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Messenger of Mirkwood

We do not know much about Legolas. But I have made an effort to try and understand him a bit better….

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Blunders

Blunders

I got this from an old NEWSWEEK magazine. This was before the third movie came out. It's very interesting.It ain't easy making movies. Tiny blunders (the kind normal folks don't notice) get made all the time. But nothing escapes the hawks at moviemistakes.com For...

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A Discussion of the `Multiple Endings’ of Peter Jackson’s [i]The Return of the King[/i]

A Discussion of the `Multiple Endings’ of Peter Jackson’s [i]The Return of the King[/i]

With the release of the extended-edition DVDs of the final LOTR film I have been frequently asked why I see the film's ending as a multiple ending, and, most of all, why I consider it a bad way to finish the film. Can so many fans be wrong in liking the resolution...

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What was a Ranger of the North like? – Researched by Melthavron

What was a Ranger of the North like? – Researched by Melthavron

Aragorn, as Isildur's heir, was Chieftain of the Dúnedain and a Ranger of the North. A few Rangers, under Haralbad, make their appearance to help Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead and on to the Pelennor Fields, but apart from this, Tolkien has little to say about them. So what would an ordinary Ranger be like, especially before the days of the War of the Ring?