With the release of The Two Towers on DVD (and my interest all fired up again about the extended version and The Return of the King), I feel that it might be the right time to mention a scene at the climax of this film that has served as an inspiration to me over the past few months...
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE TWO TOWERS ALREADY!!!
The fortress is taken.
It is over.
You said this fortress will never fall while your men defend it. They still defend it. They have died defending it.
So much death.
What can Men do against such reckless hate?
Ride out with me.
Ride out and meet them.
For Death and Glory.
For Rohan. For your people.
The sun is rising.
Yes! The Horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the Deep one last time!
Let this be the hour when we draw swords together.
Fell deeds, awake.
Now, for wrath...
For ruin and a red dawn!!!
With this, Theoden, Legolas, Aragorn and the remaining soldiers of Rohan mount their steeds and charge the causeway as Gimli blows into the great Horn.
I was feeling very beaten down by life last November. It looked as though my job was in great jeopardy. I may have had to move back into my parents' house (eek!).
The only solace I found was the box set of the Harry Potter books, my interest in them fueled by how much I enjoyed the film of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Since that film was still out after having read the books, I felt that a nice way to escape my troubles for one eve would be to go see it again.
It was that night I saw the second theatrical trailer for The Two Towers. I was used to the footage seen in the 3 minute preview tacked on to the end of the first film after it had been in theatrical release, and the first theatrical trailer was drawn from that material. The new trailer featured footage of Gandalf fighting the Balrog, the armies at Helm's Deep and the Rohirrim. I was excited.
Not long afterwards, I began my leave of absence.
Now, as I have mentioned before, I spent my time rather well. I immersed myself in cinema and began working with Suitboyskin on a screenplay.
But that December, there was something really special going on in theaters for me. All that know me knew of my deep and great love for The Fellowship of the Ring, and I re-watched the extended version of that film with Raz on December 17th, and then, on opening day, we went and saw The Two Towers.
To see a film that is so satisfying to me on so many levels, the entertainment aspect, of course, but also from the point of view of a filmmaker and as a fan of film music... that is something that is truly special. Only a few films a year have this aspect (usually they cheese out in one way or another). The Two Towers was a film that truly made me feel wonderful watching it. The finale of the film, Sam defines why these films are so successful...
It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the ending, because how could the ending be happy? How could the world go back to the way things were, when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And the sun comes, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you... that meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, that I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding onto something.
What are we holding on to, Sam?
That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for.
Okay, I know that that's the point of the film and that I'm not really talking about anything beneath the surface, but as obvious as it is, it is deep and true.
I have gone through some rough times. I may not be battling 10,000 Uruk-Hai or have Nazgul chasing me, but I have been at some lows, lately.
I have found this film to be an inspiration that has gotten me through much. These moments have been ones that have truly kept my head up despite the many trials of this year.