A novel by Jane Austen first written from 1796 to 1797 and initially called "First Impressions," but not published until 1813, it details the exploits of the Bennet family and their search for suitable husbands for the five Bennet girls: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty (Catherine) and Lydia.
One of Austen's most famous novels and sometimes called one of the first Romantic Comedies (outside of Shakespeare's plays), it details the sexual and marriage politics of the Georgian period, more specifically, the Regency Era. Since the Bennet estate, Longbourn, is entailed away to the closest male relative on Mr. Bennet's side (the rather vile Mr. Collins), the Bennet girls will have to secure rich husbands. Otherwise, their father's death will essentially leave them relatively penniless and less of a marriage prospect. As a result, the eldest two girls, the beautiful and kind Jane, and the witty and winsome Elizabeth, find themselves involved with the complications of courtship. Through various situations of trial and error, mix-ups, miscommunications, balls, letters, trips to Town (London) and the Lake District, a painful proposal, a scandalous elopement and most importantly, preconceived notions based on wounded pride and prejudiced ideas, the girls eventually secure the affections of the kindly, good-natured Mr. Bingley ("5,000 a year!") and the proud, strikingly handsome but shy and rather intimidating Mr. Darcy (oh my, 10,000 a year!).
Overall, the novel emphasizes the importance of family, duty, not giving in to preconceived notions or judging someone based on rumor and conjecture, as well as the radical idea (for the time) that money does not necessarily make the gentleman. Additionally, it upholds the concept that marriage should not only be based on class and social situation, but also mutual respect, wisdom and wit.
Admittedly a hard novel to get through on account of the somewhat archaic language, there have been numerous movie and television adaptations. These range from the 1940 Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier version, to the 1995 BBC miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth (arguably the most famous and truest to the book), to the most recent 2005 Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen rendition. There is also the Bridget Jones series of books and movies, a loose adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. In this series, Bridget's love interest Mark Darcy is based off of actor Colin Firth's interpretation of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries. As an inside joke, the Bridget Jones movies feature Colin Firth playing the role of Mark Darcy, as is alluded to in the novels.
The famous first line of Pride and Prejudice: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
Lord of the Rings character. White Lady of Rohan. Lady of the Shield-arm. Lady of Ithilien. Sister to Eomer of Rohan and Theoden’s niece through his sister Theodwyn.
Filled despair over being caged and unable to win renown in battle, as well as having her love for Aragorn refused, she went to battle with the Rohirrim disguised as a man, Dernhelm, taking Merry along with her. At the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, she met in battle the Witch-King of Angmar a.k.a. the Lord of the Nazgul, of whom it was said no man could kill. Of course, Dernhelm turned out to be Eowyn, a woman, and with the help of the perilous hobbit Merry, she slew the Witch-King after his great mace broke her shield-arm. However, she became mortally wounded from his Black Breath.
At the Houses of Healing, she was healed and brought back from the darkness by Aragorn. Later, after the Host of the West left to march on the Black Gate, she met Faramir, Steward of Gondor. He saw her sorrow and bravery and pitied her, her icy beauty piercing his very heart. Helping her conquer her despair over Aragorn, Eowyn came to love Faramir and they declared their love high on the walls overlooking Minas Tirith as the One Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom. A year later, they married and Faramir became the Prince of Ithilien.
A long story short? She’s a kick-ass babe who won the heart of the lovely and sexy Faramir. Seriously, those two are OTP.
That Eowyn is the shit, dude. She slew the Witch-King AND got the guy.
Lord of the Rings character. Captain of Gondor. Steward of Gondor. Prince of Ithilien. Lord of Emyn Arnen. Brother to Boromir of Gondor, son of Denethor II of Gondor and Finduilas of Dol Amroth. Nephew of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth via his mother Finduilas, Imrahil’s sister.
Faramir was the second son of Denethor II, the Steward of Gondor at the time of the War of Ring. As one of the Dúnedain, Faramir, tall with the tell-tale grey eyes and dark hair of those of the realm of Gondor, contained in him the almost pure looks and wisdom of those men of ancient Númenor, something matched in no one else, save Aragorn. As a result of this, Faramir contained the gift of clear sight, enabling him to truly see into the very hearts of men. But where his father Denethor contained a similar gift that moved him to disdain, Faramir’s gift led him to pity those who lacked the strength to remain steadfast. This, combined with Faramir’s quiet, gentle, and more studious nature (vs. his brother’s bolder, more warrior-esque temperment), would result in constant conflict between father and son.
Very similar in looks and mind to his father, he was loved by all in the city, save Denethor, who could only perceive what he saw as Faramir’s various shortcomings. As a result of this, Faramir’s older brother by five years, Boromir, made it his duty to protect his younger brother against their father’s grievances. Faramir looked up to Boromir and there was no rivalry between the brothers despite the fact that Boromir was always their father’s favorite. Faramir was skilled at arms and strategy, becoming a Captain of Gondor, leading the Rangers of Ithilien, who were commissioned to patrol the outskirts of Mordor. During one such patrol, Faramir happened upon Frodo and Sam as they made their way to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. Seeing that the Ring was a dangerous weapon, Faramir assisted the two Hobbits in their journey despite the fact that he knew his life was forfeit as a result of letting them go. He also learned of the sad fate of his brother, who proved unable to resist the powerful draw of the ring, for around the same time, Faramir stumbled upon the funeral boat of his Boromir in the Anduin river, taking his Great Horn back to his father in Minas Tirith.
On his way back to Minas Tirith from the island of Cair Andros, Faramir and two other Rangers were pursued by five of the nine Nazgul, from which they were saved by Gandalf. In Minas Tirith, Faramir met with Denethor, who was angry that he let Frodo and Sam go, stating that Boromir would not have failed him in letting the Ring go and that he wished Faramir’s and Boromir’s places had been reversed. Denethor also commanded Faramir to lead the troops into battle in Osgiliath, a move that would essentially equal suicide. Faramir did so, though he openly disagreed. During the assault, Faramir was injured by what was believed to be a the Witch-King’s dart and taken back to his father on the verge of death. Bereft with grief, Denethor lost his mind, leaving defense of the city to Gandalf and Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth (Denethor’s brother-in-law) as he watched over Faramir. With the Sauron’s forces closing in the first levels of the city and his only remaining son on the verge of death, Denethor lost his mind, commanding that a funeral pyre be built for him and his son rather than have them both be captured by Sauron’s forces. Beregond, a loyal soldier of Gondor, held off Denethor’s servants who were commanded to set the pyre aflame as Pippin informed Gandalf of the situation. As Pippin saved Faramir from the burning funeral pyre, a maddened Denethor jumped back in the flames, silently burning alive on his own funeral pyre with the Palantir in his hands, thus ending his life.
Faramir was taken to the Houses of Healing, and healed of what was actually a Southron’s arrow and the Black Breath of the Nazgul by Aragorn. Too injured to march on the Black Gate with the Host of the West, he stayed behind. While in the Houses he met Eowyn, still grieving over the fact that she was still alive after facing off and slaying the Witch King and still in despair over her supposed love for Aragorn. Moved to pity upon seeing what lay in her heart, Faramir counseled the Lady of Rohan, bringing her out of their despair. They eventually fell in love, sealing it with a kiss on the white walls of Minas Tirith as the Ring was destroyed. When Aragorn returned from the Black Gate and was crowned king, Faramir was made Steward of Gondor and granted Ithilien, becoming Prince of Ithilien, with Beregond becoming Captain of his guard. The next year, he married Eowyn, and they moved to Emyn Arnen, a range of hills in Ithilien within sight of Minas Tirith. They had at least one son, Elboron, who became the second Prince of Ithilien upon Faramir’s death in F.A. 82.
Faramir is one of the coolest characters of Lord of the Rings. Despite all the shit that gets thrown at him, he always bounces back in fine, honorable form, not to mention he's pretty damn hot too.
"Return of the King" - the 3rd and last part of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Ring series revolving around the final part of the War of the Ring in Middle Earth, the final destruction of Sauron's ring of power and Aragorn Elessar's rise to power through birthright as the High King of Gondor. This also signals the end of the Age of the Elves, who pass into the Undying Lands to Valinor in the West as well as the beginning of the Age of Men. With the passing of the elves, the 3rd Age comes to an end, signaling the beginning of the 4th Age.
This is chronicled as well in the movie, Return of the King, also the 3rd and final part of New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, released in theaters worldwide December 17, 2003
Judging from the wicked trailer, RoTK is gonna kick some serious ass. And I will be there to witness it, midnight, December 17th.