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TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – July 3, 2011

July 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm by Kelvarhin  - 

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. Arwen is dyingIf you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!

This week we’re visiting a few old friends.

Middle Earth Conspiracy Theories asks us “What was the real reason why Mandos placed the Doom of the Noldor on Feanor and his followers when they left Valinor?” Check out the TORnadoes crazy answers here.

The Reading Room is discussing The Return of the King Book V, Forummer Elizabeth is leading a lively debate about “The Red Arrow”.

What parts of the LOTR films really annoyed you?  How would you have done them differently?  Forummer Quacking Troll would like to know.

TORnadoes flocked to Fiesta Friday this week to party for the 4th of July. Come and share your long weekend fun 🙂


We’ll share more topics next week and hope you can join in on the conversation! Don’t forget,’s message boards have over 6600 registered Tolkien fans, just like yourself! Let your voice be heard.

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Thorin Oakenshield

One response to “TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – July 3, 2011”

  1. Aragornfan says:

    I would have edited the films a bit differently than PJ.  The scene in the extended FOTR where Elrond confronts Aragorn at his mother’s memorial in Rivendell should be followed by the flashback scene from TTT where Aragorn attempts to leave Rivendell without a parting word to Arwen since he now considers that they have no future together due to the opposition of Elrond and his own misgivings about Arwen becoming mortal should they wed.   I would also transpose the story of Smeagol to the introduction to TTT, instead of the battle between Gandalf and the Balrog.  The latter could be shortened and added to the flashback scene where Gandalf recounts that battle to Aragorn and friends.  The introduction to ROTK could then feature Arwen’s journey towards the Grey Havens, her vision, and the fateful return to Rivendell.  That scene would be followed by the ride of Aragorn, Gandalf, etc. through Fangorn to Isengard.

    I also believe that ROTK was so packed with story elements that there was no time left to show Aragorn acting as king.  In particular, I missed that biblical scene in the book where Gandalf takes Aragorn up mount Mindulin to view the extent of his realm and his responsibility.   I also believe that the editing was weakest in the last portions of this film.   For example, the extended version has Aragorn lopping off the head of Sauron’s herald.   This is not in the book and is uncharacteristic of Aragorn.   It could only be justified as an attempt to so infuriate Sauron that he would be forced to enter into the battle personally.  Aragorn intends to either vanquish Sauron or die in the attempt.  Indeed, in the outtakes, there is a scene with such a battle, but it did not survive the cut.   Furthermore,  Aragorn and other members of the company are shown riding on horses, yet at the battle no horses are seen.  Presumably, the horses have been spooked by Sauron and have run off.  Yet, this is not shown.

    The above are merely ideas that would have made the memorable LOTR films, which i have viewed many times, even more memorable for me.

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