My ‘Lord of the Rings’ Day

Every year, my wife Chanel and I will take a day, and watch the entirety of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and eat yummy food. This year we really worked hard at it, and I wanted to spread some fun with you, to give you an idea on how to celebrate this awesome day!

Also, it’s a little fun to talk about the cool stuff we have…

What We Did

First of all, we had to get dressed in our appropriate adventuring attire.

Sean’s Outfit

  • Grey Henley
  • “Leather” Jerkin (handmade)
  • Leaf of Lorien pin
  • Alchemists’s Wristband
  • Arming Sword (basic Knights/adventurer’s sword)
  • Dagger
  • Elven Cloak from LOTH Hoodies

Chanel’s Outfit

  • Arwen’s Tiara (that she wore during our wedding)
  • Legolas’ short swords

With The Fellowship of the Ring, we had Breakfast, Second Breakfast, and Elevenses, though they were all served together.

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Breakfast:

  • Fried eggs
  • Ham
  • Toast
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Coffee with Heavy Cream

Second Breakfast:

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Brie
  • Whipped Cream
  • Apple Juice

Elevenses:

  • Cheese Danish
  • Madeline’s
  • Scottish Biscuits

Rewatching the movie, I’m reminded just how much Boromir is completely overlooked and insulted by the fandom. This man is the equivalent of Steve Rogers in this world. He works hard, and puts everything he has into protecting his people. His love of the Hobbits, and Merry and Pippin specifically, is so apparent, especially when he is training them how to use swords. He is praising their efforts, and when for a moment it appears he has injured one of them, he immediately apologizes and drops his sword so he can tend to their potential wounds. They end as the hobbits tackle him to the ground, and he laughs with a joy we don’t see much of in these films outside The Shire. When we dies, it’s because he takes three HUGE arrows to the chest, and still will not stop swinging, in an effort to protect Merry and Pippin from being captured. He dies in Aragorns arms, apologizing for disrespecting his unexpected appearance at Elrond’s Council. His only fault was trying to take the ring from Frodo, which is absolutely excusable. Not only has he been at the forefront of protecting the people’s of Middle-earth from the orcs slow growth for the past decade, but the ring has such power that Gandalf refuses to even touch it, because he knows that the ring could overtake his senses. Boromir is a hero, and should be honored.

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Then we moved on to The Two Towers.

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Luncheon:

  • Potato Soup
  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Summer Sausage
  • Soppresata
  • Gouda
  • Brie
  • Pepper jack
  • Horseradish Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Naan rounds
  • Rosemary Crackers
  • Triscuits
  • Honey Mustard
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Pepper Jam

Afternoon Tea:

  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Scottish Biscuits
  • Madelines

I never remember much from the second film, and even though it has just as much expert filmmaking craft as the other two, it always lacks for me. Even as the credits rolled, I though about how outside the Battle of Helms Deep, there wasn’t a lot going on in this movie. The only other part that really adds to the story, is the Ents that took down Isengard. Otherwise, everything is setting up for the finale.

Funny little detail: In the "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" during the  battle of Helm's Deep, while Aragorn is shouting "Ladders", you can see  briefly that the elf on his

Finally we watched The Return of the King.

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Dinner:

  • A whole rotisserie chicken
  • Leftover Meats and Cheeses
  • Mustard
  • Pepper Jelly
  • Beer and Cider

Supper, which we replaced with Dessert:

  • Scottish Biscuits
  • Madelines
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Brown Sugar Bread loaf
  • Chocolate covered blueberries
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate dipping sauce

The finale is so wonderful, and it leaves you feeling so great about everything we just went through. Some people complain that it has “too many endings” but each one slowly grows from a triumphant yet sad tone, to more and more relaxed and happy. I need all of those endings to come back to Earth. Also, by watching all of these movies, it helps create the feeling that we have also gone on a great journey with Frodo and the Fellowship. I can’t imagine watching these one per day, or not back-to-back. I want to feel the exhaustion at the end, as well as the joy of coming to an end.

Future Plans

Every year we think about when we should do our annual trip to Middle-earth. It clearly feels like an Autumn movie, what with the cozy foods and music. One idea is to watch the movie on September 22, as that is Bilbo and Frodo’s birthdays, which is also the first day the movie starts.

Next year, September 2 is the current release date for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, and I definitely feel like the day/week before will be great, to have everything clear in our minds before, so that’s probably what we’ll do then.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series will premiere on Prime Video in 2022 -  The Verge

After that though, Chanel and I thought that maybe it would be fun to make this a Thanksgiving tradition, seeing as we are eating SO MUCH FOOD. The trick is to convince our family that this is a worthy way for THEM to celebrate this holiday as well. My family is traditionally a football watching family, but if we change this from a full day marathon to perhaps a 2-day event, that might be convincible. So how do we split it into two days? It feels silly to watch two films on one day and only one on the other. So what about a 2-day-double-feautre? You might have noticed that we haven’t included The Hobbit trilogy in our celebrations, and it’s not because we don’t like them, it’s that they’re just too long! We don’t need an entire other trilogy, just one! So we are on the lookout for a single-film cut of The Hobbit, which some fans are calling the Tolkien Cut. If we can find a reliable, safe version of the films in this way, then having a day of The HobbitThe Fellowship and a day of Two TowersReturn of the King would be easily doable.

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How often do you watch The Lord of the Rings? Let me know in the comments below!

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