Aesthetics Blog Post #1

When I was younger I watched a movie with my uncle and my sister, it was strange, it was a story that had magic, Elves, Dwarves and Orcs. I was hooked instantly. That movie of course was The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Aside from the beauty of the gorgeous and vast environment and setting throughout the movie, it can also be found in the characters and their unique personalities, the true friendship and loyalty shared between Frodo and Sam, and even in the storytelling of the movie itself.

I felt a sense of wonderment enjoying the fantasy world, the history, the setting, the stories. More than that though through the story being told you feel fear, for the characters as they are being hunted down by immortal creatures, you feel anger and distrust towards Boromir for attempting to take the ring, you feel sadness after Gandalf’s fight with the Balrog, you feel love with the friendship Sam and Frodo share(I’m putting Sam first because he deserves it).

having watched this movie when I was younger it left an impression on me, a love for the fantasy genre and an interest in the medieval. This was one of the sparks that led to my love for history today, and is one of the reasons I am a history major today. It has also drove my interest in the fantasy genre, leading me to many of my favorite games(Warhammer franchise, Skyrim, Witcher), TV shows(Game of Thrones). all of these stories led me to my own love of storytelling and led me to DND one of my favorite hobbies that I get to enjoy every week.



  1. colinrockins says:

    I loved the Lord of the Rings movies and started reading the books a couple of years ago whenever I took an English class called “The Hero’s Quest”. Tolkien’s fantasy world has a mysterious and dare I say an enchanting beauty when comparing the variety of races throughout Middle Earth. However like you brought up it is the love you gain for the characters like Sam and Frodo and my personal favorite the at first grudging friendship between Gimli and Legolas that flourishes into a close relationship. I’m glad you found your passion from the series because it is a fantasy world that can draw anyone in who is willing to go down the rabbit hole.


    1. blakeslade97 says:

      I love the fact that you bring up Gimli and Legolas’s friendship, the entire dynamic between the two is hilarious. I am glad I found it as well, it is easy to fall victim to so-called “rabbit holes” in any subject as long as it is interesting.


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