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THE LORD OF THE RINGS
By Ployphet RastameephromFilm studies
Dr. Anngieline Lu
TMC Academy – School of IT, Digital Media & Mass Communication
Middle Road, Singapore
October 18, 2018
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The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by an English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. This film is very successful film. I had watched it since I was young, I cannot understand the story but I just knew how picturesque this film is. However, many years passed, I watched it again. I realize why this is so popular in that time and I saw the aesthetics. Therefore, in this essay I would like to analyses the aesthetics includes setting, lighting, music and color.
Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. Aesthetic is inclusive of emotion activity and it represents about contemplation, spiritual, moreover about religion.
Near the town of Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island is the Hobbiton set. This is on a farm, essentially in the middle of nowhere. They made filming here for the original trilogy quite a bit easier as it was far from prying eyes. In this setting, the house look like the hobbit lived there for 100 years. They shoot it look mystic and show how epic the set is. However, in the real set it is quite delightful and basic.
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One of the most wonderful locations in the film is the home of the Rohan people, named Edoras. There are beautiful sweeping shots of this hillside city in the movies, which are surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This location, which in real life is Mount Sunday in Ashburton district on the South Island of New Zealand. This set includes the town of Edoras, which was built for the show and then taken away again. They built it like old village where is suit for the mountain setting.
Once Frodo leaves the coziness of the Shire, he, Merry, Pippin, and Sam dive into the Old Forest. They chose this setting because the Shire is interesting and the Old Forest represents a completely non-human consciousness. The Hobbits of the Shire are almost too human, with their love of food, drink, jokes, and singing, and their resistance to any kind of new idea. They are cozy. By contrast, in the Old Forest, they have Old Man Willow, a tree filled with hatred towards all two-legged beings, and the Barrow-wights.
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Both of these threats are not just dangerous to the Hobbits, they are also frighteningly alien.
There is Kawarau gorge, central otago. Also known as The Anduin River in the movie, where they are greeted by two towering statues, the scene of battles between Gondorians, Wainriders and Easterlings. In this setting, there is not only wonderful in real but also gorgeous in the movie.
lighting There are two main lighting techniques used throughout the film Lord of The Rings. They are natural light and low-key lighting designs. The Fellowship of The Ring is much filmed outside, it called the use of natural light. The indoor lighting and night time lighting comes from a fire source of some type such as candle, torch, campfire which is also a type of natural light. Another source of lighting used besides natural lighting is low-key lighting. The low-key lighting present shadows and a darker presence, await within the outdoor scenes during the daytime. These lighting choices are important to this film especially, for a couple of reasons, firstly the real of the film and setting. The film is set in a time where electricity has not been invented any use of harsh or heavy fake light would ruin the feeling. It make this film feel fake, or unreal to the time it is presenting. Such lighting designs also help consolidate the artisan in the film’s presentation as an epic fantasy. Not unlike the way futuristic films use bright or neon lights to give the audience a feel for the setting, Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring uses natural and overcome lighting to travel back in
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time. The specific use of lights in dark and light have also give to the genre called, epic fantasy for presenting good and evil.
There are four types of song in this film include the journeys song, the praise song, the song which is used to express ideas and feeling, and songs as a medium to tell a story.J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring is a story about journey which has a lot aesthetic aspects. Lyric is a lyric poem, or the words of the song (Hornby, 1995: 703). The researcher defined rhymes song lyrics as words of the song that be seen as a poetry. Because of that, aesthetic aspects in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring considered to be poetry and will be analyzed with phenomenological study are semantics and stylistics. Lyric also can be defined as a poem to sing to be lyre; of the lyrics as a poem to be sung (Shipley, 1962: 257).The music of The Lord of the Rings film series most of it was composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Howard Leslie Shore who is notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Moreover, I have two favorite songs. First, the shire which is place’s name and also name of music. It is beautiful theme song. It makes me feel peaceful, airy and happy to listening this. This is very suit with the scene in the film, making the movie look cozy and perfect for nature. Another example is The Passing of The Elves’ which is basically a very lyrical elf song in Elvish language. Despite the fact that I don’t understand every single word of the lyrics, there is still so beautiful. There is just something magical when I listen to this I do not know why but it makes me feel sad. The song is last a minute in the film, the sound is haunting me. The song is play when the Elves are return home to the Undying Lands, so you would think it would be happy but this moment is a bit sad because while the Elves are going home, they are also leaving Middle Earth, and they are never coming back again. This song makes the movie haunting audience. Not only happy ending but also bittersweet. Furthermore, The songs represent of feeling and ideas from the singer. The characters in the story use song to tell their feeling and ideas. It is also used to give explanation or describe something or someone.
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The different colors of the wizards
Colors can create moods, show emotions, and symbolize a lot of things. There are four colors of wizards; Saruman is the white, Gandalf is the gray, Radagast is the brown and the two blue are Alatar and Pallando. First, the white is the color of purity, purity of mind, moral purity, purity of spirit, the chief and the most powerful of five wizards. Second, Grey is the color of askesis, abandonment, humbleness, of ashes, of simplicity and monks. Third, Brown is an ambiguous color and shows Radagast’s connection with earth and things living and growing in Arda. Fourth, the blue or also know as the Ithryn Luin are two mysterious characters of Middle Earth, its named because they both wore sea-blue robe when they arrived Middle Earth by boat and also their vanishing in the distant lands.
There are a lot of aesthetic things in The Lord of the Rings such as settings that most of them take in real place of New Zealand. If you interested in it, you can make a trip to there for seeing real beauty. There are many of tours in Internet you can search on. Lighting is also one of the parts of aesthetic, there are two techniques. There are natural light and low-key lighting. Most of scenes are filmed outside, it makes film look real and pleasant to look at and it uses for showing the audience that they separate scene between good vs. evil. Moreover, Music has 4 types for different scenes.
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