in his hand. Speaking more about Sauron, this is the man who passed away a thousand years ago, but until now he still exists on earth with the aim of getting that ring back to be resurrected and become Lord of the Rings again.

This power ring was created by Sauron himself with the intention of helping to dominate and rule the land of Middle Earth. But, with his intrigues and cruelty, the tribes of that land rallied, Having understood the importance and power of this ring, Frodo Baggins and his friends in The Fellowship of the Ring has been assigned a lofty and dangerous mission to destroy the ring he is holding.

In the first part of The Lord of the Rings, the author will talk about their thrilling and fascinating journeys to the foot of Doom Mountain in Mordo, where the struggles take place. fierce and dangerous as they must find ways to destroy that ring of power to eradicate the shadow, Lord Sauron.

J. R. R. Tolkien – “The ancestor” of the fantasy genre

If you’re a fan of the high fantasy book-movie genre, you’ve almost certainly heard its “ancestor” – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien). He was born in the UK in 1892 and died in 1973. Tolkien was the author of The Lord of the Rings – the first flag for most of the future fantasy genre.

J.R.R Tolkien

Perhaps the fans will be a little overwhelmed to learn that a massive mythological system that Lord Ring is just a part of which was created by just one person: a Catholic, a literature professor, a man with a great imagination, a famous English writer, a wise man, a knight conferred by Queen Elizabeth II, and above all – a man aspiring for peace.

Creates a world of his own in impressive works

Before Tolkien, many writers also wrote about wonderful, miraculous lands in their works, such as Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland. However, J. R. R. Tolkien made a turning point in this genre, by creating an unprecedented world. The Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings is not built through the loudspeaker, as quickly as the previous fantasy works.

On the contrary, Tolkien used his immense imagination to create a completely fictional world, but specific to each region, place, possessing a history no less than the real world. And above all, he created creatures, like myths, inspired by world myths, but also gave them their own characteristics such as: Vala, Maia, Elves, dwarves, mortals, and hobbits.

His work was so large and impressive that the word “fantasy” was no longer suitable. And so a new genre – “high fantasy” was born, paving the way for the author and many other cults works such as: Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis), Eragon – The Boy Dragon riding (Christopher Paolini) or Game of Thrones (George RR Martin).

After the death of J. R. R. Tolkien, his son, Christopher Tolkien, gathered his father’s endlessly rich material to publish the Silmarillion Legend – including stories from the ancient times of Middle Earth. This trio of works, until now still considered classics in the treasure of world literature. By the year 2000, Lord of the Rings was transformed into a movie, causing a great resonance when making a great milestone in the history of Hollywood cinema.

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