Lord Of The Rings And Sociology

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The Lord of the Rings: From A Sociological Perspective
The Lord of the Rings, is a fantasy style movie filmed from 2001 to 2004. It is set in the setting of Middle Earth where Sauron forges a great ring from the fire of Mordor to provoke havoc upon the lands. Frodo, a hobbit from the Shire, is "gifted" the ring of power from his uncle Bilbo, when he stumbled upon the ring from his adventures in his past time. Gandalf the Grey, an old friend of Bilbo, figures out this ring Frodo beholds is the one ring of power and decides the only option is to destroy the ring from where it came from, Mordor. Frodo stumbles upon people who accompany him on the way to Mordor, when they all decide to form a ...view middle of the document...

Explaining everything in this review would have me type at least thirty pages, but to do this as short as possible this movie is my favorite movie of all time. It has everything I could possibly want in a movie, action, drama, romance, comedy, interesting characters, etc. But that's a review as just a fan. (Since this movie was filmed after the books, I would be mentioning J.R.R Tolkien instead of the director Peter Jackson, since it was his ideas) Quoted from J.R.R Tolkien himself on his premise of writing this books was that "the prime motive was the desire of a tale-tell to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of reader, amuse them, and delight them." (Olsen) What I feel makes this such an amusing series is the way he makes each character unique in their own possible way. You grow on each character through their triumphs and defeats. Some characters you start to dislike off the back, but turn into your favorite character at the end of it all. That happens into today's world also. It doesn't just happen in movies where people change and realize what they've done. You could me someone the first day of high school, hate them, but notice this person isn't the worst person in the world. Next thing you know, this person turns into your best friend. That is what great stories do. The reader is particularly drawn to the story because the reader gets to know and cherish real, not cardboard, characters, and the characters are real because they have souls, exhibiting basic goodness amid failings and able to make choices even when they realize these choices are but part of a larger tale. (Mcpartland) (There is more character development I would like to add, but I'll talk about when I get to the race issue part of the paper) What else this movie does right is how it makes the viewer feel like this "fellowship" is an actual family. You don't really see it when the movie first starts out. It's until the end of the first movie and the whole second movie, you start to feel emotion toward the mutual love each character has for one another. This fellowship has a person from each different province on Middle-Earth, but all seem in the end to care for each other to accomplish their goal. Not all families have to be related and not all start off the right foot, like this one did.
The social issue this movie dives in are the roles women play. Always in the back of the scenes, women are either cleaning, cooking, or just there for support. There are strong female characters in the movie that break the misogamy of the movie. But then again these strong female characters also have the being two of the main characters lovers in the end. Back to the point, in the lore of Lord of the Rings, women are suppose to take care of the elderly and children, while their husband is fighting in wars. I'm not positive if women are not allowed to fight at all, but very looked down upon. This character, Eowyn, is the niece of the King of Rohan. Since...

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