– Seeing more of Middle-earth on screen
If you’re a fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy like I am, you’re probably eager to see the rest of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy too (unless you’re one of those who absolutely despised ‘An Unexpected Journey’). I’m not one of those – see my review of the film here: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: A review).
Whilst waiting for the wait to be over, why not indulge in some fantastically fan-made films? (alliteration at its best there)
‘Born of Hope’ (2009) and ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ (2009) are the two prime examples.
Acting out as an “appendix” (I really love that word, don’t I?) to the already established films, they further explore some of the stories that occur prior to ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
‘Born of Hope’ is a one-hour feature film about Arathorn and Gilraën and their first meeting; the struggles of their people and Aragorn’s birth. It also features characters from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (which remain unseen in the films), such as Elladan and Elrohir – sons of Elrond.
Fast-track the timeline by a couple of decades (in terms of Tolkien’s Chronology) and you get ‘The Hunt for Gollum’. Aragorn is by now a fully grown Dúnedain ranger, who under the advice of Gandalf, sets out in the Wild to capture the sneaky creature known as Gollum.
Both films (made by different filmmakers) are a perfect example of the determination and talent of a group of people who, apart from being fans of the books, have managed to recapture the feel of the Trilogy and placed them within the cinematic world of Middle-earth.
Boasting strong performances, good fighting choreographies and hauntingly beautiful LoTR-like landscape shots (especially in ‘The Hunt for Gollum’), you’ll be reliving similar experiences to the overall vibe that seems to surround the classic film trilogy.
Have a look for yourself at these productions here:
So whilst us Ringers (i.e. fans of the films) are waiting for the release of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ in December, we can all re-watch for the nth time the Extended Editions, plus these two fan-made films – all of this whilst re-reading the books themselves, of course.