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Galadriel’s Glade 5 (last part) ~ ‘Even the smallest person’, plus end of jan-u-wine's Lórien Suite.

Posted on 2009.07.02 at 11:31
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Notes: Very long essay ahead, wrapping up the final part of my last Frodo screencap series. I don't plan to do any other large-scale capping projects. I'll still make new caps to illustrate reflections or poems, but the ongoing project I've been working on since 2005 is at an end. I'll post a brief entry providing links for browsing the full collection in the coming days. But feel free to skip the essay and go straight to the caps and poem. As with the previous entry, in addition to my caps there are several spectacular caps by Blossom. Don't miss them. And visit Blossom's gorgeous Frodo website, In Dreams. Also featured is the brilliant conclusion to jan-u-wine's Lórien Suite. It appears below the fullscreen caps.


As was the case with much of the screenplay for the previous post, there is no book equivalent to this scene about being a ring-bearer. Frodo never says he knows what he must do but is afraid to do it, and Galadriel never tells him even the smallest person can change the course of the future. Yet the dialogue sounds the sort of thing they'd say in the book. What's different are a couple of themes that run through the rest of the scene.

First, there is the greatly emphasized element of warning and impending doom. Particular to the film version of Galadriel's Mirror, Galadriel warns Frodo that, because of the Ring, the Fellowship is breaking. "Already it has begun", she says. She speaks pointedly about Boromir: "he will try to take the Ring. You know of whom I speak." Even worse, she says, "one by one, it will destroy them all". This addition not only "ups the ante" generally, it heightens the potential for fear and angst for Frodo in particular, interjecting a sense of personal danger that isn't there in the book. Besides the heightened sense of danger to Frodo from members of the Fellowship, the filmmakers go on to portray Galadriel herself as a danger. She is decidedly hostile to him at the eaves of the wood, bringing him up sharp with her whispered, "Frodo, your coming to us is as the footsteps of doom; you bring great evil here, Ring-bearer". Not the friendliest of welcomes. Little flashes of warmth do occur between them as the Lórien scene progresses, but they are interspersed through exchanges more often sinister in mood. In her "Scary Lady" temptation scene, Galadriel's tone goes beyond vaguely malevolent to monstrous, terrifying, even berserk. Galadriel, and her realm, is very Perilous indeed. (See jan-u-wine's persuasive divergence below.)

Second, in this scene, the filmmakers establish Frodo as radically alone as Ring-bearer. In any great tale or myth, the hero's helpers and mentors are stripped away so that he goes to his final contest alone. This happens in Lord of the Rings. Frodo ends up alone because of unforeseen circumstances (e.g. Gandalf falls in Moria; Aragorn and the rest are scattered by the orc attack--even though Frodo doesn't know about this in the book; Sam is detained by Gollum's attack in Shelob's Lair and before the entrance to the Sammath Naur), but also because of active evil.

At Amon Hen, desire for the Ring acts upon Boromir until he tries to take the Ring by force. This assault, combined with his subsequent harrowing experience on the Seat of Seeing, precipitates Frodo's decision to leave the Fellowship and go on alone. Seeing what has happened to Boromir, book Frodo fears the same thing will happen to the rest of the company, some of whom are very dear to him. Alone at the top of Amon Hen, Frodo perceives,

'This at least is plain: the evil of the Ring is already at work even in the Company, and the Ring must leave them before it does more harm. I will go alone. Some I cannot trust, and those I can trust are too dear to me: poor old Sam, and Merry and Pippin. Strider, too: his heart yearns for Minas Tirith, and he will be needed there, now Boromir has fallen into evil. I will go alone. At once.'

In the film's account of what happens at the breaking of the Fellowship (which is different from the book's in most respects), Frodo seems to decide to go it alone in order to save the Ring and thus the mission. That he must get away at once to salvage the Quest is reinforced by Aragorn. The two are suddenly set upon by a swarm of orcs. Aragorn, like Gandalf at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, urges Frodo to run. Frodo has drawn his sword but complies, running until he comes upon Merry and Pippin, who urge him to hide with them. Frodo refuses and goes on, leaving the cousins to create a diversion for the pursuing orcs (the brave lads! it resembles the way they try to stand between Frodo and the wraiths on Weathertop). On the banks of the Anduin Frodo stops, as if again undecided. "I wish the ring had never come to me!" he laments, "I wish none of this had happened!" Gandalf's remembered voice comes back to him, saying, "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide; all you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you." Or, "Just get on with it, dear boy; do now what needs to be done". Frodo's resolve stiffens: the Quest comes first: he tucks the Ring away, marches down to the river, leaps into a boat and pushes off.

Book Frodo performs similar outward actions: he, too, is assaulted by Boromir, has a harrowing (but different) experience at the top of Amon Hen, and, resolving to go alone to Mordor, leaps into a boat and pushes off into the Anduin. But he does it for a different primary reason. He would not have thought going off alone at this point a desirable strategy, still so far from Mordor and Mt. Doom as he was, knowing himself to be inexpert at wilderness survival, and without map or guide. He leaves because he is pressed by a desire to spare his friends bodily harm and spiritual corruption. He chooses the "least-worst" option of going off in secret, leaving them behind (except Sam, of course, who won't be left), because he cannot bear to endanger them further.

However, in the book account, Frodo is not attacked by orcs. He is not even aware the others are under siege. This makes things very different for film Frodo. He goes off alone in the midst of an attack not to spare his friends but in order to accomplish his mission. When Aragorn tells him to run, his command means not only "save yourself", but "save the Quest". If all else is lost, the Ring-bearer must be saved. Even if Frodo has reason to believe that the supremely capable champions of the company will be able to vanquish the party of orcs (Aragorn dispersed five Ringwraiths with a sword and a flaming brand, after all), he knows there's a chance he could be killed and the Ring taken. Apart from the immediate danger, Frodo further believes that one by one his companions will try to take the Ring: Gandalf has suggested it and Galadriel has stated it. If this were to happen the Ring will not be destroyed and the Quest would fail.

Perhaps, since the filmmakers chose not to use Frodo's book motive of sparing his friends, they wrote the scene the way they did in order to make it crystal clear why Frodo still felt compelled to go at once and alone to Mordor. The attack made getting the Ring away from enemy hands seem crucial. But even then, it would have been reasonable for Frodo to lay low and wait to see if any of the company survived, companions who still could help him get closer to his goal. But the fear that the Ring would be taken from him, by these same people--a fear carefully developed in preceding scenes--made his decision to leave alone at once sure. This fear not only precipitated his departure, it ate away at his relationships, amplifying his sense of being inescapably alone.

But Frodo's aloneness in the films has a secondary aspect to it. His isolation is not only the result of fanned paranoia and distrust, it is the result of being the Ring-bearer as such. This aloneness he shares with Galadriel. "To wear a Ring of power is to be alone," she tells him in one of lines peculiar to this scene. Experiencing aloneness, as ring-bearers, is basic to their on-screen connection.

Frodo and Galadriel do share a special connection in the book that is based on wearing and bearing such rings, but it is based more on the unique way of perceiving that results from it, not isolation, especially not paranoid isolation. Book Galadriel notes that Frodo can see Nenya on her hand, whereas Sam cannot. He has a new keenness of sight on account of the Ring. Because he has worn and bears a ring of power, she says, he can perceive her thoughts, "more clearly than many that are accounted wise". (The film scene, I think, means to show this heightened perception by the way they exchange mind-speech, but, since it amounts to saying silently what they would say out loud, and they are alone in the Glade, it seems rather pointless.)

Even before Galadriel puts this aloneness into words, their isolation is established visually. Sam is cut from the scene, and Frodo goes to the Glade alone. The impression given viewers is that Galadriel has summoned Frodo and only Frodo. He is the one to whom she reveals dark things, he is the one with whom she shares private burdens—because they are ring-bearers. And bearing such rings they must ever be on their guard, trusting no one. Alas, persons who can trust no one must always be alone. This idea [that no one can be trusted] is quite a departure from the book's story line, in which Frodo is, from the first, urged to trust and depend on close companions. He is precisely not to try and go it alone. Frodo is alone at the climax in the Sammath Naur, as all mythic heroes must when they meet their arch-adversaries, but not until then.

Film-Frodo shows book sense in the Glade scene when he tells Galadriel, "I can't do this alone". But Galadriel is working for the screenwriters, not Tolkien. "Sorry, but you'll have to," is her response. (She actually says, "you are a ring-bearer, Frodo; to bear a ring of power is to be alone", but it amounts to the same thing.) Her response was probably written to show that Frodo now must gird his loins and be self-reliant. But as Frodo fans know, following this advice—trusting no one but other ring-bearers does not serve Frodo well. With Gandalf apparently dead and Galadriel far away, Frodo ends up trusting Gollum. By cutting himself off and refusing the help and advice of companions he should trust—his judgement increasingly skewed by the Ring—he makes worse and worse decisions. Poor film Frodo, sending Sam home, of all people. This "aloneness" was nearly fatal.

There is a positive effect of psychologically severing Frodo from his friends to establish the bond between Frodo and Galadriel. When he is near to despairing in the Pass of Cirith Ungol and is given a vision of Galadriel, it is extremely powerful. I think it is so powerful because of the scene in the Glade, which makes so much of their mutual, radical aloneness. It sets her up as the person who understands more than any other what Frodo has been going through. Thus her empathy arises out of unique shared experience, as bearers of rings of power. I don't think this benefit outweighs the detriments of the Glade scene, but it is a strength that results from the way the scene was written.

When I sent a draft of this intro. to jan-u-wine, she was moved to say perceptive things on the matter of film Frodo's accentuated aloneness, and film Galadriel's pronounced hostility to Frodo. For those who'd like to read more on the topic, read on.

1. On film Galadriel's hostility: Jan offers the best, most gracious interpretation for what I have always seen as inexplicable hostility to Frodo. Although I don't believe the filmmakers had her interpretation in mind when they wrote the script, this is the way I will view the scene from now on.

I want to talk a little about what you've said about Galadriel and her uh....mood....in the first part. I agree that she seems and feels hostile, and that her words to Frodo before he enters Lorien are spoken to him. However.....I want to add something: I believe that, although it is to Frodo she speaks, her hostility is not directed at him. It is the Ring she fears, both for itself and, I imagine, because she desires it. [It occurs to me that] after her temptation and choice, she does not act like that to him again (we are talking film here). It seems to me that, thereafter, she becomes that wise and kind elf lady that Tolkien described. She is stern, but certainly not hostile. So, perhaps what PJ is saying is that it is the Ring, all along.

I say [below] (quoting the book)...the only ones that need fear Lorien are those who bring some evil with them. ......Of course, Frodo DID bring some evil with him, but not in the sense that Aragorn meant (or else he'd not have been welcomed in the manner he was; had he been perceived as a threat to Lórien by dint of what he bore, Frodo would not have entered, or his entry would have been much different). My feeling is that the Lady had such a fine 'feel' for reading what lay within [the hearts of others] that she would know it was safe to let Frodo, with his burden of evil, enter, for that evil had not stricken his heart, not made HIM evil. The peril, I deem, in this case, was to the Lady herself.

2. On film Frodo's aloneness: Jan lifts up places where this is established, book and film:

I wanted to say (after reading what you have) that, to me, the "alone" thing started long before Lórien. As far back as Prancing Pony (maybe before), there were slender feelers that Frodo really couldn't trust anyone (not even himself). Now, granted, Prancing Pony played the way it ought, with book Aragorn and film Aragorn being presented as a seemingly untrustworthy person (and then proving trustworthy). But in light of latter events, the chink in the armour of Frodo's trust was already made. Even the comment of Frodo to Merry upon the road to Rivendell holds some paranoia (as does Frodo's wary stance in delivering the line): "I think an enemy would look fairer and seem fouler".

I think that Tolkien must have intended for there to be some "chinks"...after all, the story and characters wouldn't have been very interesting without them. But he didn't intend for the Fellowship to be portrayed as it was in the film: as a group of people who really needed leaving.

Then we have Weathertop, where the other hobbits are shown to be incapable of protecting Frodo (and ninnies to boot, as was Aragorn: why would he leave them in such a place, go off long enough for those events to happen? He wasn't just taking a piss, he was gone a LONG time, leaving four people he knew to not be savvy in grave danger. What might Frodo have thought of that? In the book, Strider does not leave them.

And what of Gandalf, NOT showing up at the Prancing Pony (although one admits that being held prisoner is a Very Good Excuse)? And when he falls in Moria, what, then, did Frodo think/feel? Here he is, 'abandoned' by his foremost counsellor, someone who'd promised to help him bear the Ring 'as long as it it is yours to bear'. Worse, film-Frodo doesn't even, apparently, know the way to Mordor — "Which way is it, Gandalf, left or right?" — without Gandalf . (What a disservice, PJ!) (...)

[Back to Lórien]: in the book, when the hobbits are passing into its woods, there is a conversation between Aragorn and Boromir wherein Aragorn says that the only ones that need fear Lórien are those that bring evil with them. Haldir (in the book) never says that Frodo cannot enter, that he brings great evil with him. It is GIMLI he says cannot enter (due to the ancient feud). Frodo is treated with great respect, being invited, with Legolas, to climb up onto the flet. What a contrast to the film scene, where Frodo is plainly told that he is tainted by that which he carries. He's treated as if he is carrying the plague, and should be eradicated before he might infect the world around him. The rest of the Fellowship draws away from him, leaving him with his obviously dark thoughts (grief for Gandalf, and what else ... a growing paranoia?). It does not make sense that Sam, of all people, would leave Frodo alone in such a moment, and the look that we see Sam giving him (reprised in the Mirror scene) is entirely out of character for Sam. Sam, looking at Frodo in an accusatory way? Nonsense. Sam would have been by Frodo's side, and Boromir would never have gotten his two farthings in (film-Boromir's consolation lines to Frodo).

Frodo is also shown apart from the others in the scene where Sam recites his poem about Gandalf. Only Frodo is shown as isolated from the rest. Although he is within ear shot, he is also definitely NOT 'with the Fellowship' in that moment.

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Below the screencaps is jan-u-wine's fifth entry in her poem cycle, Lórien Suite. In this poem she returns to Frodo's point of view and brings the series to a brilliant conclusion.






Film scene:


[Galadriel listens gravely as Frodo continues, who still holds the Ring on his open palm. “I know what I must do,” he tells her, hesitantly.]

Frodo: It's just... I'm afraid to do it.

[Galadriel bends to meet Frodo at eye level.]

Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

[Frodo closes the Ring in his hand.]











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5



My Lady's form

is peaceful
once again,


graven with timeless purity,
limned by blessed grace.


For all the ages she has known
which I have not,

still,
I pity her.

As if we were of one mind,
one

fragile
and resolute heart,

I
understand
her.


Within the hard tide
of the hard world,

she has made her choice,

reclaiming herself
with a gentl'd smile.


In her eyes,
in the echoing

rooms

of her thought,
I see my own choice
made clear:

never could there be
another way,

never another
ending.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Even in this blessed realm,

soft-eyed stars

shining
in the burnt-blue velvet
of night,

I know fear.

Fear of the time that passes
outside autumn-held

borders,

fear of where my own choice,
perforce,

now must lead,

fear of that which
would take those
whom I love

within the folly
of their own


taking.



Inside the prison of
that knowledge,

I feel smaller, still,

as if I were but a single light
in a vast fortress of unending

darkness.

It is, yet
*ever*,
my burden,

my choice

to be that solitary
light.

I am determined:


by small hope
shall Shadow

be undone.





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Supplementary widescreen caps by Blossom:


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Previous entry:

~ Galadriel's Glade Pt. 4b - "I know what I must do..." plus jan-u-wine's 'Lórien Suite 4'.


Other Links:

~ Blossom's 'In Dreams': a Frodo website.


~ Entries with jan-u-wine's poems.


~ Main table for all entries


~ Mechtild

Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2009-07-02 17:14 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for gifting us with these essays, caps, and Jan's poems. What a marvelous archive.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-02 19:48 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, Shirebound. I can't believe how many screencap entries it's added up to. I checked my tags and there are 210. And I didn't even cap all his scenes!

I've really appreciated your faithful visits to this LJ. I'll bet you haven't missed an entry since you first posted here. It was in a screencap entry at the end of 2005 (for 'Golden Youth' EW, a series on Flipper). I just checked the stats on my LJ and out of the 411 posts I've made since I opened it, 210 have been for Frodo screencaps, 11 were for non-LotR EW caps, 48 Frodo Art Travesties, a handful about Frodo not directly related to the films or book, another handful about Tolkien apart from Frodo, entries about films and art -- only two dozen have been about my real-life events. I'll bet you've seen most of this, Shirebound. Again, I am tremendously grateful for your steady company as we've celebrated the joys of Frodo, LotR, Tolkien and more.
(Anonymous) at 2009-07-02 19:19 (UTC) (Link)

huzzah!!!!!!!!

My dear Mechtild....

what a labour of love this has been. Your essays are always wonderful, but this one, if I may say, *shines* just a little brighter. I am glad that we shall still be journeying on together, for I would miss you and the brightness of your thoughts, the quicksilver of your fine mind, else-wise. I do hope that one day these essays might be published somewhere. They are worthy of it.

You have shown your quality, and it IS of the highest. Thank you, and thank you to all the readers who have journeyed with us, and have added to the wonders with their own beautiful and thoughtful (not to mention thought provoking!).

Farewell for a little while!

~jan
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-02 19:58 (UTC) (Link)

Re: huzzah!!!!!!!!

I protest! You are the one to be fêted. I think I would have run out of zeal for making elaborate screencap posts ages ago, had it not been for the catalyst of wanting to present your splendid poems. I'd have just posted the images and left it at that. But your thoughts and enthusiasm as I planned the posts, plus the emailed discussions, sparked new ideas and kept up my energy. My Middle-earth hat goes off to you for bringing so much to this LJ.

But there's still life in the old dog yet, Jan, old bean. As you know, there are still poems of yours I want to see presented here, with nice illos to set them off. I'll work on those in the months to come. And there are excerpts from Tolkien writers to post, screencapping the EE Eowyn and Faramir scene (which cries out for a tender Jan poem), and lots more. :)

Edited at 2009-07-02 08:02 pm (UTC)
jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2009-07-03 12:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: huzzah!!!!!!!!

(I note that I left off the word "comment" in the previous post....that is what happens when you post at work!)

I am very grateful to *you*, Mechtild (and thank you for the lovely compliment). The enthusiasm and exchange of thoughts certainly runs both ways. And though I don't comment here (or anywhere) often, I want to again offer thanks to those who do. There is not one of the poems I've written for your LJ in the past year or more (how long HAS it been?)that has not been made better by your input and the input of your flist.

As I sent "Lorien 5" off to the scrapbook to be posted, I thought of what a pity that I had not written more suites. But here, in your LJ, I have *worlds* of material to keep myself busy: I can write suites to cap-series already presented! BWAAAAHHHHHAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAA! The visual impact of what you've done (and it isn't a mere "plopping" down of the caps in a sequential order, it's choosing and tweaking...and those splended essays)opens the door to the words, once again.

And, yes, of course I'd be honoured to write for Mr. & Mrs. Prince of Ithilien.

It's been a pleasure, too, to see the addition of Blossom's beautiful caps to this last series. I vote that we find her some full-screens post-haste!

~jan
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-05 22:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: huzzah!!!!!!!!

Jan, I'm sorry, but somehow overlooked your reply. What a good idea, writing poems to caps already done! I would be thrilled and honoured to add any new poems to entries that so far have none.
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-03 01:04 (UTC) (Link)
It's been very thought-provoking to make and write about the screencaps, Mews. Thanks so much for joining me over the years, and thanks for being such a faithful rec writer for the entries. I really appreciate it.

I, too, see Frodo's motive in leaving at Amon Hen as self-sacrifice, that he leaves the way he does out of his deep desire to spare his friends anguish and possible death, which is very clear in the book. But after looking more carefully at Frodo's material as presented in his film scenes, it appears to me that this reason is not actually offered in the film. I always thought it was there, but I think I am merely bringing book Frodo, who has lived in my mind and heart before the films were dreamt of, into my viewing of the film, filling in for what's not there, or is barely there. I've learned that I always process the film scenes through the filter of the book, but I'm usually not aware of it -- and I will continue to do that. I can't not know the book having read and re-read it. What I meant was that, actually examining his scenes, it seemed to me that the motive I so took for granted actually wasn't there. It doesn't mean I (and any viewer) can't put it there, either from book knowledge or intuition: if film Frodo loves his friends, which he apparently does, he'll care what happens to them, and that must figure into his radical decision to leave the way he does.

Thanks again for being such a regular commenter, Mews. You always turn things over in your mind in such a way that interesting ideas can't help tumbling out into what you say.

Edited at 2009-07-03 01:05 am (UTC)
lindenella
lindenella at 2009-07-03 12:51 (UTC) (Link)

An eye opener and no mistake...

I just wanted to post my grateful thanks for all your lovely screencaps and essays and Jan's poems too.

I may not have posted about them at the time but I have enjoyed them all immensely.

Thank you for all the hard work and thought you have put into the series. Its appreciated. :D

Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-03 14:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: An eye opener and no mistake...

You are welcome, Lindenella/Quicksilver. I've, we've loved doing it. I'm glad you've still got a warm spot for Tolkien's story and its small, lovely hero. :)
(Anonymous) at 2009-07-05 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
The 'Galadriel's Glade' screencap series has been such a pleasure to view and read! I very much enjoyed your essay here, Mechtild, as well as Jan's comments, both of which leave the reader with food for thought.

'He leaves because he is pressed by a desire to spare his friends bodily harm and spiritual corruption. He chooses the "least-worst" option of going off in secret, leaving them behind (except Sam, of course, who won't be left), because he cannot bear to endanger them further.'

For me, one of the most telling incidents that reflects Book Frodo's selfless character is in the chapter 'Flight to the Ford.' Frodo has been badly wounded at Weathertop, and the Company later meet up with Glorfindel on the road. After examining Frodo's shoulder, the Elf suggests that the sick hobbit should ride his horse, explaining:

'... His pace is light and smooth; and if danger presses too near, he will bear you away with a speed that even the black steeds of the enemy cannot rival.'
'No, he will not!' said Frodo. 'I shall not ride him, if I am to be carried off to Rivendell or anywhere else, leaving my friends behind in danger.'
Glorfindel smiled. 'I doubt very much,' he said, 'if your friends would be in danger if you were not with them! The pursuit would follow you and leave us in peace, I think. It is you, Frodo, and that which you bear that brings us all in peril.'

Poor Frodo had no answer to this, of course. But it was a stark truth, a truth that must surley have troubled Frodo greatly until ~ following the loss of Gandalf and the temptation of Boromir ~ he determined to leave alone. On Amon Hen, after his close shave on the Seat of Seeing, he is resolved:

'... the evil of the Ring is already at work even in the Company, and the Ring must leave them before it does more harm. I will go alone.... those I can trust are too dear to me... poor old Sam, and Merry and Pippin. Strider, too... I will go alone. At once.' Thank goodness for Sam!

Jan said of the 'Entering Lorien' scene:
'Frodo is treated with great respect, being invited, with Legolas, to climb up onto the flet. What a contrast to the film scene, where Frodo is plainly told that he is tainted by that which he carries. He's treated as if he is carrying the plague, and should be eradicated before he might infect the world around him. The rest of the Fellowship draws away from him, leaving him with his obviously dark thoughts (grief for Gandalf, and what else ... a growing paranoia?). It does not make sense that Sam, of all people, would leave
Frodo alone in such a moment, and the look that we see Sam giving him (reprised in the Mirror scene) is entirely out of character for Sam. Sam, looking at Frodo in an accusatory way? Nonsense. Sam would have been by Frodo's side, and Boromir would never have gotten his two farthings in (film-Boromir's consolation lines to Frodo).'

Yes to all that! I think Elijah did great work at this point in the film, perfectly portraying Frodo's growing sense of guilt (heaped upon him in great store by the film-makers) and isolation, but it certainly does not reflect the book scene. Jan's poem is, as ever, beautiful and moving.

I am sad to know that this is the last of your screencap entries, Mechtild ~ but I will look forward to your illustrated presentations and more of Jan's poems. Thank you both again for giving us this terrific archive of your collective talents.

Apologies for my rambling!
~ Blossom.






Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-05 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
((((((((((((((((((((((Blossom))))))))))))))))))))))))

You are lovely to say all this, and I value it all the more because you are so observant of both book and films. You love both, yet still can recognize the difference between them. I have really appreciated your comments over the years. As for the screencaps being over, again, I mean the overall project: screencapping scenes that Frodo is in. I believe I've done them all at this point. Well, no, I never posted caps of the scene upstairs in the Prancing Pony: that'll be your job! :) And I never posted my caps for the bulk of the Osgiliath scene. But I just don't feel up to unbosoming about what was done to Frodo's character in that scene. I don't mean the scene as such: they they so drastically skewed the character of Faramir that he actually took Frodo there. I mean the way they wrote Frodo -- his lines and business, given what they decided to take Frodo and Sam with the Ring to Osgiliath.

I know you've liked this series, Blossom, and it has inpsired me, knowing that. :) When I look at the stats for replies to my LJ, which show how many times each user name posted a reply to the journal, the highest number of responses is listed as "anonymous". Some of those are people who forgot to log in, and there are comments from other unregistered users, but most of those comments are yours.

I do plan to do the Eowyn/Faramir EE scene, just because it's so beautiful, but that's only thing that's a sequence I still mean to do. I'll post them here, just in case there are some other people who really loved the look of that scene. Otherwise, even if I hadn't finished what I wanted to do with the screencap series it would be done. They're time consuming to present the way I inevitably present them (with texts, commentary, etc.), and, anyway, they have outstayed their welcome on LJ. It's enough that with the links, they'll be easily available to interested parties looking for Frodo screencaps in the future. But as for more screencaps, well, I can look at them on my computer at home a lot more easily than writing posts for them. But there are poems by Jan I'd still like to put out there, they're so good, even if you and one other person reads them. And being me, I can't post her poems without attempting to find images that enhance them. :) Other that that, plus excerpts from books I'd like to post without illustrations. And there's the fanfic I never finished that keeps crooning to me. So there's still more than enough to keep me occupied that deals with LotR, Frodo and Tolkien. :)

Edited at 2009-07-05 10:19 pm (UTC)
magpie_2
magpie_2 at 2009-07-08 05:00 (UTC) (Link)
goodness what a journey, and such a gift for all of us!

I'm very sad to see these come to an end but you have ended on a most beautiful scene. I can still remember my first viewing of this scene and being stricken by the icy colors that added to the feeling of isolation. And of course beautiful Galadriel's connection to Frodo that helps define his difference. He is set apart, not to return.

Lovely my friend, now I'm going to have to watch the movies this week!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-08 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Cat, your presence here has been appreciated. I don't plan to stop posting, I just don't plan to do anything this ambitious.

You're right: the cold blue grading does enhance the sense of isolation. Originally they wanted to use a lilac or orchid wash. It's in one of the trailers for the scene, but obviously wasn't used. (I did caps of Frodo in it.) Following your train of thought, maybe they thought it made the scene too warm, even if it was an unconscious decision?
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2009-07-27 19:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, gracious Mechling, for the wonderful essays, caps and the presentation of Jan’s beautiful poems. This has been a wonderful journey I would not have missed for the whole of Middle-earth.

I’m looking forward to reading your future posts.

--Estë

Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-07-27 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Estë. I have so much appreciated your presence on this LJ. Maybe it's your Estë icon, which, like the print of Whiteling's drawing hanging on my wall, seems to be watching over me and my doings with gentle good will. :)
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