Allow me to preface the remainder of this by saying I have never read the Lord of the Rings books. While that brings me geek shame, it worked to my benefit last night as I had no idea what to expect next and the tension and suspense were literal for me since I didn’t know that such-and-such character wasn’t really going to die now.
Allow me to also say that I have played fantasy roleplaying games—the kind that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with sex. This movie was what I saw in my head when I was playing said games. It was a big cool D&D game. With that in mind:
It was really cool to see the halflings compared to the humans * I never thought of how much shorter a * 3’11”halfling would be compared to a 6’ human. * Oh yeah, * and Legolas? * The Elf? * He kicked ass. * He couldn’t kick more ass if he tried. * * Every time he showed up on screen, I knew some asskicking would be going down. * He even had the two-arrow bow proficiency. * He ruled. Proving * once and for all, * that elves are the best PC race you could use. * By far. * * And the Elven tongue sounded just like I thought it would. And there was a Ranger in it. I always liked playing Rangers. I still have my character sheet for my 6th level halfelven Ranger. *
Needless to say, there were a lot of youngish men watching the movie alone.