Lord of the Rings
The books in the trilogy The Lords of the Ring by J.R. Tolkien have captured the imagination of readers of all ages since 1943. Many film makers have tried to transfer these books to the movie format only to fail; that is until Peter Jackson came along. He and his crew were able to do what no one else was previously able to do. He made the entire trilogy in one continuous filming, showing the depth and keeping the integrity of the stories as well. The first of these films was The Fellowship of the Rings. As far as themes go, The Fellowship of the Rings is abundant with themes. The themes we will focus on are the quest, vampires, food and communion, and geography. The first and most obvious theme of The Fellowship of the Rings is the quest. What is needed for a quest? According to Foster in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, “the quest consists of five things: (a) a quester, (b) a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go there, (d) challenges and trials en route, (e) a real reason to go there” (3). The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Rings, is a perfect example of a quest with Frodo (the quester) as the one chosen to take the ring to Mordor (the place to go). Along the way, there are dangers a plenty. Frodo is hunted by Orcs, Uruk-hai, and Ringwraiths. He is stabbed by one of the Ringwraiths, speared by an ogre, and followed by Gollum; Gollum was the original owner of the ring and wants the ring back. Also, Saruman, a wizard under the spell of Sauron, is searching for Frodo. Further on into the journey, he is almost attacked by his uncle Bilbo and is attacked by Boromir who is one of his protectors. And of course “the real reason for the quest is self-knowledge” (3). Frodo, a naïve hobbit, finds the strength and will to accomplish what is considered impossible. No one else who has come into contact with the ring has had the will to avoid the power of the ring for any time at all. We see...