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Tolkien is one of the first modern authors to write about elves and nature spirits in a manner that is closer to the ancient tradition.

They had awesome powers, were beautiful, and somewhat taller than humans. They also were held in awe and somewhat feared by humans. His portrayal of Galadriel is closer to this tradition. The Victorians prior to this had transformed fairies merely into cute little fairies that flew around the flowers.

This might be an aspect of the Faerie Realm but not the whole vision. Peter Jackson does a great job throughout the three movies of staying fairly close to Tolkien's original vision. With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. Director Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring adaptation of the Tolkien classic The Lord of the Rings could never fully satisfy those who remain exclusively loyal to Tolkien's expansive literature, but as a showcase for physical and technical craftsmanship it is unsurpassed in pure scale and ambition, setting milestone after cinematic milestone as the brave yet charmingly innocent Hobbit Frodo Elijah Wood continues his mission to Mordor, where he is destined to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring of Power in the molten lava of Mount Doom.

While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn Viggo Mortensen , endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of the elf Legolas Orlando Bloom , the dwarf Gimli John Rhys-Davies and the great wizard Gandalf Ian McKellen , Frodo and stalwart companion Samwise Gamgee Sean Astin must survive the schizoid deceptions of Gollum, who remains utterly convincing as a hybrid of performance by Andy Serkis and subtly nuanced computer animation. Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have much ground to cover; that they do so with intense pacing and epic sweep is impressive enough, but by investing greater depth and consequence in the actions of fellow Hobbits Merry Dominic Monaghan and Pippin Billy Boyd , they ensure that The Return of the King maintains the trilogy's emphasis on intimate fellowship.

While several major characters appear only briefly, and one Christopher Lee's evil wizard, Saruman was relegated entirely to the extended-version DVD, Jackson is to be commended for his editorial acumen; like Legolas the archer, his aim as a filmmaker is consistently true, and he remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision.

If Return suffers from too many endings, as some critic suggested, it's only because the epic's conclusion is so loyally inclusive of the actors--most notably Astin--who gave it such strength to begin with. By ending the LOTR trilogy with noble integrity and faith in the power of imaginative storytelling, The Return of the King, like its predecessors, will stand as an adventure for the ages. Fantastic creatures, astounding visual effects, and a climactic battle at the fortress of Helm's Deep make The Two Towers a worthy successor to The Fellowship of the Ring, grander in scale but retaining the story's emotional intimacy.

These two films are perhaps the greatest fantasy films ever made, but they're merely a prelude to the cataclysmic events of The Return of the King. By necessity, Peter Jackson's ambitious epic compresses J.

Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings, but this robust adaptation maintains reverent allegiance to Tolkien's creation, instantly qualifying as one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. At minutes, it's long enough to establish the myriad inhabitants of Middle-earth, the legendary Rings of Power, and the fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and humans--led by the wizard Gandalf Ian McKellen and the brave hobbit Frodo Elijah Wood --who must battle terrifying forces of evil on their perilous journey to destroy the One Ring in the land of Mordor.

Superbly paced, the film is both epic and intimate, offering astonishing special effects and production design while emphasizing the emotional intensity of Frodo's adventure. Ending on a perfect note of heroic loyalty and rich anticipation, this wondrous fantasy continues in The Two Towers Dreams VHS. Dreams DVD. This movie is by the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and has English subtitles. It is especially relevant today because it deals with humanity's relationship over time with nature.

This is done through eight separate short films. It also covers the Japanese interpretations of nature spirits which is fascinating for an audience unfamiliar with them.

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For example in the beginning we see a boy secretly watching a wedding among fox spirits which are powerful Japanese nature spirits. This has severe consequences for him. Later we see the Peach tree spirits of trees men have thoughtlessly cut down. This is an especially visually beautifully part of the film.

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Later we meet a snow spirit who saves the lives of hikers stranded on her mountain during a snow storm. He even includes a short film featuring Van Gogh and how nature fueled his creativity. Later he shows the extreme negative effects of humanity not living in harmony with nature. He shows the dangers of nuclear radiation and how there is no escape from it and how it deforms nature and people.

The last story shows a village that lives in harmony with nature and shows the benefits they reap. It is a thought provoking film. It is really unfortunate that western civilization has lost its connection with the natural world. In Japan the indigenous religions coexisted with Buddhism.

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People still follow Shinto practices in Japan today. I think this is part of the reason they have more respect for nature. Western indigenous religions were mostly wiped out by Christianity. Faeries are what is left of our nature religions. This epic Lucasfilm fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels to Star Wars, the story by George Lucas follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow Warwick Davis , an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen Jean Marsh to whom the child is a crucial threat.

Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter Joanne Whalley, who later married Kilmer. Impressive production values, stunning locations in England, Wales, and New Zealand and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment while failing to engage the viewer's emotions.

A parental warning is appropriate: director Ron Howard has a light touch aimed at younger viewers, but doesn't shy away from grisly swordplay and at least one monster a wicked two-headed dragon that could induce nightmares. From the Back Cover A fairy is a tiny being with wings that looks like a person but possesses powers of magic and enchantment.

According to legend, fairies can change the weather, alter aspects of nature and bestow magical gifts such as intelligence and plenty. They can also lure humans to their islands where all is happiness and no one ages or gets sick Join filmmaker John Walker on a quirky and compelling journey through Ireland, England, Scotland and Cape Breton in search of the child's imagination in a rational world.

This unique look into the realm of fantasy traces the popular fascination with fairies and is vividly brought to life with gorgeous cinematography and an enchanting soundtrack. There's a war goin' on in this bit o' blarney, but it's more than the feud between the fairies and the leprechauns, upon which most of the overwrought tale hangs. It's also a struggle between competing, derivative story lines in this bloated, plodding film that can't decide what it wants to be. It's part Romeo and Juliet, via the seemingly doomed romance of the princess fairy and teenage leprechaun; part contemporary romance, with an uncomfortable-looking Randy Quaid in the romantic lead; and a large part unfocused fable that fills out its Irish stew with a feud reminiscent of Ireland's Catholic-Protestant conflict while throwing in fantastical Braveheart-style battle scenes and Riverdance-like interludes.

The most stunning scenes are the fairy sequences that take place in a futuristic castle in the sky think Wizard of Oz meets Star Wars and the epic battles with innovative leprechaun bark-and-stick armor.

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It all makes for a jumble of a long movie, which originally aired as a miniseries on NBC. This strange, experiment by Ridley Scott Blade Runner starred the up-and-coming Tom Cruise in a fairy-tale world of dwarfs and unicorns and demons. After the horn of a unicorn is broken, darkness and winter descend upon the world.

Cruise's character, helped along by a magic sprite played by David Bennent The Tin Drum , descends into hell to save paradise. This movie is almost a classic case of art direction gone amok.

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The somewhat amorphous Cruise doesn't lend much dramatic focus or artistic definition, but the drama between Tim Curry's satanic majesty and Mia Sara's character, who becomes a sort of princess of the netherworld, is pretty captivating. A mixed experience all around that makes one wish it had been more successful. I feel that this is the best depiction so far of the legend of King Arthur.

In addition in a very mystical scene it shows how Arthur gained the exalted sword excalibur from the Lady of the Lake, a member of the Realm of Faerie. Guinevere VHS.

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Summary Leila and her compatriots are being protected by the Treants Robyn found while she headed South. Leila awakes to find herself captured by the Lich King himself. She is introduced to a familiar face, who is no longer the person she once knew. The Lich King gloats in victory as he has the various members of the Horde feed Leila and her sister the familiar Goblin potion of lust, better known as the Call of the Krakenos before having them surrounded by the powerful beasts of the Horde. Yet another familiar face shows up to bring down Leila's spirits even more.

Can Leila and the others continue on rebelling against the Horde or is this the end of their adventure? It is highly recommended though not required that the Realms of War Trilogy 1, 2, 3, and the Realms of War 10 be read prior to reading the Realms of War Author's note: All characters depicted in this work of fiction are 18 years of age or older. Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Start your free 30 days.