Two Towers: Are you Ready

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  1. superdave

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    The Two Towers, part II of the Classic Lord of the Rings Trilogy is here, are you going to see it, and how many of you have read the books, and were very impressed with the quality of The Fellowship of the Ring?

    I don't really want to hear from any who have a problem with the theatre, I don't want to go there in this thread, just LOTR fans excited about the next film.

    Could also open one up on the Spiritual aspects of the Trilogy, which are as best I can tell unintentional by Tolkien
     
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    Anyone know much about Tolkien's faith? I've heard he always considered himself Roman Catholic, but apparently corresponded frequently with C.S. Lewis, supposedly resulting in his conversion.

    I don't know how true that is--just what I've heard.

    That could explain some of his Middle Earth worldview, even if it wasn't intended to be strictly symbolic.
     
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    Tolkien was a Christian, later in life. His own writings indicate that LOTR was fiction, not allegory. I guess, just like the Bible we can allegorize all we want, it may just not be what the author intended.

    I know that he was friends with C.S. Lewis who did write allegory, but that was not the intention of Tolkien with the Hobbit, or LOTR.

    The Helm's Deep battle scene in Part II is supposed to have 10,000 soldiers in it, something like 4000 real and 6000 cgi. Should be great if it is anything like the first.
     
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    I've read the books, and I've already seen the flick.

    Word of advice. Use the potty before the movie starts. If you leave during, you'll miss something. The last hour (it's 3hrs long) of the movie is all a huge battle scene, nonstop, and none of it grotesque, bloody, or graduitous. See? it can be done.
     
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    I've read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy...but it's been awhile.

    I saw the first movie, in fact have it on video and DVD (don't ask) would like to see the extended version...burns me that I already bought it and now there is a better version.

    I haven't seen the movie yet, would like to though. I haven't been to the movies since Minority Report came out. I'm behind on my movie viewing. :(
     
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    My Son went tonight. He is not home yet. It only cost $2.50 to go to movie here. Popcorn and soda make up the difference.

    He will fill me on all the scoop. But myself I will wait for DVD and buy it. I hear the movie will be a little more dark and more violent. Which I do not have a problem with. But I did enjoy watching the first one.

    I hated the reading of any of them. Because at the time it was required. I read all the Narnia's by C.S. Lewis and really enjoyed them. So I may pick the books back up and try again.

    Sherrie

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    I read the Ring trilogy back in the 1960s. My wife and I saw the first movie last year (and loved it). Yesterday we viewed "The Two Towers" (and loved it even more). NICE movie! Don't drink anything beforehand, however. As an earlier poster pointed out, you don't want to miss anything by a trip to the restroom. It's that good&lt;g&gt;.

    --Ralph
     
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    Did not care for the books. Cannot imagine even spending time on the movies (when they come out in video).

    Somebody needs to "sell me" on the value of such fantasy.
     
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    Saw 'The Two Towers' yesterday. Wow! Can't wait to get it on DVD.
     
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    Exciting, uplifting, relaxing, mind-expanding, enjoyable, the glory of human achievement, inspirational, shared experience, Tolkien touches the human spirit; in short, classic literature.

    --Ralph
     
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    Ahhhh...Ralph...can I ask you one question...did you like the books?..... [​IMG]

    Sherrie [​IMG]
     
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    Hello everyone,

    I've been a HUGE LOTR fan for a lot of years, seen all the low-budget movies based on the trilogy and was always disappointed. I've not been disappointed with the current film versions though. Simply awesome! My 17 year old son (who wants to be a film maker) said the final battle scene made him cry. I asked him why and he said that it was just so amazing.

    There are a few disturbing scenes in the movie, but think it's well worth the time to go.

    There's no way the movies will ever live up to the book, but these are the best attempt so far. [​IMG] The Hobbit was my favorite book, although the trilogy was wonderful.

    tw
     
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    I saw the movie on Sat. and really enjoyed it. The naysayers biggest complaint seemed to be the deviations from the book. I have read the books and can say that I am glad for some of the changes as the movie would have been about 8 hours with Helm Deep in the middle and most of the rest of the movie being about two hobbits wandering around.
     
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    What makes you think that? :D

    Yep, I thought they were wonderful when I read them as a teenager. But then I grew up cutting my teeth on science fiction and fantasy. Back in the late fifties, my first job was custodian of the church I yet belong to. I got paid something like $15 a week, which was pretty big money for a kid in those days (but I earned it&lt;g&gt;, and I quite earnestly tithed it). There was one bookstore in town who sold specialty science fiction books (in those days, science fiction novels were not available through the major publishers, who thought of them as only "pulp" fiction). These books were $2 each.

    I recently sold many of these books (I NEVER throw away a book) on eBAY. They all brought from $100 to $400. So, after about 40 years, God paid me VERY well for the money I made from sweeping and cleaning toilets, and gave me a lot of enjoyment and strengthing of my imagination (my prime tool in trade). I, of course, tithed this increase. [​IMG]

    --Ralph
     

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