Things you don’t know about Lord of the Rings anymore
I had an LOTR marathon with @illuminaughty-mess, who had never seen the films before, and I realized….after watching the films a billion times, there are things you no longer know. Like:
- For the majority of the first half of FOTR, you don’t know Aragorn’s name is Aragorn. You also don’t know he’s a king.
- Boromir is only in the story for a few scenes in one-half of the shortest film in the series.
- You don’t find out Boromir has a brother until after he’s dead, in the second half of the Two Towers. For the entire first half of the trilogy, there is no indication he has a brother.
- Despite his reputation for “crazy CG battle moments” , Legolas has no more than Four (!) of them in the original trilogy.
- You don’t find out Elrond and Arwen are related until The Two Towers. The first time they have an onscreen conversation is the scene where Elrond talks about Aragorn’s eventual death.
- You don’t know that Rohan is a kingdom that exists until the Two Towers.
- If you were watching the films for the first time, you wouldn’t know the geography of Middle-Earth. For all you know, Isengard is inside of Mordor. Gondor might be east of the Shire. Is Minas Tirith the same as the White City or is it another name for Helm’s Deep or is it another kingdom? You just don’t know.
- The films never explicitly state that Gollum used to be a hobbit.