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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

'Brokeback Mt. Doom' -- BBM Meets LotR.....

Posted on 2006.03.04 at 11:38
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~ Frodo, having a "Brokeback moment," as he recalls pleasant stays at the Del Mar Motel in Montana....


Twiddling my thumbs, procrastinating reading Frodo fics (recently finished last four or five engrossing chapters of RoP:Bag End and am several installments into the vivid, visceral Counterpoint). Avoiding chores and my own writing.

While busy doing all these things an e-friend linked me yet another Brokeback spoof. It's just like the "Brokeback to the Future" spoof I so enjoyed, but this one makes use of Sam and Frodo from the LotR films. It's not quite as clever as the Back to the Future version, but it gave me a few snorts and guffaws. The very last ten or fifteen seconds, especially, are well-worth it.

Here's the link to the clip....


Brokeback Mt. Doom


I don't know how long this site will host this once the Oscars are finished, so look at it now, if you are inclined towards this sort of humour.

* * *

Side reflections, having watched the spoof ... (prompted by remarks of the e-friend who sent the link):

What a broo-ha-ha was made over the purported "homoerotic content" in the Sam/Frodo material in LotR! The Tolkien messageboard (TORc) where I first began to read and post about the book and films were full of it. At that time, still a reader of the book and watcher of the films, but not a reader of fanfic (*wink*), I had no idea what folks were talking about. Were we reading the same book? Watching the same film? Obviously, sex (and sexuality) in Tolkien were in the eye of the beholder.

Watching this spoof -- which depends specifically on comparing it to an actual, unmistakable, unambiguous story of same-sex love (the one in BBM) -- I see all the more how innocently Sam and Frodo were portrayed in the LotR films. I know that doesn't stop the imagination of viewers from taking their relationship further afield, since I read the results, but the two companions really are such hobbit sweeties in these scenes.

Whatever his other faults in adapting the book to film, Peter Jackson really was quite bold, even daring, to show such an easy, affectionate, and intimate friendship between two male characters. I thank him for that. A lot.



~ Mechtild


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Comments:


pearlette
pearlette at 2006-03-04 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
Whatever his other faults in adapting the book to film, Peter Jackson really was quite bold, even daring, to show such an easy, affectionate, and intimate friendship between two male characters. I thank him for that. A lot.

Amen to that!!!!!!! :)

Our two hobbit sweeties indeed. The Frodo/Sam relationship in the book is very beautiful, and the film preserved that innocence combined with intimacy. PJ is indeed to be praised with great praise for that. :)

And I think I forgave every single annoying 'wimpy Frodo' moment when Frodo pressed his lips to Sam's brow in farewell. *sob*

Beautiful. Just. Beautiful.

*happy sigh*

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
Pearl! It's good of you to drop by. Yes, the quality of that relationship made up for a lot with Frodo fans.

I almost fainted when Rachel (our daughter) was on a film messageboard and Frodo was being beat out in a popularity poll.

"I suppose Sam is winning again, isn't he?" I fumed, planning again to send Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens a crate of dead mackerel.

No, it turned out that ALL of the hobbit characters were being beat by the rest of characters of the Fellowship. All I can think is that because she was on a thread for fans of action movies, all the voters were boys and young men, few of whom have any use for wussy, hand-holding, bed-bouncing, kissy-faced hobbits.

The fools.
Mona
lame_pegasus at 2006-03-04 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
Peter Jackson really was quite bold, even daring, to show such an easy, affectionate, and intimate friendship between two male characters. I thank him for that. A lot.

Indeed. Amen.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
Really, it was something he needn't have done to have a hit. He portrayed their demonstrative but innocent love full-out, without any smirking, knowing winks, or anything else that would have degraded their friendship. Considering how he dissed the Dwarves, making Gimli, the only Dwarf, such a buffoon, the hobbits fared very well.
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
Mews, I'm glad you enjoyed the spoof. I thought it was cute, too. Yes, the film went the extra mile portraying the affectionate love and loyalty of the all hobbits, resisting what was no doubt a strong temptation to either play down their demonstrativeness ("too touchy-feely"), or fill their scenes with a lot of innuendo, winking at the audience. Nope, he played their scenes flat-out warm and committed, without flinching. Good for him.
ellinestel
ellinestel at 2006-03-04 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. This picture is evil. It's driviing me crazy.

Waaaaah!

;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Ellin, you are such a push-over for hobbits who appear to be in the throes of borderline pleasure/pain orgasms. :D
ellinestel
ellinestel at 2006-03-05 07:29 (UTC) (Link)
;) Well, I meant that it makes me think of Jack. Poor Jack... sob

Still, I'm such a swooner for blue eyes and dark, long eyelashes...

Give me both of them! :D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-05 14:14 (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Jack! Jack really was a sweetie in the film. No wonder so many fans of a certain hobbit seem to like him. (Neither cowboy is so attractive in the short story, physically or psychologically, but that's typical in book-to-film adaptations.)

I am an "Ennis woman," myself, if I am anything, but I thought Jack complimented him very well, drawing him out in his own "Jack" way.

My sister, who has become not a Jack but a Jake fan because of Brokeback Mountain, made me watch first "Donnie Darko" (a very strange, very cool film), and now, "The Good Girl". We watched it last night. It also was an interesting film, better and more clever in its first half than the second. Jake was very, very good in it, as were all the players. Watching him together with Jennifer Anniston, I kept thinking, "He's so big! Even his head is really big!" I had thought of him as medium at the most, but I realise the impression was given because Heath Ledger is really pretty tall and strapping. Still, Jennifer Anniston must be very petite. Her face looked half the size of Gyllenhaal's. Have you seen these films? You might like them.

Watching "The Good Girl," in which Jake's weird by endearing character does some smiling, I could not help noticing his teeth. Unless he's had them fixed since then, his teeth remind me of a certain hobbit's. They don't have a gap between the two front ones, but the sense of "gappiniess" is there, besides the teeth looking small and sharp. I always thought they gave both actors a slightly "animal-like" look - not bestial, but more like fairy tale characters who are part human, part beast. It is a physical trait that intrigues me.

P.S. We also watched Heath Ledger in "Ten Things I Hate About You" and "A Knight's Tale," just to see what he had done before "Brokeback." Both are very negligible films in which he is engaging but is presented with no big acting challenges. Watching them I realised how much of a professional and acting breakthrough getting the part of Ennis was for him. I am sorry he won't get the Oscar tonight, not that Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't sensational as Truman Capote. Anyway, if the films we watched are any indicator, Gyllenhaal has been in more interesting films than Ledger.
ellinestel
ellinestel at 2006-03-05 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I haven't seen any films with Heath or Jake, but I'm sure going to now. :)

Emotionally, Ennis does touch my heart, but my swoon goes to Jack. ;) I feel a bit odd, as everyone around seems to be falling for Heath... I can't even tell you the number of Heath swoon-threads on Russian forums. ;) He's very popular.

I need to look for the "gappiness". :)

I still hope they will get the Oscars. I know, I'm stupid, but I still hope. My Academy-send-their-love pirated DVD tells me so. ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-06 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
They like Ennis? Hunh! I have certainly heard a lot of swooning over his acting, but all the swooning over the actors and characters themselves that I have been reading are for Jack/Jake (mostly from present and past LotR/Frodo fans, true). So I think you have got GOBS of swooning company.

Actually, Ellin, the Oscars are on right now. There are commercials showing at the moment.

I want to tell you that in the "Red Carpet" part before the ceremonies, when celebrities are talked to outside the theatre, Jake was interviewed. Although I have not swooned for Jake in any of his roles, I thought he was absolutely lovely talking to the interviewer as himself. Lovely in his manner, in what he said -- and lovely to look at. He had a scruffy beard, which I loved. Film-Frodo is one of the only smooth-faced men for whom I have swooned.
 Paulie
not_alone at 2006-03-04 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
"Obviously, sex (and sexuality) in Tolkien were in the eye of the beholder."

That is so true - I was just like you at first, couldn't understand what everyone was going on about. But when I re-read the books I could see how it was there for anyone who wanted it to be. I agree about PJ's portrayal of their relationship - it was beautiful. The spoof is quite cute but that pic - it evokes so many different feelings in me:D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
That is so true - I was just like you at first, couldn't understand what everyone was going on about. But when I re-read the books I could see how it was there for anyone who wanted it to be.

I take it that you mean that it is up to the reader to receive the text the way she wants. Well, that's no doubt what Tolkien meant about how a work of art, once it was out of its creator's hands, struck each person differently, based on her own experiences, understanding, and desires. ("Applicability?")

I'm ok with that, or else I wouldn't be able to write and read fanfiction with such pleasure, some of which diverges widely from the canon text, some less so. But I still like to distinguish what I (or other readers) see in the book from what Tolkien probably meant the reader to see in it. I suppose I keep my book characters in one drawer, and the myriad fanfic versions of characters (including my own) in other drawers.

It would be a lie, though, to say the various visions of LotR(whether PJ's, my fanfic vision, or those of other fanfic writers) haven't coloured my reading of the book, they have. For instance, because of the films, when I read LotR now I have a much, much more sympathetic picture of Boromir than I did. Sean Bean did that with his very accessible, very emotionally appealing performance in the role. I simply hadn't imagined Boromir that sympathetically. His performance, I felt, enriched my subsequent reading. I can't not feel the influence of his portrayal when I read, now.

That's just one example, of course. Other examples have come from pithy fics, fics that gave me a whole range of views of, say, the nature and feel of Frodo's post-Quest malaise. They each have subtly contributed to my reading of Frodo, even when I have disagreed with them. Some of them sway me only when I am under their power, while reading them. But some make more permanent impressions. And I think that's a cool thing. They enlarge my understanding and deepen my appreciation.

Oh, I'm just going on and on again, sorry....
 Paulie
not_alone at 2006-03-06 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
I take it that you mean that it is up to the reader to receive the text the way she wants.

That's right. The first time I read the books (I started reading FOTR just before I saw the film, and finished all 3 during the week after seeing it) I never once considered the many instances of physical contact between Frodo & Sam as anything but friendship, it just didn't occur to me to think of it in any other way. At that time I was completely unaware of the existence of fanfiction/slash. Of course, once I started looking around the internet it wasn't long before I came across it and discovered that there were people who saw the F/S relationship very differently. When I reread the books, I could see plainly how easy it would be for anyone who wanted their relationship to be sexual to interpret all the instances of touching, embracing & kissing.

It would be a lie, though, to say the various visions of LotR(whether PJ's, my fanfic vision, or those of other fanfic writers) haven't coloured my reading of the book, they have

My experience has probably been very different to yours, having seen the films before reading the books. Even though I had read the first few chapters of FOTR, I somehow hadn't been able to put faces to the characters which is unusual for me - I've usually formed a picture in my mind immediately. Perhaps it was fate - because of what was just around the corner for me!! In a way I'm glad - because I've only ever had one Frodo in my mind - and whether I'm reading the books or fanfiction, its Elijah's beautiful face I see, and the same with all the other characters.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-04 23:57 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. What did you mean by this?

The spoof is quite cute but that pic - it evokes so many different feelings in me:D

If you read my answer to Ellin, just above your own comment, you will get a hint of what feelings that picture evokes in me (taken out of context of the film). ;)

Ah, sigh for the hundreds of screencaps of suffering, terrified, exhausted, enraged and thirsty-to-drink-from-a-waterskin Frodo, all of which resemble a hobbit in the midst of being subjected to something *very* wonderful under his trouser placket.

Is that what you meant? Or something more chaste?
 Paulie
not_alone at 2006-03-06 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. What did you mean by this?

The spoof is quite cute but that pic - it evokes so many different feelings in me:D


Well, in the context of ROTK, I find the expression on his face completely heartrending. Out of context? Well, I think you've just about hit the nail on the head with this ...

Oh, Ellin, you are such a push-over for hobbits who appear to be in the throes of borderline pleasure/pain orgasms

and this ...

Ah, sigh for the hundreds of screencaps of suffering, terrified, exhausted, enraged and thirsty-to-drink-from-a-waterskin Frodo, all of which resemble a hobbit in the midst of being subjected to something *very* wonderful under his trouser placket.

No, definitely not chaste:D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-06 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
Check. *grin*
lembas_junkie
lembas_junkie at 2006-03-06 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
"It's sticky! What is it?!?" :D Nyuk, nyuk!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-03-06 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, pretty funny. I was writing to the e-friend who sent me the link and she said she had always smirked over that line. I never had, but I guess I will now.
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