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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

HA #5 of 7: “Don’t Hurt Him!”

Posted on 2007.05.11 at 08:41
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Henneth Annun, Pt. 5: Frodo persuades Sméagol to come to him, who is captured by Faramir’s men.


I think Frodo is excellent conveying his concern for Gollum’s welfare in this scene, but primarily after the deed is done. Calling Gollum to come, Frodo has kept his expressions mostly positive, a little exasperation peeking through, as he tries to convince his guide. But that all changes once Faramir’s men have bagged their quarry. “Don’t hurt him!” he pleads as Gollum struggles and cries, a dark sack pushed over Gollum's head like a man going to his hanging.

There is a sense of betrayal but also foreboding in Frodo's look as he observes Faramir watching it all from above, Faramir’s smile almost a smirk. Frodo seems already to know he has made a bad bargain. Not only has he betrayed Gollum into the hands of an enemy, he senses he may have betrayed himself as well. In the book, Frodo has every reason to believe that Faramir will be true and not make a lie of his promise to Gollum that he will not be harmed. In the film, Frodo has no such assurance. In fact, the evidence points to the contrary. This Faramir will do what he wants. What Frodo might want appears to be of no matter.


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Book scene continued, from The Forbidden Pool:


‘We must trust Master?’ said Gollum doubtfully. ‘Why? Why not go at once? Where is the other one, the cross rude hobbit? Where is he?’

‘Away up there,’ said Frodo, pointing to the waterfall. ‘I am not going without him. We must go back to him.’ His heart sank. This was too much like trickery. He did not really fear that Faramir would allow Gollum to be killed, but he would probably make him prisoner and bind him; and certainly what Frodo did would seem a treachery to the poor treacherous creature…. What else could he do?—to keep faith, as near as might be, with both sides. ‘Come!’ he said. ‘Or the Precious will be angry. We are going back now, up the stream. Go on, go on, you go in front!’

Gollum crawled along close to the brink for a little way, snuffling and suspicious. Presently he stopped and raised his head. ‘Something’s there!’ he said. ‘Not a hobbit.’ Suddenly he turned back. A green light flickered in his bulging eyes. ‘Masster, master!’ he hissed. ‘Wicked! Tricksy! False!’ He spat and stretched out his long arms with snapping fingers.


At that moment the great black shape of Anborn loomed up behind him and came down on him…. He twisted round like lightning, all wet and slimy as he was, wriggling like an eel, biting and scratching like a cat. But two more men came up out of the shadows.

‘Hold still!’ said one. ‘Or we’ll stick you as full of pins as a hedgehog. Hold still!’

Gollum went limp, and began to whine and weep. They tied him, none too gently.

‘Easy, easy!’ said Frodo. ‘He has no strength to match you. Don’t hurt him, if you can help it. He’ll be quieter if you don’t. Sméagol! They won’t hurt you. I’ll go with you, and you shall come to no harm. Not unless they kill me too. Trust Master!’

Gollum turned and spat at him. The men picked him up, put a hood over his eyes, and carried him off.

Frodo followed them, feeling very wretched. They went through the opening behind the bushes, and back, down the stairs and passages, into the cave. Two or three torches had been lit. Men were stirring. Sam was there, and he gave a queer look at the limp bundle that the men carried. ‘Got him?’ he said to Frodo.

‘Yes. Well no, I didn’t get him. He came to me, because he trusted me at first, I’m afraid. I did not want him tied up like this. I hope it will be all right; I hate the whole business.’


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Film Scene: Frodo delivers Gollum into the hands of the Rangers.

Frodo eases closer, holding out his hand and beckoning. Tentatively, Gollum comes to him.

Frodo:: Come, Sméagol. Nice Sméagol. That’s it. Come on.

Faramir’s men accost Sméagol.

Frodo: Don’t hurt him! Sméagol, don’t struggle! Sméagol, listen to me!

Gollum: Master! No! No!

Faramir’s men shove a sack over Gollum’s head and he is carried off. Frodo looks to where Faramir stands high above, wearing an enigmatic expression.



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Related Entries:


~ HA 1 ~ Faramir questions Frodo and Sam.


~ HA 2 ~ “Come with me!” Faramir tells Frodo.


~ HA 3 ~ Faramir asks, “Shall I shoot?”


~ HA 4 ~ “Trust Master!” ~ Frodo tries to persuade Sméagol.


~ HA 5 ~ “Don’t hurt him!” ~ Faramir’s men capture Sméagol.


~ HA 6 ~ The Goons of Gondor: the EE interrogation of Gollum.


~ HA 7 ~ “The Ring is taking me, Sam”.





Other screencap entries:

~ All Frodo and Elijah screencaps.






Comments:


Claudia's Cove
claudia603 at 2007-05-11 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
If I were Faramir and had to look at Frodo's hurt and accusatory expression there, I'd feel soooooo guilty. Grrr! Wow, those were some expressions Frodo had!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-05-12 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he did. Frodo got an A+ in expressions for this scene. Too bad film Faramir didn't have enough sensitivity to pick them up. Faramir makes up for it all in RotK, though. :)
mews1945
mews1945 at 2007-05-11 21:56 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my, his concern and realization of his mistake are so well conveyed there. And the way he looks up at Faramir, I wonder how anyone could have betrayed him.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-05-12 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
And the way he looks up at Faramir, I wonder how anyone could have betrayed him.

Well, we wouldn't--but we love him!

Thanks for commenting, Mews.
Whiteling
whiteling at 2007-05-12 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you don't mind that I took two of your screencaps and merged them, Mechtild. Both realise their mistakes at the same moment; their correlating expression struck me.

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Wonderful screencaps and great comparison of book and film. Thank you so much for this!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-05-12 13:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is so COOL, Whiteling! Those are both such wonderful frames. It's great to see them together!
(Anonymous) at 2007-05-12 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
This is another wonderful series of screencaps and commentaries, Mechtild.

Although I love the film scenes in Ithlien and HA, I do miss book-Frodo's wisdom and book-Faramir's nobility. As you say, Faramir is redeemed in ROTK (I so admire David Wenham's portrayal). In the book these two characters form a firm bond of friendship and mutual trust, and it's such a shame that it was more or less lost in the films. While reading the book for the first time I anticipated their reunion in happier times, perhaps in Minas Tirith, but alas - Frodo chose not to record the meeting (which surely must have taken place) in the Red Book.

The ill-treatment of film-Gollum is also unsettling, I agree, though I never did sympathize much with book-Gollum. Frodo's sense of contrition is expressed beautifully in those last few frames. How wretched he must feel.

Frodo is gorgeous here, as always.

Thanks so much for all the time and hard work you put into producing these engrossing entries, Mechtild.
mechling at 2007-05-12 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much, Blossom. It's always good to hear what you have to say. I don't think book Gollum is NEARLY as sympathetic as film Gollum, although he seems loads wittier and smarter, but I think it serves the book that he isn't. I think it highlights what mercy is precisely because Gollum is so undeserving.

While reading the book for the first time I anticipated their reunion in happier times, perhaps in Minas Tirith, but alas - Frodo chose not to record the meeting (which surely must have taken place) in the Red Book.

One of my favourite Minas Tirith post-quest fanfics is by Zazinka. Perhaps you know her; she was Flourish at K-D. If you haven't read her little trio of post-quest Frodo stories, you are missing out on some very lovely writing: restrained and spare, well-observed, evocative, canon-faithful; never sentimentalized or mawkish. These really are "gap-filler" gems, Tolkienish without being slavish.

Here is link listing her three stories at WotM. They are all short.

http://www.west-of-the-moon.net/servlet/GenStoryListing?authorID=166

The first story, "Beyond Hope", is set in Minas Tirith, portraying a quiet little reunion between Frodo and Faramir. I think it's quite beautiful.

~ Mechtild


(Anonymous) at 2007-05-13 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yes Mechtild, I know Flourish quite well - we still correspond via e-mail regularly. I was fortunate enough to read her stories first-hand, as she kindly shared them with me before she submitted them to WOTM. I love them. As you say, they are wonderful 'gap-fillers,'and very much in the book-vein. 'The Boat,' and 'The Letter,' are both excellent, but I think my favourite of the three has to be 'Beyond Hope.' Frodo and Faramir's interaction here perfectly demonstrates what a sensitive understanding of the book-characters she has. You called it 'quite beautiful,' and I can only agree with that sentiment.

Thanks for posting the link to WOTM, Mechtild - I hope others will follow it and discover Zazinka's fics. It's a pity there are only those three, but I wholly support your recommendation - anyone who loves book-Frodo will surely relish these.

I'm looking forward to seeing the next instalment of your HA screencaps.

Blossom.


mechling at 2007-05-13 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
I had thought I remembered you being a friend of Flourish, but I couldn't be sure, it's been such a long time. She was a wonderful e-correspondent on all things Tolkien for the time that we emailed each other. I had a terrific time writing to her, she was so knowledgeable on Frodo and the books, so humorous, and so clear in her thinking. I knew of her stories from reading the drafts as she produced them. Otherwise I would have completely missed knowing about them. I think "Beyond Hope" is the best, too, although all three are high-quality fic and make a great trio.
(Anonymous) at 2007-05-12 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
Apologies Mechtild,

That was me - Blossom.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-05-15 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
There is a sense of betrayal but also foreboding in Frodo's look as he observes Faramir watching it all from above, Faramir’s smile almost a smirk. Frodo seems already to know he has made a bad bargain. Not only has he betrayed Gollum into the hands of an enemy, he senses he may have betrayed himself as well.

How well acted this is, all that with just the slightest of changes in facial expression – pauses to hug Elijah for such a convincing performance. Someone at KD wrote: Elijah’s Frodo is proof that God loves us. (or something like that there :-D) How true, so true. *satisfied sigh*

Thank you so much, Mechling, for giving us your precious time with these engrossing essays and screen caps.

If I could I would arrange for Frodo to call you his Mechling.

--Estë
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-05-15 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
If I could I would arrange for Frodo to call you his Mechling.

Awwwww..... You are such a DOLL, Estë.

Yes, EW did a great job in the Ithilien-Henneth Annun-Osgiliath sequence, as mixed as my feelings are about them as adaptations of Tolkien. The only exception is the scene I will present next, but he's actually not in the worst part of that scene.
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