This city was once the jewel of our kingdom, a place of light and beauty and music. And so it shall be once more! Let the armies of Mordor know this: Never again will the land of my people fall into enemy hands! This city of Osgiliath has been reclaimed for Gondor!
Lord of the Rings Installments rated by oliphaunts
Fellowship of the Ring:
no mentions of oliphaunts. a dark time. 0/10
The Two Towers:
Sam sings a song about an oliphaunt and tells an incredibly moving story about how they heard of them in the Shire. later Frodo and Sam see an oliphaunt and it is described in loving detail. though Faramir attacks its owners, the oliphaunt escapes to live and triumph another day. an exhilarating read. 25/10
The Return of the King:
several depictions of oliphaunts/mumakil, though tragically many are killed. in the film adaptation, many oliphaunts are showcased in their majesty and beauty and strike terror in their enemies' hearts. this however is offset by the heart-wrenching and devastating destruction of nearly every oliphaunt by Eowyn, Eomer, the army of ghosts, and even by Legolas. this is made worse as Legolas's murder is treated as a joke. "That still only counts as one--" No. an oliphaunt's life is worth more than that. the oliphaunts are disgraced and dishonored even in their death. a true tragedy, i weep to think of it. -10000/10
So I’ve been re-skimming some LotR in between looking for new books to read and Boromir mentions his brother like, three times in the Council of Elrond. And I realize it’s dramatic foreshadowing shit, but consider (modern au apparently) Boromir who just talks about his brother all the time and has so many pictures:
“Hobbits like poetry? My brother won a poetry contest in third grade!!! You know who’d love to hear more about Dwarves? My brother. Gosh, I can’t wait until we all get to Minas Tirith so I can show you all the best things about my city and you can meet my brother.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen Boromir, he’s a great dude,” says Eomer, “but I hear he talks about his brother a lot?”
“How do I know you’ve actually met my brother?” asks Faramir. “And how do you know who I am?”
“… I have seen probably a hundred pictures of you and heard the stories behind all of them,” says Frodo.
“Ah,” says Faramir, resigned. “Yeah, okay, you’ve met him.”