Each January for the past two years, my kids and I have followed the annual tradition of watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not a secret that this is my favorite trilogy of all time, and that I GEEK OUT over anything remotely resembling it (as evidenced sheepishly by my pen name).
The love for the movies came first from the books, which to me are a masterpiece of intricate world-building. I also appreciate how even more three dimensional the characters became when I saw the movies. There may be a great deal of inner nerd speaking here, but to me there is nothing better than getting lost in a well-written book or an emotionally compelling movie due to our investment in the characters, their development, and their overall journey!
January is one of those months that can leave us feeling bleak and hopeless, which is why The Lord of the Rings is a must watch in our home. I think it brings out the archetypes of dark versus light, with that strong and unwavering hope that the good will conquer over evil in the end. While life is anything but dichotomous, I think there may be a deeper part of us that invests some measure of belief in light overpowering darkness. It’s the stuff our hearts aligned to as kids; it’s what we forget but still resonate with as adults.
My favorite scene of all three movies is Samwise’s speech in The Two Towers, which we watched tonight. So full of wisdom, empowerment, and hope.
This beautiful song was recently released and I think I’ve listened to it on repeat about 25 times since yesterday.
So, so, so relevant to themes of overcoming depression, where sometimes happiness feels like a pipe dream but becomes achievable as we begin to heal (at least in my interpretation). The magic of music is that it speaks to us all differently!