The Moment: Arwen heads with Frodo to Rivendell, a posse of Ringwraiths on her tail. As she reaches a river crossing, she sends the black riders flying with a bit of Elvish magic…
The Awesome: Liv Tyler shows she can chuck out a one-liner with the best of them, taunting her pursuers with, “If you want him, come and claim him.”
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Feb 10th 2012, 8:27
Nice to see that Total Film also appreciates Boromir (Sean Bean) as a fallen HERO! Too many voices out there in the Internet seeing him as a bad guy. He was and is a Hero. He was deceived and tempted by the ring quick...but came back fighting and saving some lives in his last battle. A true hero and a true Hero's death....
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Feb 10th 2012, 9:28
I think my favourite moment of the trilogy is when the Belrog is revealed. Think it looks absolutely incredible
Feb 10th 2012, 9:33
Look to the East is my absolute favourite scene, possibly of any film, so pleased that Total Film concur. It also carries with it my favourite piece of scoring of the franchise with 'Forth Eorlingas.' I saw a screening at The Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic scoring live and with Look to the East - WOW!
Feb 10th 2012, 11:29
Now I want to watch the films all over again.
Feb 10th 2012, 11:43
"It is time, Frodo.." More likely to make me cry than a skip full of burning kittens.
I don't think the 3rd film has too many endings. After nearly 12 hours of adventure it makes sense that the ending be a long, drawn out affair and this is my favourite moment of it. Our and the Hobbit's realisation that Frodo is leaving them even after they've survived all they've been through is heart breaking but also speaks of the enormity of their task and the inescapable impact it has had on them all...
Also Elrond bringing the reforged sword to Aragon.. "They will answer to the King of Gondor"
Feb 10th 2012, 12:23
I'm a bit sore that they missed out the scene where Merry and Pippin welcome everyone back to the battleground that was Isengard. A nice light hearted break between a fair amount of gloom.
Very hard pressed to pick a favourite, though I'm not sure Gandalf's saving on Helm's Deep is it for me.
Feb 10th 2012, 12:45
This is a great list, nice work George!
My favourite moment is at the end of the extended version of The Return Of The King, at the coronation of Aragorn. Faramir and Eowyn, both of whom have acted heroically yet feel abandoned and rejected, appear to have found each other. It shows the quality of the films that even a couple of very minor characters are still given an arc and I think allows every viewer to find a character to identify with.
The other great moment is "I have the ears of a hawk..."
Feb 10th 2012, 14:07
have any other Trilogies had as many amazing moments as these films? - i reckon only the Indiana Jones and original Star Wars films could push for that title. One slight thing i was always miffed about though was the fact that 'The Scouring of The Shire' was not put onto the end(s) - isn't that an integral part of the Hobbits story and a resolution to their character journeys? the fact that their homes were not what they remembered but going to wa has changed them so much so that they can deal with anything alone now?
Feb 10th 2012, 14:08
Also, not to nit-pick, but is number 48 technically a LoTR moment?
Feb 10th 2012, 14:13
My favourite of the trilogy is the lighting of the beacon, the sweeping vista and Shores majestic score tingles the spine every time..literally.
Feb 10th 2012, 14:27
Oh gosh, I remember watching #19 over and over with a friend at her house, learning the chant Arwen uses inthat scene to encourage a storm so that I wouldn't have to go home. Good lord, I'd forgotten about that! :L
Feb 10th 2012, 14:29
And where is the Aragorn vs. Nazguls scene from the Fellowship ???
Feb 10th 2012, 14:59
glad to see a top 50 moments for in my opinion the greatest films ever (more specifically the fellowship of the ring the best). My favourite moment is definitaly Boromirs death, he was always my favourite character & like so many characters in the trilogy werent actually bad, just flawed and corrupted.... a few other favorite moments were: Gandalfs speech to frodo in the mines of moria with the great quote "All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us"... and the scene in two towers where Elrond tells Arwen what her fate will be if she stays in middle earth with aragorn......... this scene and almost every other in all the films are made even more brilliant by howard shores amazing score
Feb 10th 2012, 16:19
Good to see Gimli didn't get too many mentions. He was fine in Fellowship but the comedy was ramped up way too far in the others. Almost every line that came from him had to be funny, it actually made me wince at times. It's why I'm a bit worried about The Hobbit films. There's effing 13 of them! If you see someone in the cinema who looks like he's having a stroke it's probably me.
Feb 10th 2012, 16:26
The greatest epic story of our time.
Feb 10th 2012, 18:16
My favorite moment is when Rohan comes to save the day in Return Of The King, when Bernard Hill does that rallying speech and then all the horns start blowing I get goosebumps every time. Sean Bean's scene at the end of The Fellowship is also one of my favorites...." My brother, my captian, my King. "
Feb 10th 2012, 18:23
To think A Beautiful Mind and Chicago were so much better according to the wizened old husks in Hollywood.
Feb 11th 2012, 0:50
Yay - what a great countdown: though one of my favourites was missed out, which is when the beam goes up from Minas Morgul when the doors open and the army sets off towards Gondor - love that bit so much.
I do agree about the endings - I think there are too many; I really detest the pantomime ending where they all come into Frodo's bedroom one at a time and you almost feel like you're expected to cheer over and over again, lol.
Aaaaaaaand I have to be picky and say that in No.13, 'Gollum's Demise', Frodo wasn't about to "pitch the ring into the fires of Mount Doom", that's kind of the opposite of what he did! He'd just succombed to the ring's power and claimed it as his own!!
Good countdown though - cannot wait for the Hobbit!!!! =D
Feb 11th 2012, 1:07
Apparently there's an awesome piece of gag reel footage somewhere where Christopher Lee and Ian McKellan are sitting side by side on a log smoking their pipes in full costume, and Ian McKellan turns to Lee and says in character, 'That's some good sh1t'...
Feb 11th 2012, 14:44
Theoden returning to his people and claiming his throne is surely the best, the "I am no man" line made me burst into hysterics. The speech Aragorn gives at the black gates is really poor, "Now to Wrath now to Ruin" is a far superior speech. The scene cut which depicts Borimir's truimphant return to Gondor was a fantastic scene and not only did it demonstrate his reluctence to go to the Council of Elrond but showed us his devotion to Faramir and the pressure their father put on him. This scene also suggested that Faramir was the one who would have denied the ring, never should have been cut. I also loved the bit when Legolas tells Aragorn in elvish that the army at Helm's Deep are doomed and Aragorn answering in human tells him to stuff it, awesome.
P.s the ending was bloody boring.
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