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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Revisited, Pt. 3b: ‘Let us be rid of it’, plus jan-u-wine's "The Last Hours".

Posted on 2007.09.05 at 22:28
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~*~


This last "Gorgoroth Revisted" post features the conclusion of the widescreen "I can carry you" screencaps, plus jan-u-wine's short but very powerful poem, The Last Hours.

The book excerpt is also short, but, similarly, shows Tolkien's genius. It hasn't many words, but it has import. It gives a good sense of the short way left before them, and Sam's surge of hope at the sight of it. An earlier book passage, included in the last entry, best illustrates the caps of Sam heaving Frodo over his shoulder. (Not quite "pig-a-back" as recounted in the book, but very affecting all the same.) The scoring for that moment, in which a statement of the expansive "Into the West" theme is heard for the first time, is perfection.



Book scene from Mount Doom.

[Sam] looked back, and then he looked up; and he was amazed to see how far his last effort had brought him. The Mountain standing ominous and alone had looked taller than it was. Sam saw now that it was less lofty than the high passes of the Ephel Dúath which he and Frodo had scaled. (…) As he looked up he saw plainly a path or road. It climbed like a rising girdle from the west and wound snakelike about the Mountain, until before it went round out of view it reached the foot of the cone upon its eastern side.

Sam could not see the course immediately above him, where it was lowest, for a steep slope went up from where he stood; but he guessed that if he could only struggle on just a little way further up, they would strike this path. A gleam of hope returned to him. They might conquer the Mountain yet. ‘Why, it might have been put there a-purpose!’ he said to himself. ‘If it wasn’t there, I’d have to say I was beaten in the end.’

The path was not put there for the purposes of Sam. He did not know it, but he was looking at Sauron’s Road from Barad-dûr to the Sammath Naur, the Chambers of Fire.

~*~



Film Scene from the theatrical version of The Return of the King.


Frodo: (Speaking with difficulty.) No, Sam, I can't recall the taste of food. Nor the sound of water, or the touch of grass. I'm naked in the dark. There's nothing—no veil— between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes!

Sam: Then let us be rid of It, once and for all. Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry It for you, but I can carry you. Come on!

Sam hoists Frodo over his shoulder and struggles up the mountainside.



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~*~






The Last Hours

~ by jan-u-wine



I know now:
we
will not
see
Home again.

But you,

you

must not know
that I
know.

You must
go on,
in these last hours,
trying,
as you imagine,
so as
'to please
your Sam'.

So I smile
for you
and tell a tale
in this age-long Dark,
of fair sunlight
in far-away lands.

I will pull you,
in words,
in thought,
in dream

as close
to Home
as ever can be.

And when you can no longer
see
or hear
nor step forward,
why, then ,
simply,
I shall carry you.

In truth,
when your
darkened spirit
at last
is caged within its final terror,
the burden of your body
will be naught to bear.

When stubborn determination
deserted
your failing soul,
it entered mine:

I know now:
I am not here

just

to be

your Friend.




~*~









Pierre Vinet's publicity photo for this scene:












Fullscreen version of this scene:


~ Gorgoroth Pt. IV ~ "Naked in the dark", with jan-u-wine's "All That I Deem Precious".




Entries in the ‘Gorgoroth Revisited’ series:


~ Gorgoroth Revisited 1a: “None Left”.


~ Gorgoroth Revisited 1b: ‘No Return Journey’.


~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 2: Frodo falls, plus jan-u-wine’s “Where You Are Bound”.


~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 3a: ‘Do you remember the Shire’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Another Sunless Dawn”.


~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 3b: ‘Let us be rid of it’, plus jan-u-wine’s “The Last Hours”.




Other tables of Links:


~ Entries with jan-u-wine's poems


~ Frodo and Elijah screencaps Main Page.



~ Mechtild


Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-09-06 11:38 (UTC) (Link)
When stubborn determination
deserted
your failing soul,
it entered mine


Oh my. All her poems are stunning, but this line truly shot straight to my heart.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-06 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that a brilliant turn? Wow.
Illyria
illyria_novia at 2007-09-06 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
I second Shirebound. That line made me weep. *wipes tears*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-06 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Me too, Illyria.
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-07 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for commenting, Mews. This was such a moving scene, but I almost think the screencaps are as good or better than the actual film scene (except for the music which was super, and which I can listen to over and over, it is so beautiful and evocative). I love being able to linger over the visual moments of the scene, frame by frame, enlarging on them in my own imagination, with the book text in mind. In a way, Jan's poems help me do that, since they always enlarge upon, or open up, moments in the book and films, in ways that I hadn't appreciated or thought of before. But all art does that, and when I say "art" I include fan art.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-09-06 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Powerful acting, powerful images and powerful poetry.

Thank you so much for this Mechling.



I will pull you,
in words,
in thought,
in dream

as close
to Home
as ever can be.


Thank you Jan-u-wine.

--Estë
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-07 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Estë, I'm so glad you got to see these. I think these three posts, with their three poems, make such a gorgeous, moving, thought-provoking sequence. Thanks so much for commenting!
verangel
verangel at 2007-09-07 01:25 (UTC) (Link)

"I know now:
we
will not
see
Home again.
But you,
you
must not know
that I
know."

and then:

"When stubborn determination
deserted
your failing soul,
it entered mine:
I know now:
I am not here
just
to be
your Friend."

I sent this to work to absorbe at lunch. It is such a moving moment. I looked at those gorgeous striking blue eyes in the dirt. The look relaying the blindness of his not really seeing, the desperation, fatigue, so lost and dying. So different from the carefree little hobbit in the beginning.
Then I read the words of this poem and had tears coming to my eyes. They were so perfect, beautiful. Tolkien couldn't have relayed it any better. What an absolutely beautiful poem.
thank you...hugs..v
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-07 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
I've already gushed over it, but the scene really did produce astonishingly vivid and moving screencaps. Jan's poem just brings it out that much more. You thoughts are so inciteful, and so passionate, there is no way I cannot be moved reading them. Thank you so much for commenting, Verangel.
pearlette
pearlette at 2007-09-07 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
I know now:
I am not here
just
to be
your Friend.

That line slays me.

What a wonderful glimpse into the greatness of Sam's soul. His quest starts off as just wanting to protect his beloved master Frodo - a noble enough motive in itself! - but he, like his master, grows spiritually on the Quest so that in the end he knows it's not just about him saving Frodo ... it's about him and Frodo saving Middle-earth itself.

Beautiful poem and stunning images (of course) ... but the movie scene could never move me as much as the book scene did when I first read it.

I love looking at the images though. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-07 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
It's great to hear/read your comment, Pearl. And I know what you mean about the power of the book scene over the film scene. But that's been one of the great things, for me, doing this screencap series in these last several months. Originally I was just making screencaps to find suitable faces for Art Travesties. Then I started posting them, but just for us to swoon over. Then it got more serious, and I was commenting on the film. When I started providing book excerpts and film script, it really moved me to think more. It also had the curious effect of letting me, in many cases, "see" the screencaps as illustrations of the book rather than film scenes. Jan's poems, like the images, are windows or ports into the world of the book for me, yet calling forth a lot of imagery from the film, which was so rich, visually. So when I look at the images, although I recall clearly the scenes they came from, often great scenes, in this format I experience them more as illustrations than as clips from the film scenes. When book and film are close, it's really powerful. But even when they are very divergent, and illustrate film scenes I really don't like, I can still enjoy the caps as I read the excerpts and/or narrative poems, letting them open up *those* scenes, rather than the scenes the caps actually came from. Have I confused or clarified?

P.S. I loved what you wrote here:

he, like his master, grows spiritually on the Quest so that in the end he knows it's not just about him saving Frodo ... it's about him and Frodo saving Middle-earth itself.

As much as William Nighy's performance of Sam in the BBC production, it's been Jan's poems from Sam's POV (there are a lot more than this, of course) that have helped open my eyes to the beauty and sweetness and nobility of Sam's soul. That he is so perceptive and noticing in both, too, is another big difference for me, based on my early, grossly surface readings of his character as a young woman.
pearlette
pearlette at 2007-09-08 12:59 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, appreciating the screencaps as illustrating the book is wonderful. :)

Yes, it bugs me when some people dismiss Sam as a superficially sweet country bumpkin. :(

Tolkien was a much better writer than that! There's a great deal of depth to Sam.

*forever fangirls Frodo and Sam*
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-09-12 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
♥ Thank you so much! *is sniffling*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-09-12 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
You are more than welcome, Frodosweetstuff. (I'll use my "sad" icon to sniffle with you.)
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-09-13 19:54 (UTC) (Link)
I have a "sad" icon, too! :)
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2012-01-10 04:48 (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful, straight forward rendering of Sam's steely determination and sense of purpose.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2012-01-10 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
Just so. :)
jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2012-01-11 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
I hear that there is going to be a Gardiner band called "Steely Sam"

....

glad you liked, LT!
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