The Lord of the Rings: 10 of the Most Memorable Moments

It might be hard to imagine a time when a high budget fantasy movie or series wouldn’t be an instant success, as production studios, TV networks, and streaming platforms are now eager to get a piece of the literary fandoms who have the ability to generate big profits.

The studio that eventually took the chance on the film was New Line Cinema. And luckily, their risk paid off as The Fellowship earned $316 million domestically and $898 million worldwide. 

Thus, the twenty-year anniversary of The Lord of the Rings calls for a proper reflection (in no particular order) of the 10 most memorable moments that made this franchise so iconic. 

“Death is just another path.”

What makes this line truly special is not only that it’s spoken so eloquently amidst the assault on Minas Tirith, but that it’s also relatable to anyone.  

The Opening Battle of the Black Gate

As he rides on his horse, sword in hand and ready for a tough fight ahead, Aragorn encourages his men to fight creatures of the dark. However, his men are noticeably shaken. 

“You shall not pass!”

The scene of Gandolf’s death in The Fellowship of the Ring was gut-wrenching, to say the least. Before his fall, Gandolf faces off with the mighty Balrog to protect Sam and Frodo and friends so they can carry out their journey.