From: Gandalf the Grey
Who said it?: The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the first chapter of the Lord of the Ring trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. The story is all about Frodo Baggins, who becomes the bearing of the One Ring and his and his party’s quest to travel to Mordor to destroy it before the Dark Lord Sauron can get his hands on it.
The quote comes during the middle of the film. The party tries to take a shortcut through the mines of Moria, only to discover that the place has been overrun by Orcs and Trolls. Frodo (played by Elijah Wood) notices someone following them. Galdalf comments that it is Gollum, the former owner of the One Ring, who has become obsessed by the Ring’s power. Frodo despairs and wishes he had never come across the item in the first place. This is when Gandalf delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: It is so easy to fall into desperation and despair during troubled times and it is also easy to wallow in the feeling of hopelessness of the situation. But the worst thing you can do during troubling times is do nothing. Whatever the situation is and no matter how dire, there is always something you can do about it. All you have to do is take action.
From: The Death and Return of Superman (Youtube)
Genre: Comics, Internet
Who said it?: Max Landis
The story behind the quote: Sorry for the profanity in the title, however, it was the best way to convey the wisdom from the entire video that Max Landis made. The video is essentially a 15 minute tirade regarding DC Comics’ handling of the Superman “final” battle with Doomsday, his death after the battle with the monster and his eventual resurrection.
The video is extremely well made. If you know the Death and Return of Superman story arc, the video is a pretty exact (but given a comedic spin) retelling. If you’re not familiar with the story, well, the video does give a negatively bias opinion of the storyline. Also, it’s pretty entertaining whether or not you have some knowledge about it.
Also, Max managed to use his contacts to get high-caliber actors such as Elijah Wood to play Cyborg Superman and Mandy Moore as Lois Lane. It makes it extremely fun to watch, especially if you can manage to identify all of the actors and actresses who made cameo roles.
You can go to 15:24 for the quote but it’s much better if you watch the entire thing (especially if you want to get Max’s hilarious view of the story arc.
Geek wisdom: We sometimes let our own creativity be stifled by so-called “conventions” of life. Remember, people believed a long time ago that there was no way we could fly. Well, the Wright brothers didn’t let “conventional” wisdom from creating the first airplane. Now, we can fly from continent to continent quickly without a second thought. Even before that, people believed that the world was flat and that you could go over the edge. It seems hilarious now but that was what people thought of before and you would be an idiot to think otherwise.
Allow yourself to be creative and break the rules sometimes. That’s the only time real innovation can come out.