Although I didn’t get a chance to watch all three Lord of the Rings movies this weekend, unlike John Scalzi who also took the opportunity to live tweet each of themand for which I am incredibly jealous, but nonetheless I did catch The Return of the King late on Encore this evening in all of its Extended Edition glory and quite frankly, found it to be a lovely way to wrap up a lazy holiday weekend!

And while I may still be torn at whether The Two Towers or The Return of the King is my favorite movie of the trilogy, what I can do here now shortly before retiring to bed is to quickly share with you my own five favorite scenes from the one that I just finished watching… 😉

(listed in the order they appear in the movie, not necessarily a ranking…)

The Lighting of the Beacons Between Gondor and Rohan – Just because this seems like a very clever and cool medieval means for two peoples some 150 miles apart to quickly signal one another for aid.

Elrond Presents Aragorn with the Newly Reforged Blade of Elendil – If you twisted my arm, this one is probably my all-time favorite scene in the entire series because the dialog between the two is so powerful.

Pippin’s Song – Granted a very sad moment, as Faramir and his men are sent off to their deaths by a crazed Denethor, but you can’t deny that the choreography between the song and the onslaught is second to none…

The Army of the Dead Arrive at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields – Actually, this clip has three cool scenes intermixed – the army of the dead being, well, awesome, the defeat of the Lord of the Nazgul, and Legolas’ ridiculous, but equally awesome feat of taking down an oliphaunt single-handedly … and then surfing down its trunk.

*ahem*

King Aragorn Bows to His Hobbit Friends – And finally, just to prove one last time that the ranger was the right guy for the job, the man bows at his own coronation ceremony to the four little hobbits who started (and finished) it all…

P.S. I noticed while finding the clips that Warner Bros finally appears to be ok with people posting their content on YouTube, as assumed through the Contains Content by Warner Bros. link in the info box on each clip’s page … now isn’t that an interesting turn of events?! 😯

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