“GLORFINDEL: His pace is light and smooth; and if danger presses too near, he will bear you away with a speed that even the black steeds of the enemy cannot rival.
FRODO: No, he will not! I shall not ride him, if I am to be carried off to Rivendell or anywhere else, leaving my friends behind in danger.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Lord of the Rings vs Star Wars

Lord of the Rings:

  • A secondary character named Boromir dies in Film One. 
  • Film Two is 4 hours long and Film Three is 4.5 hours. Months pass in movie time.
  • but even towards the end of Film Three this secondary character’s death is still sending shockwaves–the main characters are still missing him and still feeling survivor’s guilt and still grieving for him

Star Wars: 

  • In A New Hope, Darth Vader uses the Death Star to destroy a main character’s home planet, which is populated by innocent civilians. AN ENTIRE PLANET’s POPULATION GETS KILLED. This is dark. It’s a massacre on an utterly unimaginable scale, far worse than anything in the Lord of the Rings universe. So many innocent men, women, and children are senselessly killed that their deaths send shockwaves of grief and horror throughout the entire universe. And it happened to a main character’s home planet.  
  • The characters casually talk about this for five seconds
  • That’s it we’re done
Have you ever thought about how in the Fellowship of the Ring...

In the film’s prologue, Galadriel narrates the forging of the Great Rings. But there’s a really cool hidden message in how the shots are set up…

The shots of the elves only show them looking at their rings, nothing else…

The shots of the dwarves only show them looking at their rings, nothing else…

But when we get to the nine rings given to men “who above all else desire power”….the men don’t look at their rings. They look straight into the camera.


And while other shots are composed to make you look at the magic rings,  everything in this shot is designed to make sure you look back into the eyes of the man in the center. 


Because these men are looking at you, the audience: because you are one of them.

It’s a reminder that you are also a member of the race of men, and before you call The Nine weak-willed and evil you must remember that you are just as fallible and could be corrupted by power just as they were…that their flaws are only a dark reflection of your own flaws, and the flaws common to all of mankind


I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come when the courage of Men fails; when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day - an hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the Age of Man comes crashing down - but it is not this day!!! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth - I bid you stand! Men of the West!