Ripulation In Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings
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“I’m glad you’re with me… Here, at the end of all things” (Jackson, 2004). Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most well-known adaptations of literature. The films and novels tell the story of Frodo Baggins and his journey to destroy the One Ring that had been in his family for over 60 years. Tolkien’s Middle Earth universe was created in the trenches during World War I as a way to cope with the horrors of the war, according to National Geographic’s page on The Lord of the Rings. Furthermore, the events occurring in Middle Earth explain his distaste for some events happening in the world, such as the divide between people that occurred after World War I. Similar events have been happening in the past decade including the harsh separation of political parties within the United States. More subtly, the ideas of manipulation have been present such as the more recent events of the current US Administration colluding with Russia. The manipulation of people both real and fictional has been happening for centuries, and I and Frodo Baggins are merely a grain of salt in the stories of those of whom have been manipulated.
In Jackson’s film, The Fellowship of the Ring, viewers do not get to see the reasoning behind Frodo’s decision to take the ring to Mordor; I often think it is almost like the Foot in Door Phenomenon, in which one small favor often turns into larger and larger favors. Frodo feels obligated to