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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Anniversary of March 25 ~ 'Naked in the Dark' by jan-u-wine, with painting by Tim Kirk.

Posted on 2011.03.25 at 07:57

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jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2011-05-06 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
dear LT, I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to this.....

as always, there's a story to this. As I wrote this, I was preparing to read "Mt. Doom" as part of Reading Day LA. I had also listened to that portion of the BBC recording. Movie-verse and book-verse are mixing freely here, I should say, with images from the movie prompting some of the verse. When we see (for example) Frodo 'batting' away imaginary wraiths (whilst still outside the chamber), we understand that he is in his last throes. To me, it is implied that when, in that scene, he sees (and is seen by) The Eye, that there is another blow to his sanity and self-hood struck, a self-hood that must have been on a thread even before that. Frodo, as a person, is dying. Not his body, perhaps, but all that makes him *himself* is shutting down.

In the main, I should say that this poem is written to the movie scene where Sam is begging Frodo to throw the Ring in. We hear Frodo's heart-beat, we see the struggle, apparent upon his face. A tear slides down his cheek. And then there is no more heart-beat.

Of course, if there is no more Frodo, how is it that he is speaking (in this poem)? It's a cheat of a sort, yes, but the most powerful way that I could think of to tell the story. I could tell it from Sam's pov, but he wouldn't be experiencing what Frodo was. I could tell it from Sauron's pov. For myself, though I have written poems from his pov, I'm not all that interested in them. It is human struggle that concerns me, human morals and redemption. Sadly, I don't think that Sauron put up much of a struggle against his morally objectionable impulses. So, we hear Frodo's voice, here, even though really we should not be able to.

hope that explains at least a little
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