So my mother somehow finally got around to see Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Listen us remember our own personal introductions to Tolkien’s books and how we both couldn’t get over the first page. And then how the movies won us over and why especially for Aharon the first trilogy has a special place in his heart.

We also go examine certain noticeable perks in Tolkien movies and fantasy genre in general and take the opportunity to mention our love for Christopher Lee. The story about Michael Jackson wanting to play Jar Jar Binks I heard from the amazing I Was There Too podcast. I mention that Christopher Lee was satisfied with his character treatment in Return of the King. Actually I remembered it wrong. He was disappointed for a good reason.

Spoilers: We mention openly plot details, so if for some reason you have not seen them already, you might want check them out first.


  • [00:00] – How Liisa came to see the trilogies
  • [09:30] – How Aharon grew up with the the Lord of the Rings movies
  • [19:30] – New Zealand
  • [22:30] – Christopher Lee
  • [26:00] – About killing off characters
  • [31:45] – The soundtrack
  • [42:30] – The fantasy genre
  • [50:00] – Hobbits and first impressions
  • [56:30] – Diverse races united
  • [1:01:00] – Weird things about Middle-Earth
  • [1:04:00] – Stencil competition in Australia
  • [1:07:00] – Andy Serkis and motion capture
  • [1:12:15] – The elf ears
  • [1:14:00] – The points

Movies, Books and Series we mention