There must be at least a couple LOTR (Lord Of The Rings) and The Hobbit movie fans out there in this vast expanse. As well there should be, because the works of J.R.R Tolkien are amazing, and who doesn’t like being transported into an entirely different world?
While the movies are great, many LOTR/Hobbit fans may or may not have read the books. If you are one of the fans who have not read the books, boy, aren’t you missing out! For one thing, there is much more poetry in the books. You may have heard of this one:
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” from The Fellowship Of The Ring
This beautiful poem, talking about Aragorn, unfortunately was not put in the movie. Nor was this:
O! Water is fair that leaps on high /in a fountain white beneath the sky/ but never did fountain sound so sweet / as splashing Hot Water with my feet! (also from the Fellowship Of The Ring)
I sit by the fire and think / of all that I have seen / of meadow flowers and butterflies/ in summers that have been. (from the Fellowship of The Ring as well.)
The Elves also had some songs you won’t hear in the movie:
Snow-white! Snow-white!/ O Lady Clear! /O Queen beyond the Western Seas!/ O Light to us that wander here/ Amid the world of woven trees! (The Fellowship Of The Ring too.)
Is your interest peaked yet? Those are just portions from one part of the book! How about characters? Farmer Maggot, Elbereth, Gil-galad aren’t there either.
Perhaps you’ll want to take a peek into the books as well as the movies now?
All I’m saying is, for the avid fans, the books are just as thrilling. Of course, you’ll have to use your imagination…
Thanks for reading.