Thanks to everyone who replied to my last post. I will start looking into how to set up RSS feeds. I plan to stick around here, because I've got paid time until Christmas, and I likes my 100+ icons, yes, I do. I'm so behind the times technologically that I don't think I'll manage to crosspost to Dreamwidth, but...maybe? Anyway, those of you who are making non-crossposted-to-LJ posts on DW, I'll try to make it so I can read y'all on my LJ flist.
I watched The Fellowship of the Ring tonight for the first time in...perhaps five years? I feel like we may have watched it before going to see ROTK in sophomore year, but I don't really remember. Anyway, it's been a while.
I had forgotten how genuinely terrifying it is. Not the shock horror of slasher flicks--well, not entirely; there are a couple of things jumping from around corners I didn't remember--but a cold dread that settles in the pit of your stomach and won't go away, but rather sits there and sends chills down your limbs. I nearly curled up in the fetal position when Gandalf recited the inscription on the ring.
Last time I watched this movie, I was more interested in
Legolas and his pretty hair
Frodo and his quest than in Aragorn, but Aragorn riveted my attention this time. Maybe it was because I knew how important he would become later. (Although...I'm sure I watched this again after I'd read
ROTK, so who knows what it was.) Last time I watched this movie, I also hadn't been in Klein's class or read Beowulf, so it was exciting finding the influences of Old English literature on the story. (Oh, and Silmarillion! I hadn't read that, either. Now the names Luthien, Beren, and Elendil have referents in my head.)
How did I not notice how stoned Frodo looked throughout the whole movie? I mean, really. I know he was under the influence of the ring and all, but man. (Celeborn looked less vacant this time, though. That made me happy.)
I, uh, also realized I can name several of the musical cues from the soundtrack upon hearing them in the film, I've listened to it so much. Er.
But anyway, the reason I was watching it, and will be watching TTT and ROTK later this week, was of course because of my continuing Bablyon 5 obsession. I've been pointing out with glee all the ways in which JMS, ah, borrowed from LOTR, and now I got to do it in reverse, which was fun. I've (mentally) updated my B5-LOTR correspondance list
with two things:
JMS managed to combine Frodo, Aragorn, and Gandalf into Sheridan (with a little leftover Gandalf going to Kosh). Um, I think Sinclair might be Elrond in a way maybe?
And...I think there might be shades of Boromir in Londo? Maybe that's stretching. They both love their empires, though, enough to attempt either stealing the ring or allying with Shadows.
Someone should write a book about the usage B5 makes of Tolkien stuff. (I would offer if I were going to stay in academia, but...nah.)