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Lotr Iii

I just saw the third Lord of the Rings movie. I am no LOTR nerd, found

the books excruciatingly boring, and was not blown away by either of

the previous films. But this movie does have the greatest line of the

decade. On the eve of battle with the forces of evil, king-in-waiting

Aragorn declaims to his assembled troops, “I bid you stand, men of the


I don’t know if the line appears in Tolkien, but it obviously has

amazing resonance today. It’s bitterly ironic that the actor who speaks

it, Viggo Mortensen, is very, very, very bad on the War on Terror and



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