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October 01, 2003

Return of the King


Here is the definitive The Return of the King trailer. The reforged Narsil raised a cheer, Gandalf riding into battle drew a visceral noise from somewhere inside me and Gollum is terrifying.

I am looking at a sequence of freeze-frames of the speech-maker from a much debated Flea-post. The shots are not clear but he is wearing the livery of Elendil. That makes him Aragorn.

Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.

And then... And that is Viggo Mortensen's nose. I am including an image of Aragorn in full returned-king mode in the extended entry to this post.

And then...People keep leaving moronic follow-on comments telling us the speech is by Viggo. Yes, thanks, that is obvious now but was not in the first teaser trailer so keep your condescending, ill-informed non-insights to yourselves.


Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 1, 2003 12:00 AM


I noted the design of his livery in the earlier post to confirm the guy riding around in front of the troops is Aragon. But we never actually see him clearly giving the speech.

I still think it's Eomer. :-)

Posted by: *** Dave at October 1, 2003 08:11 AM

And I'll note that in the earlier shot (at the beginning of the speech), there is a clearly blonde rider riding along the front of the massed horse troops ...

More interestingly, and in defiance of previous speculation about how Arwen's role would be expanded, it seems that she is *not* the one to bring Anduril to Aragorn. Hmmm.

Posted by: *** Dave at October 1, 2003 08:17 AM

The blond (or perhaps helmed) rider is on a white horse. He's visible in a later shot with another leader before the troops. Aragorn is unhelmed, and on a dark horse.

And I just can't hear Viggo on that voice.

And I've used up way too many comment slots today. Apologies. At least I didn't bring up whether Batman could take on the Nazgul King ...

Posted by: *** Dave at October 1, 2003 08:21 AM

Batman vs Nazgul... hmm... I am still going to go with Batman on this one.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at October 1, 2003 09:14 AM

Ripley vs Batman might be a different story.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at October 1, 2003 09:17 AM

Damn. According to the lordoftherings.net shot-by-shot trailer transcript, it is, indeed, Aragorn.

Ah, well. (You can also download the trailer there.)

Posted by: *** Dave at October 1, 2003 12:52 PM

Batman is a mortal man and THEREFORE! unless he has his handy-dandy Bat-O-Sex-Changer (TM) on his utility belt I'm sure the Lord of the Nazgul wouldn't have much to worry about.

As for Ripley, she clearly out-testosterones Batman OR Superman. And I will concede this: Batman is clearly cooler and more manly than Superman ever was... which changes nothing about the result of a battle to the death.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at October 1, 2003 02:34 PM

Oops... I forgot about that "mortal man" clause.

I guess the ultimate Ripley confrontation isn't with the Lord of the Nazgul though. She would ride over him like a low speed-bump. It's the Ripley vs Shelob match-up I am thinking about.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at October 1, 2003 04:43 PM

Ever the pedant, this just, um, popped into my head:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day

Posted by: her majesty's ex-servant at October 1, 2003 08:20 PM

After seeing the trailer multiple times and listening to the voice over and over again, I don't think it is Aragorn. It might be him sounding differently when he speaks very loudly, but I think it is Imrahil. I've tried to prove this by looking at the cast and seeing if Imrahil is in the movies. But it looks like someone we hve never seen before.

Posted by: Witch_king at October 21, 2003 05:16 PM