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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sammath Naur Pt. 9: ‘Don’t You Let Go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind”.

Posted on 2007.10.14 at 19:23
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More super caps of the same scene. In this set, Frodo looks as if he is just beginning to be persuaded by Sam's pleas. His face is so incredibly expressive. It has so much sorrow, yet the flickering of hope is there. The tiny spark of it makes my heart twist. "Fan it, fan it!" I want to shout to Sam, although I know he will. I love the caps of the hands, too, which is why I included them. They say so much, yet with such economy. They remind me of visual poems.

Speaking of poems, I know I keep saying, "This poem of jan-u-wine's is my favourite", but I can't help it. I suppose each is my favourite, but insofar as each depicts a specific moment in Frodo's inner story.

In the Garden of the Mind is set after the Quest has just been accomplished. In small telling details it portrays the freshness of the world around Frodo, in the White City renewed by spring, and he is appreciative of it. But his mind is drawn away, drawn to contemplation of his dark but recent past, to a vague but beckoning future, and back to a present made possible by the love of his faithful friend and gardener.


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Sam: Don’t you let go!


























































Sam: Don’t let go....





























In the Garden of the Mind

~ by jan-u-wine


Now that we have come to the end
and more,

more
than the end,

I find
my mind
wandering
to places
and times
I have never known.

Questions,

curious questions
I never
thought
to ask
weigh upon me.


The fierce gold
of the sun
warms my hand
as I write,

(bemusedly,
I see the clean space there,
redeemed by the blank purity
of the page) ….

flowers which have no names
spill scent
into skies
wakening to Spring.

Voices...

voices
of people....

of birds.....

(even the trees,
I have learned,
do
speak)

I hear them,
close......


far away--


murmuring,
singing,
whispering
of ages long passed.

They pull at me.

Somehow,
they want
me
to come to them.

Only yesterday,
there were
decisions
to be made...


No....
better said
that
the only
choice
left
fell,

(but not
to me) …..

fell
into Darkness,
and I.....

to Light.

Did you know,
Sam,
that I was not
with you
then?

Did you know
that had your strong
hand
not
held me
to this place,
that my life
would have flown with his?

Did you know,
even now,
part of me
wishes
it had?

The Sun
warms the
small
inconsequence
of my body
as my words
drop
upon the page:

how can I
tell you
and
make you
understand,
Sam....

the world
is a confusion
of light
and sound,

taste
and smell…..

It is an ancient,
tangled
forest
of good
and evil,

Light
consuming
Dark,

night
erasing
day.

How can I tell you
how the weary circle
that turns the wheel
of my mind

stops

and
remembers
what it means
to be
alive.....

Sam,
it stops
and
considers
the world again
because,
on a day
that divided
body and spirit,

Dark
and
Light,

on the very edge,
when it meant
more
than death,

my eyes
looked
into the simple
depth
of yours
and saw
the sweet green
promise
of Home
sleeping there.


Samwise.
My gardener.




~*~









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:


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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-15 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
And Sam's voice moves me just as deeply. He sounds so hoarse, so weary, but so determined, and that feeds Frodo's hope.

Mews, you are so right. Sean Astin's delivery of those "Don't let go" lines is just great, and for the reason you said. His hoarseness and the breaks in his voice do convey so well the sense of his physical reserves being stretched to the limit, yet as if there's still a whole engine room full of warmth and zeal to encourage Frodo, especially when he sees that flicker.

That he keeps his voice so steady and low almost conveys to me the sense that he daren't raise his voice, or show the excitement he feels, lest Frodo do just that--let go. Sort of like trying to stay calm, move slowly, and speak softly to a nervous colt that will bolt if you betray too much enthusiasm.
verangel
verangel at 2007-10-15 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
I saw this and thought..no more!!! I can't take it!! its killing me. The screencaps are just...painful. The second one of sam is beautiful..his green eyes are so striking, green, glowing (with tears) and sad, fearful, and showing determined strength. There is a love and maturity in his look that surpasses the Sam before.
Frodo...the angst, indecision, pain is so thick you could slice the air with it. The way his nostrils flare, his eyebrows so tense..such a hard decision..he is so tired. But you know..he is looking directly into Sam's eyes..even though you don't see it directly..it is happening in the angle they give, you know. And Sam is beseaching, demanding, that he not let go.

"my eyes
looked
into the simple
depth
of yours
and saw
the sweet green
promise"

This poem of jan-u-wine's does not spark me so much for this part except for certain small passages. There is an intensity in this scene that is so raw. I felt a more "after it all is done" reflection and sublimity in her poem..but parts seemed directly linked to his grasp to live in this moment.

hugs you...xoxo v
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-15 03:06 (UTC) (Link)
I am really pleased with the way the caps for this section turned out, especially in fullscreen, so I thank you, Verangel, and am so pleased you are finding them a rich experience.

As for the poem I posted here, it actually is a retrospective poem, so it is appropriate for you to sense an "after it all is done" mood to it.
Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-10-15 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh, Sam's hand reaching into the abyss for Frodo's, reminiscent of how Frodo's hand reached for his in the cold waters of the Anduin. An amazing scene.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-15 03:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's an incredibly powerful scene, Shirebound, and the hand-clasps in both scenes do make a very good pair of Peter Jackson cinematic 'bookends'.
Rakshi
rakshi at 2007-10-16 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my Sam! What amazing photos. thank you so much for this lovely post.

It occurs to me.. looking at these pictures... that Frodo.. bless him, is being dragged into the darkness of the Ring and its evil, looking up into the Light which is Sam's love and devotion. As though he his poised between these two forces and unsure which he should surrender to. Thank god he chose Sam.

I didn't care for this scene in the movie... for how it changed the story... but I can appreciate the symbolism and certainly I appreciate the beauty and perfection of Sean and Elijah's magnificent portrayal of these characters that I adore.

Again. thank you for your amazing posts.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-16 01:54 (UTC) (Link)
Well, you are right, Rakshi, it changed the storyline in this part of the narrative considerably. But granted the way they took this scene -- having Frodo recover enough to actively battle with Gollum at the brink, precipitating the fall that took Gollum into the abyss -- it makes dramatic sense, and a truly satisfying scene, that Frodo should feel extreme remorse, even to wanting to fall into death, in this cliff-hanging sequence. Book-Frodo seemed primarily relieved, the huge burden lifted from him. But he didn't, in essence, cause Gollum to fall to his death. I know, film-Frodo didn't *push* Gollum in, thank goodness, but it remains that if he hadn't got up and fought with him film Gollum, unlike book Gollum, would probably not have fallen in on his own. No wonder film-Frodo is so at the end of his rope (literally?), considering not only has he "failed" to throw in the Ring, he feels somewhat responsible for Gollum's death, someone whom he no doubt feels (at that moment) is no worse than he when it comes to Ring-lust.

It is a great scene, even if it is not the book's scene.

Thanks so much for posting, Rakshi. Your comments bring light to the thread. Yes, film Frodo did choose Sam, thank goodness, Sam in this scene being the living incarnation of hope.
Rakshi
rakshi at 2007-10-16 09:45 (UTC) (Link)
Sam in this scene being the living incarnation of hope.

Exactly. Hope Unquenchable.

*hugs*



Aprilkat
aprilkat at 2007-10-16 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
Breath-taking and heart-wrenching...
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-16 01:55 (UTC) (Link)
I agree, Aprilkat (although I once did not... *g* ).
(Anonymous) at 2007-10-16 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Apologies for being so late in commenting, Mechtild -I am just now catching up with your terrific Sammath Naur presentations.

Did you know
that had your strong
hand
not
held me
to this place,
that my life
would have flown with his?

Did you know,
even now,
part of me
wishes
it had?

These words, and Frodo's heartbreakingly expressive eyes, are devastating. I think this is one addition that served the film - and the characters - well. It always did seem a little anti-climatic to me that book Gollum simply stepped too far and fell over the edge - although this is about the only time I forgive the film-makers for 'upping the ante.' We see that Frodo is tempted - yearns, even - to follow the Ring into the fire, to make an end there and then. I wholeheartedly agree with Mews (her comment in Part 7) that Frodo chose as he did purely for Sam's sake. It's very touching. Both actors are magnificent here.

The fullscreen caps are wonderful for these close-up shots - beautiful. Your own commentary, as ever, is insightful and thought-provoking. It's always a pleasure to read your take on things. Jan's poems are treasures to savour.

Thank you.

Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-17 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom, what a beautiful post.

These words, and Frodo's heartbreakingly expressive eyes, are devastating. I think this is one addition that served the film - and the characters - well. It always did seem a little anti-climatic to me that book Gollum simply stepped too far and fell over the edge - although this is about the only time I forgive the film-makers for 'upping the ante.'

I'm kind of repeating myself, having said something like this in a response above, but I have to agree with you. This scene (Frodo hanging from the cliff, wanting to die) makes absolute sense considering how different the scene is at the brink.

In the book, Gollum goes over solely because of his own misstep. However Frodo feels about the loss of the Ring, he does not have the additional burden on him of having helped Gollum fall to his death, however accidentally (that is, in the midst of a mutually impassioned fight). He seems ready to die in the book, but at peace.

I think in the film version, it's completely right for the scene to show Frodo wanting to end it all the way he does, so filled with angst, remorse, and near-despair. This makes the scene as powerful as it is.

I think this is so especially because of the way the film portrayed Frodo's empathy for Gollum throughout, as his fellow-Ring-bearer, as if his actual personal fate was connected to Gollum's: if Gollum could be saved, so could he. So when Gollum was killed, especially under the circumstances, it flows from the film's story line that Frodo would feel that he ought to share in Gollum's death, too.

Super, super scene.
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-10-27 15:11 (UTC) (Link)
These were wonderful. I think Frodo's look changes from something like "Please, allow me to let go" to "Do you really think I should try to hold on?".

*hugs* Thank you!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-27 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
Well said, Frodosweetstuff. Thank you for commenting!
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-10-30 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
I feel like doing something like posting a Frodo pic a day next week - can I use your screencaps if I credit you?
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-30 15:03 (UTC) (Link)
Of course you may! :)
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2007-10-31 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :)
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
Painful! Breathtaking! I could stay here for ages …
Look at those faces … wonderful Sam (Sean Astin is great in this scene), his broken voice always makes me shiver. The images of the hands … hands can tell so very much, can’t they.
I never saw them that close … both hands are very strong.
When Sam finally could get Frodo’s hand I have to catch my breath … everytime I’m watching this scene.
And Frodo – beautiful Frodo *sigh* So many expression on this small face,he looks hurt, desperate and yet, hopeful. Sam won't leave him.

Jan’s poem is indeed a garden of the mind. Very sensitive, very moving …
All of her poems are favourites, aren’t they?

“Dark
and
Light,

on the very edge,
when it meant
more
than death,

my eyes
looked
into the simple
depth
of yours
and saw
the sweet green
promise
of Home
sleeping there.


Samwise.
My gardener.“

This goes soooo very deep. It’s very hard to find the right words …

Did I tell you HOW incredibly brilliant you both are?
No?
You are! Amen!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-06 00:43 (UTC) (Link)
All of her poems are favourites, aren’t they?


YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it terrible--but wonderful? I am always saying, "this is my favourite!" Then I say it for the next one. A few posts back I said, helplessly, something like, "Well, their each my favourites in each of their particular settings and in what they have to show and say".
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
" I am always saying, "this is my favourite!" Then I say it for the next one"

Oh yes, I know this too well! There's always exactly this one which is NOT to top! Until there's the next one! Jan will always be my favourite poeT.
She must be an elf, she can't be human!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-06 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
She must be an elf, she can't be human!

Ha ha ha! She'll love that!
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-06 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
*looks down the length of tubby five foot one body and assures you: I Am NO Elf!*

You know, ladies, I am very much blessed in that I have a terrible memory. Once I've written these, I often forget all about them. So, often, I am able to share in your feelings of "this is my favorite" or "NO, *THIS* one is!" (and I have to say: they are ALL my favorites....but....some are just a little more favorite than others, lol)

It's very nice indeed to be able to experience one's own work almost in the same manner as a "virgin" reader does. And it feels very strange, then, to know that it is ME you are praising. And very nice, too. Very nice, indeed. I suppose we really shouldn't be praising *me* at all, but the man from whence all the words came to begin with. And (when we're done with that set of praises) his most wonderful creation, too.

Between those two sets of praise-songs, I imagine we might use up all the superlatives in the dictionary.


Mechtild and I have been having a discussion about light "sources" vs. light "reflectors". I must say that I am humbled and happy to be even the least of that secondary group For even being a reflector of the light of Frodo (which is, in turn, a reflection) is a very pure and beautiful thing to me.

(this is like playing "six degrees of Middle Earth (light) separation)

thank you again

jan
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 13:31 (UTC) (Link)
"It's very nice indeed to be able to experience one's own work almost in the same manner as a "virgin" reader does"

I - as a greatful reader - take this as the biggest compliment!

Light sources vs. light reflectors - that's so beautifully said. I fully agree to this!

Speaking of light - I've found this little something this morning in one of my sketchbooks

So this is for you both

Beauty
Beauty is a thing not held with hands;
A plant in the heart of man,
The garden of children’s laughter,
A quiet pool in the eyes of woman.
The calling that leads man far,
A whispering on the wind,
A flute under the white star,
The high urge of man’s desire,
The white flame in the red fire.
As Others Are
If we must be as others are,
Let us take the beauty of others’ lives
As the star of the hour.
Let us make a little nose-gay
Of the buds of their joys,
With the fragrance of their sorrows
And the understanding of their hearts.

Enjoy this gorgeous day!

And now there's lots for me to be written down - feather quill, ink and books are waiting.
That's the "work" I love most on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

See you soon, my friends.

Love and hugs,
Julchen
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-06 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Julchen: that is a beautiful thing, indeed. It's like very delicate needle-work, where the thread has *just* been caught by the needle, forming fragile patterns.....and yet they have those layers of emotion that we were talking about yesterday (emotions "between" the lines)

thank you so much for sharing it, and have a good writing day (or are you drawing?)! (do you really use ink and quill? I'm impressed. My impatient self gave up at the first major puddle. But....the experience got recycled into a poem, so the lost ink was not so lost after all).

with love,

jan
julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-06 21:19 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Jan: I'm glad you like it ... it makes me smile.

And yes, I'm writing with a real quill and self-made lavender ink. It took quite a time to write with this quill but now it simply flows and I love to do it.
I've even found the fonds for Bilbo's handwriting few weeks ago and like to write just a little bit like good old Bilbo.
I didn't draw for a very long time but I started with it again last year but only with indian ink and sometimes with charcoal. Nothing special, most of the times I'm drawing hands

Lots of love,

Julchen
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