National Geographic: Decoding the Prophecy

For my multimedia post on the conflict in The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, I selected a National Geographic style magazine, so as to further enrich the post entirely. Originally, I chose a basic poem format, however, I later realized the constraints of selecting a poem, mainly being that space for quotes and explanations were limited; thus, I changed completely to create a magazine cover.

I first began with analyzing the conflict/s of the story. Within the Lord Of The Rings, there are multiple conflicts present, both internal and external. Frodo’s ownership of The Ring leads to multiple internal conflicts within the protagonist. The Ring represents power, and Frodo’s urge to constantly wear The Ring is symbolistic to many of our leaders today. It is a vivid representation of the power present within our societies of today. It informs the reader of the dangers of power, and the importance of utilizing power to the benefit of the public. In my previous school, as student council rep, we were constantly reminded of  the importance of power, and how misuse of power can greatly affect the public. As famously stated, “With great power comes great responsibility.” As important as this internal conflict was, I chose not to directly mention it to the viewers, and instead subtly imply it within the subtitles of the magazine to preserve the believability of the magazine. National Geographic-esque magazines tend to focus on more global, external issues, rather then internal conflicts present within a singular member of society. More common internal conflicts tend to be favored within magazines, due to the relatability of the topic, thus, less common internal conflicts tend to be left out of the picture entirely.
Arguably the most important conflict within the book is the Council’s oncoming battle against the Dark Lord Sauron. Frodo possesses the power of the One Ring, created by the Dark Lord Sauron in order to control Middle-Earth, and thus, The Dark Lord wishes to retrieve it. This sets up the plot for this trilogy, and thus underlines its importance within the story. The quote “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them” is by far the most recognizable to essential quotes of the book. It sets up the story line and displays the importance and power of The Ring to the reader, and thus I chose to include it within my magazine cover. The second quote, “And I must follow, If I can, pursuing it with weary feet, until it joins some larger way, where many paths and errands meet,” is less recognizable to the general public, however, I felt it displayed quite accurately the conflict of the story, and its affect on the characters. It displays the danger experienced by the characters, and aids the reader’s understanding of the story.

As for design elements, I chose to follow a quite basic National Geographic template: a yellow border with a dark background within, accompanied with a picture relating to the topic, and some text around the cover explaining the issue. I chose not to include many common magazine features such as a bar code and author name as National Geographic magazines tend not to have these features (As displayed by the example template hyperlinked above.) It does however, feature the month published, the website link, and the National Geographic logo, present in every NG issue.

“National Geographic Logo Vector PNG Images.” PlusPNG, Web. Oct 28, 2018.
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