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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FotR TE caps ~ Frodo dancing at the Farewell Party

Posted on 2005.11.27 at 15:54
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I am including caps of this sequence simply because they are the best (most focussed and best lit) caps I could glean from all the Frodo dance sequences. In this brief series, Frodo acquits himself well as a spirited performer of partner dancing. Bravo, Elijah Wood for doing such an enthusiastic job in a dance scene that barely made it into the theatrical release.


Frodo dancing at Bilbo's Farewell Party, FotR, full screen theatrical version:

Heavens, what a lovely hobbit!

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


pearlette at 2005-11-27 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, the Funky Chicken dance. :D Spork gave us a demo, for real, at the Vermont Hoot in August 2002 (ah, memories!)

It's that cute little hobbit-bint giving him the eye who cracks ME up.

Pearl Took, as I live and breathe. :p

You notice that we're all talking as if they're the real characters and not the actors. It's just too cool, that, isn't it? :D
mechtild at 2005-11-27 22:56 (UTC) (Link)
That is the "funky chicken" dance? I thought it was standard male-female folkdance fare. But, no, this sort of folk dance does feature a good bit of bird-courting behaviour. The hen just stands there with a bright eye and a saucy tilt to her beak, puffs her breast feathers and flips her "skirts" in an invitational manner. The male struts and capers about for her, puffs out his cheeks and flaps his wings, hoping to win her favour. I suppose that's what all those "funky chickens" are doing. I believe this cap ends with Frodo clasping his waistcoat lapels, a movement which resembles the chikcen-wing lifting of the elbows. But it is a very standard "guy" posture in country dances. Well, in U.S. ones, anyway. Cowboy dances have the men do that a lot.

Yes, his partner definitely has the "Pearl Took" look we have seen before, right in your icon (from the painting of the lass with the beautiful Frodo-ish lad on the swing).

You notice that we're all talking as if they're the real characters and not the actors. It's just too cool, that, isn't it? :D

They aren't the real characters?
mariole at 2005-11-28 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
They are completely real. *pets*

I have loved that "cute little hobbit-bint" for ages. Sigh; that is so me!

Really cool to learn about the lapel grasping and real-life funky chicken behavior. Strut, Frodo! Strut your stuff! *coos*
(Anonymous) at 2011-02-05 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
Who is the actress dancing with frodo
mechtild at 2011-02-05 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. One of the hobbit actors, but I don't know the name. Someone at TORN would know, I'll bet. :)
(Anonymous) at 2012-01-08 20:28 (UTC) (Link)

actress name dancing with frodo

im not sure who lorn is but can anyone tell me who the actress is doing chicken dance with frodo. my brother thinks he may know her.waiting to see if anyone on this site can answer this question.
mechtild at 2012-01-08 21:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: actress name dancing with frodo

I'm afraid I don't know. I've never tried to find out her name. I'm glad she was cast, whoever she is. She worked well in the scene. :)
maeglian at 2005-11-27 23:59 (UTC) (Link)
Once more wonderful caps!

And look at the guy staning to our right! He's staring at Frodo like he can't beleive his eyes. Heh! Clearly, more slashy movie sub-text for eyes to see that have read to many fanfics! :-D
mechtild at 2005-11-28 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
...look at the guy staning to our right! He's staring at Frodo like he can't beleive his eyes.

Oh, you are so right, Maeglian! Either that, or he is just your typical bit-part player thinking, "Dang! I wish that were me in the lead! I'd be just as good as Mr. Cutie-face! -- Better, in fact!"

But, from my early years in theatre I'd say the slash interpretation is probably more likely. *grin*
elasg at 2005-11-28 04:14 (UTC) (Link)

You people really are incorrigible. :p

Personally, I love the gal who's giving him the eye. She looks so frankly appreciative and so clearly interested that I have to compliment her taste. Besides, she's adorable!
mechtild at 2005-11-28 04:33 (UTC) (Link)

You people really are incorrigible. :p

*blush* I can't speak for the others, but, yes, I'm incorrigible. But you still like me, right?

Personally, I love the gal who's giving him the eye. She looks so frankly appreciative and so clearly interested that I have to compliment her taste.

Oh, no. That's just acting. In reality, she thinks he's a real dweeb. Naaah, I am sure she knew she was one lucky hobbit lass. I wish it had been me! (Though, not really; I am a wretched dancer when it comes to learning steps --I probably would have stepped all over his inky-binky little hobbit feet. Even in his prosthetics, I'll bet my feet are bigger.)
mariole at 2005-11-28 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! This is great.

As it happens, though, you're both wrong. :)

The bint is thinking, "This is Take 47 and my smile is really starting to get shaky at this point. When is the break!?!?"

The guy is thinking, "If this scene makes the movie, it will be ME up there on the big screen, hooray!"
maeglian at 2005-11-28 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
I like being incorrigible!

But I'm wondering exactly *who* that guy is supposed to *be*. There's gotta be a story there, I'm deciding. He's Frodo's age..... he's rather well dressed.... he's looking utterly bemused and nearly incredulous at Frodo doing the somewhat less than flattering funky chicken dance..... *and* he looks like he's spent quite a lot of time before the mirror, possibly working on covering his spots? All in all I've decided this is movieverse Lotho! ;-) But then, I'm rather partial to Lotho, compared to many readers.....

mechtild at 2005-11-28 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
Shoot. LJ ate my reply.

I just wanted to say I pictured Lotho as more of a dissed, shunned dweeb with overwhelming, mean-minded parents than a pathological bully/rapist as he is in some fic. I expect he'd grow up with a bit of "Just Wait Until I Can Show Them," going on underneath, as he used his noodle to buy up the Shire. "Now I'M the Big Man in the 'Hood!" he probably thought, little knowing what he was getting himself into -- just as sadder-but-wiser post-Quest Frodo had guessed.

What did you do with your Lotho? I should check him out one of these days.
mariole at 2005-11-29 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oooooooohhh! *shivers run down my spine* Movieverse Lotho! I'll buy that!

Seriously, I'm on the lookout for a movie Fatty. I need to scour these scenes for someone who will do. Handsome, well-dressed, BIG, gentle, intelligent, good-humored, about the age of Movie Merry or Sam. More than one expression a plus. I'll look, one of these days. And then, if I can find Estella... :)
mechtild at 2005-11-29 01:42 (UTC) (Link)
Ain't no such character in the films. You'll have to look elsewhere, I think, for Fatty and Estella. Perhaps some BBC sorts of period-dress films?
mariole at 2005-11-29 02:01 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, good suggestion. Thanks!
mechtild at 2005-11-29 02:58 (UTC) (Link)
I know, what about Charles, Anne Elliot's brother-in-law married to her whiney sister, in the 1995 Persuasion? (The one starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds; it's one of my favourite films.) He's got a cherubic yet chubbily handsome face, a halo of Regency brown curls, and a very nice temperament. Lovely waiscoats and breeches, too. I would have suggested the youngest Dashwood sister from the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility for Estella (such curls! such a charmingly willfull disposition!), but I forgot that your Fredegar is so old; Estella will have to be older, too. She was born in 1385 according to the Family Tree, but I think you might want to make her at least Merry's age, if not a little older, since Merry wasn't born until 1382. Or else you could make her one of those late, "surprise" pregnancies for Rosamunda, born long after Fatty.
mariole at 2005-11-29 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love that version of Persuasion! Unfortunately, I only have it on tape, so I cannot cap it. I only got a DVD after LOTR came out. :) I'll have to look for piccies online, I suppose.
mechtild at 2005-11-29 19:19 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. I thought I just replied to your post, Mariole. I wonder where I actually put it?

Here it goes again:

Awww, too bad! Film-Charles not that dark, nor is he truly handsome, but I thought he made the character attractive in a real, very English-looking way. That film generally was characterized by actors who looked more real than pretty or handsome.
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