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"I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight!!"
Aragorn

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    Original Books 
  • It's early, and compared to later moments, quite minor, but as Gandalf pointed out - Bilbo is the only being known to willingly surrender the Ring, and this is after 60 years of time for it to take hold on his mind.
    • Later, at the Council of Elrond, the now 129-year-old Bilbo, long-settled into comfortable retirement, volunteers to be the one to take the Ring to Mt. Doom. He's turned down for being both too old and too vulnerable to the Ring, but everyone present acknowledges it was a heroic offer (all the more so as it's implied he did it to try to spare Frodo).
  • Sam vs. Shelob was by far the most impressive scene. Somehow even the excellent movie scene couldn't compare to the images the book conjured.
    • Samwise Gamgee to Shelob:
      "Now come, you filth! You've hurt my master, you brute, and you'll pay for it. We're going on; but we'll settle with you first. Come on, and taste it again!"
    • What makes it even more awesome? As Gorbag points out to Shagrat, this is the first time anyone has ever "stuck a pin in" Shelob. That is why he's convinced there's a great Elvish warrior on the loose.
    • Tolkien also pretty heavily implies that there were Orcish and Gondorian warriors who didn't do as well as our brave little hobbit."No such anguish had Shelob ever known, or dreamed of knowing, in all her long world of wickedness. Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh." He even goes so far as to say that Sam did better than characters who were considered legendary badasses in a world of legendary badasses. Small wonder he becomes The Dreaded to the Orcs.
      • A Hobbit went up against an Eldritch Abomination that Sauron himself can barely control. And Sam sends her scurrying!
  • Sam's charge into Cirith Ungol ("Spider Tower") in order to rescue Frodo is simply priceless. He's barely halfway through them and the orcs are convinced that there's a mighty Elf Lord around, with a sword and an axe and magical fire.
  • The entire Chapter 5 of Book 1 (A Conspiracy Unmasked) was a bit of a Moment of Awesome for Merry, Pippin, Sam, and Fatty Bolger.
  • "No living man am I! You look upon a woman."
  • Eowyn should also get credit not only for that line, but for having the chutzpah to deliver a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Witch-King.
    • Meriadoc's strike as well (and remember, Elrond wanted Merry and Pippin to return to the Shire: no Merry or Pippin means the Ents don't rise, Saruman is in place, Gandalf doesn't die and thus doesn't become powerful enough to depose Saruman, the Witch-king lives, and Faramir is dead). Arguably, it was Merry's blade which was the undoing of the Witch-king, as it was forged with spells specifically for the defeat of Angmar.
    • The Lord of the Nazgul pauses in doubt.
    • The blade was made by the smiths of Arnor, the kingdom that suffered centuries of warfare with Angmar, the Witch-king's realm. It took nearly a thousand years, but the people of Arnor had their vengeance in the end.
      • Gandalf once equates Merry and Pippin's coming to Fangorn to two stones that start an avalanche (LotR III ch. 5).
  • Many acts of valour occurred during the Siege of Minas Tirith and the Battle of Pelennor Fields:
    • Prince Imrahil and the Swan Knights of Dol Amroth play a vital role throughout the siege and even afterwards. Imrahil himself acts a co-commander of the city's defenses along with Gandalf. His men are consistently placed in spots where the fighting is likely to be the fiercest, and they prove their mettle; each and every time. Imrahil personally leads the sortie that saves Faramir from a brutal death on the Pelennor Fields.
    • Forlong the Old, Lord of Lossarnach goes down swinging, fighting alone, completely surrounded by enemies. "True Heart, True Friend" indeed!
    • The Easterling warriors prove to be very formidable foes , fighting to the bitter end long after the Fall of the Witch King and the rout of the orcs.
    • The Haradrim are no slouches either. They managed to regroup after the devastating initial impact of the Rohirrim charge around their towering Mumakils, fighting literally to the last man.
    • Duilin and Derufin die fighting as they led their bowmen to shoot at the vulnerable eyes of the Mumakil.
  • Several awesome moments (unfortunately left out of the film) occur at Helm's Deep.
    • When Aragorn is the last one to run for the safety of the Hornburg after the Deeping Wall is breached, he stumbles on the stairs, and the following orcs make a dive for him. But the first to appear is shot by Legolas kneeling at the top of the stairs; and then those climbing over him are crushed by a boulder thrown from above
    • Aragorn standing above the gates shortly before dawn and inviting Saruman's forces to surrender, as no foe has ever breached the Hornburg. He even makes the Dunlendings pause, but the Orcs renew their attack — just when the Horn sounds in the Deep, and Théoden and co. ride out, throwing Saruman's forces into a panicked retreat before Gandalf and the reinforcements arrived to hem them in and help finish them off.
      "I have still this to say," answered Aragorn. "No enemy has yet taken the Hornburg. Depart, or not one of you will be spared. Not one will be left alive to take back tidings to the North. You do not know your peril."
    • After Aragorn and Éomer led a small sortie out of the side gate to take out a ram, they are on the way back when Éomer gets jumped by some Orcs who had played dead. But then a small figure appears from the shadows and decapitates two Orcs, causing the rest to flee. Turns out Gimli decided to partake in the sortie "to shake off sleep", but decided their human foes "seemed over large for [him]", and so simply stood by and watched.
    • Gimli wins the orc-slaying contest 42 to Legolas' 41. Last orc had a iron collar that nocked his axe.
  • The Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings got much more of a chance to shine in the novels. The "Scouring of the Shire" section of Return of the King was pretty much a crowning moment of awesome for the entire hobbit race, and Merry and Pippin in particular.
    • The entire Shire is cowering before a few score Men, far bigger and stronger than they are and more than willing to knock around any hobbit that shows signs of standing up to them, and Merry and Pippin take a brief look at the situation, use the Horn of Rohan to call out the Shirefolk, and form a battle-plan by next morning to deal with the invaders with barely a dozen hobbit lives lost. One has been made a Knight of Rohan and the other a Guard of Minas Tirith by better men than anyone in the Shire and they certainly prove it.
    • Pippin gets one earlier at the Battle of the Black Gate, when he single-handedly takes on an Olog-hai (a breed of troll which are bigger, stronger, sturdier and more vicious and cunning than regular trolls, and able to endure sunlight) to save a friend. And wins.
    • When Frodo and company return to the Shire, they find armed guards trying to order them around. They simply laugh at them. And when the guards summon a Man who acts as their Elite Mook, and said enemy mocks Frodo, Pippin slaps his sword and orders the Man to kneel and ask forgiveness 'or I'll set this troll's bane in you.'
      • Or the part where the ruffians gang up on Farmer Cotton in Bywater. He's just standing there, warming his hands at a bonfire, when they start threatening him. He calmly tells them to back off. They don't. One hundred armed hobbits led by Merry appear out of nowhere. Merry repeats the request to leave. The ruffian leader takes a swing at Merry. He's shot with four arrows before it connects.
    • The Nazgul flee from the Brandybucks after Fatty raises the alarm. A bunch of Hobbits, who have no idea who they're dealing with and have no magical power, and whose last battle was against wild animals, ran off Sauron's elite minions with a well-organised horn-call.
    • Farmer Maggot telling Khamul the Shadow of the east to "Go back to where you came from, or else I will send my dogs after you!". A sturdy hobbit farmer told the second-in-command Nazgûl to go away. And he did.
    • Lobelia Sackville-Baggins goes from disliked character to awesome when she attacks a group of the thugs infesting the Shire with her umbrella in the penultimate chapter of Return of the King. To quote one of the hobbits, "They've taken people we miss more, but you have to admit she's showed more spirit than most." When she's freed from prison after the hobbits' revolt, the crowd cheers her.
      Lobelia was very touched. She had never been popular before.
    • Even Saruman recognises Frodo's quiet flavour of awesome after this line:
      'Well, if that is what you find pleasure in,' said Frodo, 'I pity you.'
  • Théoden's speech to Saruman in the ruin of Isengard. Saruman's just spent a few pages using his magic to sweet-talk the entire army of extremely ticked-off Rohirrim in leaving him alone. He's got them eating out of his hands when he asks Théoden whether they will have peace. Théoden promptly tells him no. "When you hang from a gibbet at your window for the sport of your own crows, I will have peace with you and Orthanc." Thankfully this was added back into the extended cut of the movie.
    • Made even more impressive by the fact that very, very shortly before this encounter, Saruman's apprentice had been able to turn Théoden into his puppet.
    • Having failed with Théoden, Saruman exerts his will even harder on trying to convince Gandalf to come up and make peace with him, so much so that even Théoden believes he will do so, with all feeling as if the pair are above them. Gandalf just laughs it off, and when Saruman tries to withdraw he commands him to come back saying he had not given him leave to go, and Saruman returns as if unable to refuse (though he clearly wanted to), and then Gandalf breaks Saruman's power.
      'Saruman!' he cried, and his voice grew in power and authority. 'Behold, I am not Gandalf the Grey, whom you betrayed. I am Gandalf the White, who has returned from death. You have no colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Council.' He raised his hand, and spoke slowly in a clear cold voice. 'Saruman, your staff is broken.' There was a crack, and the staff split asunder in Saruman's hand, and the head of it fell down at Gandalf's feet. 'Go!' said Gandalf. With a cry Saruman fell back and crawled away.
    • Gimli manages to pull a short comeback at Saruman. As the wizard tried to enchant Rohirrim and Théoden, he simply stated how much of a nonsense it was.
      It was Gimli the dwarf who broke in suddenly. "The words of this wizard stand on their heads," he growled, gripping the handle of his axe. "In the language of Orthanc help means ruin, and saving means slaying, that is plain. But we do not come here to beg."
  • Théoden's speech to the Rohirrim before the charge at Minis Tirith.
  • Boromir getting shot full of arrows and still killing dozens of orcs to save the Hobbits. The fact that the Hobbits were captured anyway is moot.
    Pippin (to Denethor): Though he fell and failed, my gratitude is none the less.
  • Frodo standing up to the Ringwraiths right before he reaches Rivendell.
    Frodo: By Elbereth and Lúthien the Fair, You shall have neither the Ring nor me!
  • The crow of the rooster at the Siege of Gondor, signalling that the Sun had risen again, and with it came the Riders of Rohan.
    • Rohan answering Gondor's call at Minas Tirith is a wonderful example of The Cavalry in literature.
      And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.
    • That whole last bit of Chapter V, where Théoden blows a horn with such strength that it bursts into pieces, after which he is compared to one of the Valar. And then the Rohirrim as a whole start singing. While brutally slaughtering everything near them.
    ''Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising,
    he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
    Hope he rekindled, and hope ended;
    over death, over dread, over doom lifted,
    out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.''
  • When the Ring tempts Sam and he refuses it.
  • The last march of the Ents. With the song about how they're going to rip down Isengard and the description and their eyes and.
    • One Ent is burned in Isengard's defence:
      Pippin: "I thought that they had been really roused before; but I was wrong. It was staggering. They roared and boomed and trumpeted, until stones began to crack and fall at the mere noise of them. I saw iron posts and blocks of masonry go rocketing up hundreds of feet, and smash against the windows of Orthanc..."
  • Tom Bombadil and the Ring.
    Erestor: It seems that he has a power even over the Ring.
    Gandalf: No, I should not put it so. Say instead that the Ring has no power over him.
  • Frodo while in the Wight's barrow - a situation that Gandalf deemed as dangerous as facing the Nazgul at Weathertop. And it makes one wonder what he would have been like without the Ring.
  • Frodo's penultimate confrontation with Gollum on the slopes of Mt. Doom. Sam is the eyewitness and even he is starting to see the 'other world' view of the Ring:
    Before it stood stern, untouchable now by pity, a figure robed in white, but at its breast it held a wheel of fire. Out of the fire there spoke a commanding voice. "Begone, and trouble me no more! If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom."
    • Especially the implication that Frodo, evil though the outcome might be, found the power within himself to become more than the sorry state of Gollum if he claimed the Ring; he could been a Dark Lord himself.
  • Dáin Ironfoot, when just a boy, slew an Orc-chieftain.
    • Which includes, but is not limited to, looking the Balrog of Moria in the face and living to tell the tale and defending the body of his friend King Brand to the death - at the age of 252. And still kicking ass until the very last breath.
  • Speaking of the Balrog of Moria, as it is revealed to the Fellowship as the true evil within Moria, what happens? Gandalf, the Wizard and servant of the Valar, is afraid. Aragorn, Heir of Elendil and Chieftain of the Dunedain, is afraid. Legolas, the Elven Prince of Mirkwood, openly despairs. But Boromir? The Heir of the Steward and Captain of the White Tower simply steps forth and blows his horn, in defiance of the demon of the ancient world.
  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli racing across Rohan in pursuit of the Orcs. They ran 45 leagues - that is 155 miles or 250 kilometres - in less than four days with the will of Saruman set against them.
  • While not quite as action-oriented and amazing as most entries, Bilbo's compliment/criticism/Take That! during his birthday party is a CMoA for giving us:
    " I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
  • The climax of the Entmoot.
    We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door!
  • As Glorfindel and Aragorn hold back the Nazgûl to allow Frodo to enter Rivendell, Frodo turns back and sees the Elf-Lord shining with light. Whereas the hobbits had been unceremoniously chased up to that point in the story, we're shown that the elves are not yet entirely diminished, and the forces of darkness are not unmatched.
  • Minas Tirith has been breached, is partly on fire, and the Rohirrim are not numerous enough to take and hold the Pelennor Fields, but they're putting up a fight. Suddenly the ships of the Corsairs of Umbar appear on the river, announcing that Mordor's reinforcements have arrived. Up runs the flag of the King of Gondor, which has not been seen in centuries. Sauron's forces are horrified, Gondor's are reinvigorated.
  • The sword that Merry picks up in the Barrow-Downs that he uses to cripple the Witch-King Of Angmar, which then crumbles into dust after he uses it. Tolkien describes it as fulfilling its task:
    So passed the sword of the Barrow-downs, work of Westernesse. But glad would he have been to know its fate who wrought it slowly long ago in the North-kingdom when the Dunedain were young, and chief among their foes was the dread realm of Angmar and its sorcerer king. No other blade, not though mightier hands had wielded it, would have dealt that foe a wound so bitter, cleaving the undead flesh, breaking the spell that knit his unseen sinews to his will.
  • The narration describing the actions of Sauron the moment Frodo claims the Ring as his own is another of Tolkein's powerful moments:
    And far away, as Frodo put on the Ring and claimed it for his own, even in Sammath Naur the very heart of his realm, the Power in Barad-dûr was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown. The Dark Lord was suddenly aware of him, and his Eye piercing all shadows looked across the plain to the door that he had made; and the magnitude of his own folly was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies were at last laid bare. Then his wrath blazed in consuming flame, but his fear rose like a vast black smoke to choke him. For he knew his deadly peril and the thread upon which his doom now hung. From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaves quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired. For they were forgotten. The whole mind and purpose of the Power that wielded them was now bent with overwhelming force upon the Mountain. At his summons, wheeling with a rending cry, in a last desperate race there flew, faster than the winds, the Nazgûl, the Ring-wraiths, and with a storm of wings they hurtled southwards to Mount Doom.
  • According to the Appendices, after the Ring is destroyed the forces of Lothlórien attack Dol Guldur. "They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed."
  • The Witch-King's entry into Minas Tirith before his confrontation with Gandalf. He weakens the gates with black magic to allow the ram to do its work and then becomes the first enemy in almost four thousand years to enter Minas Tirith.
    "In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl. A great black shape against the fires beyond he loomed up, grown to a vast menace of despair. In rode the Lord of the Nazgûl, under the archway that no enemy ever yet had passed, and all fled before his face."
  • Gandalf's struggle with the Balrog.
  • Faramir's example of nobility in Ithilien, when he says that he would not desire or take Isildur's Bane, even once he knows that it is the Ring that Frodo is carrying:
    "But fear no more! I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No. I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo. We are truth-speakers, we men of Gondor. We boast seldom, and then perform, or die in the attempt. Not if I found it on the highway would I take it, I said. Even if I were such a man as to desire this thing, and even though I knew not clearly what this thing was when I spoke, still I should take those words as a vow, and be held by them."
  • In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome during the first book, Gandalf goes toe-to-toe with several of the Nazgul at Weathertop, to the point where the Hobbits can see the flames from miles away.

     Peter Jackson's Film Trilogy 

General

  • Legolas brain-kebabing an orc with an arrow before killing another orc with the same arrow in Fellowship.
    • Legolas running along the chain whip that the cave troll was using against him to shoot it point blank in the head with two arrows simultaneously.
    • In the second film, his stunt in which he rides a shield down the stairway connected to the main wall of Helm's Deep, while firing arrows. When he hits the bottom, he kicks the shield, impaling an orc with it.
      • As spoofed here.
      • When he hit the bottom, he put an arrow through an orc's skull. By hand.
    • When he casually swung himself up onto a horse behind Gimli - one-handed, under the horse's neck, backwards, while it was moving. Anybody not suitably impressed by that move has never tried to mount a horse.
      • The funny thing is that they used CG to do that shot because Orlando Bloom had broken his ribs shortly before filming it, so he couldn't do the relatively conventional horse-mount that had originally been planned.
    • What about Legolas single-handedly bringing down a charging Oliphaunt? First, he climbs up the thing's tusk, then up the hind leg and onto its back, picking off every enemy soldier on it, all while counting off the kills in his and Gimli's kill count challenge. He then kills the Oliphaunt with three arrows at the same time in the back of its head, and as it slumps forward, dead and skidding, he glides down off its trunk and lands, with an expression that basically says "huh. okay then", in front of a positively appalled Gimli, who could only respond with, "That still only counts as one!"
      • Pretty good comeback though.
      • Now remember he basically killed every man riding this thing. How many were there? Like fifteen? Twenty? Yeah, Legolas wins this round, even if you count the Oliphaunt itself as one kill.
    • Shooting a rope apart from an impossible distance was pretty damm cool too.
      • Wasn't the first time either- recollect at Helm's Deep when he put an arrow through an even smaller rope at an even great distance at in the midst of a ferocious battle at night, during a rain storm, destroying a colossal scaling ladder swarming with orcs (Including Berserkers) and sending it toppling back in to the invading army.
    • Another favorite: putting an arrow through the brain of an orc at a distance that would make Robin Hood blanch.
  • "YOU! SHALL NOT! PAAAAAASS!"
    • Also, cutting short Denethor's rant of despair with a decisive thwack to the head and then knocking him out.
      • Even better during that scene, after the first whack to the head, Gandalf just growls in disgust, then proceeds to knock him out with two more hits.
    • And then fighting the Balrog while both of them are still falling. Just after he desperately gives out that "Fly, you fools!", like he has lost the last of his strength. Holy SHIT.
      • It's only after seeing it that you realize that "Fly, you fools!" was less, "Don't try to save me, save yourselves," and more, "Don't worry, I got this."
      • Then he kills it. Gandalf fell God knows how far (fighting the whole way down), landed, got back up, then struck down a giant fire demon. And only then was he content to die. Because if he was going to die, he was damn sure not going alone.
      • Further punctuated by Gandalf's narration, wherein Sir Ian Mckellan delivers the most Metal line ever uttered on film: "Until at last, I threw down my enemy, and smote his ruin upon the mountainside."
    • Also also, Gandalf blasting away Saruman's Brainwashing of King Théoden, while simultaneously revealing that he's taken a level in badass.
  • The Ring itself has a Crowning Moment of Awesome when Gimli tries to smash it with his axe at the Council of Elrond. Not only is his axe shattered, not only is the Ring without a scratch, but the Ring doesn't even move.
    • The Ring has another moment when it's thrown into Mount Doom, and before it melts it glows once again with the Dark Tongue words, like it did in the fireplace. Good job remembering that factoid, Mr. Jackson.
    • And another, in the beginning of the trilogy, when Bilbo drops the ring to the floor in the entranceway of Bag End and it slams to rest without bouncing, so perversely for so slight and small a thing that the audience recoils as if it were a pound of human flesh. Whoever was responsible for the effect, that was their Crowning Moment.
      • They put a magnet in that point. Simple, yet effective.
      • It was also the 18 inch wide ring model that they used in the shot.
  • And then, of course, Howard Shore's entire musical score for the movies is a prime example of Awesome Music.
  • The end of the Arwen/Nazgûl chase.
    Nazgûl: Give up the halfling, she-elf!
    Arwen: (draws sword) If you want him, come and claim him!
    • Also for Arwen, having that vision and finally getting the balls to realize that she can't leave, despite her father's wishes.
  • Not part of the movie itself, but during filming they needed to go up this mountain using a chopper. Sean Bean didn't want to get into the chopper, so the next few days he climbed the mountain dressed as Boromir.
  • Something from Behind the scenes just after the 55 second mark: A group of riders on their horses are running down a road when they come aross a car. Most of the guys just go around, but one of them jumps on top of the car and keeps on going! Badass Riders.
    • Note that this was an early CGI test during the process of creating virtual horse doubles. The virtual descendants of the car jumping horse would go on to get wiped out by flying Nazgul or be killed by arrows and be sent tumbling.
  • Something that works as CMoA for the setting more than any character is whenever we see Barad-Dur. In the first movie especially, the camera shows us this massive fortress — and then it pans back to reveal a freaking MOUNTAIN of iron and stone and adamantine crowned by the Lidless Eye. With a moat of lava!

    Other Adaptations 
  • In Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings:
    • The poster itself is arguably the most Crazy Awesome one for any LOTR film, LOOK AT IT.
    • Frodo outrunning the Nazgul on horseback, and when they corner him, he stands up for himself and tells them off:
    Frodo: "Go back to the land of Mordor! And follow me no more!"
    Nazgûl: "The Ring! The Ring! To Mordor we will take you!"
    Frodo: (draws sword) "By all the Shire, you shall have neither the Ring, nor me!"
    • When Aragorn says, "If I wanted the Ring, I could have it - NOW", you believe it.
    • Aragorn's rendition of "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Butterbur.
    • The Riders stalking Frodo and company? The Jackson film copied the Bakshi film nearly shot-for-shot.
    • Some scenes the Bakshi version was far superior to the Jackson film include the moment when Bilbo is tempted by the Ring. The animated film puts the scene in Frodo's POV, as he sees Bilbo as a pathetic, grasping creature — and Frodo pulls his hand back to strike him, before Bilbo breaks down crying and apologizes. In the Jackson film, a CGI mess and Frodo has no real emotion.
    • The same when Galadriel is offered the Ring. The Bakshi film manages to keep it subtle and frightening. The Jackson film? A CGI mess.
    • The Orcs marching and chanting into Helm's Deep: an army of pure dark creatures involved in a red mist, chanting in an ominous Black Speech. Makes the orcs look like an army of demons coming from hell itself.
  • The Moria-quest "We cannot get out" in The Lord of the Rings Online, where you get to take control of Ori, one of the dwarves of Balin's expedition to Moria. After the death of Balin, the remaining dwarves decide to make a last stand against the orcs of Moria. The quest ends with the player writing the last passage in the Book of Mazarbul, before the chamber is flooded with orcs and Balin's expedition is wiped out. While it may sound like a Downer Ending, being able to make a last, heroic stand in the chamber of Mazarbul and watching a good number of orcs fall before you is one of the absolute highlights of the game. Also awesome because it depicts an event not invented for the game, but actually one of the tiny bits of backstory that is briefly touched upon in the books.
  • Where There's a Whip, There's a Way.
  • In the BBC Audio Adaptation:
    Gandalf: COME BACK SARUMAN!
    • Théoden rising from his throne:
    Théoden: I sit no longer!
    • Every time the horns of Rohan sound. It's just five rising notes, but the sound sends chills up your spine. The most effective is when the Rohirrim arrive at Minas Tirith. They've not been 'on-screen' for the better part of an hour, the gate has fallen and the Witch King is exulting in his victory. Then, suddenly, the same five notes ring out.
    Gandalf: "The Horns of the Rohirrim! Theoden is come at last!"
  • Fellowship!, The Musical, is generally very silly, but the closing song is actually pretty cool:
    My brothers, it's clear where our path lies: remember the pledge that we made. There's no time to waste, let's go hunt some orc! We've got some hobbits to save!

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  • The book's original publication is a Moment of Awesome in itself. Co-founder Stanley Unwin published The Hobbit on his ten-year-old son's recommendation (believing that children were a good judge of good children's books), and commissioned a sequel which eventually became LotR, which his now-grown son recommended as well - even though they might lose money on it. His father gave him the go-ahead: "If you believe this to be a work of genius, you may lose a thousand pounds." (The first print run, 3,500 copies, sold out within six weeks. And it's still selling.)
  • Another example is how, along with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings changed the face of the entire fantasy genre.
  • The Lord of the Rings was considered to be an impossible work to adapt into a Live-Action rendition. Too big and too grand in scope and size. Jackson's films not only succeeded (albeit with some liberties) with stunning visual and audio work to bring this world and story to life, it was one of the biggest things that gave the fantasy genre a newfound respect in the public and mainstream eye.
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  • The Rankin/Bass adaptation had the following dramatic monologue from Gandalf. It is not taken directly from Tolkien, but written for the animated film. However, it is brilliant and poetic, and actually sounds like Tolkien could have wrote it:
    Gandalf voiceover: "Who causes the minutes to fall dead? Adding up to no passing hour, bringing no change from day to night, as the unseen sun fails to filter into the ever-present shadows? Who is this Dark Lord who turns starless nights into sunless days? How does His piercing eye see through the ever-present darkness, seeing all—and nothing? The restless eye, in His Dark Tower, wearing a veil of protective shadows He has woven from fear. And yet He fears too. In the security of His protective realm He fear the winds of the world are turning against Him, tearing aside His veils and troubling Him, with tidings of bold spies that have passed through His fences."
  • Before any of the films were even released, New Line Cinema released a teaser trailer, which promised that each film would release during the Christmas season of each respective year (2001, 2002, and 2003). They kept their promise.
    • In the case of The Return of the King, with hours to spare.

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