snocone: That is what all those mysterious buttons on the remote books are for.
palladiate: No, because if Frodo died, it would break the religious underpinnings of the story. Frodo needed to heal past the evil of the ring. He had a life yet to live. His reward for bearing the burden of the ring was to live forever in the undying lands. Gollum, if he hadn't been so fundamentally broken by the ring, could have lived as well. But the kindest ending he could have had he received was reclaiming the ring for a brief moment before being destroyed in fire. Gollum, had he lived, would have lived in eternal torment.And what the hell, the trip to Valinor wasn't a eucatastrophe. That's expected. The Eagles where the eucatastrophe of salvation."Does this lighten your heart? Maybe. Maybe not. I used to love a silly rom-com with a happy ending; sorrow has left me unable to bear it."That's because you're a miserable person. Holy cripes, would you be happier if Sauron won and Middle Earth became a futuristic, fascist utopia?
gaslight: I really didn't like those films. I'd have not gone to the second and third one except for a fit of manners.
Shostie: I think Return of the King would have been more satisfying if it only had one ending instead of seven.
palladiate: Holy cripes, would you be happier if Sauron won and Middle Earth became a futuristic, fascist utopia?
Wadded Beef: Loved the trilogy, but wouldn't it have been easier if they just handed the ring to an eagle...
Old Man Winter: I liked the one that ended in Gandalf Raping Day.
Beerguy: I for one will never question the genius of Professor Tolkien because without the works of Middle Earth, Dungeons and Dragons would have never been created. Without D&D, the entire "role paying game" genre probably wouldn't exist.
Bondith: Everything a bit of plot gets going, something derails it.
Bondith: The rest of the book goes on like that. It took me two or three reads-through to work out what the hell was going on.
Shostie: I got about 250 pages into it before I threw the book against the wall yelling "F*CK THIS BOOK!"
rtaylor92: The cleansing of the Shire was the payoff for slogging through the entire trilogy and as far as I'm concerned that was a very satisfying ending. Still have no idea why it was excluded from the movies.
Autistic Hiker: rtaylor92: The cleansing of the Shire was the payoff for slogging through the entire trilogy and as far as I'm concerned that was a very satisfying ending. Still have no idea why it was excluded from the movies.This. The satisfying ending would have been THE ONE THAT TOLKIEN FARKING WROTE
antidisestablishmentarianism: I am dissappoint that BabyMetal is not on Spotify, Pandora or Slacker. I want to hear more of this stuff.
antidisestablishmentarianism: antidisestablishmentarianism: I am dissappoint that BabyMetal is not on Spotify, Pandora or Slacker. I want to hear more of this stuff.Oops, wrong thread.
czetie: What bugged me even more than the walking was the amount of time the hobbits spend lying on their backs staring up in terror at imminent death. I'm guessing it's because setting up shots with forced perspective to make the hobbits look shorter all the time gets tiresome and eventually the director says "Bugger it, have them lie down so I can move the bloody camera in this shot."I tried making a drinking game of it, but that's when you find out just how long those movies are./Oh, and once you've noticed this, you can't un-notice. So, you're welcome.
Wadded Beef: Loved the trilogy, but wouldn't it have been easier if they just handed the ring to an eagle and they just dropped it straight into Mt. Doom via flyover?
Plant Rights Activist: Uhh, weren't the hobbits supposed to return to a shire in ruins? I think that counts as a different ending.
Bith Set Me Up: I'm still pissed that Return Of The King swept the Oscars because of the "We're honoring the trilogy as a whole!" bullshiat. If the two previous movies were that good, they should've won on their own.
Zuzax: If your only knowledge of LoTR is from the movies, then it did have a "different" ending for you. Or endings rather.LoTR properly ends not at the eagle rescue, but instead with the hobbits reclaiming the Shire in the Battle of Bywater and confronting the fallen Saurman at Bag End. The whole thing comes full circle there on Frodo's doorstep with Wormtongue's revenge shanking of the defeated and powerless Saruman, and then himself being killed by the hobbits, concluding the last hostile actions of the War of the Ring.The movie removing the Tom Bombadil stuff had no impact on the story really, but ending before the Scouring of the Shire is just unconscionable./nerdrant//getoffmyshire
deadsanta: Right, because the best movies are the ones where every character just sits in a chair the whole film. Ok, I mean besides "12 Angry Men", obviously.
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