So the category has been announced for the MELO finals - One Ring to Rule them all and in the darkness bind them! It will be interesting to see where Jacob and Martin take this - maybe the forging of the Ring, maybe the battle on the slopes of Mount Doom at the end of the Last Alliance, maybe Isildur considering the Ring in Gondor, or dying at the Gladden Fields? How about the finding of the Ring by Deagol? Or the Riddle Game? Or Bilbo hiding from Lobelia Sackville-Baggins? Or, of course, just about any event between Bag End and Mount Doom on Frodo (and Sam's) journey with the Ring. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
In the meantime, as long promised, let's go back and look at how we got here. I'll go in reverse order. Yesterday I looked at the semifinals, so here I'll look at the Barad Dur bracket of the quarterfinals.
Buurli Burri (aka Simon S) paired off against Disco86 with the category 'We could take them to her...', focused on the events in Cirith Ungol. Disco86 advanced to the semifinals.
Martin Geitstefeldt paired off against Dodge with the category 'The Siege of Gondor' (actually, I had thought that this might be the category for the finals). Martin advanced with his entry that essentially combined four different scenes from the retaking of Osgiliath the the arrival of Aragorn.