• Lord of the Rings,  Quotes

    I wonder which story our we in ?

    Contains Spoiler from Lord Of the Rings

    There is this awesome excerpt from Lord of The Rings. It involves a chat between Sam and Frodo in the chapter ‘The Stairs of Cirith Ungol’ from The Two Towers, contemplating what they have got themselves into.

    Now recently, there has been this trend of publishing your status message through Twitter, Facebook , Google Talk and other IMs. I wanted to put up this excerpt from the book on any one of these applications’ . I could basically type it out from the book, but as I said, it was too long. So, I searched, and found this one more useful website Wikiquote from Wikimedia Foundations ( the guys who came with Wikipedia ) .

    So, finally, I got my favourite quote from that site ( Give it a try, its really good ) . But couldnt publish it anywhere because of its size and I really didn’t want to cut it down. So here I am , publishing it where I can type anything, without any limits, without any boundaries.

    Anyways, enough of history, here is the quote :

    ‘I don’t like anything here at all.’ said Frodo, ‘step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid’

    We shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually — their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on — and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same — like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?

    Now since this is my blog, I would like to add the same quote from the Lord of The Rings : The Two Towers movie ( though it occurs in a different setting ) . The same quote is a bit modified, but nevertheless, it sounds awesome and becomes the perfect climax scene for the movie because of the ingenious direction by Peter Jackson

    Here it goes :

    Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
    Sam
    : I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going… because they were holding on to something.

    My thoughts about Lord of The Rings : here and here

  • Lord of the Rings,  Movies

    How good a movie is for me ?

    I saw The Dark Knight few days back. I was not shielded from all the hype around the movie. I hate it. Of course I was desperate to watch it, from the moment I saw Batman Begins. And at the end of the movie, when Gordon informs Batman about a new criminal named Joker, I knew the next movie will be a class in its own. But I avoid being involved in the hype till I dont watch the movie myself. So anyways, I saw The Dark Knight, came out of the theater, content.

    These are the factors according to me for considering how good a movie is :

    1. I come out of the theater , and have no words to describe it. Speechless. I dont know what to reply when people ask me ” how was the movie ? ” . I dont know what to say after coming out of the theater. Everything in the movie is so perfect, that you would just want to savour the moment. Something like eating a very well made Dessert/Dish, which everyone just savours and avoids talking for the time they enjoy it and after that.
    2. I would want to watch it again in theater. Considering the busy lives we have, its difficult to catch a movie one more time.
    3. I start recommending it to people.
    4. I want to own a DVD of that movie ( specifically a collectors edition ) .
    5. I get totally immersed into everything about the movie ( IMDB , Soundtracks, Wallpapers ) . It means I have become a fan of the movie and contribute to the hype building around the movie 🙂

    The last time all these points came true were for Lord Of The Rings : The Return of The King and Titanic. And now The Dark Knight.

  • Books,  Lord of the Rings

    Lord Of the Rings – The Book

    I finished Lord Of The Rings book last week. I wanted to read it since the first movie of the series – The Fellowship of the Ring was released ( that was 6 years back ) . I finally got the time and chance to read it. And I loved it.

    This is one of the finest books I have ever read. The other ones were The Fountainhead, The Alchemist and The Kite Runner.

    I wanted to write an elaborate review of this book. Many were left in draft, and then deleted. Words deceived me to elaborate the grandeur of this book. I then realized my review will not do any justice to the book. But I will just say this much, that it took me to a world which no other book has ever done before. I saw the depth of relationships that I had not seen before. Please read it if you get the chance to do so. It is a work of literature, and anyone who loves reading should read this book.

    I salute J.R.R Tolkien.