July 26, 2017

Born of Hope (fan movie)

Content:
– Got a super special treat today: the incredible full-length fan movie Born of Hope, by Actors At Work Productions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qINwCRM8acM

Born of Hope is set toward the end of third age, following the story of Arathorn (father of Aragorn), the last chieftain of the Dúnedain. I suppose don’t pay too much attention to the importance of Aragorn right now (technically a spoiler), but suffice to say he’s going to be a crucial character in LOTR. We read the other day about the Dúnedain and how they “passed into the shadows and became a secret and wandering people” and this movie is the perfect depiction. This takes place after they have been defending Eriador for about 850 years, and are finally starting to be overpowered by the increasing numbers of orcs and other monsters. Another key plot element is the Ring of Barahir (different from the One Ring that Frodo has), which was mentioned in the last appendix section. Long story short, it’s an heirloom from the first age that is a sign of Númenórean royalty. There’s so much I could say, but seriously just watch the movie. For a low-budget fan production, it is stunning and just really enjoyable.

More to follow regarding the Third Age (and Gondor) Friday. ~Tom

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