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5 Great Smaug Sized Moments from Middle-Earth

The Big Moments that Stick With Us

By Robert T. Trate     December 10, 2013
Source: Mania.com

5 Great Smaug Sized Moments from Middle-Earth
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The entire Middle-Earth Saga is riddled with defining moments and epic scenes. There are five moments that are as big as Smaug the Dragon in the first three films. Can The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug live up to these 5 incredible moments? Can Smaug truly come to life on the big screen and knock one of our top 5 off this list? We certainly hope so. Here are Mania’s “5 Great Smaug Sized Moments from Middle-Earth”.
Gandalf vs. The Balroc - LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers

Many of us wondered if there would be a recap at the beginning of The Two Towers. Peter Jackson introduced the second film for its premiere and said that it was nothing more than a reel change. The opening flashback and further explanation of what happened to Gandalf totally resets the audience to where they were a year before. It also supplies us with the most epic of battles between light and shadow. 
Some Good in This World - LOTR: The Two Towers

Sam really does sum up everything that we are feeling when it comes to where they are in the story at this particular moment. We’ve come the length of two movies and his own story and Frodo’s is not doing so well. Ever the optimist, Sam knows that they have to push on, that the story won’t let them quit. They are, after all, the heroes and must perceiver. 
It Really is Sam’s Story - LOTR: The Return of the King

In the books, Samwise and Frodo shared the burden of the ring. If they had done that in the films, this moment might not have mattered as much. This moment also signifies that even our hero, Frodo, has lost all hope, but the one person who never will is his friend, Sam. When all is said and done, the story of Lord of the Rings is really Sam’s tale and not Frodo’s. It is Sam who saves the day. 
You Bow to No One - LOTR: The Return of the King

It probably ranks on your own personal list, as well. “You Bow to No One” helps to cap the entire series is a single sentence. Our four little Hobbits defied the odds and saved Middle-Earth. It was a fitting moment and great tribute to not only the character’s, but for the adventure we all took with them. At 4:04 on the clip above.
Gandalf’s Charge - LOTR: The Two Towers

The Battle of Helms Deep takes forever. This epic fight scene literally pushes the audience and all of characters to exhaustion. So when the Uruk-hai Army does finally come knocking on the last door, you believe that all hope is lost. So, when King Theoden charges out and we see that Gandalf has returned, we know that there isn’t going to be the dark ending to the middle chapter. 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives December 13, 2013. 

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marcd30319 12/10/2013 4:27:48 AM

 Great Smaug Sized Moments from Middle-Earth?

Yup, pretty darn big!

Wiseguy 12/10/2013 5:01:26 AM

Gandalf vs Balroc is an awesome edge of your seat moment.

The siege of Helm's Deep to me was also a huge moment, including the build up.

How about one of the biggest "oh shit" moments when Pippin trips that armor down the well in the Mines of Moria then you hear the single drum

Too many awesome "Smaug" sized moments

Wiseguy 12/10/2013 5:06:12 AM

Now I want to run a LOTR marathon.

Maybe over the weekend


ElBaz13 12/10/2013 5:44:37 AM

Ok...Definitely breaking out my LOTR extended set over the holidays. My youngest has yet to see then and has been bugging me. They are just big commitments at 3 plus hours a piece.

monkeyfoot 12/10/2013 6:35:00 AM

You have the two best moments for me on the Smaug list that I figured you'd put on the Hobbit size list.

On your Hobbit list I put the "Good In This World" speech there and I would have also put the "I Can Carry You" there too. No major epic action happens there, just exposition and drama so I figured that's where you'd place them.

But I'm not saying that they are little. For me those scenes plus Aragorn's "You Bow To No One" are EVERYTHING to me in this trilogy. I don't care how much stuff is blown up or orcs cut up or other spectacle though I love them, It's the emotional moments that bring me to tears that give the whole thing meaning for me. Otherwise its all just fluff.

Sean Astin was robbed of an Oscar nomination!

jedibanner 12/10/2013 7:19:07 AM

The ''bow to no-one'' moment always, ALWAYS has me choked up. You know when you watch that part, look at the facial expression of all 4 hobbits...each of their faces looks like a summup of all three movies and what they've been through,

For me that moment says it all and their face says it all...the adventures they've lived, the things they've learned and the way it will affec tthem forever.

shac2846 12/10/2013 8:15:21 AM

Gandalf battling the Balrog. Hell the entire stretch inside Moria will always stick with me and my personal favourite cinema moments of my life. I loved fellowship. Can't wait to show these movies to my kids someday.

darthkato 12/10/2013 4:29:53 PM

What about the charge of the Rohirrim at The Battle of The Pelennor Fields?

wormlander 12/10/2013 6:29:13 PM

No spoilers folks, so just read on... Just finished watching The Desolation Of Smaug in High Frame 3D. It was more serious in tone and more evenly paced than An Unexpected Journey. Eventhough the dwarves' quest never manage to feel as epic as it did in the Lord Of The Rings, there's still nothing that even comes close to watching another Middle Earth advenure on the big screen. Evangeline Lilly steals the show. Precious indeed!...

almostunbiased 12/10/2013 6:41:19 PM

sounds great wormlander



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