The latest issue of 'Empire' has an article about the release of the LOTR Trilogy on Blu-ray. They asked various celebrities and people who work at 'Empire' to name their favourite moment from the Trilogy. For those who are rather concerned about what Guillermo del Toro has planned for 'The Hobbit', his answer could be either encouraging ... or worrying
This is what GdT said: "My favourite moment was in Fellowship, when our beloved Hobbits get off the road and are hiding precariously from the Dark Rider. The ominous tone, the POV of the road, distorted by an alien force, the shocking details: nail-transfixed hooves, the mount's reddish, cadaverous eyes, bugs crawling out of the Nazgul's body, the sniffing noises as the evil creature looms above our heroes. A perfect scene. Absolute immersion."
When I first started reading that I thought it was great that he'd chosen a scene involving the hobbits, I loved that he referred to them as 'our beloved Hobbits' but as I read on it appeared that he'd completely misinterpreted part of that scene. Either that, or I've misunderstood it all these years. He talks of 'the bugs crawling out of the Nazgul's body'. I always believed the 'bugs scene' was an indication of the effect the Nazgul had on all the living things around - not that they came from the Nazgul. Am I right?
A few others who named scenes involving Frodo:
Michael Fassbender: "It's got to be the scene where the Black Riders attack the camp. Frodo slips on the Ring and sees them as they really are: chilling and tragic. And there's some great shrieking when one of them goes up in flames."
Edgar Wright: "But when it reached the scene where the Hobbits leave the Shire and hide from the Nazgul under the path, I was truly blown away. It was so beautifully done and so damn scary. That scene alone brought my childhood memories racing into vivid life."
Liz Beardsworth (Assistant Editor): "Frodo's eerie walk through the Dead Marshes, as the silent 'corpses' eye his passage. I found it stunningly beautiful even while it scared the bejesus out of me."
Chris Hewitt (News Editor): "It's when Ian Holm's cordial Bilbo spies the Ring hanging around Frodo's neck and, for just an instant, becomes a lizard-eyed, snarling ghoul. A brilliantly executed jump-scare that comes out of nowhere."
Kim Newman (Contributing Editor): "Giant spider!"
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