Thanks to WordPress’s nifty login page that highlights the “top posts”, I found a wonderful fan film for all you J.R.R. Tolkein lovers out there.
Seriously, this is major good stuff! And wonderful for Valentine’s Day.
Ok, the love interest dies by the end, but you knew that, if you know Tolkein, because the fan film covers Aragorn’s parents. As you find out in the appendix covering Aragorn and Arwen, Aragorn’s father dies when he is very young, and Aragorn and his mother find refuge in Rivendell. Well, here’s how it happens.
The movie is called Born of Hope, and it is free on YouTube, although the film makers will gladly accept contributions to cover their expenses (the leader of the project put up her life savings, 25,000 British pounds, which one site converted as about $39,000).
I’m no movie critic, but this was really, really well done. And, much more important for me, these people “get” Tolkein.
The website for Born of Hope is nicely laid out; you can read more about the film and view the YouTube version under the obviously titled “Watch the movie” option (just let it start buffering long before you start watching).