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Galadriel’s Glade 3 ~ ‘I know what it is you saw’, plus jan-u-wine's 'Lórien Suite 3'.

Posted on 2009.06.12 at 07:58
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The following quote from "The Mirror of Galadriel" (fuller excerpt below), is a passage etched indelibly on my mind's eye:

She lifted up her white arms, and spread out her hands towards the East in a gesture of rejection and denial. Eärendil, the Evening Star, most beloved of the Elves, shone clear above. So bright was it that the figure of the Elven-lady cast a dim shadow on the ground. Its rays glanced upon a ring about her finger; it glittered like polished gold overlaid with silver light, and a white stone in it twinkled as if the Elven-star had come down to rest upon her hand. Frodo gazed at the ring with awe; for suddenly it seemed to him that he understood.

None of my favourite Tolkien illustrators have been able to capture this moment for me in visual art. I wondered what the filmmakers would do with it, considering the iconic nature of the vision invoked. As it turned out, they didn't do anything with it. It wasn't there. Nenya makes it into the EE version of the scene (thanks, commenters, for pointing it out), but in the theatrical release Nenya is neither referred to or shown.

I loved the book moment because of its visual imagery, but also because it explained more fully why the light in Galadriel's parting gift to Frodo—the star-glass—was so special and so powerful. Ah, well. That's the way of even the best film adaptations: some things you love will be lost, others will be changed beyond recognition. Still, I think the scene is awfully good up to this point. I certainly do not fault the actors.

Jan-u-wine has written a third part to her Lórien Suite. It appears below the screencaps. This poem, inspired by the film's images, shows Frodo as he breaks away from the vision in the Mirror. Jan brings the reader right into the Ring-bearer's thoughts.



~*~



Book scene: The Mirror of Galadriel.


‘I know what it was that you last saw,’ she said; ‘for that is also in my mind. Do not be afraid! But do not think that only by singing amid the trees, nor even by the slender arrows of elven-bows, is this land of Lothlórien maintained and defended against its Enemy. I say to you, Frodo, that even as I speak to you, I perceive the Dark Lord and know his mind, or all of his mind that concerns the Elves. And he gropes ever to see me and my thought. But still the door is closed!’

She lifted up her white arms, and spread out her hands towards the East in a gesture of rejection and denial. Eärendil, the Evening Star, most beloved of the Elves, shone clear above. So bright was it that the figure of the Elven-lady cast a dim shadow on the ground. Its rays glanced upon a ring about her finger; it glittered like polished gold overlaid with silver light, and a white stone in it twinkled as if the Elven-star had come down to rest upon her hand. Frodo gazed at the ring with awe; for suddenly it seemed to him that he understood.

‘Yes,’ she said, divining his thought, ‘it is not permitted to speak of it, and Elrond could not do so. But it cannot be hidden from the Ring-bearer, and one who has seen the Eye. Verily it is in the land of Lórien upon the finger of Galadriel that one of the Three remains. This is Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, and I am its keeper.

‘He suspects, but he does no know—not yet. Do you not see now wherefore your coming is to us as the footstep of Doom? For if you fail, then we are laid bare to the Enemy. Yet if you succeed, then our power is diminished, and Lothlórien will fade, and the tides of Time will sweep it away. We must depart into the West, or dwindle to a rustic folk of dell and cave, slowly to forget and to be forgotten.’

Frodo bent his head. ‘And what do you wish?’ he said at last.

‘That what should be shall be,’ she answered. ‘The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged. Yet they will cast all away rather than submit to Sauron: for they know him now. For the fate of Lothlórien you are not answerable, but only for the doing of your own task. Yet I could wish, were it of any avail, that the One Rig had never been wrought, or had remained for ever lost.’


~*~



Film scene:


[Galadriel watches as the Ring, hanging from Frodo’s neck, pulls him closer to the water. Steam curls up from the basin and Sauron speaks to Frodo in Black Speech. Terrified, he grabs the Ring and jerks back, throwing himself off the step and landing on his back on the floor of the glade.]

Galadriel: I know what it is you saw, for it is also in my mind.

[Telepathically, Galadriel speaks to Frodo, who listens intently.]

Galadriel: It is what will come to pass if you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking. It has already begun.














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He has found me.


At last,

he
has,

the evil-tatter'd
ribbon

of dark mouthings
touching

my mind
with foul purpose.

I do not
understand

these words.

No matter:
the black

meaning of them
closes my throat,

as if dead fingers
held me fast.

I cannot look away,
cannot

stop
the words

which pull me to him.

In a moment,
he shall have me,

entire.

From outside myself,
there is light,

Like the wings of some
great Sea-bird of the West,

it is,
assailing with ancient purpose
our fearsome enemy.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Ghostly vapor

rises
yet upon the sudden-still air.

In the end,
I did

not
touch the water.

Nor he,
me.

The grace of light
still falls

about the lady.

Sweetly it flows
from her outstretched hand,

crowns with silver'd gold
the cloak of her hair.

Within my mind,

she, too,
speaks,

her words
as fearful

as those which
I have but late

escaped.

With dark truth
she speaks.

Oh, my Lady.

How shall I go on?











Previous entry:


~ Galadriel’s Glade 2: ‘Frodo looks into the mirror, plus jan-u-wine's 'Lórien Suite 2'.

Other Links:

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


~ Main table for all entries


~ Mechtild

Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2009-06-12 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
it explained more fully why the light in Galadriel's parting gift to Frodo—the star-glass—was so special and so powerful.

Indeed it does! I wasn't wild about this scene in the movie (except for Elijah's beauty). Wish Sam had been there. *sigh*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-12 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
Wish Sam had been there. *sigh*

Ah, yes, that would have been excellent, Shirebound. Sam's absence was obviously intentional, but I am still chewing over what they were after, toher than simplifying the scene. I have some ideas I'll discuss in a later part.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2009-06-13 09:20 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely pictures. That scene, its visuals, the lush green dark location, the light, the shadows, the magic mirror in the forest, evoke so many myths and archetypes. (There was a hugely fascinating thread on that once, on one of the boards back in the dasy. All gone now.) And the actors - did either one of them ever look more their character, PJ version? Sam or no Sam - the scene *works*.

I only wish they'd have found another way than the green floating toilet paper in the lightning storm to visualize Galadriel's temptation. That never worked for me. But that's a discussion for another post!

As far as I recall, Galadriel displaying Nenya is in the extended version of FotR the movie (?) but I don' think the extended scene was any better for it. It seemed kind of tagged on and incidental.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-13 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha ha! "Green floating toilet paper in the lightning storm": that's a riot. Ngyla would be so distressed to hear her chiffon panels called "toilet paper". Yes, that'll be coming up in the next post. I had never thought of the fabric blowing around looking that way, but that's hysterical. If I can work it in, may I quote you?

She displayed Nenya in the EE? I've seen it so many times, yet I can't remember it. It must be a mental block. Jan-u-wine's theory, which I think a good one, is that Galadriel's radiance in the scene, compared to Frodo (when she's not nuclear that is) is a reference to the radiance of Nenya; it's not just because her dress is so luminous or because she's got fairy dust on her.

There was a hugely fascinating thread on that once, on one of the boards back in the dasy. All gone now.

Wow, I would have loved to have read that, Maeglian. That was before I started browsing the messageboards, I am sure, since I didn't start reading threads until just before RotK was going to come out.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2009-06-16 21:25 (UTC) (Link)
Of course you may quote me about the toilet paper. Although I would hate it if that became my only legacy left in the LotR discussion department! :-D

I looked at Blossom's gif and caps and they are very lovely - but I still think it comes across as incidental that she suddenly displays the ring. But in a way it's equally strange that she *doesn't* display it once she starts talking about what it means to be a Ring-bearer, (in the theatrical version, I mean) - since we know she has it from that scene in the prologue.

Anyway, I have always given the good Professor a small incredulous snort at Galadriel's statement that Sauron suspects she has one of the 3, but does not yet know. A quick look at the family tree of the Noldor ruling family shows that among the Aman-borns left in ME at the time she's by far the highest ranking - and lineage means a *lot* to these elves, as demonstrated over and again in the Silmarillion. It would be utterly amazing if she *didn't* keep one of the 3 rings.... Unless it's because she's a woman? Oh well, one of my ME-feminist pet peeves right there.....


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Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-16 23:43 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Maeglian! I was away for a few days but am back.

I thought Blossom's caps were gorgeous. I am hoping she'll let me insert them into what I have for Pt. 5. In the theatrical, her line comes across merely as her knowing he's all alone as the Ring-bearer, because she has such insight into minds and all that. There's no connection to her being a ring-bearer herself, but it isn't really necessary for the line to sound sensible to viewers (or wasn't necessary for me). Still, I liked to see Nenya restored, for itself, for the nod to canon, and because it strengthens the scene.

Yes, it would seem likely that Sauron would know she probably had one of the rings, simply because his spies must have told him how curiously luxuriant and thriving Lorien always looks, as if it were a protected land. I don't think Galadriel being a woman would make Sauron overlook her. The other powerful individual in lore who maintained a protective, nurturing spell over an Elven land was Melian in Doriath. Melian, a Maia, didn't need a ring, of course.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2009-06-17 09:14 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I wasn't mad at old Sauron. With all the other evils he had going, I'm sure he was a misogynist too. :-D

I was mad at Tolkien for indicating it would actually be up in the air whether Galadriel had one of the Rings, - that the powers-that-be wouldn't be sure of that - when her status really should have made her High Queen at the time. I couldn't see no other good reason for this doubt except "... but she's a woman!" But of course, her part in the rebellion and flight of the Noldor might have had more to do with her perhaps having no ring to keep...
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-17 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
Regarding your statement that....

the powers-that-be wouldn't be sure of that - when her status really should have made her High Queen at the time. I couldn't see no other good reason for this doubt except "... but she's a woman!"

But I thought Sauron wasn't supposed to know where any of the three rings were, not just Galadriel's. Did he know Cirdan (then Gandalf) and Elrond had the other two? I think I need to read the book again.

As for the unbelievability of Sauron not knowing who had the three rings, I guess I just accepted it as a plot device. Until you mentioned it in these comments, I never thought about how he ought to have have known. Perhaps Tolkien figured that considering the way Sauron thought, if the Elves still had the three rings they would have used them against him by this time (instead of using them creatively, to sustain and protect). Your ideas have snagged my thinking, Maeglian. Next time I read through the story, I know this will have me looking for clues and markers in the text.
(Anonymous) at 2009-06-13 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful screencaps as ever, Mechtild.

Jan just 'gets' Frodo. I am always moved by her words. Your combined talents produce presentations that for me resemble exquisite little works of art ~ a real treasure for us Frodo fans. Thank you both.

I'm sure Maeglian is correct when she says that Galadriel displays Nenya in the FOTR EE.

Take care ~ Blossom.




Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-13 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to report your comment to Jan. She'll glow.

Maeglian and you convince me: I'm just going to have to watch the dang thing again, but this time I'll try to look at someone other than Frodo. I had thought the only extended parts of Lórien that feature Galadriel were the "welcome" (some welcome!) on the flet and then the much longer gift-giving scene. Is it in one of those scenes? Otherwise I can't remember seeing Nenya except in the prologue, in the close-up of the Elven rings being worn.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Blossom. :)
(Anonymous) at 2009-06-14 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
I just checked out the EE, Mechtild. Galadriel reveals Nenya to Frodo in the mirror scene. It's very brief, and occurs just after her 'Nuclear' moment.

Galadriel: 'I passed the test. I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.'
Frodo: 'I cannot do this alone.'
Galadriel: 'You are a Ring-bearer Frodo. To bear a Ring of Power is to be alone.'
Galdriel's raises her right hand, revealing Nenya to Frodo, and tells him: 'This is Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, and I am its keeper.'

We see the Ring now for only a few seconds. It was not visible in the scene up to this point. The same hand is clearly unadorned when Galadriel pours the water from the silver ewer into the mirror bowl and when she reaches
towards the Ring when Frodo offers it to her.

I've put an animated gif of Galadriel revealing Nenya here:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y121/Blossom10/Nenya/Nenya1Gif.gif

(If your right-click and save the gif to your pc it will play more smoothly than it does on Photobucket.)

And a few screencaps ~ from my widescreen DVD ~ here:

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y121/Blossom10/Nenya/?albumview=grid

~ Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-14 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, Blossom, I'm out of town for a few days but I will open these links (and no doubt save stuff) when I get back to my fast computer at home.

Yes, the line makes the sight of the Ring come back to me; jan-u-wine was able to tell me the precise spot, too. I think I'm going to edit my post to specify that it's the theatrical version, which is what these fullscreen caps come from (there is no fullscreen version of the EE).

Thanks so much, Blossom!!!!!!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-16 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm back home, just, and am on my own computer.

Good heavens, those are ravishing caps, Blossom. I saved them, as well as the magical gif. I wonder if I might post some of those caps, crediting you, of course, when I get to that part? I didn't cap the EE, and those are the most sympathetic captures of Galadriel in the the Mirror scene. I loved whatever you did to the caps, too. They're all like paintings.
(Anonymous) at 2009-06-17 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mechtild.

I have just e-mailed those extra Nenya screencaps you asked for in full-size to you, just in case you see this before you see that.

~ Blossom.

Mechtild
mechtild at 2009-06-18 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, thank you!
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