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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sammath Naur Pt. 7: ‘Give me your hand!’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Within the Chamber”.

Posted on 2007.10.12 at 07:39
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~*~



Here begins a series of four entries, all detailing the film moment in which Frodo is hanging from the side of the Sammath Naur. It’s self-indulgent, since he really does not look that different from frame to frame. Four entries of screencaps?? But his face is so beautiful in these, and so variously poignant, I couldn’t resist.

Besides, presenting four sets of caps allows me to present four more of jan-u-wine’s brilliant Sammath Naur poems.

I love this poem, Within the Chamber. Maybe it is my favourite, but I can never decide, there are so many. When I read it I imagine post-Quest Frodo out walking on a fall evening in the Shire at dusk, then, quite unsuspecting, falling into the past. The darkest moment of his past: the claiming of the Ring. It wows me, this poem.


~*~


Since this scene of Frodo hanging over the fiery chasm never happened in the book, there are no book excerpts to go with it. I have included parts of the book text in some of the entries, after the caps, as reminders of what happened in the book version.

The script, which is very minimal, appears as individual lines of dialogue posted directly where they go in the sequence of frames.

As ever, the screecaps for this series (and all the Sammath Naur screencaps) have been considerably brightened and sharpened. They all come from the fullscreen version of RotK.



























Sam: Give me you hand!























































































Within the Chamber

~ by jan-u-wine


Somehow,
between moon-rise and sun-set,

somehow,
I missed the path.

Covered deep in leaves, it was,

burdened beneath words and
dremes

and tales told twice
under duck-head-blue skies....

I mis-stepped
fell headlong into otherwhen,


and saw,

as if it were but a moment gone,

red-eyed, red-tongued fire

and shadows of terror swaying

upon
walls blooded in an age fallen to dust.

Gold-molten
islands drifted beneath my feet,

and the river which
held them

called
to the brother that weighted me.

Never have I been so sure of myself.

Never have I been.....so....
not myself.

Sharp
as the quick-slice of a blade,
this division of me
and

me....

and yet,
dull,

blunt-edged,

raw
with darken'd
half-felt

torment,

ice
and

night-hewn
fire

arcing
with fear,
desire

love ……

hate…….



Need.



no
oh

no.

My hand moves.

It cannot be me that moves it,

I know it cannot
be

me....

and my mind wills it to not move,
and I feel my own fingers at my throat,
see

the broken chain drop careless
to the ground.

What must I be doing,
that you look at me
with such despair....

help me
help me...

help....

But you cannot help me,
now,

can you?

The voice twines itself
around

my every thought,
darkness impelled
by my own heart-beat,

night falling like a carrion-crow
across the windows of my mind....

It laughs and takes me

with
such

ease

and

It whispers,

(endlessly echoing)


that

It has only waited,
only

bided

until I should bring It here,

that It should watch my torment,
my death-which-shall-never-be....

Ah, madness.

Like the tender touch
of a lover,

this oblivion,
like the fangs
of a serpent

sinking
sharp

deep

welcome

into waiting flesh,
like

the delicate caress
of forever,

closing my eyes
in turn,

weighting them
with an image

drowning
in fire.


Of a sudden, the World is large again,

whole,

yet
somehow painfully

small,
splintered

and the sound
and smell

and sight
of it

rushes back in upon me,
like an angry sea.

There is nothing left.

Nothing to do
or be

or say.

I will just lay my head down and rest here,

rest,

and
sleep

until this kindly fire
culls death from the doors of uneasy dreme.





~*~








Entries in this series:


~ Sammath Naur Intro: "Why I fell for Frodo” ~ Main essay for series (this essay is friends locked).

~ Sammath Naur 1: ‘I’m here, Sam.’

~ Sammath Naur 2: ‘Throw It in the fire!’

~ Sammath Naur 3: ‘Just let It go!’, plus three poems by jan-u-wine.

~ Sammath Naur 4: ‘The Ring is mine’, plus jan-u-wine’s “That Which Is My Own”.

~ Sammath Naur 5: Gollum Bites, plus jan-u-wine’s “Frodo’s Remembrance of Gollum”.

~ Sammath Naur 6: Gollum Falls, plus essay on Gollum’s oath.

~ Sammath Naur 7: ‘Give Me Your Hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Within the Chamber”.

~ Sammath Naur 8: ‘Take my hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “The Claiming".

~ Sammath Naur 9: ‘Don't you let go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind".

~ Sammath Naur 10: ‘Reach’, plus jan-u-wine’s “And I Don’t Mean To".



Other Tables of Links:


~ Entries with jan-u-wine's poems.

~ Frodo & Elijah Wood screencap entries



~ Mechtild


Comments:


Rakshi
rakshi at 2007-10-12 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
How can I thank you for these exquisite images?

I wonder.. does he think about letting go? Does he know the mental and emotional darkness that will overwhelm him if he survives this moment? does he look into Sam's face and know.. KNOW that eventually he'll have to break Sam's heart by leaving Middle-earth to find peace.

These are the questions that your images invoked within me. Such food for thought.

Again, I can't thank you enough.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:36 (UTC) (Link)
does he look into Sam's face and know.. KNOW that eventually he'll have to break Sam's heart by leaving Middle-earth to find peace.

That is a very interesting idea, Rakshi. I hadn't thought of it. But maybe the film-makers did think to establish the groundword for Frodo's leaving in this extended moment. That is a very plausible idea!

wakerobin at 2007-10-12 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Too many pictures of Frodo/Elijah? What a concept. Heck, I wish you could follow him around in real life and cap every little thing he does. And this scene is one of about 7, just in Return of the King, that I thought earned him an Oscar - he turns his face towards Sam right after the first unsuccessful attempt to grasp his hand, and you can see, clear as a bell, that he's asking Sam to let him go. This man breaks my heart..
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right. I had not thought he seemed suicidal, only exhausted and worn down, watching this film before reading discussions in fandom, but I think what viewers like you have said makes sense. The scene really does seem to be portaying Frodo as ready to die, right then, only persuaded back into life by Sam's encouragement.
The One Mari
marigold6 at 2007-10-12 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
Never self-indulgent, dear heart...the beauty that is FroLijah is endless. In fact, my mother said she's going to watch the whole extended this weekend - she misses it like we do.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:39 (UTC) (Link)
Your *mother* said this????? I want to meet your mother. Maybe we could go on vacations together. Spent watching LotR. :)
The One Mari
marigold6 at 2007-10-15 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
I turned my mom onto LOTR around the time of TTT - and we went to the extended showings of FOTR and TTT before the midnight opening showing of ROTK - she loved it!! She's quite impressed by our Elwood, tho' she's a huge Viggo fan - liked him even before the Trilogy. And I have her watching X-Men and HP and Narnia and all sorts of stuff...my mom rules!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-16 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
Your mom *is* terrific. (I loved Viggo--as Aragorn--too, before RotK and "leaving him" for Frodo; Frodo was not on my erotic map at that point.) She should see "Eastern Promises". It's a very sombre film, with some gory spots during which I closed my eyes, knowing to expect them, but it was extremely good. All the actors in it give excellent, memorable performances. And she'll get to see Viggo in the altogether.
 Paulie
not_alone at 2007-10-12 20:54 (UTC) (Link)
I'm struggling to keep up with LJ lately due to a misbehaving computer, but I just had to pop in to thank you for these wonderful screencaps. The expression on Frodo's face in this scene just breaks my heart - that moment when he yearns to let go. I am so ready for another ROTK viewing!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:42 (UTC) (Link)
He's going to be wearing these heart-breaking expressions for the next three posts. He really does do us in, doesn't he?

(P.S. Sorry to hear about your naughty computer--is that why there's been no new instalment of "Frodo's Journey"?)
 Paulie
not_alone at 2007-10-13 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your naughty computer--is that why there's been no new instalment of "Frodo's Journey"?)

That's right - it's really slowed me down - also I've had to make sure that I've got absolutely everything backed up on disk in case it dies altogether!! That took such a long time. But I do hope to have the next chapter up quite soon - possibly within the next week:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
I do hope to have the next chapter up quite soon - possibly within the next week:)

Goody!
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:46 (UTC) (Link)
I felt that he did it for Sam's sake, rather than his own, because he didn't want to leave Sam to die alone in Mordor.

Oh, that's beautiful, Mews. Not just that Frodo didn't want to burden Sam with having to watch him let go and die, but that he would be leaving Sam to die alone in Mordor. I hadn't thought of that. That's so loving of Frodo! And so appropriate, considering what a support and friend Sam has been to him. Would Frodo do anything less? You make his willingness, at last, to be handed up into life more than agreeing to go on living, but an affirmation that he would go on, with Sam, "to whatever end", as the King of Rohan said.
verangel
verangel at 2007-10-12 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
I WILLL read this later..mom's coming over. I love this moment. It was painful and heartwrenching. His face and as always..the eyes relayed so much..chills. xoxoxo v
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-13 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
Say "hi" to your mom! (Not really, if she'd be alarmed at all this, lol!)
verangel
verangel at 2007-10-14 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
I read the poem..and felt my heart clench..but really, this scene I have watched over and over.
When you watch him hanging ..there is a moment in the beginning that you hear is breath..suck in...I was always mesmorized and would rewind and listen again. Something about his eyes, and the sound coming from him..it was so desperate. He thinks he can't give anymore and he has given in..making him a failure. To me, this scene shows so much in human nature. Frodo has been through so much, had so much to shoulder, and in the end, he let the ring rule him..through no fault of his own. It was an impossible feat for any, but Frodo was one who could carry it this far with virtue.

So here he is, and frankly, I have always felt he desired to let go (from his failure)...but didn't, because he was THAT strong. But he felt so incredibly lost...and tired..
When you look at the screencaps, it is amazing to see Frodo/Elijah's red rimmed eyes...and they are bloodshot as if tired. All and some moresoe. I wonder how they did that, or how he did that. But, it is believable and that face, in all its beauty, failure, vulnerability and final resolve, takes my freakin breath away. Because he was still a hero, he was everyman, he was deserving of comfort for every step he took carrying that evil ring and bearing that extreme burden..stabbed,sorrow at his loss of his friend and mentor, confusion, loneliness, extreme fatigue, and terror....because even with Sam, he felt he had to carry responsibility.
The book does not depict the changes in Frodo as well as the movie, to me, in this moment. I felt it was a good addition. Tolkien was far more resigned that that is how it was, which is beautiful in itself, but, in knowing how human nature is, I felt this scene conveyed so much in that failing of Frodo...and the ever ready hand of his freind to be there, understand and not judge..just love him.
That this actor,Elijah, could convey this whenever it was shot within that 15 month period, to the point that when I saw ROTK...I was completely overwhelmed and transfixed.
I can't get enough of his face, his Frodo. He made me feel..so deeply. I love all the other actors..it was perfect...but without these moments of extreme humanity in that face, I could have moved on. But, I didn't, and became obsessed and I am so thankful for that..because it is 4 years after ROTK... and I am still here..and responding to you. That is how his face and interpretation affected me. I so love these posting because I love to remember, through the screencaps, my excitment and emotion.
hugs youxoxoxox love v
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-14 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
But, it is believable and that face, in all its beauty, failure, vulnerability and final resolve, takes my freakin breath away. Because he was still a hero, he was everyman, he was deserving of comfort for every step he took carrying that evil ring and bearing that extreme burden..stabbed,sorrow at his loss of his friend and mentor, confusion, loneliness, extreme fatigue, and terror....because even with Sam, he felt he had to carry responsibility.

Wow, that's beautiful, Verangel. He really was an everyman, but a hero of an everyman, and underwent all these things. You remind me, too, of his loss of Gandalf. In a way, and I never thought of it until reading your comment just now, his hanging off the edge, over a fiery chasm, is very like the moment before Gandalf fell. Gandalf let go in order to save them (falling to fight the Balrog who would not let go, although we readers--and the Fellowship--didn't know that), but it would not be the same thing if Frodo let go. Sam was so right, and so loving to keep after him, not letting go so that Frodo wouldn't let go.

I can't get enough of his face, his Frodo. He made me feel..so deeply. I love all the other actors..it was perfect...but without these moments of extreme humanity in that face, I could have moved on.

That comment, too, is right on target. That really is how it was. Thanks, Verangel, for posting this heartfelt, deeply thoughtful statement.


frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-10-24 15:01 (UTC) (Link)
It breaks my heart to see this scene but I love it nevertheless. So beautiful. Thank you for the caps!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-25 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, Frodosweetstuff. :)
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-05 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
Looking at those screencaps, looking at this face always breaks my heart. Looking at Sam it seems to me he asks Sam for permission letting him go …but he also KNOWS that he can’t do it. He can’t break Sam’s heart, he can’t break the hearts of his friends.
It feels so “human” – you want to be weak and you want to give up but you can’t and you won’t.

Jan’s poem – one of my favourites …

“Ah, madness.

Like the tender touch
of a lover,

this oblivion,
like the fangs
of a serpent

sinking
sharp

deep

welcome

into waiting flesh,
like

the delicate caress
of forever,

closing my eyes
in turn,

weighting them
with an image

drowning
in fire.”

Heartbreakingly beautiful.
Her poem as well as your caps.

Thank you, lovey!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-05 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, Julchen. All who love Frodo are pushed to the limits by this scene. Unspoken cries of "Don't let go!" sound silently along with Sam's, I think, at least in in the hearts of viewers who love Frodo.
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
"Unspoken cries of "Don't let go!" sound silently along with Sam's, I think, at least in in the hearts of viewers who love Frodo."

Perfect! That's what I wanted to say ... you can read my mind it seems :-)

What a day, what a night!
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-06 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Julchen, thank you again. It's so long ago that I wrote these, it almost seems as if someone else penned them. I read them and experience them much as you do. They do pull at something that is very deep inside, especially when paired with the intense visual power of the caps.

jan
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 13:11 (UTC) (Link)
That's soooooo true. This goes VERY deep!
Thank YOU, my dear
Julchen
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