Update April 3, 2004
Well, I will leave my earlier words on this page but since I first created the page, The Two Towers extended version has been released, as has the theater version of The Return of the King. Return won 11 Academy Awards. I am sad to know that the trilogy is complete. I will miss the tension of anticipating the next. All good things must come to an end at some time or another.
I have seen The Fellowship of the Ring SEVEN times now-four while it was in the theater and three since I bought the DVD (and counting). I knew the first time I saw it that LOTR would be a movie that I watched over and over and over again without getting sick of it (like the original Star Wars). My family teases me for latching on to it so strongly. I readily admit that I am obsessed and addicted, but can anyone who's seen the film blame me? The scope. magnitude, and vision are truly spectacular. The beauty of the film never ceases to take my breath away. It moved me as much the sixth and seventh times as it did the first time.
In my opinion, the film was incredibly well-cast. I have no fault with any of the actors chosen. I mean come on...Ian McKellan and Christopher Lee? Wizards can't get any better than that. And even though John Rhys-Davies was not expecting the role, I can not imagine any other actor portraying Gimli. He has the perfect Dwarf voice and any time hereafter that I pick up Tolkien for a read, I will hear and see John as Gimli.
My favorite character? Gimli of course. If I had my choice and could be of any race of Middle Earth, I would choose to be of the Dwarves. I can recall, even when younger, I was drawn to the Dwarves. Not sure why, but there you have it. Ok well enough babbling :) It's obvious how I feel about the film, the books and all that.