- Bring a box of Kleenex. If not for yourself, for everyone around you.
- Don't drink beforehand.
I don't usually have hugely emotional reactions to very many things. I don't cry at weddings, "sad movies" don't usually get me. But I was near tears in five or six places during RotK. I know the story, I know it's a happy ending. I was still caught up in the hopelessness that prevailed until the very end.
The one scene that I fought tears the hardest was when Theoden was talking to Éowyn just before his last battle. He wanted her to take up the throne of Rohan after he had gone.
"And what other duty would you have me do?"
"I will have you smile again, not grieve for those whose time has come."
The dialogue with the biggest capacity for Quoted-Out-Of-Context-ness has to be:
"Ride with me!"
"M'lady?!" *big grin*
I haven't read the books, so I don't know if Arwen is supposed to be more useful. But throughout the entire trilogy, she didn't do much. I was hoping to see more of Arwen doing something interesting in RotK. I would have been happy if they just had her walk around Rivendell speaking Elvish, I really like the sound of the language and I like Liv Tyler's voice. I would have had a FIELD DAY if she and Aragorn had a long-ish conversation in Elvish so that I could dissect the hell out of the phonetic inventory, especially the differences from the first one. As it is, she just lay around being sick.