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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

"The Lady Elanor" by jan-u-wine, with three paintings.

Posted on 2010.03.03 at 08:44


antane at 2010-04-10 21:31 (UTC) (Link)
That last picture could be Elanor (had she been a woman, instead of a hobbit) watching out, remembering. Quite moving. I thought at times what it must have been for the Gamgee clan to lose both their parents so close together, but while Sam could live without one half of his heart, he could not live without both halves, so they would have understood I think how he had to leave to be with the treasure he had let go physically so long ago, but never let go in his heart. God bless.
mechtild at 2010-04-22 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
That is a very interesting thought. I am sure the Gamgees understood his going and supported his choice. Maybe, having grown up on the tales of the War, they found it virtually inevitable. The grown children of Merry and Pippin must have felt similarly, since Merry and Pippin also left the Shire and their extended families once they were widowers, to return to the people and places where they had been through so much. For the Shire veterans, however rich their peacetime lives, the experiences they shared and the bonds they formed during the Quest must have been indelible, integral to the people they came to be. Perhaps I should think of Frodo not as the member of the Fellowship who left, but as the forerunner of the rest.
antane at 2010-04-23 17:55 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't thought of it that way before - that Frodo was not just the only one who left, but the first and we must also include Legolas and Gimli not remaining either. I agree that the Gamgee children would have supported their father's choice and known of it all their lives, for even though Frodo was not physically present, he would have been a strong presence nonetheless.

I just love your tagline of because a sanctuary for those who don't want to be cured. Frodoholic and proud of it! :) Or more accurately FrodoandSam-aholic.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
mechtild at 2010-04-23 19:09 (UTC) (Link)
That's right, Gimli and Legolas, too. Only the one surviving Man of the Fellowship, Aragorn, did not leave his land before he died. Perhaps it was because Aragorn, alone of the Fellowship, had a destiny that was fulfilled this side of the Circles of the World, fulfilled by taking upon the kingship, and by becoming the husband of Arwen and producing with her an heir sprung from the two kindreds. Or something like that. :)

Edited at 2010-04-23 07:09 pm (UTC)
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