I feel really unwell today, and I’m rewatching all of the Extended Version special features on The Fellowship of the Ring, you know… that Book to Script/Tolkien crap that only nerds watch… Stuff I spent litteral hours watching over, and over, and over, and over again and again and again and again as a 13 and 14 year old. The features that taught me about being a concept artist, how to design characters, develop themes, add motiffs to art/cultures you’ve made up for your fantasy world.
I haven’t seen them in ten years. Literally.
And they just started talking about hope and courage never ever ever giving up; and that you fight till the end, even if you’re going to die or be defeated. You can’t give in or give up.
It was a slap in the face because I realised where I get my opptimistsic, stubborn: ‘you can tear me down, you can make me feel horrible, life is hard, this sucks… but I am NOT going to give up’ life motto from.
I got them from these freaking special features. I didn’t realise how much I was paying attention to these things as a kid and how much The Lord of the Rings really shaped me.
I mean, I knew that’s why I write stories and why I’m an illustrator, why I want detail in stories… why I have my nerdy trends. I KNEW it shaped me…
I didn’t realise that because of these freaking special features I watched at thirteen would later be the worldview I lived by from 2008-2012 when all of that family abuse was going on. Cuz I fought so hard not to give up… even though I wanted to… and I was so down; but there was that part of me that knew I should fight even though it was hopeless. And that’s where I got it from.
… inhonoredglory and I were talking about the influence of these stories yesterday, but I didn’t realise it had shaped me THAT much in optimism and hope.
AND DARN IT, TOLKIEN WAS SUCH A HUGE, AWESOME CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE GUY! His morals are so SO so SO amazingly moral and conservative. I LOVE THE GUY.
And that, kids, is why what you watch or don’t watch is important; it will shape you and change you.
Everyone says Rowling is the genius; and she’s smart, but I don’t think Tolkien gets enough credit for his literary genius and his deep, poignant Christian theology. The Lord of the Rings isn’t allegory, but by golly it IS full of Christian morals. SOUND Christian Morals. Tolkien proves being a conservative, moral Christian rocks.
And I’m keeping my book morals Christian, sound, and conservative! I’m not going to be the ‘trendy’ author who slips something in to be politically correct or up to date. Tolkien had it right. Tolkien was stubborn and stuck to his morals; so will I. If people don’t like it, they don’t like it. I love my faith in God, and I’m not ashamed of Him. So yeah. I’m not going to be sorry or ashamed for being conservative anymore :) I won’t be nasty, rude, or hateful; but I will not be sorry for my faith! :)
Wow. That’s inspiring. But it proves how influential the things we watch are. You grew as a person just watching special features! Now that’s incredible, but it’s because you saw how they put this film together, and the passion and determination they went through to do it.
I love Tolkien too. It’s hard to stand up for what one believes in a world such as ours, but people like Tolkien and Lewis inspire us to — to make stories that celebrate all the beauty and character, faith and humility, we believe in.
I mostly did this because I was bored, but here is a list of the blogs that I plan on following for a long time:
Gosh, I’m honored to be on this list!! :D Thanks.
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Whoa. Tough words. I can see what you mean about similarities: the hero(ine) forced to leave his/her kingdom because of guilt over hurting/killing someone close to them. But there are a lot of unique things about Frozen which I feel make it unique and additionally, make it click with people today. The motivation for Elsa leaving her kingdom is based on being ostracized by people, not a jealous rival’s scheme. That motivation is the heart, I think, of why Frozen is so popular. It’s a current, relevant theme which was heavily emphasized emotionally and symbolically in the film. Yeah it follows a lot of Lion King’s plot points, but those particular themes ( with the additional themes of love between sisters, and that Glee-style rendition of songs) make it unique enough to be different.