Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King (2003)


Concept featured in clip: Adaptation

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 1


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Summary of clip: In this scene, Smeagol and his brother are fishing. Smeagol's brother finds a golden ring on the floor of the river. Smeagol wants the ring so he fights his brother for it, eventually killing him. Because of this and the power of the ring, Smeagol remains in nature, living in the river valley and amongst the rocks. His form and his habits begin to change; adjusting to the environment.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: The concept of adaptation can be related to the changes in Smeagol's appearance and habits. Smeagol no longer fishes with a fishing pole, he uses his hangs just as if he were a wild animal. He is also going from bipedalism to quadrapedalism possibly for climbing rocks and entering caves that have low entrances.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How do Smeagol's habits change from before he found the ring to after?

b. How does Smeagol's appearance change?

c. Why is Smeagol changing in these ways?

d. What do these changes represent?

2. Have the students imagine how Smeagol's appearance and habits would change if he was living on a beach near an ocean. Or in the woods. Or on top of a mountain.

3. Have students create a model of an environment (real or make-believe) and have them discuss what features, habits, and necessities it's inhabitants would have in order to be successful.