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LotR Limited Ed. DVD Extras -- Frodo in front of blue screen (silly stuff)....

Posted on 2006.10.16 at 17:25
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Elijah Wood takes direction from Peter Jackson for walk-through of Frodo's speech about hiding the Ring, from the FotR EE Extra, "A Day in the Life of a Hobbit."


Note: Tasteless innuendo at Frodo's expense; higher-minded fans be warned.


When I first came into LotR fandom just before the release of The Two Towers, I was quite the pure thing. I swooned extravagantly, but for the films themselves -- the breadth and depth and operatic magnificence of them. I did not swoon for any of the characters or actors. But during my many visits to the theatre to see The Two Towers, I did develop my first major crush in ages.

It was on Aragorn, however, not Frodo. Aragorn proved to be the warm-up for Frodo.

How beautifully film-Aragorn angsted and suffered! How splendidly he entered a pair of massive doors, parting them like unwilling thighs, rich droplets of sweat flying everywhere. One could almost smell the musk. I could watch him gird his loins and draw and sheath his weapon until the cows came home. The sight of him sensitively fingering his sword-hilt gave me a sensual thrill. But, however smitten, I didn't look for fansites for Aragorn, or for his actor. I didn't gush over him in discussion threads. I was too proud, too dignified for that.

Then, after the release of RotK came the Frodo-madness. This madness was so extreme I actually began posting in TORc's Frodo fan thread -- a very weak, fannish, adolescent act according to my notions. But it wasn't until I entered the hormonally heated atmosphere of Khazad-dum's "Frodo's Harem" that I really let my libidinous hair down. Such a rowdy lot! -- and what fun it was to be in their midst.

The tone of the Harem was openly sensual, continually pushing the envelope of the site's PG-13 rating. There was the hilarious gif of Frodo being pulled out of the the Dead Marshes by Gollum -- thrusting his pelvis to push himself out of the swamp -- over and over again. There was the gif of him doing push-ups preparing for the Mt. Doom scene, as funny as it was suggestive. And there were the private-parts jokes. "Endurance Beyond Hope," they said of Frodo, and we took it to heart, swooning over the plump, precious heft of his Silmarils, the ever-hard polish of his Party Field tent-peg, and the sheer beauty of his Elven glass thingamabob. (On TORc we simply had tittered over his delectable "action figure" or his chocolate-velveteen-swathed "Frodo".)

Then there were the suggestive screencaps. They weren't suggestive while watching the actual scenes, but, seen in isolation, the screencaps could be pretty ... inspiring. In FotR, we singled out the Fro-gasms. Frodo experienced these while hiding under the tree root, or hearing the whispered call of the Ring in the Prancing Pony. In TTT, it was the ecstatic roll of his eyes as Ring-lust seized him hiding in the Dead Marshes, under a bush (so Freudian), as the Nazgul swooped overhead. And everyone swooned for the waterskin screencaps, as well as the orgasmic images of Frodo draping the Ring on its chain around his neck in the Tower of Cirith Ungol.



~ Sample "inspiring" screencaps from RotK:












Some of the caps were more specifically crotch shots. Due to the bagginess of hobbit-pants, and the thickness of the fabric, these were not numerous. But some became well-known as LJ icons ( see mariole). The screencaps of Frodo sprawled on the forest floor while being apprehended by Faramir's rangers in Ithilien were a favourite of Frodo-member-lovers everywhere:














Yes, there was non-stop talk extolling Frodo's Person. As "a hobbit of parts", his parts would have to be admirable, wouldn't they? He was the best hobbit in the Shire, after all.

The day came when I saw images that were being linked, images over which everyone was tittering. Taking a look, I recognized the images as caps from a sequence in "A Day in the Life of a Hobbit" (FotR EE DVD Extras). Elijah Wood was performing a scene that required him to be filmed in front of a blue screen for scale. It's the scene in which his dialog is, "All right, we put it away; we keep it hidden; we never speak of it again. No one knows it's here, do they? Do they Gandalf?" He had to re-create his blocking for the scene while a recording of his voice-over played over the speakers to keep him on track with the acted scene. I had watched it before, several times, admiring the way Elijah could act the scene with absolutely no one to play off of, and with no set.


The images that people had linked looked as if someone had taken photos of a television screen. Here are a couple of the fuzzy, distorted images I saved from those links. What was I supposed to be seeing, I wondered?











Having learned to screencap by then, I went back to the FotR EE DVD Extras to make a cap for myself.

"Ah," I said as I examined the screencap. "Now I get it...."









But even though I "got it", having pause-advanced through this scene again (and again) on the EE Extras, and watching it now on the new DVD, I still think we are making a mountain out of bulky double-placket pants filled with shirt tails.

Surely, if Frodo-Elijah were in a state of ... disarray, he would betray some degree of self-consciousness standing in front of the crew and his director, but he does not. His focus is on the scene, as if quite oblivious to what fans will be staring at on their TV's for years to come. Nevertheless, for old time's sake, and for love of my old partners in crotch-gazing, I wish to present these crisp, clear screencaps taken from the new DVD.

So what if it's probably just bunched-up fabric. A fan can dream, can't she?






~ Frodo walks the blue-screen stage for Frodo's speech, "We put it away; we keep it hidden...." from the "Limited Edition" DVD Extras for FotR:




















































































I love the irony of Elijah Wood's innocent comment after he completed the walk-through.

"Did it look all right?" he asks.

Yes, I believe it did.



~*~




ETA:

In a comment below, alone_in_mordor alerted me to the existance of another compelling trouser-bulge that purportedly occurred during the troll attack in Balin's Tomb, in FotR. I was to look at the frames when he was thrown down by the troll, and scoots back into a corner. I'd see things worth seeing.

As I paused through the scene (meanwhile taking some gorgeous caps of Frodo showing off his mithril corselet for some future post), I found the caps in question and thought, "Hmmmm. That really does look like.... Yes, I believe we have a specimen!" I am sure, in fact, that I have seen one of these images posted by mariole, an expert in the field. But it had been smallish (the cap, not the bulge), and not clear enough for me to see what I was supposed to see. These caps make the subject *clearer*. But, could it really be that?

I scrolled once again through all the frames in sequence. As I did so, the Extremely Interesting Hump in the brown velvet breeches shifted about so much, projecting then smoothing out with the change-over from leg to leg, it made me think that this was another case of the Bunchy Pants, folds of Frodo's loose trousers being forced up to his waistband by the violent backward-propulsion of the fall (poor Elijah's bum!). Besides, would a man, even a young man, become fully aroused while filming such a hectic, evergy-draining scene? Perhaps. ("Best hobbit in the Shire" and all that.)

In any case, just for the sake of scientific inquiry, the two clearest pieces of evidence are posted below.

I am sure many of you will find them most ... "inspiring."




~ Frodo scuttles away from the cave troll in FotR:


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Second ETA:

In a [terribly amusing] series of comments below, mariole informed me of various other note-worthy scenes in which the Bulge of Baggins might be perused. I examined them all with the keenest attention (making caps here and there -- for the archives).

In so doing I came to the scientific conclusion that the Interesting Largeness in Frodo's trousers in the bluescreen series is not, in fact, what many of us had hoped.

I had opined above that Frodo's plum-brown trousers were made of something soft but fairly thick, like a heavy velveteen (think of his everyday breeches in the opening cart scene), which would tend to bunch along the folds during movement. I thought, therefore, that the protuberance in the bluescreen caps was merely the fold of material suspended from the left placket thrown into shadow by strong lighting. But, pause-stepping through extreme close-ups of these pants in two different scenes (to which I was directed by Mariole, I saw that the fabric was velvet after all.

As any of you fabric-people know, velvet is an extremely supple fabric that drapes beautifully, flowing easily over the body of the wearer. Anything that is underneath it is revealed when the fabric moves over it and comes up against it (think of the Ithilien caps).

Now that sounds as though I am supporting the more exciting solution to the interesting-largeness-in-the-hobbit-pants mystery, but I am not. Following Mariole's tip to watch the "We keep it hidden; we put it away" scene in the finished film, so that I might check out the Baggins Bulge from that angle, I paused my way through it. I saw that it was the same footage the documentary camera-person filmed for the Extras, but shot from the front, with Frodo walking directly towards the camera.

From the straight-on view, it seems clear to me that the large Something occupying the left side of his pants is, sadly, Frodo's shirt. If one examines the screencap examples below, one will see that the long, voluminous linen shirt has been tucked into the waistband in such a way that two very distinct folds of fabric are arrowed down the left side of the trousers. The pants-bulge we have been admiring directly corresponds with what would be the folds of those shirt tails continuing down the front of Our Hero's loins. Since the fabric is velvet and not a heavy velveteen, those linen folds would lift the silky, light-weight trouser-fabric away from the body. Hence the Interesting Largeness, which lists noticeably to the left.



~ Frodo's shirt-tuck as seen in caps from FotR, full-screen theatrical version:












I am sorry to issue this disappointing report, but, as a researcher, I it is my duty to report the facts as I see them, however difficult and unwelcome.

*sniffles unscientifically*



~ Mechtild



Listings of all Frodo and Elijah screencaps HERE.



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JewelSong
jewelsong at 2006-10-17 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, those were the days! "Frodo-gasms" indeed! Hee!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, those were high times, Miralira.
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pearlette
pearlette at 2006-10-17 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
Rodia, you have no idea how obsessed. :D

*snickers*

Ah, they were good times!
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-10-17 05:51 (UTC) (Link)
I'm shocked! Shocked and appalled! And staring at the pictures. A lot. ;)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
They are niiiiiiiice, aren't they Starlit? Never had such focussed ones to stare at before.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-10-17 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
LOL!
I SO hope that mariole will see soon this post and that your informative scrseencaps set weird plots into her head.

You are wonderful, girl!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:31 (UTC) (Link)
Heck, it was in Mariole's icon that I first saw the Ithilien crotch shot. I didn't know where it could have come from, trimmed as an icon (the shot, not the crotch). Then when I was watching the new Extras for the TTT DVD, there was a sequence showing them filming the part where Frodo and Sam are captured by Faramir. The crotch shot is not in it, but they are filming it and I saw it must be the source. So I popped in TTT theatrical, and made the caps (for "my research:
my "research", as it were).
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2006-10-17 11:45 (UTC) (Link)
Mmm chocolate-velveteen Frodo on TORc... Those were the days!

Thank you for providing clearer versions of those previously fuzzy pictures!

I somehow missed those Ithelien pictures...how did I do that?!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
I missed them, too, Maewyn. But it really is an eye-blink in the film. I never knew where Mariole's icon came from but watching the new Extras on the TTT DVD I saw where it had to come from. As I told Estelanui above, I then put TTT in (the actual film), fast-forwarded to Ithilien and there were the caps. Voila!
taerie
taerie at 2006-10-17 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
Well, certainly the put it away pictures are just bunched fabric but the ilithien pictures aren't.
(Hey, some of us are just very focused about what we want. Even if it can't be called high minded it's certainly higher functioning in a sort of procreative way.
(Hang onto your pants Frodo! Here come the big women!)
I'll go back to the harem now.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:34 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, the Big Women are coming to get him.

Isn't it a riot that the text for the "bunchy pants scene" is, "We put it away; we keep it hidden"?
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-10-17 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
How splendidly he entered a pair of massive doors, pushing them apart like unwilling thighs, rich droplets of sweat flying everywhere.

Now there's a mental image and a half. :D

As for Frolijah in those bluescreen shots, the Lady Varda only knows what he's got stuffed down his breeches! *guffaws*

The 'let's hide the Ring' scene was the very first scene in which I saw Film Frodo talking. It was in the extremely impressive second trailer for FOTR, released in the spring of 2001. Oh, how that trailer made me swoon!

"Nobody knows it's here, do they?" And then when he turned to face the camera, those huge bright blue eyes even huger and brighter with sudden awareness and alarm, that kissable mouth asking (in a perfect English accent), "Do they, Gandalf?", I thought: He's Frodo. This American kid whom I've never heard of before really is Frodo ... and younger and more beautifuller than ever I dreamed.

:)
golden_berry
golden_berry at 2006-10-17 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Amen, Sister. Amen. :>D
golden_berry
golden_berry at 2006-10-17 14:09 (UTC) (Link)
That was the scene that made me fall instantly in love with Elijah's Frodo. On a computer screen, as Pearl so eloquently recounts above.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
The "Do they Gandalf?" shots? I just told Pearl that I actually screencapped that piece of that trailer, one of my first attempts. You might want to download some of them, Goldenberry (Just scroll down past the comment and art shots.)

http://mechtild.livejournal.com/11618.html
theartoffic
theartoffic at 2006-10-17 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
Heh! *loffs so much* Just how long can one shirt be??? *g* Thanks for sharing! These are awesome :D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
Well, in my next set of screencaps, Merry and Pippin will be in a state of partial undress, and you will see that the hobbit's shirts really are long (though mostly in the back), and have a very voluminous cut.

I do love thinking those pants are in a state of semi-happiness, but I am sure it's just the way the pants are made. On such loosely-fitted trousers, the double plackets makes a fold of fabric that falls from either side. The lighting coming in strongly from the right makes the fold cast a shadow.

Sure is fun to stare at, though.
melyanna_65
melyanna_65 at 2006-10-17 16:26 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my, why, why am I always reading your entries (and watching your caps) while I'm at work? This is so much distracting!!

Eru bless him, our Frodo seems to be a very generous hobbit (in every sense).

*goes washing her face with very cold water!*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 17:14 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, you are such a sweetie, Melyanna. Dash that cold water on your face! So what if it's just shirt-tails and shadows? It's a very fine way for him to look in a pair of plum-brown velveteen trousers.

*admires again*
alone_in_mordor
alone_in_mordor at 2006-10-17 18:44 (UTC) (Link)

Here's Something

On FOTR, go and watch when the cave troll in Moria scares Frodo. He will jump back, and when he crawls backwards to the wall, he has one hell of a tent.;))
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 19:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Here's Something

No kidding! Poor Frodo! He needs all his blood rushing elsewhere at that moment. ;)
 Paulie
not_alone at 2006-10-17 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
"The screencaps of Frodo sprawled on the forest floor while being apprehended by Faramir's rangers in Ithilien were a favourite of Frodo-member-lovers everywhere:"

Having been a Frodo perv for so long, I'm rather ashamed that these shots have previously escaped my attention!! Phew - very nice:D The blue screen shots, however, have often been subjected to microscopic examination great admiration!! And those first two pics, from Mt Doom & CU, are so utterly sensual - and beautfiul of course:)

Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Just above your post, Alone in Mordor informed me that there is a handsome pant-bulge in the Moria scene, in which Frodo is thrown to the floor by the troll then scuttles back to the corner.

I wondered why Mariole had posted an image from that scene before; I should have known! But her image was smallish and indistinct -- enough for me to be unable to see anything *conclusive*. So I popped in FotR an hour ago and paused through the sequence. There does appear to be a substantial up-protruding bit of trouser fabric, but I am guessing it's just the result of the violence of the throw, the pants rising up his legs so that the fabric and waistband would be propelled upwards, subsequently pushed and pooched about as he scrabbled back so energetically. When you watch the caps in sequence, you can see the fold of fabric change as he moves about. If it really were a strapping erection, that wouldn't happen.

Anywyay, for him to be sporting a tent of those proportions, and at that straight-up angle, he'd have to be not just tumescent but fully aroused. Somehow, even if EW was an eighteen-year-old at the time, I can't see the actor getting to that state in the middle of shooting a sequence (no doubt repeatedly) that was so physically violent and demanding. It's fun to imagine other scenarios, of course! :D
Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-10-17 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
I adore this whole post, that goes without saying! :-)

Good times, better than good memories! Ah, the swooning and the perving of the Harem at its best.......
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Maeglian. Mentioning the "Elven-glass thingamabob" reminded me of your story with the tree with the thingamabobs hanging from it. Wasn't that the one? And Frodo had to choose one of them, and the person who had hung it there was the one he would have for his lover of the night? That was a swoony story. Not explicit, but so magical and charming - like its hero. *sigh*
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, very "inspiring". :D
Wenchie
bandwench at 2006-10-17 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
Holy Hard Hobbit Bits! Bless his cotton socks . . . or whatever is making that lovely bulge in his velvet pants! O_O A girl can dream, and if she is gonna dream--she might as well dream BIG! Ü
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-10-17 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe you got over here again to see that! Good old Alone in Mordor, we owe yet another bulge to her (it is a "her" isn't it?).

By the way, your icon is most ... inspiring. Too bad it can't be slowed down just a tad.

It should definitely have the RotK Premiere pants in them, though, surely my favourite of all crotch shots along with the swinging-around-the-lampost shot which your icon includes. Let me see if I can find them....

Ah, here we go:






I had never really thought he looked good in a suit before.....

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