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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Amon Hen III ~ Frodo and Aragorn.

Posted on 2006.06.15 at 22:01
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While my beta and I have been sending the new chapters of Threshold back and forth, I have been thinking, "What shall I do to occupy myself between revisions...?"

"I know!" I said. "I haven't done any screencaps for a while -- I could make a new series!" I wanted something gratifying to do, but within in a limited time frame. That is because while I am fiddling with revisions, I also am putting together our daughter's "grad party". It takes place the day after tomorrow. But there is only so much cleaning and furniture-moving and shopping one can do without a good Frodo-fix. Tomorrow is going to be given over entirely to food prep and more cleaning, so tonight is IT. So screencaps it shall be.

But which screencaps? Bree should have been next (the scene in which Frodo and the hobbits are upstairs at the Prancing Pony, awed and terrified as they listen to Aragorn's story of the Nazgul). But I knew I couldn't make and tweak a whole new series of caps in one night. But it just so happened that in a fit of procrastination last month I made a big series of caps for a much later scene, Amon Hen, while looking for a face to use for a Frodo Art Travesty (the Lorenzo Lotto). I even tweaked and trimmed them back then, so they were all set to be posted. Therefore, I present....


Amon Hen, Pt. I.


The film changed things around a bit in Amon Hen, but I thought the whole sequence came out splendidly. From the first shiver of Boromir's shoulders as their boats drew up at Parth Galen, I thought it was a great piece of movie-making. But it really was rather different from the book.

In fact, when I first started reading the threads at TORc, a whole year after FotR had been released, fans were still arguing about it with passion. The scene which drew all the fire was the one in which Aragorn intercepts Frodo -- after having been attacked by Boromir and after having run up to the summit and sitting upon the Seat of Seeing, overtaken by a terrifying vision while wearing the Ring -- listens to Frodo's apologies and sorrowfully sends Frodo off with his blessings.

In the film, unlike the book, Aragorn knows that Frodo is going off on his own, and he lets him do it. I think this works perfectly well in the context of the film (not "perfectly well" -- sensationally well), although I would agree that it is difficult to imagine book Aragorn letting Frodo go off to Mordor with only the clothes on his back, all by himself. But the film is the film and the book is the book and, somehow, in the film it works.

In preparing this series of caps for posting, I looked at them and looked at them. The more I looked at them, the more I felt inspired to switch the order of the scenes. Therefore I am showing Frodo's confrontation with Aragorn first, although in the film it is not first.

I had been reading the book scene, and decided the "feel" of the book scene (in which Frodo and Aragorn talk about Frodo having to make his decision to stay with the Fellowship or go off on his own) seemed to come through in their film scene, even though the dramatic situation is very different.


Here is a bit of the book scene, from The Breaking of the Fellowship:


There was a long silence in which no one spoke or moved.

'Well, Frodo,' said Aragorn at last. 'I fear that the burden is laid upon you. You are the Bearer appointed by the Council. Your own way you alone can choose. In this matter I cannot advise you. I am not Gandalf, and though I have tried to bear his part, I do not know what design or hope he had for this hour, if indeed he had any. Most likely it seems that if he were here now the choice would still wait on you. Such is your fate.'

Frodo did not answer at once. Then he spoke slowly. 'I know that haste is needed, yet I cannot choose. The burden is heavy. Give me an hour longer, and I will speak. Let me be alone!'

Aragorn looked at him with kindly pity. 'Very well, Frodo son of Drogo,' he said. 'You shall have an hour, and you shall be allone. We will stay here for a while. But do not stray far or out of call.'

Frodo sat for a moment with his head bowed. Sam, who had been watching his master with great concern, shook his head and muttered: 'Plain as a pikestaff it is, but it's no good Sam Gamgee putting in his spoke just now.'

Presently Frodo got up and walked away; and Sam saw that while the others restrained themselves and did not stare at him, the eyes of Boromir followed Frodo intently, until he passed out of sight in the trees at the foot of Amon Hen.


When I look at Frodo in these screencaps, even though I know something else is being said in the film scene, I imagine I can see everything Frodo might have felt hearing those words that Aragorn spoke to him, putting it kindly but plainly that Frodo must make up his mind at last: then and there. How varied the conflicting emotions; how intense the pressure must have been for Frodo -- not just from the others but from inside himself -- to have to make the terrible decision he had been dreading.

Looking at these caps, it seemed to me that Elijah Wood (and Viggo Mortensen with him) seemed to gather up all the feeling of that book scene and transpose it into the scene written for the film. Maybe that's why I didn't miss the book scene. In a way, it was still there.






~ Screencaps of Aragorn and Frodo's scene on Amon Hen, from FotR, the fullscreen edition of the theatrical release:















































































~ Mechtild



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For other Frodo Screencap entries, see the table of links here.?

Comments:


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-06-16 07:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh sigh!

So beautiful Mechtild.

Looking at the last in the series I thought: He must be made of Angel-kissed atoms.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, KILL me with that last frame. Would you send this hobbit on a mission of highest import?

YES.
julchen11
julchen11 at 2006-06-16 07:44 (UTC) (Link)
"Elijah Wood (and Viggo Mortensen with him) seemed to gather up all the feeling of that book scene and transpose it into the scene written for the film. Maybe that's why I didn't miss the book scene. In a way, it was still there."

Just what I was thinking. The expression on their faces, especially in their eyes are soooo intense, so emotional.
It's one of my favourite scenes in the book and in the movies as well.
Thank you dear for those beautiful caps ... you made my day again

*big big hugs to you*

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Julchen. It's one of my favourite scenes, too. The part that always makes we get all weepy is when Aragorn says, "I would have followed you into the fires of Mordor," closing his fingers around Frodo's to enfold the Ring in Frodo's palm -- showing he resists temptation, yet cares for Frodo, all at the same time.
Summer aka Summershobbit
summershobbit at 2006-06-16 08:28 (UTC) (Link)
One of my favorite scenes in the Fellowship. That and when Merry and Pippin catch up with Frodo and Sam in Farmer Maggot's crop. Tee hee, Sam's face holding those carrots cracks me up everytime. I think the other favorite scene of mine was the boat leaving Lothlorien. So sad and tragic for Frodo. He knows he is going to his doom. Sad!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:48 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Summershobbit. I love this scene, too. It was so perfectly and movingly done, I really could not understand how purists couldn't lay their umbrage aside for just a moment to see its beauty. But, no, the filmmakers changed something and that was that.
goldberry_b at 2006-06-16 11:13 (UTC) (Link)
well my dear, if you want coherent comments from me the Frodo beauty will have to be before your perceptive thoughts

is distracted by the "angel kissed atoms"

goes back to reread topic

*swoons again*

slaps self** I know I had something I wanted to say about this scene!

*stares at screen caps again*

tis lovely m'friend! thank you :) and I have to agree with you about the heart of the chapter being there
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:49 (UTC) (Link)
Now, now, just because I didn't say anything about his BEEYOOTAY doesn't mean I wasn't aware of it. I simply was trying earnestly to stay on topic of "moving scene, powerfully acted." ;)
Shirebound
shirebound at 2006-06-16 11:36 (UTC) (Link)
I just love how Frodo hurriedly backs away from Aragorn without taking his eyes off him. And then Aragorn's gentle approach.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
It was just a beautifully done scene all around, Shirebound. They just were terrific together in this scene from start to finish. I think it set up the whole end of the film. If this scene had failed, the rest would have lacked.
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-06-16 12:56 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen that scene screen capped really, thank you for that.

Good luck with the grad party!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
Starlit! No, there usually are just a few images from this (because Frodo is such a dish in them), but he really has got some great expressivity in these. Besides, it's a terrific scene for both actors.

I have noticed you wishing people on your f-list happy birthdays, but little from you personally. Have I just been skimming too fast, or are you laying low because you still are feeling ill and down?
taerie
taerie at 2006-06-16 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
I know this is beside any point that is being discussed.. but..
Granted, The movie robbed Frodo of a lot of the derring do that he displayed in the book.. something we have all moaned over.. But it seems to me that the people I know who complain most about Frodo being a "wimp" are people who I also know to be rather timid physically and fragile emotionally themselves. It is easy to understand, psychologically,why they might be harder on Frodo but I have to say that it is especially annoying.
I wonder if they would go on about it if they knew the thought balloon over my head was saying. If that was you.. (Especially you, you wussie..) and you had the ring and you were in the same spot he is in.. (ESPECIALLY here when he is contemplating leaving the protection of the Fellowship and going off into that huge and impossibly lethal world.. with the responsibility that has been put on him for the whole world and with what in his mind must be the certainty of death and worse.. failure.) would you be so tough? I do not THINK so! You (And I ) would be running madly in the opposite direction or having to be peeled off Aragorn, gibbering like an idiot and wetting your pants.. anybody who thinks differently is not understanding the situation clearly. I know that HE understands the situation clearly.. and the fact that it is even possible for him to consider such a thing seriously let alone DO it.. staggers me with awe at how heroic and brave and selfless this little fellow is.
To me.. his anguished and hopeless face here makes that so clear. If Elijah Wood had played it any differently it would not have had the emotional impact of truth and reality it has.
This scene just breaks my heart for him.
(Besides the fact that nobody created on earth before could look this scared and still be so beautiful .. "kissed by angels' is about the only way to describe it adequately. Wonderful expression by the way!!!)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:57 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, an impassioned defense! Frodo will have to hire you next time the Shire folk are slandering him post-Quest. Yes, he was terribly, terribly brave in this scene, book and film. To go off all by himself (he was thinking), with very little provision, to a place he had little idea how to get to - no paths known, no signs, no inns, no nothing. It makes me think of all the brave, desperate acts people have been driven to in order to defend something they love, the Right, or just to survive. I lead SUCH a cushy life, utterly secure and safe in comparison.

I'm going to have to go up there and say something to Este about "kissed by angels." You are the second or third person to mention it. She's really got something there!
bagma
bagma at 2006-06-16 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE HIM!

Erm... sorry... a bit carried away, I'm afraid. But I think I watched that scene about forty times, always with the same feeling of wonder. Thank you for posting these beautiful screencaps.

Good luck for the grad-party!:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 17:13 (UTC) (Link)
Forty times? Hey, I guess you surpassed me. But there are years more of FotR viewing ahead. Ask me in ten years.

Thanks, Bagma, for the grad-party encouragement. I just did the flowers. The fruit and vegetable prep is next. Then, the dips. Then, clean the bathrooms (Rachel's doing the vaccuming, we already moved all the furniture and brought in the borrowed tables, etc.)
Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-06-16 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my, these are lovely! Fellowship is my favourite LotR film, actually my favourite film ever bar only one other, - and these caps remind me why that is: Not only Frodo's beauty, not only the fact that Tolkien's world and characters are coming to life in front of my eyes, but all the revised and PJ-generated scenes work like clockwork to make the visual experience of the film and the character of Frodo (and others) carry an emotional punch nearly beyond compare.

Thank you for the very lovely caps. :-)

And good luck with the grad party! Hope you'll have fun, too - and not just be the stressed-out hostess.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 20:01 (UTC) (Link)
They are very beautiful, aren't they? And it's such a beautifully acted scene. I am so glad I made them as a screencap series.

I wasn't planning to cap that moment at all, in fact. I really was looking to cap the moment when Frodo is told by Aragorn, "I would have followed you into the fires of Mordor," when he does that super gesture, combining so many messages in one: "I won't take it/I care about you and wish I could come with you/the Valar go with you and PLEASE take care," etc. But the caps that convey that actual moment well are of Aragorn, not Frodo. And this ain't Aragorn's LJ, so there.
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
You said it, Mews. He really did what was above and beyond anyone's call of duty, much less a little hobbit, however much he was the best of his kind. But that was what Tolkien actually witnessed, I think, and was so impressed by in his war experience: some ordinary folk became orcs (or were orcs already) under pressure, in dire circumstances, but there were those who did things neither they nor anyone else could have imagined of them in terms of pluck, daring, and sheer dogged determination. Frodo and Sam are the exemplars of that, Frodo most of all because his task was, as you say, hopeless from the start, when it came to his own personal fate. "Some are placed in sacrificial roles," Tolkien said, and Frodo was the one he highlighted in his story. How I love him, and Tolkien for creating him.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-06-16 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
That final screencap is the clincher.

THAT'S MY GORGEOUS BRAVE SELF-SACRIFICING HOBBIT!!!!!!!!

Wibble. Wibble. Wibble.

*whimpers*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-16 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that final screencap. *wow* I just want to pin a medal on his chest. And then snog him silly.
Claudia's Cove
claudia603 at 2006-06-17 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
Came here via Mews...

Okay, DYING here. Just DYING. I adore this scene, I adore Frodo and Aragorn adn how they interacted in the movie (and book, for that matter), and guh -- these pictures! I have nothing intelligent to say...
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-06-17 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
CLAUDIA! You don't happen to be the Claudia the MEFA people are trying to track down to accept her nomination??? (After being quite in the dark about this event, I suddenly began to get inundated with emails about it, even though they weren't to me.) I hope you got over there to say something, if so. -- Sorry if you are a different Claudia, but I thought I'd pass it on.

Claudia, I am happy you are suffering and saying "guh" - I know enough of being a fan to know that sometimes it is excellent to suffer - as a fan. It is never excellent when our favourite characters suffer, although they do suffer -- and suffer excellently when they do. (Am I talking in a circle...?)

You inspire me to post the rest of my Amon Hen set, although Aragorn is not in them, alas and alack. It is very late, but I've spent the entire day cleaning and preparing food (party tomorrow). I need to unwind with a little Frodo-ness.

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