Why Lord Of The Rings Is The Greatest Film Trilogy Of All Time

Why Lord Of The Rings Is The Greatest Film Trilogy Of All Time

As if you needed to read this to know.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is based off the books written by J. R. R. Tolkien. They were adapted into movies, directed by Peter Jackson, in 2001. They begin with The Fellowship of the Ring, followed by The Two Towers, and Return of the King. Each film is about 3 hours long and follows the journey of Frodo Baggins as he attempts to destroy the ring that belonged to the Dark Lord Sauron. Despite the films being so lengthy, there is never a dull moment. These films have everything one could ever want in a movie; an awesome cast, great acting, amazing makeup and costumes, incredible filming locations in New Zeland, super cool creatures, and an intricate plot line involving romance, tragedy, suspense, friendship, loyalty, courage, fear, pain, loss, sadness, sacrifice, and love. No detail was overlooked in middle earth, as the world is so complete and so well thought out that you'll feel like you're in it. Tolkien even created the Elvish language that you hear spoken in the movies, and see the dialect Tengwar written on the ring of power.

The first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, begins in the Shire where you learn the story of the ring and are introduced to a hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his hobbit friends Sam (Sean Austin), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), and Pippin (Billy Boyd), his uncle Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm), and Gandalf the Gray (Ian McKellen). After discovering that Bilbo is still in possession of the ring, Gandalf reminds Bilbo to leave it in Bag End to be found by Frodo. Frodo must now take the ring to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy it. After a secret council meeting in Rivendell, he is then accompanied by, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), a dwarf named Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and an elf named Legolas (Orlando Bloom). This film even features Sean Bean as Boromir, who many would know as Ned Stark on Game of Thrones. This single film in the trilogy was nominated for and won a huge amount of awards, not only in the US. Just some of these awards are the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Music, Original Score, Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Writing, Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

The journey to destroy the ring continues in the second film, The Two Towers. After a series of events in the conclusion of the first film, The Fellowship is forced to continue while separated. Mary and Pippin have been abducted by orcs, due to mistaken identity. They experience great loss when Gandalf falls into the depths of Moria while fighting a Balrog. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are not without their own great struggles as they stick together while in pursuit of the orcs who abducted Mary and Pippin. The audience is also introduced to Aragorn's love, Arawin and the obstacles they must overcome to survive. Sam, the most loyal companion to Frodo, is still continuing their quest to the fires of Mount Doom. In this film we are introduced to a new character, Gollum, who embodies what can happen when you let the power of the ring consume you. He becomes Sam and Frodo's guide to Mordor. This film places more focus on the desire for power and how consuming of the mind it can be. The desire for power and the destruction of man ignites a battle in the end of the film between the Army of Isengard and of Rohan for the continuation of man, against the evil of Sauron. This film had another slew of award wins and nominations, including the Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Picture, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound.

The third and final movie, Return of the King, is the conclusion of the trilogy. This is probably the most action packed movie of the three, and ties up each plot line that has been introduced. Battles take place between men and men, orc and men, and even ghosts and men. We see more creatures, such as elephants, Nazgûls, and the witch King of Angmar. The characters' will and integrity are tested constantly throughout the film and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This film was not without its mass amounts of awards, along with the other two, including the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Music, Original Score, Best Music, Original Song, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

You have to watch this amazing trilogy to truly experience the world that J. R. R. Tolkien created so beautifully. So grab your snacks, silence your phone, and go to the bathroom beforehand because this'll be a long one, and get ready to go There and Back Again!

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16 Rihanna Songs That Best Describe The Penn State Student Experience

When it comes to the Penn State student body, she's RIH-latable.

Welcome, my fellow friends, associates, and haters, to a new year at good ol' Happy Valley. Oh, how productive, how amazing, how memorable was the fall semester? It may have been all three of these things for you guys, but for me:

Yeah, right.

It's a new semester—four months of hell. Of course, it's best to make the most out of your Nittany Lion experience, but let's be honest here: living at Penn State University for four years can be a freaking struggle. Pardon my discretion, but I'm not speaking from my own perspective; I just call it like I see it. I've made friends at Penn State, some that disappeared quicker than my Campus Meal Plan, and they struggle to survive nine months here.

But you know what really gets me through every semester? Music. According to Spotify, in 2017, I listened to 45,980 minutes of music, and that was nine out of twelve months at Penn State. I don't like to speak statistics, and I praise God that I'm not taking STAT 200 this semester, because—no. However, I will say that my Spotify choices were really obvious. Out of artists like Brandy, SZA, and Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna was the number one artist I've played the most in 2017.

I know most people aren't so fond of her, others believe she's iconic. But, in this case, Rihanna is literally the answer to our problems. If you think about it, most of her songs are so relatable to the Penn State students today.

Therefore, I provided a list of Rihanna songs that embody the Penn State student experience. From crippling debt to that remorseful one-night stand you've experienced at Penn State. Trust me, you aren't alone.

1. "Bitch Better Have My Money"

Weeks before the first semester, you get your financial aid package, but the Office of Student Aid and the Bursar is missing your loans and grants. Where's my money?

2. "Pose"

When you have fresh, new clothes for syllabus week and you're feeling like a straight-up superstar.

3. "Where Have You Been"

When you make new friends that like the same thing as you, what's your response? "Where have you been all my life?"

4. "Cheers (Drink to That)"

You survive the first week of classes. Cheers to the freaking weekend. Besides, what's better than being in the moment?

5. "Pon De Replay"

When you're at your first party of the semester, but the DJ's music sucks, not to mention, too low.

6. "Wait Your Turn"

"The wait is over, the wait is over." This is how we feel when September hits, and you know what that means: football season!

7. "Lemon" (N.E.R.D & Rihanna)

It's that little bit of confidence you get when you start the semester off great with a satisfying grade in the class. You deserve it, so you can brag.

8. "Phresh Out the Runway"

Ever taken SOC 119? The class's so lit, you'll feel like a runway model when Sam Richards brings you down to the front. Revel in that confidence, man.

9. "Sledgehammer"

So, you finally "hit a wall," huh? This is when those crazy midterms hit you and your grades start to slip. You've studied enough, but something's just not right.

10. "FourFiveSeconds"

When your main instincts tell you to attack your professor for your latest grade. You're so close to freaking out.

11. "Farewell"

Saying goodbye to Saquon, like...

12. "What Now"

You're out of meal points, you're out of money, your grades are still not up to par, you're probably even sick; what now? Should you just wait it out?

13. "Desperado"

You basically want to drop out at this point. You're ready to leave, but is it worth it?

14. "Umbrella"

Appreciate the support: family, friends and even the resources. They're here for you.

15. "Disturbia"

Okay, but, you're still going crazy. It's finals week and you black out. Your attitude even changes.

16. "Take A Bow"

It's not exactly the best choice for a relieving finale to a wretched semester, but after all you've been through, it's time to go. Take your bow, you've done all you could.

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46 Cry Your Eyes Out Jams For The Ultimate Heartbreak Playlist

11. "Better In Time" by Leona Lewis

I have always been very music oriented. Music has always been the thing I use when I need a pick me up, or any kind of emotion. With my recent heartbreak, I have turned to music now more than ever. There are more songs that are about heartbreak than I had ever realized, and finding one's I relate to and that help me, has been such a good thing for me. I listen to a mix of motivational breakup songs, and sad breakup songs, because sometimes I wanna feel better, and sometimes I wanna embrace the pain. So here is a playlist of the best heartbreak songs, both motivational, and just wallowing in the heartbreak.

1. "Miss Movin' On" by Fifth Harmony

2. "Part Of Me" by Katy Perry

3. "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts

4. "Last Love Song" by ZZ Ward

5. "Slipped Away" by Avril Lavigne

6. "If This Was A Movie" by Taylor Swift

7. "The Sun Will Rise" by Kelly Clarkson

8. "Over You" by Miranda Lambert

9. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

10. "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans

11. "Better In Time" by Leona Lewis

12. "Thank You For The Broken Heart" by J Rice

13. "I Have Questions" by Camila Cabello

This is the song I have related to the most in my breakup. The whole song is about having so many questions about the breakup and having to just sit and ask them to yourself because this person is gone. It's a very raw narrative of heartbreak, and it will hit you very hard if you are dealing with heartbreak

14. "Clean" by Taylor Swift

15. "Sound The Bugle- Soundtrack Version" by Bryan Adams

16. "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce

17. "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato

18. "Don't Speak" by No Doubt

19. "So Sick" by Ne-Yo

20. "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban

21."You Think You Know Somebody" by Hunter Hayes

22. "Impossible" by Shontelle

23. "Consequences" by Camila Cabello

24. "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith

25. "River of Tears" by Alessia Cara

26. "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban

27. "No Air" by Jordin Sparks

28. "Battle Scars" by Lupe Fiasco

29. "I Was Gonna Marry You" by Tristan Prettyman

30. "I Fall Apart" by Post Malone

31. "Stone Cold" by Demi Lovato

32. "Happier" by Ed Sheeran

33. "Amnesia" by 5 Seconds Of Summer

34. "Something's Gotta Give" by Camila Cabello

35. "Waiting For Superman" by Daughtry

36. "Don't Let Me Down" by Daya & The Chainsmokers

37. "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World

38. "Same Old Love" by Selena Gomez

39. "Fix A Heart" by Demi Lovato

40. "I've Given Up On You" by Real Friends

41. "I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You" by Neck Deep

42. "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake

43. "You Lost Me" by Christina Aguilera

44. "No Surprise" by Daughtry

45. "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

46. "Who Knew" by P!nk

Those are 46 of the best breakup songs I've used to help myself through my own personal heartbreak. And don't worry, if you don't want to make your own playlist, I made it for you to enjoy. Happy healing :)

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