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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 12 ~ Bilbo’s Gifts 1: The presentation of Sting, plus “Finely Crafted”.

Posted on 2009.02.06 at 13:26

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Shirebound
shirebound at 2009-02-06 20:45 (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh, what a bittersweet, exquisite poem.

Forgive me for highlighting so much of your wonderful text, but it's so very perceptive and beautifully "crafted". You've given me a lot to think about.

The giving and receiving of gifts is important, if not vital, everywhere in LotR. Whether the gifts are intangible (benedictions, guidance, prophecies, dreams, visions) or tangible (food, clothing, arms, equipment), gifts are crucial to the characters' survival and well-being and thus to the success of the mission. Here, on the eve of Frodo's departure, Bilbo gives Frodo the most treasured tokens (apart from the Ring, which Frodo already has) from his personal "adventure", the quest through which Bilbo grew to full stature as a person and a character. He gives them not only as practical aids to Frodo (which they certainly are), but as expressions of his love, good will and hopes for Frodo. They are tangible blessings.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-02-07 01:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem. Jan was concerned that the mood, so antithetical to that of the delighted Frodo of the book and film scene, might confuse readers. But I said, nah, they'll get it. It's a wonderfully conceived piece. She has such a feel for Frodo from the inside.

Thanks for commenting, Shirebound! I didn't realise it until I was posting crosslinks, but it's been over two months since my last screencap post. Shees!
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