Weekly Blogging Challenge: A Movie that influenced my Life

I cannot pick one movie. I have to pick three:

Now, hold on, hold that thought. I know what some of you might be thinking:

Oh. The books are better than the movies! The movies left out this and that and the movies do not even give justice to this character and…

Lord of the Rings Readers

I hear you. I really do.

And for someone who has never read the books, I do not understand how cool the books are.

BUT.

This is a big but.

Not only do I believe in artistic license and liberties directors should have, I also believe the movies influenced many young audience members like myself.

I remembered being enthralled with every moment when I was seven years old. The scenery of the shire stole my heart and the beautiful landscapes of Rivendell come to life on screen stole my breath. And the music… oh the music can still bring tears to my eyes.

All because of a story of a brave little hobbit named Frodo Baggins.

I can go on and on about my love for Frodo. I did so recently with my friends on Discord, lol. But I will not let you all suffer that passionate rant this time. There is too much to say in one little blog post.

So, I will say this:

These movies had given me hope and an escape when I was going through a very difficult time when I was little. When my family of four had no where to go and were sharing a cramped space with other family members, I had these movies to look forward to.

I would share it with my friends and try to convince them of how cool it was. Some did not believe me since it was a “grown-up” movie but they relented when I suggested we pretend to be riders of Rohan coming to aid the battle at Helm’s Deep.

I saw the last movie when I was nine years old and I was moved to tears.

I still am, in fact. I watch these movies often with my husband and the same scenes still make me teary-eyed.

In all, I think the most important things I learned from these films were the classic themes of friendship, good vs. evil, bearing burdens, and learning that not all wounds will heal in our lifetime. These are the lessons that I carry close to my heart and try to remember when I feel like I am overwhelmed and cannot go on.

There is always hope even in the darkest of times, just like Sam said when talking to Frodo in the Two Towers:

Frodo : I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam : I know.
It’s all wrong
By rights we shouldn’t even be here.
But we are.
It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.


And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

Samwise Gamgee

Even to this day, I carry that with me through these dark, and troubling times. So much has happened this past year but I am holding onto hope that there will be a better future.

Regardless of how you feel about the films yourself, I hope that these messages resonate with you too.

Tell me what film/tv show/ or book influenced you. Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

7 thoughts on “A Movie That Influenced My Life

  1. Okay… So I read the books, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It felt more like a chore than a joy (and I know that’s going to horrify LOTR fans). I kept reading because the story itself was amazing, but I really felt as if there was a crazy amount of clutter in the books (again, I can all but hear the gasps of horror) and IMHO the movies just cut that clutter out. I think they held true to the heart of the story even though much was left out…what was left out didn’t really change the meaning. And the movies are ones I return to again and again.

    Thanks for stopping by my place earlier!

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  2. Like you, I’ve never read the books. Even as an English major–and I own them! My husband read all of them to our kids when they were younger, at least twice. I did enjoy the movies in the theaters, but in rewatching them, I get antsy with all of the build-up to war, then a battle, then the bad guys seem to win, then the good guys pull out a victory–lick their wounds. Then there’s another build-up to a battle, and on and on.

    BTW, one of my sons and my daughter once spent an entire day with the extended cuts of the movies. They started watching the 1st one in the morning, and were still going after midnight! But they watched all of them in a 24-hour span! That’s dedication!

    And I can tell by your words how much the movies meant to you, at a time when you needed to believe in something. So glad you found them when you needed them.

    I still lust after Legolas! LOL.

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  3. I loved the books and the movies. Samwise is a true hero, the foundation of success. But my all time favorite scene is in Return of the King, when the Witch King says no man can kill me. Eowyn pulls off her helmet, says I am no man, and kills the Witch king. I loved it so much!

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  4. Honestly, I thought the LOTR films were much better than the books! I’m glad they enthralled you at such a young age. That’s wonderful. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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