1 Gan­dalf Ver­sus Bal­rog

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fel­low­ship Of The Ring

SFX - - Greatest middle-earth moments -

“YOU... SHALL... NOT... PASS!” Th­ese four words are to fan­tasy what “Shaken, not stirred” are to spy thrillers or “You had me at hello” are to ro­man­tic come­dies. They’re the very bedrock of this of­ten- ridiculed genre, in a scene that could have been ridiculed it­self – ex­cept who could mock Ian McKellen’s coura­geous, lung- wreck­ing per­for­mance as he screams at the Bal­rog? Or who could think the fiery creature doesn’t live up to its de­scrip­tions in Tolkien’s book? It’s a mon­u­men­tal cre­ation, and its stand- off with the stub­born old wizard on a pre­car­i­ous walk­way in the mid­dle of an Orc- filled, cathe­dral- like mine should be in the very DNA of ev­ery fan­tasy lover.

“Aren’t you sup­posed to have box­ing gloves and be rub­bish at jumping?”

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