University Branch Library hosts “After There and Back Again” film series

Fort Bend County Libraries will feature a free “After There and Back Again” film series at the University Branch Library in January, in celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday and the recent release of the movie based on his book The Hobbit. The movies, based on the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings written by Tolkien, will be shown on Saturdays, January 12, 19, and 26, in the Large Meeting Room of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

The series begins on Saturday, January 12, with the first movie in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Frodo, a Hobbit, inherits an ancient ring thought lost for centuries. When the Wizard Gandalf realizes the significance of the ring, he urges Frodo to return it to the fires of Mount Doom. Aided by eight traveling companions, Frodo must make an epic quest through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, and rivers, facing evil and danger at every turn, to destroy the One Ring and end the Dark Lord Sauron’s reign. Showtime is 1:00 pm. This movie is rated PG-13.

On Saturday, January 19, the story continues with the second movie in the series. The fellowship is broken, and Frodo and Sam must continue the quest unprotected, with the aid of Gollum. The remaining members of the Fellowship make a stand against the Dark Lord Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard as the War of the Ring is about to begin. Showtime is 1:00 pm. This movie is rated PG-13.

The series concludes on Saturday, January 26, with the final story of the trilogy. Frodo and Sam continue to approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring, unaware that Gollum is leading them down a treacherous path. Aragorn, rightful heir to the thrones of Arnor and Gondor, wages a great battle against the Dark Lord Sauron, with help from members of the Fellowship, in the last war against Middle-Earth. Showtime is 1:00 pm. This movie is rated PG-13.

The movies are free and open to the public. For more information about the featured movie, call the branch library at 281-633-5100 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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