I remember being amazed the first time I saw The Lord of the Rings. My sister and I had gone to see it at the cinema for my sister's birthday and it was one of those films that stays with long after the first viewing.
Much to my delight, a collector's edition of the Middle-Earth 6 film collection has been released. The box set includes 30 DVDs of the films plus hours of extra bonus footage. There is also an exclusive 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, and two original reproductions of watercolour paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe.Perfect for any fan!
In celebration of the release of this DVD collection, I've compiled five of my favourite epic moments from the 6 films.
The Destruction of LakeotwnThis is one of those moments that made me quite sad, and actually fear for whether the heroes of The Hobbit would be able to save the situation. Smaug, the greedy dragon guarding the massive gold mine that the Dwarves are after, discovers that Laketown helped the Company on their journey so flies over to basically destroy the whole thing by setting it on fire. As the town folk flee (including the Mayor, which annoys the entire town), the Bard attempts to shoot down Smaug. Smaug does get killed, however by that point it's too late for the town and it's been destroyed. This scene emphasised the power Smaug had and how much destruction has been caused by Thorin's greed and entitlement.
Bilbo's desperation for The RingIn comparison to the epic battle scenes and beautiful, panning shots of Middle Earth, this scene from The Fellowship of the Ring seems a bit silly, but it will always stick in my head as moment that terrified my as a young teen. After a sweet reunion of Bilbo and Frodo, Bilbo gives his sword and chain mail armour. Frodo starts to undress to try on his new armour, when Bilbo sees the ring around his neck and, after thinking he'll never hold it again, literally loses his cool. Out of nowhere, Bilbo transforms into this evil demon thing that scares the crap out of Bilbo and everyone watching the film. Like I said, it's a bit silly but it's epic in terms of showing the power the ring has over people, and the damage it can cause. Plus it made me jump just as much as any horror I've watched, earning it a place in my top five Epic moments.
Bilbo saving Thorin's assI never liked Thorin. He always gave off that vibe of thinking he was so much better than everyone else and always had it in for poor old Bilbo. Anyway, in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin finds himself in a sticky situation where he is outnumbered and about to be beheaded. Even though Bilbo is terrified and really does not want to be on this quest, he launches himself at the bad guys and manages to create a distraction so the rest of the dwarves can come to the rescue. Well done Bilbo - an epic show of bravery despite being truly terrified.
Gandalf's ReturnWe all remember the heart breaking moment when Gandalf is killed by the Balrog, and we have to watch the Fellowship try and process the horror they've just witnessed whilst trying to wipe our own tears with our sleeve (You didn't cry?! Oh, just me then...). What the hell are they going to do without Gandalf?
Never fear LOTR viewer, because low and behold Gandalf returns in The Two Towers. Not only does he come back, but he has evolved from Gandalf the Grey, to Gandalf the White meaning he is much more powerful than before. My favourite part of this scene is the initial suspense of thinking Saruman has found Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn but, luckily, it's our old friend Gandalf. If returning from the dead isn't epic enough, then I don't know what is!
Gollum tries riddles with BilboHaving read the book The Hobbit, this scene where Gollum tries to trick Bilbo by testing him with riddles was a scene I was eagerly anticipating. Although it's a pretty long scene, I was hooked the entire way through and loved how closely it was adapted from the book. It kept all the magic and suspense that Tolkien had created in the novel, so it was a perfect representation, not to mention highly entertaining and funny. I found myself trying to solve the riddles as Bilbo was doing it, I was that invested in this scene!
I know I have left out possible a hundred more scenes that could be considered epic from both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy's, however these are my favourite scenes that shocked or surprised me when watching the films. If you'd like to see these scenes again, you can buy the Middle-Earth 6-Film Collection at this link here.