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Tolkien was married to Edith Bratt.R. At that time his father was ill and soon died of rheumatic fever. of course. At school Ronald was interested in Classic as well as Anglo-Saxon and Middle English. Tolkien was commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and participated in the battle of the Somme. Both philologist and professor at Oxford University. Then Professor Tolkien was elected to continue work at Oxford.R. Another tragic event occurred when J. its history. dwarves. and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called “The Book of Lost Tales” but which eventually became known as “The Silmarillion”. and his younger brother Hilary. At that time he began to develop his linguistic talent by creating his own languages with grammar and history. a very talented writer. When he was four years old his mother. The history of this world goes into the depth of millenniums and stretches four epochs starting from the act of creation.R. he knew many ancient and modern languages. went to England. involving people. He taught Anglo-Saxon and English right up until his retirement in 1959. Ronald spent his childhood there and later scenes from this area would be depicted in his pictures and writings. hobbits are in Tolkien’s accounts. a new world – Middle-earth. After the war he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary. But not only fantastic beings were concocted by him. wizards. goblins. and several languages appeared. After his father’s death the family lived at Sarehole. .R.About J. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State. on the southeastern edge of Birmingham. He and his brother Hilary became wards of a priest at the Birmingham Oratory. Not surprisingly that Tolkien was First in English Language and Literature at Exeter College. as a Professor of AngloSaxon. along with its geography. elves. Ronald loved Edith and continued to do so despite being forbidden by Father Morgan to contact her when he studied at college. J. The boys attended King Edward’s School in Birmingham.R. orcs. Tolkien John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. want to read them again and again. Among the students he was famous for his strong and popular teaching. Considering that it would ruin Ronald’s career. All his books are real masterpieces. and many having read them once.R. Later Tolkien was appointed as Reader in the English Language at the University of Leeds.R. Marry Suffield. Father Morgan would not give his consent to an early marriage. is famous for having created such a literary genre as fantasy. Thus. Warm-hearted and exciting adventure stories. J.R. and. Tolkien was 12 – the death of his mother who died of diabetes. He had known her since they had both lived in the same house in Birmingham.
which made him famous worldwide. His wife died in 1971 and after that Tolkien decided to return to Oxford. At first such stories were simply fairy tales. Tolkien and his wife are buried together in a single grave in the Catholic section of Wolvercote cemetery in the northern suburbs of Oxford. . Tolkien and his wife lived first in the Headington area of Oxford. kindness and loyalty. Thus.Honestly. etc. and despite some reassuring reports died on September 2nd 1973. a popular trilogy “the Lord of the Rings” came into being. He was diagnosed as having a bleeding gastric ulcer. hobbits. Although the greatest master of fantasy passed away. By that time the Tolkien’s family consisted of four children (three sons and a daughter) and more than anything father liked to tell his children about mythical beings – elves. aged 81. And the first book. Having retired. he left the door open for anyone to an enchanting world of his stories. many of the world scientists supposed that Tolkien had been one of the most gifted and clever philologists. These are the qualities that help Tolkien’s characters to win over Evil. The book was a huge success and the public demanded a sequel. then moved to Bournemouth. “the Hobbit” (published in 1937) was written in the genre of a fairy tale. the key to which is love.
The writer’s friend. and it immortalized the name of its creator. All the time critics find new ideas and draw analogies with reality. Middle-earth can be compared with a symmetrical web. That can be explained because Tolkien was bitten by a tarantula once. didn’t believe the book would be a success either. The trilogy was published first in 1954-1955. There is an image of the spider in “The Hobbit” as well as in “The Lord of the Rings”. Tolkien had been writing “The Lord of the Rings” for more than 10 years. long long ago. Tolkien never thought that his fantasy adventure would become so famous worldwide. which is based on mythological and historical traditions with a grain of magic. has many plots and a great number of main and secondary characters. C. It consists of three parts: “The Fellowship of the Ring”. He wrote the first chapters in 1939 after the success of “The Hobbit”.S. It became a so-called Bible for other writers working in this genre. and considered that it could distract readers’ attention and in no way gives a better understanding of his . It was very difficult to link up a fairy-tale “The Hobbit” with a large-scale literary work addressed to a more serious audience. Probably. The epic “The Lord of the Rings” became a real treasure of English Literature of the XX century. Many characters appear as if by themselves in the trilogy. in the core of which there is the Ring of Power. Lewis. We cannot help admiring Tolkien’s careful elaboration of the history of Middle-earth. The trilogy is a logical sequence of a no less famous fairy tale by Tolkien “The Hobbit” as well as the second part of the Red Book of Westmarch – the main chronicle of the Third Age of Middle-earth. who wrote a review for the first part of “The Lord of the Rings”. “The Lord of the Rings” formed the basis of such a literary genre as fantasy – a branch of fiction. the writer introduced the image of a vile many-legged being from his personal experience. There are no unnecessary or unimportant characters or geographical areas. which was forged by Sauron. In his letter to Carole Batten-Phelps the writer affirms that he wrote “The Lord of the Rings” for his own pleasure as an attempt to create a major work. However. his fears proved groundless. In a letter to Auden Tolkien stated that he himself together with the Fellowship of the Ring had gone all the way up to Orodruin. The plot is based on the struggle for the Ring of Power. Tolkien himself didn’t like to draw any parallels between his biography and literary works. “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”.The Books The Lord of the Rings” is the greatest trilogy. “The Lord of the Rings” belongs to the genre of an epic. the Dark Lord. Every character plays his/her role in a complicated plot.
That is why he skillfully introduces magnificent descriptions of nature and the book is abundant with many interesting dialogues. true love. full of sharp blades. and skip interesting poems of the past of Middle-earth. The readers as well as the characters can choose in what to believe. It is wrong to say that only fools have gathered under the banner of Evil. Realism is very important in the trilogy. In “The Lord of the Rings” there is no direct indication as to any religion. Every new line in “The Lord of the Rings” arouses anxiety for the fate of Middleearth. but it also touches upon some questions of philosophy and morality. It seems that Tolkien wanted to introduce as many geographical areas and living-beings as possible. In it one . in contrast Mordor is an abode of Evil. A great aim sets him going – the destruction of the Ring of Power. the result of Evil which promises its owner riches and wealth. can overcome all the obstacles and destroy the Ring. as it happens with Gollum. in the fire of Orodruin.books. Up to the last minute it is difficult to believe in the traditional Happy End. there would have been felt the heat thousands times greater than from the fire of Orodruin. He doesn’t stay too long in one place but leads the reader further and further away. “The Lord of the Rings” is not only a tale of enthralling adventures and mythical beings. While battles take place in Gondor and Rohan. The reader has to believe that countless armies do not always decide the outcome of the battle. One step to the side – and everything can perish in the abyss of events. he didn’t deny that some biographical facts were reflected in his books. two little hobbits make their way to Orodruin. The war mixed all the cards and those who fought under Wight banners yesterday gave in to the generous promises of Evil. Such places are Rivendell and Lorien. The trilogy is. Frodo and Sam turn out to be the ones. Some of the readers pay attention to the plot and actions only. full of mythology. The enemy is sly and artful. the unity for the sake of a common cause. however. Frodo and Sam can be compared with rope-walkers who balance over an abyss. strong-willed or completely indifferent to power. legends and history. the atmosphere in the book is literally pierced with holiness. and only unity. The world of “The Lord of the Rings” would have been grey and empty without its peculiarities: languages. and that one can conquer alone. But it is the poems that link up “The Lord of the Rings” with the events described in “The Silmarillion” and the past of Middle-earth. for the artifact will try to find a soft spot in its owner’s character and bring him/her under its control. sincerity and kindness can subdue it. Vile and bitter enemies become allies. A person. And vice verse. It cannot be used for good intentions. what to worship. Heroic deeds. Tolkien fairly well understood that the reader needed a break from whimsical languages of Middle-earth as well as important events. which help to understand protagonists’ characters to the full extent. which are the strongholds of Good. undoubtedly. If there were no derivations from the main plot. the triumph of Good over Evil – all these could be found in the epic. Hard life in Middle-earth during the War of the Ring reflects hard life in reality. The plot of “The Lord of the Rings” is very dynamic. However.
Reality. like time. And if someone is able to make this corridor a bit lighter. The War of the Ring is a small part of this struggle. and not by fairy teleports or magic spells. that would be a priceless contribution. elves leave Middle-earth. Good. It is both sympathy and humanity that prevent Bilbo from killing Gollum. to follow the principles of Christianity. is not revengeful. “The Lord of the Rings” remains a poorlylightened corridor with many entries and exits. Thus. Gandalf. The chain of Evil has split. a part of the epic was written during WWII. Some critics compare Sauron with Hitler and Mordor with Nazi Germany. Sympathy for enemies determines a lot in the epic. There can’t be a person regarding the epic with utter indifference. It strives to get justice and will never shoot an arrow into the back of the Enemy. who played a crucial role in the destroying of the Ring. We cannot say that everything ends extremely well. Everyone has his/her own thoughts. and feelings towards “The Lord of the Rings”. . however. The question is – who will be its new followers? “The Lord of the Rings” teaches us to be humane. Besides. It seems that despite many critics’ analysis. The struggle with different personifications of Evil is eternal too. But Evil has always been and will remain in Middle-earth as well as in real life. according to Tolkien. and has had many editions and translations. Old wounds won’t leave Frodo in peace. Even a mighty wizard. “The Lord of the Rings” has become popular worldwide. is eternal. for their power perishes with the fall of the three elvish rings. there remains a possibility that a new Sauron will come.can feel the taste of a juicy fruit or coagulated blood on the lips. moves from one place of Middle-earth to another on a swift horse.
R. Its high and mighty mountains covering the whole island together with wide open plains and big forests is like a true paradise.R. And. “The Fellowship of the Ring”. In the first part of the movie. The surroundings are peaceful and quiet. which couldn’t have been accomplished without their brilliant acting. Seeing the characters. “The Fellowship of the Ring” is an extremely good movie.The fellowship of the Ring “The Lord of the Rings” is a book trilogy written by the world famous writer J. Of course. Many of the viewers got angry with the director Peter Jackson because he had made so many changes when filming “The Fellowship of the Ring”. One thing that is really good about them is that they are all more or less unknown to the world. That is why all the characters in “The Fellowship of the Ring” are created and formed in the exact way Tolkien wanted them to be. No doubt. The entire movie turned out to be fantastic and Peter Jackson’s work was like giving life to a doll. a Hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save Middle-earth from the grip of Evil. of course. If you had taken for example Nicolas Cage to play Frodo. this couldn’t have been achieved without a professional cast who managed to turn the words of the movie script into an amazing and fascinating movie. He sensed the emotional atmosphere of the book and understood perfectly well how Tolkien imagined every little being in the trilogy. The changes do not look like an elephant would be on Antarctic. However. The combination . Peter Jackson did a really good job in transferring Tolkien’s well-written words into colorful moving pictures. we all dream of seeing our favorite characters in real life. and the nature around somehow gets you to think about tranquility and harmony. They were particularly upset with Peter Jackson’s decision to leave Tom Bombadillo out of the movie. which takes you into the world of fantasy and exciting adventure. Peter Jackson did that because Tom Bombadillo didn’t play a leading role in the cause of bringing the Ring to the Mount Doom. Being children. Frodo and his Fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength – the One Ring. it would only have felt stupid because you would have recognized him straight away and that would have destroyed most of the magic of being Frodo. The Shire looks incredibly realistic with its small people going around and small houses everywhere. all the actors did a great job. Tolkien and it tells the story of Frodo Baggins. but they fit in the story like a glove and make it look coherent and complete. Thanks to Peter Jackson and a strong international cast the dream of many LOTR fans came true. we should understand that the footage of the movie is not an elastic one. “The Fellowship of the Ring” is set in new Zealand which has the perfect nature to be shown as Middle-earth. nature and places that you have only read about and then later on see them with your own eyes is really an amazing event.
the elf Haldir and the mystic giant race of the Ents. and courage can hold the Forces of Darkness at bay. So. then? I wonder why these changes are made. In the books. “The Two Towers” has a much more dramatic story-line than “The Fellowship of the Ring”. of awfully kind and warm-hearted folk. at least Eowyn and Theoden. love. The King and his daughter are the rulers of Helm’s deep where the battle is fought. his niece Eowyn. which gives the movie the effect of opening a bottle of champagne. they travel mostly through mountainous terrain or vast plains. Needless to say that the movie’s big star is still Gollum. Aragorn’s relationship with Eowyn and Gandalf’s battle for the King’s wealth is what takes up the real interest until the battle begins. they discussed the attack for many days and finally decided to march to Saruman’s lands and attack the tower. is of course made for the battles and marches of the Uruk-hai. The rest of the music.of an excellent producer along with a professional cast and an extremely well-done movie script did the trick – “The Fellowship of the Ring” had a roaring success and did remarkably well at the box-office. The Two Towers “The Two Towers” features extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship. however. it doesn’t feature that beautiful landscape. my first thought comes to how the Ents decided to attack Saruman and his hordes. and his struggle between himself and his evil thoughts is something that makes you hold your breath and attentively follow the plot. Being the second movie in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. which is strong and mighty. In the movie. but he dies and doesn’t leave a sincerely big mark afterwards. it is he who leads Frodo and Sam towards the Black Gate. “The Two Towers” is set in New Zealand but compared to “The Fellowship of the Ring”. they discuss it quite a long time and finally come with the decision not to attack Saruman. where there isn’t much of what can be described as nature there. covered with long grass. I can’t say that they help the plot in the movie much. when Aragorn along with Legolas and Gimli searches for Merry and Pippin. leaving the audience astonished and amazed. They all play an important role in “The Two Towers”. They are later responsible for the surrender of Saruman with their attack on Isengard. The music of “The Two Towers” has gotten somehow a bit more mystic and calm compared to “The Fellowship of the Ring”. “The Two Towers” introduces some new faces like the King of Rohan Theoden. Haldir is also of importance of course. Many scenes take place on the territory of Mordor. maybe it’s made not to bore the fans too much as they would in that . otherwise there are few things to connect it with. Probably. That is why. the mystic tones are inspired by Gollum and the calm ones – by the relationship between Aragorn and Eowyn. “The Two Towers” ends with a huge and fierce battle. The Ents are a fascinating race. The intensity and excitement grows more and more and with the final battle the cork flies away. why do they attack him later. Now looking on the differences between the movie and the book.
In about 1 year. Meanwhile enjoy the silence! . “The Fellowship of the Ring” gave us beautiful landscapes and nice adventures to watch. while “The Two Towers” gave us great battles to enjoy. when the premiere of the last movie is being shown. the third and the last piece of the trilogy will be shown. What can we expect this time? The first two movies were definitely a success. Was that really so necessary? Well.case know the exact story of the whole movie? Another small change is when Aragorn falls into the river and dreams about Arwen. “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Two Towers” have already been screened at the cinemas. Will “The Return of the King” be a success or a failure? What will be the next step to keep our eyes open? The questions will be answered near Christmas 2003.
The return of the King I'm glad you're with me. the film moves along. into a wretched and ghastly creature. and we move to two weary looking Hobbits. courage and character contained in this truly remarkable film. destroying everything in their paths. Here truly begins the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. This however. It is here that the greatest battle of all three films ensues. The film continues. Terrific shots and spectacular effects tower over that of its predecessors in terms of magnitude and force. but any film of today's generation. Spectacular battles. a spectacular charge formed by 6. Some truly incredible shots.000 Orcs stands at the gates. City of Kings. accompanied by more than perfect music take us back to Edoras. Smeagol. with mayflies buzzing. We see The Ring twist one of the Hobbits. as well as the deepest bonds of friendship. If anything it is slightly unexpected. sets this film apart from not only its fantastic prequels. and then the darkness fades to reveal two young Hobbits. An army of some 50. Continuing still. The theatre is silent. one of the Hobbits makes a slight shriek: "A fish!" An almost comical moment. Samwise Gamgee. and before long we find the Fellowship. All of a sudden. intensity and glory. son of Arathorn. Just as all hope is lost. as the horsemen now face huge challenges and enormous creatures. here at the end of all things". Flame of the West in his hand. and the wicked will of The Ring is set about. They sit on a bright turquoise river. and a fear is awoken inside of us. following their paths set for them by fate. The touching conclusion of the final masterpiece that is The Lord of the Rings. and the challenging of the Balrog in the opening sequences of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The music begins. Aragorn. very different from the Battle of the Last Alliance. . fishing in a small boat. the terrible force before them is defeated. and before our eyes the fate of Middle Earth is decided. but one recognisable to anyone who has been fishing for the first time. both with numbers of enemies and one on one swordplay. quite content. Title credits appear. The air is charged. a spectacular army of living dead arrives on the scene. is where the pleasantries end. divided and scattered. and then forth to Minas Tirith. Indeed any individual would be glad to view the splendour. Examples of magnificent courage are shown.000 Rohirrim sweep through the Orcs like a wave of unstoppable power. with the sword Anduril. rightful King of Gondor. However this is not the end. Quite the picture of tranquility. along with his ever-faithful companions Legolas Greenleaf and Gimli son of Gloin. A spectacular finish and inspiring speeches made by the characters bring even the least emotional of us to sorrow and yet hope simultaneously. Thanks to efforts made by Aragorn. sleeping in a ruin for shelter.
which emerged after his adventures described in "The Hobbit". but also from "The Hobbit". Merry. nevertheless. dangerous burden. Frodo knows – he is the one responsible for the outcome of the journey. born on September 22. and inspires each and every individual watching. and to the amazement of sensible folk he was sometimes seen far from home walking in the hills and woods under the starlight. therefore Bilbo didn’t find himself deprived of anything there.k. As to his mother – the youngest daughter of the Brandybuck’s – it is known that she was Bilbo Baggins’ cousin. Frodo is the only son of Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck. Also. It is true that he is one of the Nine Walkers in the Company of the Ring but. Like the other hobbits from the Fellowship of the Ring. 2968 T. Frodo inherited Bilbo’s property. including the Ring. is the key figure of J. who read the beginning of a notorious Red Book of Westmarch. added fuel to the fire. No wonder Frodo longs to experience similar adventures . a respectable hobbit.k. that probably explains why many hobbits treated him and his uncle with envy and contempt. Baggins. Legends existed about Frodo’s treasures in the Shire. but more often he wandered by himself.R.a. His only friends were Meriadoc Brandybuck a..R. there was never much to tell of him. he dwells in the Shire. Frodo stood aloof from the other hobbits. While living in the Shire Frodo wasn’t talkative. became like a son to him. quite the opposite. like Jesus. who is characterized by Gamgee as "a decent hobbit. Probably it was caused by his parents’ death and the envy of his neighbours. Bilbo’s considerable fortune. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings". at times. Not much is known about his father. bears his cross throughout all the three parts of the fantasy adventure. In 2980.k. Pippin and Samwise Gamgee a. Sam whom he greatly adored. all the main job falls upon his shoulders. "I'm glad you're with me Samwise Gamgee. till he drownded". Bilbo.a.a. The young hobbit was always fascinated by marvelous stories by his uncle Bilbo about mythical beings like elves and trolls.A. after the tragic death of his parents. After Bilbo’s departure to the elves. Deep inside the main hero of "the Lord of the Rings" is a big dreamer. Frodo was adopted by his uncle Bilbo and. In general. Frodo loved to spend his free time with them tramping all over the Shire. He is among the first.. The Baggins’ house was enormous and luxurious. Frodo couldn’t resist the temptation of tossing off a glass of good wine.A friendship tested to limits beyond belief holds true. Peregrin Took a. here at the end of all things" The main characters FRODO BAGGINGS. Frodo should be characterized as a hobbit who prefers to act alone. In 3001. is undoubtedly well-known not only from "The Lord of the Rings". not trusting anyone with his heavy and. Despite knowing that his true friend Sam is always ready to help.
it wears out. and Stewards ruled the Kingdom. For a hobbit. Different skills acquired by Frodo during his journey help him to accomplish Bilbo’s great cause – creation of the Red Book of Westmarch to "keep alive the memory of the age that is gone. he tries to speak in their ancient tongue. And if it were not for Gollum everything could have ended differently. Also. he recalls the words from a song about Elbereth. acquired by having been wounded by King Nazgul’s blade. Frodo is a strong character. . Frodo is broad-minded and smart. a red or yellow waistcoat. is an heir-at-law to the throne. a brown or green jacket with golden buttons or a dark green hooded coat. At the age of two after his father’s death he was taken into the care of Elrond in Rivendell. of course). Frodo’s most precious possession was his mithril corslet given by Bilbo. powerful and mighty. Probably because of this.a. 2931. back in the Shire like any other affluent hobbit he was usually clad in "green velvet trousers. is a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. in this very book. He is entirely changed during his long and weary journey. he was short of one of his fingers. despite his giving in at the last crucial moment – the Ring took final possession of him. Queen beyond the Western Seas. Yes. Awakened in Rivendell. No doubt. But it would have been another story … ARAGORN II a. Aragorn. Isildur’s father. in his turn. If at the beginning. When encountering elves. Frodo’s distinctive mark is the scar on his left hand. He bore the One Ring longer than anyone else (except for Sauron. His renowned ancestor cut Sauron’s finger together with the Ring off in 3441. where our hero’s poetical and writing talent is revealed. Frodo is not plump at all. During his journey he grows considerably thinner. He is about 3 ft tall. He has furry feet which are believed to be the pride of every hobbit. Strider. But soon after some of his adventures. Strength and zeal for a 50-year-old hobbit – he sets out for his journey at this very age – is given by the Ring. Frodo’s appearance isn’t that much different from his kind. It is here. a shirt. for the time being. so that people will remember the Great Danger and so love their beloved". Frodo is a great hobbit who managed to save the world. it prolonged his life but. He doesn’t know his real name and the elves call him Estel.himself. no one suspected that. the hobbit sees a new outfit specially made by the elves. Frodo is "a little shy rabbit". which means “hope” in Sindarin. was the 1st king of Gondor and Arnor. undermined his health at the same time. As to Frodo’s clothes. which was bitten off by Gollum together with the Ring on the slopes of Orodruin. Dunadan. The features of his face are more delicate than rough (although. Elessar Telcontal. born in T. who hasn’t seen anything but the Shire.A. rough ones were natural for other hobbits). Since Elendil. 3’’6 to be precise.k. at the end he is a completely formed and sophisticated personality. He has brown hair with a natural slight wave." – writes Tolkien in his letter to the editor of the "Houghton Mifflin". However. Aragorn is undoubtedly the last hope to restore the House of Isildur. Frodo decides to leave Middle-earth at the end of the trilogy. More than once it saved his life from arrows and swords of dark and evil forces.
She met Strider in 2951 and was 2690 years older than her future husband. he meant a lot for Arwen. It is in his reign that Gondor gains its might and glory back. In 3017 Aragorn launched a successful campaign to catch Gollum. Of course. Truly. But before that. Only with Arwen. otherwise she would have never rejected her elven immortality for love. But for Gandalf he could do anything despite its being dangerous and perilous. pathfinder and healer is priceless in journeys. As to her father. Aragorn has his beloved. Arwen Undomiel. During his journeys Aragorn was not only the Head of the Rangers of the North and ruled Gondor but also served the King of Rohan and the Steward of Gondor. When the Fellowship breaks. he follows his decrees and never goes further than the Great Bridge. Aragorn’s wisdom is behind his farseeing decrees. Since then he had been fighting with Sauron’s servants for 70 years and with a war-cry “Elendil” put the enemy to flight. Belonging to the Dunadan’s. Convincing and eloquent he speaks at the Council of Elrond. His words prove that Numenorean’s descendent is strong-willed and shrewd. The last scene after the end of the War vividly demonstrates it – when Aragorn with his beloved sits at the fountain near a blossoming White Tree and enjoys her playing the lute. With their help Dunadan defeats Pelargir corsairs. His long journey through the forests of Middle-earth taught Aragorn to be unnoticeable and calm even in the most dangerous situations. Aragorn looks quite young for his age. . Such qualities only increase the authority of the King whom he becomes later. It is known that Numenorean’s descendents lived about 150-200 years. Such people were known for their grandeur and nobility. Dunadan is well aware of the past of Middle-earth and knows a lot of legends and stories like Frodo. After that he began his journey to Wilderland. After the end of the War of the Ring Elessar takes the Shire under his wing and forbids people to be in sight of its borders. in 2959. he uses special athelas leaves. Minas Tirith would never have stood up against the pressure of Mordor’s hordes. The leaves prove to be a healing remedy and save Frodo’s life. In the fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” Aragorn is a key figure. Aragorn participates in the battle of the Hornburg. goes on the Paths of the Dead and subdues the Shadows of Durthang. Aragorn’s selflessness also showed in his willingness to help Frodo and the other three hobbits to get to Rivendell and also in his joining the Fellowship. it was Elrond himself. His deeds on the battlefields are numerous. Arwen inherited her grandmother’s celestial beauty.At the age of 20 Aragorn learned the truth about his origin and Elrond gave him the heirloom of the Heirs of Isildur – Elendir’s broken sword and the Ring of Barahir. Elessar experiences the unity of souls. It was not that easy to accomplish. Being an honest king. In 2980 he led the Umbar Campaign and most of the Corsairs’ ships were destroyed. long and dangerous. To heal Frodo’s wound. Aragorn befriended Gandalf. The knowledge of such a warrior. If he hadn’t sailed up on the seized ships.
And many are his names in many countries. and of her he learned pity and compassion. a prosperous kingdom. In “The Silmarillion” very little is said about the wizard but “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” definitely shed more light on his personality. found by Master Baggins in Gollum’s cave. Gandalf pronounces a phrase. Most likely that by the latter he was “christened” by his ill-wishers as Gandalf is wisdom itself. he is Tolkien’s favourite personage. “the shatter of the foes” in Sindarin). He always carries his staff with him which lights up the way in the darkness and helps to cast a spell. one of the five Istari (i. 1000) like any other maiar he was subject to the Volar.e. forged by the elves and once belonging to the Duke of Turgon. “grey wanderer” in Sindarin) and Olyrin. Little by little the wizard found out the ominous power of the Ring and asked the Rangers of the North . He has a number of nicknames: Gandalf Greyhame. Narya. the Grey Wanderer and the Grey Fool. He left the world of the quick but “the story of Aragorn and Arwen”. His ways took him often to the house of Nienna. is a wizard. It is he who tried to reveal the secret of the Ring. Cirdan the Shipwright gave him one of the three Elven Rings. He is armed with the elven-sword Glamdring (i. Gandalf is also known as Mithrandir (i. This gives grounds to believe that Gandalf and Olyrin was one and the same person. during his journey to the Lonely Mountain. Ring of Fire. the dwarves – Tharkun. He is a natural leader. which fully characterizes Elessar’s role in the post-war society: “It is you who are now responsible for Middle Earth”. The wizard found it in 2941 T. This undoubtedly brings Aragorn and his people together. his deeds. Aragorn ruled Gondor 120 years and died on the 1st of March of the year 120 of the Fourth Age. Gandalf was fighting against Sauron and his servants for about 2 thousand years.A. Gandalf dwells in different parts of Middle-earth. an immortal being. the haradrims – Incanus.e. Like Frodo. The elves call him Mithrandir. Upon arriving at Middle-earth.A. StormCrow. Everywhere he is known as a tall robust old man with long grey beard and kind eyes. the White Rider. In Aragorn Tolkien wanted to show an ideal king who should sow seeds of the White Tree. wearing a pointed hat and a long coat. when speaking with Aragorn. It is hobbits and the Rangers of the North who called him Gandalf. GANDALF THE GREY.e. Battles have made him tough and he has the mortal strength to resist the pull of the Ring. a son and several daughters remained.Aragorn never boasts of his noble origin and his sacral role in all the predictions. a name given to him in Valinor. “wise” in Kvenian) and a maiar. In “The Silmarillion” wisest of the Maiar was Olyrin who dwelt in Lyrien. In Middle-earth the wizard sympathized with the weak and those who heard his prayers were awakened from despair and ceased thinking about Evil. good and eternity. We can see at a glance that Aragorn is a star. Once. and he narrated this story in detail at the Council of Elrond. Before coming to Middle-earth (T. The seeds of rational. He can appear both in visible and invisible form.
He doesn’t punish Pippin either when the Palantir is stolen or for his conversation with Sauron. Saruman flees from Hobbiton and Gandalf becomes the Head of the Istari Order. who shut him up on the pinnacle of Orthanc. It is enough to look into the hobbit’s eyes and see – there is no lie there. the allied army would probably have lost its competitive spirit and would not have won. Gandalf’s powers and wisdom are not unlimited. The duo of wizard and Aragorn struggles bravely at Minas Tirith and reaches the Black Gates of Mordor. If it were not for the swiftest of the Great Eagles. Gandalf loves hobbits and always visits their wonderful land. He becomes invulnerable to any weapon.to keep an eye on the Shire. Another interesting episode occurs when Sauron’s messenger brings Sam and Frodo’s clothes. Only after the end of the War of the Ring would he tell Aragorn that the time had come for Gondor’s Sovereign to become the guarantor of peace and order. Gandalf becomes the leader of the Fellowship (before Moria events take place). Gandalf could choose not only the right way in the dark corridors of Moria but also the right weapon and the right horse. Gandalf would probably have been Sauron’s prisoner till the end of his days. Also Gandalf overthrows Saruman. There was another wizard whose powers where like the maiar’s. adored by all the shire-folk especially kids. his spirit was placed in a new body and given even greater powers than before. Indeed. It was Saruman. The messenger of the Dark Lord adduces an ultimatum and affirms that the Fellowship’s mission has finally failed. Being a wizard. where Gandalf chose Shadowfax – the fastest and most tireless horse in Rohan’s herd. If it were not for the wisdom and eloquence of Gandalf. who did not believe the messenger for a moment. before going to Orodruin he studies carefully the maps of Middle-earth as well as Gondor’s chronicles where he learns about the One Ring. It is he who predicted that it was only in Frodo’s power to make his way to Orodruin and destroy the One Ring. the capital of Rohan. Gandalf symbolizes honesty and kindness. So people gain anew a bellicose Theoden and gradually forget him being passive and bewitched by the spells of his Adviser. And as the fate willed he came back to Middle-earth to accomplish his Cause in the form of Gandalf the White. . There is an opinion that before Moria Gandalf was mortal but died from Durin’s Bane. During the War of the Ring Gandalf does a lot. Gandalf is an interesting story-teller and a wise advisor. the King of Rohan and exiles his servant. He actually died … but because of his generous act. and frees Isengard along with Rohan’s Company. His fight with Balrog turns out to be fatal. He bears the responsibility for all the folks of Middle-earth. The wizard’s fame in the Shire is mainly due to his skill with fires. He sets free Theoden. breaks his staff into pieces– every wizard’s symbol. For this very reason Elessar begs Gandalf not to sail over the Sea. a betrayer. Thus. smokes and lights. Grima WormTongue. Gandalf sacrified himself by battling the fiery Balrog so his friends could escape. Gwaihir the Windlord. The Windlord carried the brave wizard to Edoras.
Legolas has a dagger with a silver handle. It looks as if Tolkien tried to depict in Legolas spiritual wealth of the ancient people. made him invisible. The elf is not frightened by forces of nature such as a blinding blizzard one of which occurred in the Misty Mountains on Caradhras peak. He doughtily fights at the battle of the Hornburg. . Along with his faithful friends. and even hits a flying Nazgul. which every member of the Fellowship had. Like any other elves he is immortal. The time of wizards comes to an end and the future of Middle-earth is entirely in the hands of people – that is Gandalf’s main idea which fully characterizes the arrival of a new Age. Before that he tried to do away with his heavy ammunition. mighty. green and red and white…”. Legolas’ faithful friend. As to his appearance. although his voice strains every now and then. He could thread his way through the depths of forests. on the ground only Aragorn could surpass him. A fine weapon. therefore. We learn about the elf’s armour from the description at the meeting with Theoden son of Thengel. a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. At that time such qualities of Legolas made him priceless for the Fellowship. takes the Paths of the Dead. the elf performs a number of deeds. the fourth one. Legolas has beautiful eyes. He has a good figure. Gandalf left Middle-earth but he would stay in the hearts of common people for ever. participates in the battle of the Pelennor. There Legolas hears the moans of stones while the others hear only the sound of the wind blowing. Legolas has extremely good hearing as well as eyesight – all elves are renowned archers able to hit a bird’s eye from a long distance. resilient and strong. slim and slender. helps him to do that. Besides his favourite bow and quiver with heavy and deadly arrows. He was the only one who remained in good spirits in that bad weather. Helms too they chose. And. At the very beginning of the journey the members of the Fellowship find themselves in Hollin. Along with Aragorn he sings a burial song for the dead Boromir. given as a present from Galadriel. If Gimli. could easily find the way in the dark caves. long fair hair and pointed ears.In 3021 Gandalf and Frodo left Middle-earth as the third Age. and round shields: their bosses were overlaid with gold and set with gems. Gandalf the White fulfilled his mission successfully. the Age of fight with Sauron. King of the Mark of Rohan: “… and they arrayed Aragorn and Legolas in shining mail. Lorian’s bow. a dwelling place of the elves who went northwards. In all the battles Legolas is the first archer. was over. Gimli and Aragorn. The features of his face are refined unlike Gimli’s and Sam’s. Successfully he fights with fierce werewolves and vile orcs. LEGOLAS (whose name in Sindarin means “Greenleaf”) is an elf of the Sindar. Legolas Greenleaf is not only a great warrior but also a fine singer. noiseless and unseen. Why did the other members of the Company feel nervous and Boromir even suggested going back? It seems like the unity with nature helps the elf. Lorian’s cloak.
“And that will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in times and places unlooked-for. follows his people.A. If Gimli is the embodiment of solidity and insipidity of a grey stone.” said the Dwarf. A journey to Fangorn. beyond the sea. gives him great pleasure. Ent’s place of habitation.More than anything he likes to wander in forests and listen with delight to birds singing. is quite the opposite. 120 and when the King dies he sails over the Sea with Gimli. He loves gardens and wants them to blossom on the free land. Legolas. After the end of the War of the Ring Legolas together with the other elves comes back to the Ithilien lands. Gimli. Long live such heroes! . The deeds of Men will outlast us. At the end the friends decide that when the War of the Ring is over. Although Legolas leaves Middle Earth. where the ancient motherland of the elves is. being a true patriot. “To that the Elves know not the answer. Let’s remember his conversation with Gimli about the future of the people inhabiting Middle-earth: “Yet seldom do they fail of their seed. It is there. The last pages of the Red Book of Westmarch narrate about it. But the elf finds it difficult to understand why people’s dreams do not always come true. we can understand him. But Gimli constantly disturbs Legolas with his memories of the beauty of the caves. I guess. Legolas can be called a philosopher to some extent.” “And yet come to naught in the end but might-have-beens. He believes in people more than Gimli does. they will visit their favourite places together. He dwells there till F.” said Legolas. And he.” said Legolas. in his turn.
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