It’s black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly, driving into New York City at rush hour on Friday…Is that how Boromir said it????

Radio City Music Hall. Timeless, epic, and as legendary as the Ring of Power itself. Howard Shore’s complete score of The Fellowship of the Ring performed live by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra in front of a massive screen. A NerdBastard’s dream, taken from the majesty of midnight, and struck down onto our plane of existence to be a raw, pure, materialized reality. I can’t review the LOTR, it’s just been done, too many times, however the experience of this adventure was as epic as the trek to Mordor.

As the lights dim, and Cate Blanchet’s whispering voice begins the intro monologue, the strings begin to weep the theme and all in attendance roar with applause…And that was the very beginning. The choir, the orchestra and the conduction of this masterpiece complimented each other now, the way Star Wars is associated with John Williams. Billy Boyd and Elijah Wood made a surprise cameo during the final bow of the symphony to spur on the massive eruption of the crowd. I have nothing ill to say of the music hall and one of the most beautiful and innovative shows I’ve seen in this decade. Maybe not an extremely original work, but a work of art nonetheless.

Now, New York City? Do I go into a my experience of traffic, speeding vehicles mowing you down in the crosswalk and a thousand different ethnic backgrounds of people doing the same on the sidewalk. They don’t care, and it shows. I will not sully my time in the town with the explanation of the stereotypical New Orc-…Yorker’s…..I will just keep myself wrapped up in warm and fuzzy NerdBastard blanket I found for myself.

The show was an extraordinary, once in a lifetime dream that I got to witness firsthand…And next year on the same weekend, The Two Towers will be returning…And so will I.

Thanks to Gerald Orr for help with photography


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