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Sounds of Greatness: “You bow to no one” May 30, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Out Basket.
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Towards the end of Peter Jackson’s marvelous adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third film of the trilogy based upon Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn (as played by Viggo Mortensen) assumes the position of king of Gondor. Aragorn’s ascension to the throne is an epic crusade in which he must overcome external enemies and internal demons.

Central to Aragorn’s storyline are four Hobbits – Frodo, Samwise, Pippin, and Merry. They play pivotal roles in defeating the Dark Lord Sauron. Frodo, with Sam’s great assistance, destroys the One Ring which Sauron seeks. As Aragorn works his way through the adoring crowd celebrating his newly starting reign and Sauron’s defeat, he comes upon the Hobbits. They are appropriately bowing to the new king as is the rest of Gondor’s inhabitants.

Aragorn stops, beckons to the comrades who fought to their near-deaths and beyond everyone’s expectations, and offers this line of respect and self-humility:

ARAGORN: My friends. You bow to no one.”

He and all the inhabitants of his kingdom first bow, then kneel, to the Hobbits.

That line, and many others through the three films, have spine. Great sounding dialogue – irrespective of the media in which they are delivered – are magic.

Radio, of the available media and in particular, works, and it bows to no one.

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