Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite all time fantasy movie crafted from the writings of one of the greatest writers of time past, J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s one movie that teaches both sides of life i.e. the worst and the best things that can ever happen depending on whatever decisions we make and how we choose to respond to happenings around us.
Maybe it’s the great work that was put into it’s creation or maybe it’s the great lessons that can be learnt from it, but whichever, it has remained my favorite.
The title refers to the main antagonist of man in the fictitious world of Tolkien, the Dark Lord Sauron whose intent was to make all living beings subject to his mighty powers. But he is not my main focus because the only thing I could learn from his life is that “you will definitely fail if you seek success at the expense of others”.
My love for the story comes from the life of the characters Gandalf, Aragon, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Merry, Pippin, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Faramir, Theoden, Arwen, Bilbo and even the Ent King Treebeard.
All of these men and women in the story showed strengths and weaknesses that led to the pains and gains of the movie, teaching us how little things could matter so much.
The life of Gandalf and Aragon teaches leadership at it’s best: fearless, proactive, knowledge, wisdom and dedication.
The life of Frodo and Sam together reflects not just true friendship but that of faith, trust, and service. That was why Frodo had to say:
“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
The life of Gimli and Legolas reflects same:
Gimli: I never thought I’d die side-by-side with an elf..
Legolas: How about side-by-side with a friend?
Gimli: I could do that.
Just like the current state of our nation, while trying to describe the happening of their world, Sam said:
“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 had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”
It’s a reassurance that even with the current bad state of things, evil will still pass and good will prevail and when the sun shines, it will shine the brighter. That is one message we need to tell each other.
Of all that was said in the movie, my favourite is this:
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
With the twists and turns in the story, they all stood for what they wanted and that was what they got…a life of peace and freedom where dreams can become realities.
Hmmmmm…a great story indeed.
You should see the movie if you have not or maybe a second or third look if you had.
Enjoy your weekend.
I value you.