Had a hard time coming up with this one - I have favorite scenes from many books, and it would be hard to label just one. But, here is one in particular which came to mind: In The Lord of the Rings, where Peregrin Took takes his oath of fealty to Gondor and the Steward Denethor.
Not because of the particular dialogue (though well-written, as all his stuff was), nor of any particular excitement - it's actually in a relatively slow section of the story.
No, it's due to the realization in Pippin's mind - the first time he truly faces the cost of what he is swearing to, the price which must be paid for the peoples of Middle Earth to fight Sauron, the fact he is dedicating his life to something bigger. Up until this moment Pippin was sort of along on his "grand adventure" still - sure, things got rough, but he never really looked at the bottom line - sort of an example of the Hobbits as a whole. But, with this one scene, he truly becomes a hero in his own right.
I will also say that this is one of the scenes in the movie trilogy which Peter Jackson got spot-on - the expressions, the filming and everything else capture it beautifully. And no, I'll hold my other rants on the movies in abeyance!
Just a few ramblings from a confused guy. Former military, former cop. Husband. Father. Student. Role playing gamer, on intermittent weeks. Avid reader. Internet addict. Small "l" libertarian. Too many others to mention. The views and opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of any official agency or government or species. Names have been changed to protect the guilty; God protects the innocent as a matter of course.
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds
Thursday, January 20, 2011
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We are once again simpatico here. My "best" scene also comes from Lord of the Rings.
It occurs during the battle of the Pelennor Fields, when Eowyn reveals herself and slays the Witch King. Brings a tear to my eye every time.
... slender, but as a steel-blade. Fair, yet terrible ...
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