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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FotR screencaps: Leaving the Shire, and, "Get off the Road"....

Posted on 2005.12.17 at 23:57
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I'm tired, it's late, but I feel the need for some new Frodo screencaps to stare at.

Here are the rest of what I already had loaded into my Photobucket from before Bree.....

(Still to tweak and load are a TON of caps of Frodo hiding under the tree root, and Frodo in the Bag End fireside scene with Gandalf. These are so many, they will have to wait until after Christmas.)


The first five screencaps show the predawn departure of Sam and Frodo, when Gandalf is seeing them off. The obvious use of the small scale doubles has always aggravated me slightly, but the beautiful reaction shots of Frodo as Gandalf warns him are some of my favourites. The sequence finishes up with a lovely "Well, I guess we're in for it!" look between Sam and Frodo. I included the frame I thought best from that little series.

Note the hand of Gandalf on Frodo's shoulder. The film makers appear to have slipped up and used Ian McKellen's slender-fingered hand rather than that of the large scale double. Only another hobbit-sized person could belong to that hand. I never noticed it until I was making the caps. Hmmm. I suppose I was too busy gaping at Frodo! Did I care whose hand it was, really, as long as film-Frodo's face was in the picture? No, I did not.



~ Gandalf warns Frodo as he sends the hobbits out of the Shire, from FotR:
























The sets of caps below all are from the "Get Off the Road" sequence.




~ First, Frodo takes a moment to recover from his tumble down the cliff:












The next six are from the moment when Frodo senses the approach of the Black Rider. While his friends grub in the dirt for mushrooms, Frodo is alert. He listens intently, increasingly aware of danger until in a moment he commands them off the road.

Things looked extremely promising in this scene for a really astute, leaderly sort of Frodo to come. *sigh* Well, we won't talk about that.

I really love this moment in the film, it is so well-done. I love its use of the surreal, its vividness, its suspense. And, viewed frame by frame, it is a rich source of gorgeous images of Frodo. His face is so classically stunning, his expression so intelligent, so noble, so clearly prepared to do What Must Be Done, it is difficult for me to remember that these really aren't paintings.

(I am sure most of you already have some or all of these caps in your files, but I couldn't resist looking at the whole string of them.)

The last frames are from the moment after the hobbits have run away and collapsed, panting. Frodo stands and stares, unnerved and clearly thinking, "What the -- ?"

I admit I posted these two strictly for the swoon factor. The richness of the hair! The eloquent curl and sweep of the eyebrows! The heroically chiselled nose! The beautifully modelled and highly biteable chin! And the colours! The sapphire of the eyes! The rose-stained cheeks! And the lips!!! Oh, like fruit! reddened and plumped to ripeness! *slaps self*


~ Frodo in the "Get off the road" scene, from FotR:


































Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.



~ Mechtild

Comments:


Maeglian
maeglian at 2005-12-18 10:41 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for continuing to post these!

I very much enjoy them although when it comes to shots like the first ones one tiny part of my mind is reassessing what I see in light of the RotK EE, ie. reassessing what I *thought* I saw here before that EE fell into my hands. Given Frodo's utter cluelessness and lack of understanding of his own situation as late as RotK, what is he *really* thinking here - this early on the long trek? I really have no idea - I only know what I'd *like* it to be. And by and large EJWs acting always lets me think that. But in any event: The caps are gorgeous. Those incredible eyes! Hits you all over again, doesn't it?

And the next series seem siuply made for Harem-style innuendo. The lovely looks, the tousled hair complete with debris and straw, the "whatever happened?" look on his face! :D Perfect for vigs and montages of the saucyer kind. :-)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
reassessing what I *thought* I saw here before that EE fell into my hands. Given Frodo's utter cluelessness and lack of understanding of his own situation as late as RotK, what is he *really* thinking here - this early on the long trek?

Are you talking about the first first caps? The ones in which he is listening to Gandalf's admonitions? I think he is looking like, "Did I say I'd do this?" *gulps once; stiffens chin, newly resolved; pats Ring in pocket* "Yes, I did."

If you mean the shots in which he is anticipating the arrival of the Wraith, I'd say he is just being what I said: alert, aware, then quick to exercise leadership and issue a command. But, that's the very last moment in the film before he first hears the "call of the Ring." After that, he's noticeably weaker. I know it was their decision to up the explicit power of the Ring from the start; it's just sort of a shame there is so little screen time of Frodo before he succumbs as quickly as he does. In the book, Frodo merely feels a bit odd, getting them off the road, "in case." At least consciously, he even wonders if it might be Gandalf who is coming. Obviously, in the film he knows that whatever is coming is dreadful. When they hide, he really suffers. In the book, the effect is very subtle so that he barely notices anything other than the Rider was sniffing or looking for him and, intuitively, he "did not wish to be found." At Bree, Frodo's experience again is massively different from what he feels in the book. Again, they made a decision to let the Ring be terribly powerful immediately, for the sake of establishing it to viewers quickly. This created its own problems, of course. If the Ring had this sort of effect, how had Bilbo been able to not know, treating it as blithely as he did for all those decades? He didn't know, consciously, that it was having any sort of effect on him. If when Bilbo put on the Ring each time he had an experience like film Frodo had in Bree, he certainly would notice!

And the next series seem siuply made for Harem-style innuendo. The lovely looks, the tousled hair complete with debris and straw, the "whatever happened?" look on his face! :D Perfect for vigs and montages of the saucyer kind. :-)

Ha! *snort* You are absolutely right! That is a totally Harem set of frames. Gawd, those Haremites are fast. They didn't even bother to take his coat off.

Well, you know, now that you have mentioned that sort of scenario, I should go ahead and post the related "What the -- ?"
caps, from the moment after they have tumbled down the hill that precedes the sequence I just posted.

Mariole, these are for you, as the DJ's say:

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Maeglian
maeglian at 2005-12-18 18:03 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! That second one is priceless and indeed fitting for mariole's consumption.

(I was thinking of the first set of caps for my first comment.)
Peachy
aussiepeach at 2005-12-18 11:21 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, "get off the road" is one of the most "guh" Froments ever. He's so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
*sniffle* Yes, it is fully "guh". *hands Peachy a fresh hankie*
Shirebound
shirebound at 2005-12-18 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
His face is so classically stunning, his expression so intelligent, so noble, so clearly prepared to do What Must Be Done, it is difficult for me to remember that these really aren't paintings.

I love those painting shots so much. Thank you for showing us the film in this wonderful way!

:D

Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, shirebound, I am so pleased you are enjoying the series. I can't believe I've posted so many of these entries since last month (or was it October...?), and still am so early in the film!

I wonder how many screencaps fit in a Photobucket account?
(Anonymous) at 2005-12-18 14:09 (UTC) (Link)

The Indigo Child Nancy Ann Tappe

Thank you for giving us these wonderful stills. Such beauty and incredible eyes.

I found this interesting piece on the the net

The Indigo phenomenon has been recognized as one of the most exciting changes in human nature ever documented in society. The Indigo label describes the energy pattern of human behavior which exists in over 95% of the children born in the last 10 years … This phenomena is happening globally and eventually the Indigos will replace all other colors. As small children, Indigo’s are easy to recognize by their unusually large, clear eyes. Extremely bright, precocious children with an amazing memory and a strong desire to live instinctively, these children of the next millennium are sensitive, gifted souls with an evolved consciousness who have come here to help change the vibrations of our lives and create one land, one globe and one species. They are our bridge to the future.*

Estë

Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 14:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Indigo Child Nancy Ann Tappe

Estë, was the author being serious or was it sort of spoof? I have never heard of this at all (but what's new?).

95%? Where are these children in Minnesota? Sounds like "Village of the Damned." (Old black and white British sci-fi horror film, with all the children become beautiful, blond, big-eyed, and lethal to their parents and neighbours.)
wendylady1
wendylady1 at 2005-12-18 15:09 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Indigo Child Nancy Ann Tappe

Mech and Este,
Yes, it sounds JUST like "The Village of the Damned" doesn't it ?!!!
I have heard of this report too, and it has been quoted with regards to Elijah before...although I can't remember where or when...seems to be a new kind of personality type being born these days, most often diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder...the 'Indigo' refers to the colour of their Aura...
There is a book on the subject, written by a college lecturer called Lee Carroll, who is contact with, and a channeller for, an entity called Kryon...
Make of that what you will...
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2005-12-18 15:08 (UTC) (Link)

The Indigo Child Nancy Ann Tappe

I read that this phenomenon has been recognised for at least 20 years so I trust that this is serious. Still one can never be 100% sure.

“Village of the Damned” :D I think I'll rent this film. *spooky wide eyed smiley*

Estë
taerie
taerie at 2005-12-18 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
Yay more screencaps to get worked up over! (And I have unlimited capacity for silent squeeing.) Bitable chin... yes.. never thought of that.. but it IS.. he is altogether bitable.. although maybe not so hard as Gollum did it.

>>of course. If the Ring had this sort of effect, how had Bilbo been able to not know, treating it as blithely as he did for all those decades? He didn't know, consciously, that it was having any sort of effect on him. If when Bilbo put on the Ring each time he had an experience like film Frodo had in Bree, he certainly would notice!<<

(Sorry, I haven't figured out the quote deal yet)

I think it could be argued that Bilbo was never so near Nazgul as Frodo was. It seemed throughout the movie that the presence of them made the ring act out on him. Also it had not awakened until fairly recently. The time glitches in the movie give me more trouble imagination-wise. I can't seem to make all the years and distances traveled from here to there and the like make any sense in my brain. Best to not think about it. Middle Earth is magic.

Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
That's true that Bilbo had not been near a Nazgul, which Frodo had. Yet Gandalf told Frodo in the film's opening that the Ring had awoken; that it "wanted to be found" in order to return to its Master. I though Gandalf meant, that was why it abandoned Gollum in the first place (even though a power for good made Bilbo be the one to find it, once lost)!

When Bilbo found the Ring it was already "awake", and there he was under the Misty Mountains, with a Ring-crazed ex-hobbit, a hoard of orcs. Shortly, he'd wear the Ring to elude wicked small-scale enchanted spiders (small-scale compared to Ungoliant and Shelob) -- right in the Wood still overshadowed by Sauron's Mirkwood lair, Dol Guldur. Yet Bilbo didn't feel anything unusual, psychologically (although it heightened Bilbo's senses, as it would Sam's in Mordor). Of course, the reason for this was that when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit he hadn't yet envisioned what the Ring would become in LotR.

Still, it's hard for me to reconcile the way Bilbo treats it for 60 years or so of possession, in the opening of LotR, having worn it now and then -- even while it was "awake." Even for Frodo, in the book it takes a good while to manifest its power over him or for him to truly have an appreciation of what it can do to him. At Bree, Frodo it "falls" onto his finger and Frodo disappears but feels no special effects other than his invisibility. He lets Tom Bombadil hold it and, although shocked when Tom puts it on ("will Tom keep it????"), he doesn't seem to lapse into any sort of eye-rolling fit. In the Barrow, he wants to put it on badly, deseperate to escape but he "knows" it would be folly to put it on; he can sense that an enemy will wants him to do so. (At Weathertop, well we know all about that.)

And, in the book, Tolkien has given an interval of 17 years for Sauron's and the Ring's power to build, and for Sauron to learn of its recovery by a hobbit. And STILL, Frodo can see it and handle it and put it into the keeping of others with little psychological response to it. He feels the call when the Nazgul is near, but he does not yet associate it with wearing the Ring, as if the Ring were an antenna for a TV, or a homing device of which Frodo was unaware.

In the film, though, we see Bilbo (and no, we don't know if Bilbo has ever actually worn the Ring before he puts it on at the party, anyway; we only see that he covets it). Bilbo puts it on to disappear at the party, and it is clear from his demeanor when he pulls it off inside the door of Bag End, he has suffered no ill effects in terms of what he might have experienced wearing it. In the films, there are no 17 years for the Ring's power to build and Sauron's knowledge to become certain. The films make it appear that Frodo and Sam leave the Shire at the end of the following summer (the sweetcorn is still unharvested), after the September birthday party. Yet, less than a year after Bilbo wore it, and before Frodo is barely out of the Shire, Frodo is experiencing the Ring's call with tremendous intensity when the Nazgul stops beside him. In the books, it made a lot more sense for Frodo to experience wearing the Ring more intensely, yet, even though the book prepares for it better, the book holds back.

But, do I care? -- deeply? No. The film is another animal from the book. I accept the dramatic logic of massively intensifying the Ring's felt effect at once. I just thought it made Bilbo's lack of effect ... odd. Sam's reaction in CU they made very consistent with their on-going presentation of the Ring, so I didn't mind that change a bit, within the context of the film.

But, hey. This is supposed to be about lovely screencaps. Bring on the dancing Frodos! -- with the bitable chins!
taerie
taerie at 2005-12-18 21:08 (UTC) (Link)

the reason for this was that when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit he hadn't yet envisioned what the Ring would become in LotR.

That's probably why I felt so blindsided. I remember arguing with my then-boyfriend about it. "WHAT? No way is that ring evil" I got the same feeling after seeing the first Star Wars and then much later seeing the movies that came after. "Huh? but..?" It was pretty evident that much of what came after in Star Wars was added on cause a big story had to be told.
It kind of is good in a way. If the author knows it is coming then sometimes he inadvertently gives it away.. or at least gets you suspicious. This way you are as surprised as the hobbits are.. AND the author!

It is also funny when you are reading The Hobbit how often you get annoyed with Gandalf. (Where the HECK is the stupid WIZARD?? What could be so bloody important that he keeps disappearing like that?) Then after reading the rest of the books.. (Why did he BOTHER screwing around with the Dwarves when he was busy doing so many more important things?) Well, at least I did. :-)
I imagined that how they meant for all that sudden ring effect to be taken was that it didn't go 'click-sprong!' and wake up all of a sudden but by whatever awareness it possessed being sort of intermittently powerful.. slowly consuming the wearer and insinuating itself in it's mind but awakening with a vengeance when it senses danger or a move it can make. With The Nazgul being a trigger for that. The experience of having the ring on was probably supposed to be different for Bilbo.. (Obviously from his behaviour.) but it would have changed drastically if he had kept it and put it on when the Black Riders showed up. At least, that is what I thought was the rationale for how it was in the movie. I have been known to be not only wrong but totally missing the boat. LOL! (Just as long as I make the boat sailing for Bag End West.)

Of course, the book situation was quite different and made much better sense really.. but such is the nature of books and movies.

I always thought it was really unfair that Bilbo used up all the Baggins luck at getting away relatively unscathed and Frodo gets caught holding the bag. (Bilbo would agree.. and Frodo probably wouldn't.. bless his sweet little loving heart.)

Hey! Dancing Frodos??? Where? Where? *Looks around like Pippin getting hit by apples from the sky.*




Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-18 21:45 (UTC) (Link)
Your argument sounds really solid. You are right: had Bilbo kept the Ring and been the one who went on the Quest instead of Frodo, he would have felt the power of the Ring in a way he never had before, whether increasing in power almost imperceptibly the way it does in the book, or, "Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am," like in the films.

Yes, Gandalf did do a lot of disadvantageous disappearing in The Hobbit. I had forgotten.

Hey! Dancing Frodos??? Where? Where? *Looks around like Pippin getting hit by apples from the sky.*

I guess I was thinking of the NC-17 PWP, "Pole-Dancing Frodo" (or whatever it was called *cackles libidinously*) That was one of the more pornish fics I've ever had occasion to read. It did make me laugh at us swooners, though, too. It had its own brand of wit along with the soft-core.

We really are a sorry lot, drooling over our Main Hobbit and his extreme charms. But I love it.
taerie
taerie at 2005-12-18 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
I once was at a Chippendale's men appearance at a shopping mall in San Diego. I keep thinking of that image when I go onto The Harem. It cracks me up because I keep seeing Frodo strutting about with the little Chippendale's collar on in front of a lot of really libidinous and enthusiastic non-hobbit females. eeee! (Actually, they would have to push him out.. and that's funny too.)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-19 07:25 (UTC) (Link)
It cracks me up because I keep seeing Frodo strutting about with the little Chippendale's collar on in front of a lot of really libidinous and enthusiastic non-hobbit females. eeee! (Actually, they would have to push him out..

Yes, Taerie, they would have to push the actual Frodo out. I should say right away that the Frodo portrayed in Pole-Dancing Frodo was not remotely like Frodo, book or film, though he looked just like film Frodo. The story was hot enough, but it was a more a teasing look at our own salivating fantasies than about any sort of Frodo Baggins. It was a story written for fun.

Chippendales guys appeared at your city's shopping mall???? I find that quite eye-opening. I can't picture them doing a stint at the shopping mall in Duluth!
diem_kieu94
diem_kieu94 at 2012-11-20 04:17 (UTC) (Link)

*Ahem...*

Metchild... When you refer to the story about the pole-dancing Frodo, are you referring to Josan's "Pole story"? I just read it and I must admit that it left me squealing! Just curious...
Mechtild
mechtild at 2012-11-20 16:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *Ahem...*

Yes, that was the story I was referring to. (Or I think it is; it's been years and years since I read it. Frodo is a male stripper doing a pole dance before an audience of squealing fans.)

Edited at 2012-11-20 04:32 pm (UTC)
diem_kieu94
diem_kieu94 at 2012-11-22 16:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *Ahem...*

Yep! Sounds like we're on the same page (or... Errr.... Stage?)!

Happy Thanksgiving by the way! :)
Julie ... five more minutes
bagendbabe at 2005-12-24 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
I think the "get off the road" scene is still my absolute favourite, although of course I have so many.

He IS so truly completely beautiful, all flushed, a bit rumpled and the straw in hair and his intent, noble expression. Not discounting the fact of course that the desire to throw him back onto the ground, rip his clothes off and jump on him overrides everything else.

I have always thought how Byronian he looks in this scene.

I am obsessed with this scene and have the pictures plastered everywhere and thought I had them all, but the second one was new to me! I also thought I capped this scene myself ages ago and must have the caps on a cd somewhere, but where .....

Thank you hun! *lusts, melts and drools, and lusts more ........*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2005-12-24 01:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, bagendbabe. Don't mind me while I join you in drooling for Frodo Lord Byron. I didn't even cap the first part of the sequence, the caps from which are simply luscious - these are all the three-quarter shots, chin down, in which Frodo is first hearing the coming of "something." But those have been capped really well at several sites. I may do them anyway, just for my own pleasure, but I have to wait to get the TE full screen out of the library again after the holidays. I have the same scenes on my widescreen EE, of course, but then I have to spend a lot of time cropping them to make them fit nicely onto the LJ, without making them only three inches high.
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