Battle of Helm’s Deep

Frodo and Sam’s adventure with Faramir was an interesting one, but the other three had a different battle to face, literally. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli have a journey with Theoden, the King of Rohan, that gets them into some trouble.

After Orcs invaded their land, Theoden sent his people to Dunharrow. In the movie ,however, they were sent to Helm’s Deep. These places have an equal amount of safety, but Theoden expects a battle at Helm’s Deep. At Helm’s Deep, Theoden’s people take refuge in the mountain fortress of the Hornburg.

Theoden, with the help of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, prepare for the battle against Uruk-hai. Uruk-hai is a new breed of Orcs. There were three thousands of Theoden’s people, including children and elders, fighting against the ten thousands Uruk-hai. They were majorly outnumbered. In the movie Elves showed up in a heroic manner to help the Men in this battle. As you know the Elves and Men have not fought alongside each other in a long time. When they arrived the Men were grateful. In the book this did not happen. The Elves were occupied with their own battles. They were defending Lothlorien from an army of Orcs. In the books they were still outnumbered, compared to the help from a lot of elves in the movie. The Great Orcs used ladders to try and scale the walls of the fortress. Aragorn had to move the defenders to repel the Orcs. Other Orcs used a culvert leading out of Helm’s Deep to make it past the wall and attack. Thankfully the defenders were able to push back the Orcs. Gimli then supervised the blocking of the culvert to make sure no more Orcs could enter. This blockade did not last long. The Orcs entered the culvert once again and caused an explosion. The explosion created a large whole in the wall that could not stop Saruman’s forces.

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Knowing they could no longer hold their position, they retreated into the Glittering Caves and to Hornburg. The Orcs blasted their way to the entrance to the keep. The Horn of Helm’s Deep was sounded and troops rode and were followed by men on foot from the keep. Defenders of the caves drove the enemies out. Theoden and Aragorn, who led the troops, arrived at Helm’s Dike after going through Orcs and Dunlendings. Huorns, ent-like creatures, made a blocked any escape route the Orcs would have used. Gandalf arrived with men on foot to fight the Dunlendings and Orcs. They won the battle, you know like good guys always do, and now they proceed to Mordor.

The movie had a great portrayal of this fight. They did not show the Glittering Caves, which would have been very cool. Having jewels covering the cave walls would have been amazing, but we didn’t get that luxury. In the movie the Huorns did not just block the escape routes from the enemy they also threw rocks at them. The end of this battle allowed Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn to travel to Mordor and find their other companions.

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Window of the Sunset

So, these red robed people who were attacked by Faramir and his team are Southrons. They are not too important. They get attacked and that’s the last of them. For now at least. After Faramir and his people have killed them, they take the hobbits hostage.

Only in the movie are they taken as actual hostages. They immediately get blindfolded and get taken to a cave in the movie, however the book was different. In they were still prisoners, but only to an extent. They were forced to travel with Faramir for safety. Not just their safety though, for Faramir’s safety too. Faramir did not trust the hobbits. The hobbits were there alone, but not really. They had Gollum’s help as you know. Faramir knew there was a third person or creature, but the third was nowhere to be found. So, in the book they travel to a hidden refuge place. On their travel they talked about Boromir and his part of the Company of Nine and his death. They were brothers, so it makes sense Faramir would want to know what happened. Faramir had known there was something odd about the hobbits. He knew there was something they were hiding.

They arrived near the refuge place where the hobbits were blindfolded to keep the refuges location secure and unknown. They walked down steep narrow paths, where at some points they were carried for a minute. Malblung and Damrod, two of Faramir’s people, spun the hobbits around so they would lose their sense of direction. They were later unblindfolded. Their refuge place was called The Window of the Sunset.

The hobbits rested a while then were woken for a meal. After the meal they were led into a secluded room and spoke with Faramir. In a later part of their conversations Sam asks Faramir about Elves. Sam had noticed he had much respect for Elves. Faramir did not know much of Elven-lore but his people’s ancestors had fought beside the Elves in the first wars. They then began to talk about the Lady of Lorien, Galadriel. Sam spoke of how wonderful and beautiful she was. Faramir called her “perilously fair.” Sam, trying to explain she is perilous by her strength, threw Boromir’s name into the conversation. Sam told him Boromir wanted the ring. He explained to Faramir, he could tell Boromir wanted it from the moment he saw the ring. At that moment Frodo sprang awake. Faramir said once again, “not if I found it on the highway would I take it.”

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While the hobbits were sleeping Faramir woke Frodo to see the full moon. Sam of course followed. They stood in the cold looking at the moon till Frodo looked down to see a small dark thing. This dark thing was Gollum himself. Sitting on the rocks eating a fish he had just caught. In the movie, they have him singing and beating his fish on the ground. His song was funny.

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Gollum is captured. In the book he is lured into being captured. Frodo asks Gollum to come with him and is betrayed. This was kept the same in the movie. After he is captured, Gollum is questioned about why he is there. He is very angry at the hobbits and is now much eager to get ahold of the ring now. Can you guess what they do now? Travel, they travel some more. Now with Faramir and his people, the hobbits journey to the cross-roads.

Po-ta-toes

I have a problem with the movie. I mean parts are different, of course, but this one scene has me upset. We will get to the other problems between book and movie in later posts but for now we are going to focus on this one thing. Well, not one thing, but this one part of the journey.

I will start with how they found and caught Gollum. They did not show how the hobbits traveled down the cliff with the elf rope. They just pulled it out to tie up and keep hold of Gollum. As Gollum was climbing down the cliff, the hobbits were waiting at the bottom for him. In the movie it showed Sam and Frodo pretending to sleep. This is kind of just a point of view or opinion, but as I was reading I did not think of them as sleeping. I believed they were just hiding. That they were standing real close to the cliff with their elven cloaks to help them hid and just waited for Gollum to reach the bottom. That may just be my interpretation and not really a difference between the book and movie.

When the hobbits tied the elf rope to Gollum, it clearly said around the ankle in the book.  “Tie one end to his ankle, and keep a grip on the other end.” That way he can walk and still be held onto. I mean there is literally no other way to interpret that. It goes on his ankle. Period. You know how movies are though. They must make it more entertaining. So in the movie they tie the rope around his throat. HIS THROAT. A little cruel don’t you think. It was all for the view. Tying the rope around his ankle but showing burn marks, or freeze burns to be more exact, would have been better. I do not make movies though so I guess they knew what was more theatrical; I just know what is right.

Later on when they take a rest from traveling, Gollum goes to find food. He comes back with two rabbits. Now he originally brought them for his master, Frodo, who is asleep but let’s Sam have them. Gollum paws at Frodo and fetches rabbits for him like a dog. In the movie and book Sam speaks about potatoes. This is not a difference, I just found it funny. Gollum does not have a clue what potatoes are. He asks Sam what they are and Sam responds: “Po-ta-toes.” It is just some humor put into all of their traveling and fights.

After the potatoes, they watch these red robed men march in a path near them. The hobbits and Gollum watch below as they pass. In the movie you see Oliphaunts. In the book Sam describes Oliphaunts. Basically they are giant elephants for war. He does not use words but he uses poetry. They leave out the poems and some of the songs sang from in the book in the movie. It would have been cool to hear the poems and songs sung by different breeds. Anyway in the movie you do not get this description, you have to assume that they are Oliphaunts. They see the red robed men get attacked and killed. Who attacked these red robed men will be described in a later post, including their differences from the book.

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Movie Number Two!

So, I watched the movie to Two Towers and honestly I am just as excited about it as I was about The Fellowship of the Ring movie. It was longer than I had expected but it had a lot more detail to include.

It was a step up from the first movie. There was a lot of traveling in the first one. Now I know that’s basically all they do in the book, but the second movie had more conflict and plot in it. So in the first movie they traveled, got attacked, had a meeting, traveled again, got attacked twice after that, then they got separated into two parties. The second movie still had much traveling, imagine that, but had conflicts in between and actual fights.

In the beginning we see Gandalf’s fall again in a dream Frodo was having. Later on in the movie we find out how his fall ended. Frodo and Sam wake to continue their journey. They meet Smeagol along the way and he shows them the safe way to the Black Gates.

While Frodo and Sam are on their path, the other three continue to look for Merry and Pippin. The three meet the Riders of Rohan. The movie made the whole ordeal with the Riders of Rohan more interesting. It showed Sauron disguised as Theoden and who banished Eomer for disagreeing. Those who agreed with Eomer made up the Riders of Rohan. It was a pretty cool story shown in the movie. Anyway after the three met the Riders and learned of their Orc slaying, the three went to the pile of dead, burning Orcs. They saw Merry and Pippen had gone into the forest, and of course they went in to the forest to look for them. When Merry and Pippen had gone in they met a bright figure who we find out is Gandalf when Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas also meet the bright figure. Gandalf and the three travel to meet Theoden and break Sauron out of him. Gandalf separates from the group once again, but the people of Rohan plus the three run into Orcs. Not just any Orcs though, Orcs on Wargs. They are basically giant wolf-dog animals. They have a fight, the good guys winning of course and they continue their path.

Going back to Frodo, they get captured by Boromir’s brother Faramir. Faramir keeps them bound and tries to drag them back to Gondor so Gondor can have the ring’s power.  On Faramir’s journey back to Gondor they get attacked. Frodo almost gets taken byy a Ring Wraith but his lovely companion Sam saves him. Faramir, now realizing Frodo’s danger and pain releases them to continue to go to Mordo.

The other two hobbits have ridden the Ents into an exciting fight. Very cool movie scene. The Ents are destroying things, then the dam breaks. Water rushes through the land and it is all very cool and cinematic. The funniest part is when the water is rushing through, then one of the trees, whose head is on fire, throws his head into the waves.

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The men of Rohan and the three prepare for a fight against ten thousand Orcs. More Elves show up to help them fight. Now they have a chance to win. The fight is cool with all the Elves and Men fighting together. They win, cause good guys almost always come out on top. The movie ends with Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and a few others heading to Mordor. Frodo and Sam are also headed to Mordor. At least now everyone is headed to the same place.

Split Apart

Ok so Sméagol, or if you would like Gollum, is in two. Not literally split in two but mentally. He is trapped between the personalities of Sméagol and Gollum. His personalities argue with each other and change as he talks to other people.

So personally I like Gollum more. His speech is just amusing. The way he will hiss when he is angry and saying his own name in a menacing voice. He says his own name as if to get him focused back on the subject. “I, we, I don’t want to come back. I can’t find it. I am tired. I, we can’t find it, gollum, gollum, no, nowhere.” He is saying it to get him back on track in the sentence, it keeps him concentrated. The characteristics of him are interesting. He crawls. That’s it, the way he just crawls everywhere makes him amusing. As Gollum was climbing down the cliff’s wall while secretly following the hobbits, he was seen as a “large prowling thing of insect-kind.” Basically he looked like a giant spider crawling down a wall, really funny if you ask me.  When the hobbits followed him in the same manner Sam called them “three little precious Gollums in a row.” The way he is attached is entertaining. He is has a want for the ring so bad it has driven him mad. He is crazy about it. It is what drives Gollum.

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Sméagol is what came before Gollum. He is the rational side of the two. When he and Gollum are arguing about taking the ring from Frodo in his sleep in The Passage of the Marshes, Sméagol tries to convince Gollum to let Frodo keep the ring. Anyway he is the better of the two in a moral sense.

When he is tied in the elf rope and is forced to swear by the ring, Gollum says Sméagol swears. Gollum himself did not swear to be good. Now I know they are in the same body and mind, but that does not mean the swear was for both of them. He said Sméagol not we. Through the rest of their journey to Mordor Gollum was good though, except the debate over taking the ring from sleeping Frodo. He would leave for food, but always come back and he would slow down and wait for Frodo and Sam when he got too far ahead. He is protective of the hobbits. He makes sure he takes the save paths and they are hidden from any evil.

Once again Gollum’s speech is interesting. It is probably the best thing about him. He says “we” instead of “I.” He knows Sméagol is there and it’s like he answers for the both of them. While he answers for the both of them, that does not mean it was a mutual agreement. They do not converse with each other when decisions are made. They argue but they do not reach an understanding most times. When he does use “I,” it is serious. Gollum is being truthful and sincere when he uses “I.” Although Gollum is manly in control Sméagol makes his appearances at the right time. When an important conversation with Frodo is being had Sméagol appears. Even though Gollum is in control, he still provides for Sméagol. He ran away for a moment because “Sméagol is hungry.” He may seem the worst of the two but Gollum is still protective ( and way cooler if you ask me.)

Another Journey Ahead

The second book, Two Towers, begins as Boromir is attacked by Orcs. Frodo and Sam continue the journey with the ring alone, as seen in the Fellowship of the Ring movie. Now we begin the journey of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli looking for Merry and Pippin.

Boromir was attacked and killed by Orcs. He had blown his horn but by the time Aragorn and the others arrived it was too late to help him. The Orcs have taken Merry and Pippen thinking they are the ring bearers. Before dying Boromir confessed to Aragorn he tried to steal he ring from Frodo. Boromir had an attachment to the ring, it called to him. It’s like the ring wanted to be used, for evil or good. He was ashamed of himself for doing so and for scaring Frodo off. Frodo had realized the danger he put himself and everyone else in while traveling with the ring. This was a reason he decided he should travel alone from now on. He puts himself in danger from the rings power forced onto others, their desire to have the ring. He puts his friends in danger from all the other evil creatures trying to steal the ring for Sauron.

Trying to steal the ring from Frodo did not make Boromir a bad person. He thought it was right. Again it is like the ring called to him. Boromir was still a valiant warrior. He was sent away on a funeral boat and down a river by Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.

After sending off Boromir, the three set off to find the kidnapped hobbits. They pass over the land of Rohan, land of the Rider of Rohan. Eomer, the leader of the Riders, upsets Gimli with his comments but is easily settled. Eomer has only known the group’s individuals as fable characters and did not believe their quest at first. He lends the three the extra horses of the riders so they can track the kidnapped hobbits faster.

Later the two hobbits escape the Orcs and travel into the forest. In this forest they find Treebeard. Treebeard is, as you could guess, a tree-like creature known as Ents. Treebeard is worried about the Orcs’ want to destroy the forest, so the Ents decide to take action.

As Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli continue their journey they see an old man’s figure in the distance. This old man is Gandalf. The four now travel to Theoden, the king of Rohan. As heard from the Riders of Rohan, Theoden does not like Gandalf. We will find out what happens as they meet in the next post.

Away They Go

I finished the Fellowship of the Ring movie today and I and not disappointed. The movie did have some mishaps and errors that I was not fond of but we will get to that in a minute. Although there were some mistakes, it did shed some light of parts of the book I was confused or unsure about.

The differences from the movie and the book still get to the same point; the movie just uses other details to get there. One difference was the name given to the nine protectors. When the nine was put together Elrond introduced them as the Company of the Rings. The Company of the Rings was, of course, the party put together to protect Frodo and his friends on their journey to Mordor to destroy the ring. In the movie they did not say company, instead it was called the Fellowship of the Ring. More fitting don’t you think? I mean the book is called Fellowship of the Ring not Company of the Ring. The name used to address the party was not a major detail; I just thought it was more fitting to use fellowship, since it is part of the book’s name. There was an error made in the movie when the council was discussing what to do with the ring. In the movie the council tells Boromir that they cannot use the ring. That is wrong. The book explained they can use the ring but shouldn’t. The ring would corrupt whoever used it. Again, just the wrong details, like any movie versus the book.

In the book when Frodo is getting the mithril shirt from Bilbo and he wants to hold the ring, Frodo only perceived Bilbo as and Orc. The movie made this scene cool. They actually had Bilbo turn into and Orc. He was supposed to be and Orc, but I saw Bilbo as Gollum. Both he and Gollum have called the ring “my precious.” From this I thought Bilbo turned into Gollum, not an Orc. The Orcs are after the ring for Sauron, but they don’t call it their precious, only Gollum and Bilbo.

As for the famous line “You shall not pass!” said by Gandalf from the movie it is also incorrect. In the movie, it was said as an order. The book says “You cannot pass!” It is a statement because Balrog literally could not pass after Gandalf breaks the bridge. In the book Gandalf broke the bridge to protect Aragorn and Boromir from helping. In the movie, the bridge was broken to stop Balrog from getting across.

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At the end of the movie, Frodo stands at the edge of the water holding the ring in his hand. Frodo wishes the ring had never come to him and that none of the events from the ring had happened. He hears Gandalf’s voice saying: “All you have to decide is what to do with the time given to you.” Frodo must decide what to do with the ring with the time he has gained. The Orcs have captured his friends and taken their eyes off of Frodo. They have his friends though, so he must destroy the ring and try to save them. As Frodo sets off in the boat Sam arrives at the bank yelling for Frodo to come back. After almost drowning, Sam gets into the boat with Frodo. Sam made a promise to not leave Frodo. Sam says “I don’t mean to.” It was a sentimental scene and a great way to end the movie and prove to Frodo he won’t be alone on this journey no matter what.