Today is the anniversary of the first time I made my family watch the Lord of the Rings movies with me. It marks a glorious era of my life.
I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was ten years old. It took an entire year of my life, but it also changed my life. I watched the movies a few years later and, of course, became obsessed with them as well. The mere mention of anything Tolkien makes my heart swell with inexplicable f e e l i n g s.
My parents are not fantasy fans (in fact, I don’t think they understand the concept) and my brother is not really a fan of high fantasy. So I was expecting a struggle, but I knew it was time. Also they got me the DVDs for Christmas that year, so they couldn’t really escape anymore.
It was somewhat difficult, to explain the story and background to my family, but it was an amazing experience to finally share a piece of this enormous thing that means to very much to me. Also, their reactions were priceless. And that is why you are here today, ladies and gentlemen.
Brace yourselves for: My Family’s Reactions to The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring:
Me: If I turn 111, throw me a party like this.
Brother: If you make it to 111, I’m going to kill you.
Mom: Umm, why did they even give the scary guy a ring?
Elrond: Our list of allies grows thin.
Brother: Like the hair on your massive forehead.
Mom: YOU SAID GANDALF DOESN’T DIE?!
Mom: Where did Orlando Bloom go? We need some arrows down here!
The Two Towers:
Dad: Don’t kill the gardener! No fresh basil!
Mom: GANDALF IS BACK!
The Return of the King:
*Frodo wrapped up in Shelob’s web* Brother: He looks like Tobey Maguire!
Mom: I don’t know anyone’s names.
Dad: AND SAM! I’ve definitely got Sam.
*Theoden dying* Brother: Come on! Treebeard talked faster than this!
Dad: No, Sam! The little diaper guy is still alive!
I kind of love them. Maybe a lot.
XX. Shelby Jo
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