"A Last Alliance of Elves and Men marched on the armies of Mordor, and, on
the slopes of Mount Doom, fought for the freedom of Middle-Earth...
Victory was near, but the power of the Ring could not be undone." -
Galdriel (Fellowship of the Ring movie)
That first scene in the Fellowship of the Ring is still one of my favorite
parts in all the movies. Here you can see my Sauron figure smashing
Elendil, the current King of Gondor.
"It was then..."
"...when all hope had faded..."
"...that Isildur, son of the king, took up his father's sword!"
I did think it was kind of stupid how Sauron broke Narsil just by stepping
on it, but anyway, Isildur takes up the broken hilt, and...
cuts off the hand of Sauron! Or well, the fingers. Anyway, the ring...
"Sauron, the Enemy of the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth, was
"It has come to me, the One Ring. It shall be an heirloom of my family. All those who follow in my
bloodline shall be bound to its fate... forever risk no hurt to the Ring."
"It is... precious to me... though I abide it with great pain."
The Ring begins to work its spell upon Isildur. The hearts of Men are
easily corrupted, and the Ring of Power has a will of its own.
"I was there, Gandalf. I was there three thousand years ago. I was there
when the strength of Men failed." - Elrond (Fellowship of the Ring, movie)
Elrond found Isildur and urged him to take the Ring to Mount Doom, the
place where the Ring was made and the one place where it could be
"Cast it into the fire! Destroy it! Isildur!"
"Isildur took the Ring. The line of kings is broken. The blood of Numenor
is all but spent; it's pride and dignity forgotten. It was because of Men
that the Ring survived."
And so Isildur walked away, though the Ring would later kill him and thus
earn the title "Isildur's Bane".
However many thousand years later, Frodo comes to the very same
"What are you waiting for? Just let it go!"
"'I have come,' he said. 'But I do not choose now to do what I came to do.
I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!'" - Frodo (from the
"Gollum on the edge of the abyss was fighting like a mad thing with an
unseen foe. To and fro he swayed, now so near the brink that almost he
tumbled in, now dragging back, falling to the ground, rising, and falling
again. And all the while he hissed but spoke no words." - Return of the
"Suddenly Sam saw Gollum's long hands draw upwards to his mouth; his white
fangs gleamed, and then snapped as they bit. Frodo gave a cry, and there
he was, fallen upon his knees at the chasm's edge. But Gollum, dancing
like a mad thing, held aloft the ring, a finger still thrust within its
circle. It shone now as if verily it was wrought of living fire."
Okay, so Gollum wasn't supposed to bite of Frodo's entire HAND, but since
LEGO people don't actually have fingers...
Gollum was never actually supposed to wrestle with Frodo upon the brink In
the book, he just dances for joy and then slips and falls. Still, it is
more dramatic in the film, really, so I can understand why they did it.
This is one awful picture, isn't it?
"Out of the depths came his last wail precious, and he was
The part where Frodo hangs over the edge and Sam has to help him up was
also not in the book. Again, it made the movie more dramatic. And movies
are all about drama, so I can excuse them.
"There was a roar and a great confusion of noise. Fires leaped up and
licked the roof. The throbbing grew to a great tumult, and the Mountain
shook. Sam ran to Frodo and picked him up and carried him out to the door.
And there upon the dark threshold of Sammath Naur, high above the plains
of Mordor, such wonder and terror came on him that he stood still
forgetting all else, and gazed as one turned to stone."
Anyway, the mountain blows its top and Frodo and Sam get away and that's
the end of the movie. Well, the FIRST end of the movie, among others...