We watched this film tonight.
There are so many images, layers and concepts in this movie that could be explored, ...
But, for now it's just enough to say again, what an awesome movie.
Best book I've found on Tolkien's theology and how it watermarks itself through the trilogy is: *J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth,* by Bradley J. Birzer (ISI Books, ISBN 1-882926-84-6). Amazing how much Christian imagery and theology remains in the film production, because the screenwriters sought to stay true as possible to Tolkien's vision - - even though none of them apparently holds to that vision for themselves.
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