Movie Review: Born of Hope (4 stars)

“I gave hope to the Dúnedain; I kept none for myself.”
Amazing product for such a small budget. Good show.

Watch the credits: “…and a North London flat.” ?

Misty Midwest Mossiness

Born of Hope movie posterBorn of Hope: The Ring of Barahir

Release date:  December 1, 2009

Director/Producer:  Kate Madison

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Watched: late September 2019

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

I stumbled across this fan film last week while researching (translation: falling down another Tolkien rabbit hole) the backstory of Gilraen, mother of Aragorn.  I am always interested in Tolkien’s female characters because there are so few of them and nearly all of them have surprising agency considering Tolkien’s times.  The Tolkien Gateway article for Gilraen includes a link at the very bottom that delves deeper into her tragic tale, gleaned from The Lord of the Rings Appendices and other Legendarium sources:  The Tragedy of Gilraen, Aragorn’s Mother

Gilraen probably has the saddest epitaph of any of Tolkien’s character (except perhaps Turin and his sister):

Onen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim.
“I gave hope to the Dúnedain; I kept…

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