December 14, 2004

ROTK (unabridged)

The last time I cried so much was when I finished reading the rabbit story.

That's how good it was.

(Small spoilers below.)

Just like in the first two extended editions, the extra material really lets the story breathe. For instance, the part where Sam starts crying on the stair above Minas Morgul, and Frodo tells him to go home, didn't make a whole lot of sense in the short version.

This time, it works. The crying scene itself is unchanged, but the few seconds of extra dialogue between Frodo, Sam, and Gollum that's sprinkled in much earlier makes this scene different.

Another bonus: remember that really ugly Orc with the strangely-shaped head that says "the age of men is over; the time of the Orc is at hand?" Well, we find out how he dies.

And I'm not telling. :)

Posted by Carey at December 14, 2004 02:26 PM