WtNV - Opening + Closing Lines - Glow Cloud
Proverb: Men are from Mars; women are from Venus; Earth is a hallucination; podcasts are dreams.
My favourite thing about the Battle of Five Armies trailer is the way it sets up Bilbo’s role as storyteller, as witness. “One day I’ll remember. Remember everything that happened.” So much of Frodo and Sam’s experience inThe Lord of the Rings uses Bilbo’s stories as a frame of reference - they compare their own adventure to Bilbo’s, they imagine what he might think about the things they see, and the Red Book of Westmarch opens and closes the trilogy. The use of Pippin singing “The Walking Song” (which, as everyone has pointed out, is something that Bilbo himself wrote) also emphasises this, and creates a really nice link between the two trilogies.
The narratives of the dwarves are all forward-looking: “We must away ere break of day”. The narratives of the elves are memorial and elegiac: “…memory, precious and pure.” But a hobbit’s tale goes there and back again. It isn’t a single goal to be reached, or a memory to romanticise, but an unfolding journey. It is Bilbo’s stories that give Frodo and Sam the courage to keep going, because they “were the stories that stayed with you” on the road, that “meant something.” The same is true for us - so many of us remember reading The Hobbit as children, watching Fellowship as young(er) people, and using these stories as a frame of reference for our own lives and our own adventures. And even though it feels like our Middle Earth journey is coming to an end, the road goes ever on.
I sketched the trees of Valinor, as a sort of idea for a side-bar image or button. This is in no way the finished product, but does anyone have any ideas on what I can add and change up to make it nicer?
(And can the word ‘team’ be read in the roots?)
It’s transparent. If anyone wants to use it in this form, be my guest!