No 6: Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Exploring my Top 10 favorite movies)

By Herman M. Lagon

IN MY previous columns, I have had the privilege of sharing some cinematic treasures that have left indelible marks on the hearts of movie enthusiasts. From the poignant storytelling of “12 Years a Slave” to the whimsical charm of “Harry Potter,” each film has offered its unique blend of magic, drama, and human emotion. Today, however, we embark on a singular journey, one that stands alone in the top 6 in my list of favorites: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Under the visionary direction of Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy emerges as a masterful cinematic rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. Comprising three seamlessly intertwined chapters—”The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002), and “The Return of the King” (2003)—this saga at its heart is a tale of courage, friendship, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. With a stellar cast led by Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, the films bring to life a rich tapestry of characters on a death-defying quest to destroy the One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron’s clutches.

Impeccable production is one of the trilogy’s most remarkable aspects, with meticulous attention to detail, intricate costumes, and breathtaking New Zealand landscapes providing an authentic backdrop. This dedication to craftsmanship earned the trilogy numerous Academy Awards, including Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects.

Yet, the true heart of any film lies in its script and storytelling, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy excels in this regard. The screenplay, co-written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, captures Tolkien’s essence while adapting it for the screen. The dialogue explores themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the enduring power of hope in the face of darkness, reminding us that even in the darkest times, ordinary individuals can rise as heroes.

Cinematography plays an integral role in shaping the trilogy’s visual identity, with director of photography Andrew Lesnie’s work being nothing short of extraordinary. His use of landscapes, battle sequences, and character moments creates a visual feast, enhancing the emotional impact of the story.

The transcendent musical score composed by Howard Shore is iconic, with haunting melodies and stirring themes that become characters themselves, evoking emotions and enhancing storytelling. Shore’s score lingers in viewers’ hearts long after the credits roll.

The cast’s performances are stellar, with Sir Ian McKellen’s portrayal of Gandalf and Elijah Wood’s relatable Frodo standing out. Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn exudes leadership qualities, and the ensemble cast brings depth to their roles, forging genuine camaraderie.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s profound ideas explore the struggle between good and evil, emphasizing the power of choices, hope, and fellowship. It reminds us that even small actions can change the world and that we all have the potential for heroism and self-discovery.

Memorable quotes from the trilogy have etched themselves into cinematic history. Gandalf’s words, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us,” remind us that our choices define our destiny. Frodo’s declaration, “I wish the Ring had never come to me,” captures the burden of responsibility and the longing for a simpler life.

Aragorn’s rallying cry, “For Frodo,” encapsulates selflessness and unity, while Galadriel’s line, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future,” reinforces that heroism knows no bounds.

The LOTR Trilogy stands as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling. Beyond technical brilliance, its timeless themes of courage, friendship, and hope make it truly special. In a world often clouded by darkness, this trilogy reminds us that even small actions can change history and that fellowship can overcome the most incredible odds. It is a journey worth taking, for Middle-earth will forever hold a place in our hearts as a realm of wonder, inspiration, and endless possibilities.


Doc H fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. His views herewith do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions he is employed or connected with.