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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Golden Youth of Frodo: The Flipper Screencaps, Pt. I

Posted on 2005.12.05 at 15:33
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I know I'm a little bent, but, a year ago, in an attempt to watch all of Elijah Wood's old films, I rented Flipper. It was my duty, as a Frodo fan!

Thinking it was going to be a dull re-tread of the old TV series, I was pleasantly surprised by the watchability of this "for the whole family" film. The actors were engaging, the Bahamian scenery idyllic, the cinematography lovely, and the musical scoring quite good (no TV "Flipper" song for the opening, thankfully).

And, best of all, it had ... heavens! ... the most gorgeous male teenager I've ever seen. The cast list said I was watching Elijah Wood as 'Sandy' -- but I knew better.

As I watched, modern-teenager 'Sandy' (with all his modern-teenager pleasures and pains) simply disappeared. Instead, in my mind, 'Sandy' was transformed into young 'tween Frodo, suitably coifed in a mop of unruly dark curls, and donning a pair of scruffy front-placket breeks and a torn shirt. Except when he was wet and shirtless....

Then, images of Frodo emerging from the Brandywine, the Water, or the Bywater Pool (or the Brandy Hall baths) came to mind. You see, I was reading Willow-wode's Rites of Passage: The Hall at the time. Looking at Flipper's 'Sandy,' all I could think of was how perfect he was for 'young Frodo.' The range of expressions on Sandy's face would do very well for Willow's newly-adolescent Frodo. He did pretty well for Frodo in my fic, too, actually (although my tween-aged Frodo doesn't get up to as much as Willow's *grin*).

As soon as I learned I could screencap, I knew that I would want to make some from the last scenes in Flipper, the ones I thought of as the "Golden Youth" shots. There were always one or two in on-line EW galleries.

I meant to put this project off till after Christmas, but I just couldn't wait. I just adore these caps and want to share them with the rest of you Elijah-inFlipper appreciators right away.

Because there are 46 caps, I will be dividing them into four entries for posting. All of the screencaps come from one of the last scenes in Flipper. It is the scene in which Sandy must let the dolphin go. With very mixed feelings, Sandy complies, sadly watching the animal swim off into the late afternoon sun. As he watches, he seems to begin to see the rightness of what he has done. In the last frames, his face shows a wistful happiness as he watches the dolphin break the surface, far off in the distance.

Perhaps Flipper is acting as Frodo's forerunner, headed into the West.... (Just teasing.)

Personally, I think Elijah Wood in these caps is breathtakingly beautiful and his face wonderfully expressive; the colour and texture of his skin, glorious. Getting the caps ready to post, they also made me think of a young David (the biblical one). But, far more, they serve as vivid, evocative illustrations of Willow's moody, sullen, angsty young Frodo, full of anger, longing, and a trace of wistfulness, with intimations of agony and ecstasy.

For me, when I look at these, 'Sandy' completely disappears.

The line of poetry I always have thought of, looking at the few caps in galleries of this "Golden Youth" of a Frodo, is from Shakespeare's Cymbeline:

Golden lads and girls all must
As chimney sweepers, come to dust.

Preserved on film, this lad will not come to dust -- except gold dust.

~ Elijah Wood as Sandy, from the penultimate scene of the 1995 film, Flipper, Series One:

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Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


aquila0212 at 2005-12-05 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
If you notice, the drawing that Willow created of the young Frodo who stars in RoP is actually an adaptation of a Flipper screencap. So yes, dear Mech, you've hit the proverbial nail on the head.
mechtild at 2005-12-05 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
NO KIDDING!?!?!?!??! Do you have a link? Where is it posted? I am not wild about her drawing abilities, but I sure would like to take a look. *begs*
aquila0212 at 2005-12-05 23:25 (UTC) (Link)
The colored banner -- http://www.wodeworks.willow-wode.net/RoP-illos.htm

and this pic --

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mechtild at 2005-12-06 00:02 (UTC) (Link)
Gawd, the server ate my reply. Suffice it to say, you have a great eye, Achila. That certainly is a match.

I feel like appointing you to find all the other screencap-to-drawing matches. I noticed that there are pics (colour) of Merimac and Paladin. They look terribly familiar, as if of real life actors. Do you know who?

By the way, although she has it tucked down in "Erotica," (why, I don't know: they aren't necking or naked or even looking at each other), there is a Frodo/Merimac in pencil called, "Frustration," that has an excellent Frodo in it. I wonder what she used for the model? I'll bet you know.... *wiggles eyebrows*
aquila0212 at 2005-12-06 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
Merimac is Dan Fogelberg and Palladin is Hugh Jackman.

Not sure about that particular shot in Frustration, but my favorite pic of hers is actually this one -- http://www.wodeworks.willow-wode.net/AdultImages/FirstTime.jpg
mechtild at 2005-12-06 00:20 (UTC) (Link)
You'll kill me, but, although I know who Hugh Jackman is (singer, actor), who is Dan Fogelberg?

The pic you linked, "First Time," is awfully good, of Frodo, that is. I think the chin area is rather awkward on Merry. Is it supposed to illustrate Nexus? (I love that fic!)

By the way, I gushed to Hewene who recommended I read it in the comments in my earlier entry, that I read Willow's "October Reckoning." Hewene said she loved it, although "it's not even slash." I thought it was grrrrrrrreat, definitely one of the best fics I ever read, Americanisms and anachronisms and all. That really showed what she can do as a writer of top LotR fanfic (in my opinion).
aquila0212 at 2005-12-06 00:26 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps you know the song, "Longer"? ("Longer than, there've been fishes in the ocean....") -- that's Dan Fogelberg. He's someone I've adored for years and when I saw that she'd done him as Merimac, I squeed so loud, she must've heard me!

I think that's Sam, not Merry -- that's why you don't think the chin is right -- LOL

Hmm...October Reckoning -- I don't recognize that name right off the bat -- I'll have to go back and look.
mechtild at 2005-12-06 00:36 (UTC) (Link)
D'OH. I didn't know there was "first time" story for Frodo and Sam. Well, I mean there are a million of them, I meant, I didn't know of one by Willow. What's the name of it? Or is it not meant to illustrate a particular story?

I will look Dan Fogelberg up on the internet and take a look.

Here's a link to October Reckoning at WotM. It's in Gen. Don't be disconcerted that she's used movie-verse for the age of Elanor. I think it's a vivid, fully-imagined and very real depiction of Frodo's inner life in the last year of his life at Bag End with the Gamgees in residence. I don't interpret him quite that way myself, but I think the fic is so compelling, I may have to change my mind.

October Reckoning by Willow-wode, at WotM: http://willow-wode.net/GeneralFanFic/OctoberReckoning.htm
aquila0212 at 2005-12-08 13:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link (the fact that it's gen is why I've never read it!). I don't think that's for a specific story -- I don't recall a "first timer" she ever wrote for F/S.
mechtild at 2005-12-06 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you know, I looked up Dan, but I still didn't recognize him, although he looked quite nice. Was he a singer in a group at some time?

Actually, the whole time I was reading The Hall, I kept picturing only one actor in the role of Mac, Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson in his late 30's. I even heard his voice saying all the lines. As you might imagine, I find Liam Neeson in his late thirties (and his forties are not bad, either), really, really nnnnnggghhh.

Here are some photos I could grub up, though I most swooooned for him making love to Diane Keaton in The Good Mother, a not-very well received film they made in the late '80's.

Liam Neeson:

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Here's one from Rob Roy. Just erase Jessica Lang and plug in tween-Frodo, and there you have it. A perfect illustration for the up-against-the-trunk scene in The Hall.

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Oh, all right. You two can cast Dan, and I'll cast Liam.
aquila0212 at 2005-12-06 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have any problem with that -- Luuuuuv Liam Neeson.

No, Dan's always been a solo artist, as far as I know. If you're in the mood, you can go on Amazon and search for him, and listen to samples of his songs. He has a gorgeous voice.
shelbyshire at 2005-12-06 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Mechtild commented:

*D'OH. I didn't know there was "first time" story for Frodo and Sam. Well, I mean there are a million of them, I meant, I didn't know of one by Willow. What's the name of it?*

I had read in the "RoP looking ahead" section at one time a little glimpse of Sam talking with the Gaffer and all Sam could think about was himself with Frodo, a bathtub, and soap. Quite a good combination in my opinion. Could that be what the illustration is for? I'll have to mosey on over there and take a better look.

aquilla (Is this someone from KD? I'm not good at connecting names between the two.) I do recognize the RoP/Frodo/Flipper pic now. Thanks. Never noticed that before.

*smiles* Mechtild, your posts are not only beautiful to the eye but educational as well! On to Flipper, part two...

mechtild at 2005-12-06 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
I had read in the "RoP looking ahead" section at one time a little glimpse of Sam talking with the Gaffer and all Sam could think about was himself with Frodo, a bathtub, and soap.

What's this? A bath and a bar of soap? And there's such as a thing as a "RoP looking ahead" section? I am soooo unnoticing. I don't remember seeing anything like that. I must not be looking at the right sites.

Hi, Shelbyshire! I'll let Aquila do her own self-revealing.

shelbyshire at 2005-12-06 02:09 (UTC) (Link)
That part I read is under Adult Fan Fic then under Works in Progress then the story called Metamorphosis. And I may be wrong about the soap, it could have been oil since he's described as being oily wet. *blushes* We need some smilies in here!
mechtild at 2005-12-06 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
Shucks, I don't have none a them there smilies, ma'am.

Metamorphosis, ey? I know the title, but not from a story by Willow. I must *check it out*! I take it you are talking about Willow-wode's own site, not WotM. I usually read her stuff at WotM, since I prefer the type font and background they use there to the one she uses at her own place.
aussiepeach at 2005-12-06 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
I think Willow has a story called Mathom at WOTM which may be F/S first time, ROP verse.

Sandy's so beautiful!
mechtild at 2005-12-06 05:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you for lead, Peachy. I did look up "Metamorphosis." Shelbyshire was correct that it was under WIP's on Willow's site. But it was just the story opening. It looked quite promising, however.

You wrote,

Sandy's so beautiful!</i>

Now, no laughing, but, when I read that, I was seriously thinking, "'Sandy'? Who is 'Sandy'?" Time after time, I forget all about the fact that these caps are supposed to be Elijah Wood playing a kid named Sandy. I make a poor Faculty-ite. It's like saying EW wasn't convincing in the role, poor lad.

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