By Sarah Lally
When Mr. Peter Jackson from New Zealand announced that he would shortly be adapting his favorite book with three films of special magnificence, there was a lot of discussion and excitement in the fantasy world.
However, a 14-year-old had no idea of ââthe huge event that was about to unfold. In a dark room, with sticky floors and overpriced popcorn, her world has changed. His delight in seeing the first of three films, followed by the discovery that there were also three books, a prequel, and a plethora of other material available to him to devour kept him through much of his teenage years – and if we’re honest here, all subsequent years thereafter.
You might think that’s a gross exaggeration, however, with the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy DVDs, which she devoured – the Extended Editions, of course – she knew what she wanted to do. She wanted to work in the cinema. So she did. Of course, you don’t just get into the film industry, so she worked in different industries before she got into film, but they were all stepping stones to where she ended up.
Of course, dear reader, this sweet and innocent child has become your esteemed storyteller. Shocking, I know.
The âLord of the Ringsâ trilogy is what my esteemed colleagues would call a âcultural resetâ. Its success kicked off a host of literary adaptations for film and television (some good and others like the abomination known as “The Golden Compass”), it brought back a revival interest in the fantasy genre, revolutionized special effects and the use of motion capture. this has changed what it means to play as a CGI character as seen through the portrayal of Gollum (Thanks Mr. Andy Serkis).
It was also the inspiration behind my first tattoo. A tattoo that we will not find in the following gallery because one of my editors (the bad guy) told me that I was not allowed to include it. [Editorâs Note: I was joking, at least partially, and somebody didnât give me a photo, so itâs not in here. Not my fault.]
So, for the twentieth anniversary of “The Fellowship of the Ring”, and with regard to the rest of the trilogy, here is a list of 33 Lord of the Rings tattoos – to honor young Frodo’s age when ‘he inherited Bag End & The One Ring to rule them all.