Born of Hope
Directed by Kate Madison
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien and fans
Born of Hope is a full movie that you can watch for free on Youtube. It is a fan-made prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The words fan and made sound particularly dirty in this context, but the movie is admirably legit. The effects are great. The action is well-staged and thumping. And the story itself is emotionally engaging.
I’m not the biggest fan of these types of movies. I understood about half of the dialogue, and all the names seemed like fancy fantasy gibberish (though Tolkien-approved). But the fact that this film was made by a dedicated group of super-fans is enough to wash over all the problems I would have with this film. There is a lot of magic on display, but none more powerful than the magic of making movies.