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Everything We Know About Storytelling We Learned from The Lord of the Rings: Part II

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

(guest post on the CSFG blog, on behalf of the CSFG Hive Mind)

The EWKASWLFLOTR Towers: Five Rules for the Dwarf Lords

The eagerly anticipated sequel to The Fellowship of EWKASWLFLOTR!

X: The Precious Rule

So, the Nazgul are pretty scary – at least until the aforementioned Incident With The River. Orcs and trolls and uruk-hai and the Balrog make for pretty decent monsters. Monsters though, rather than villains. Sauron is a flaming eye on a stick. So, who’s the best villain in LOTR? Well, who’s left? Saruman, Grima Wormtongue, Denethor and Gollum.

What’s interesting is that they all have something in common: they’re all fallen. Except perhaps for Grima, they were all obviously once greater and better than they are. There’s a tragedy behind their nastiness that rounds them out and gives them a level of sympathy. But who’s the best?

Grima and Denethor are decent secondary characters, but only that. Saruman is awesome because he is now and forever Christopher Lee, the only nonagenarian who is in real life more metal than a wizard stabbing a giant flaming demon to death with a magic sword while falling through the heart of a mountain.

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