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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Frodo in the Corn ~ FotR screencaps

Posted on 2005.12.10 at 14:29
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I know, I know, I'm procrastinating.

I was looking for a face (for a possible new Art Travesty manip), from among my yet unposted screencaptures. Looking through the caps from the "hobbits in the cornfield" series, I was so enamoured, I just had to post at least some of them....

I suppose I should say, "maizefield," since, other than in the U.S., "corn" refers to grains like wheat. Did the Shire have sweet corn? Well, if M-E could have tomatoes, tobacco and potatoes, I suppose there is no reason the film couldn't throw in a stand of sweet corn.

This moment comes immediately after Frodo emerges from the corn rows, in answer to Sam's panicked call. The cousins have not yet burst upon them.

I know I keep saying this, but I find his beauty in these painting-like pictures breathtakingly, heartbreakingly beautiful. There aren't that many scenes taken outdoors in the films that use such a light. The cart scene was very variably sunny, but Frodo's make-up or the lighting made some of those moments seem a little thin, colour-wise. The "Get off the road" scene is rich, but shadier than this. The pre- and post- Moria scenes are bright, but the light is bit harsh, almost bleak. But the colour in this cornfield scene is lush, almost saturated, yet incredibly soft, as if every frame had been rendered in pastels. Ah, the jeweled eyes! The chestnut depths in the tousled hair! The warmth of the brown plushy velvet! The delicate rosy bloom on those cheeks and lips!

Alas, poor Frodo, when I think how wan and bloodless he will look the next time he passes through the Shire....

~ Frodo's reaction shots in the corn field scene, FotR, theatrical version:

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2005-12-10 21:45 (UTC) (Link)


Hooray for the Gods of procrastination! *puts hands together in prayer*

Simply gorgeous – procrastinate to your heart’s content :D

This scene is too short, imho, so having your caps to ogle is indeed a treat – thank you.

mechtild at 2005-12-10 23:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hooray!

You're a terrible influence,Estë.
shirebound at 2005-12-10 22:05 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous, gorgeous shots. I love your screencaps.

Did the Shire have sweet corn?

Since I'm about to write a ficlet including corn on Tol Eressea, I think it's completely up to us to imagine what we need for our stories, on film or otherwise!

mechtild at 2005-12-10 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
Shirebound, in fanfic, one can have palm trees or cacti.

Or kangaroo paw, ey, Maewyn?
maeglian at 2005-12-10 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely caps. Framed by that vibrant green, Frodo looks a true Shire hobbit, far removed from the dirt and ashes that soon enough will surround him. I especially like no. 10 from the top. Looks as if he's getting ready to blow a little kiss our way. :-)

I've always enjoyed that scene, but quite irreverently I also keep imagining that the reason Frodo got away from Sam in the first place was that he quietly stepped aside and stopped to pee. :-D
mariole at 2005-12-10 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! That's great! Now I'm going to be chuckling over that as well.
mariole at 2005-12-10 22:33 (UTC) (Link)
Him's little nostrils is flaring as he runs to go see Sam!!! what a cutie pie I think i'm dead
mechtild at 2005-12-10 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, don't start with the nostril flare, Mariole. I see you rubbed it in, by way of your icon. *grin*
taerie at 2005-12-11 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
So many cornfields here in Kansas JUST like that one.. but I never see anything like that in them. (sigh.)

(I was very sure that it was SAM who stepped off to pee not thinking that Frodo wouldn't wait for him. It was the way Sam was walking.. his body english and expression. Like a guy just coming out of the mens room.)
mechtild at 2005-12-11 02:18 (UTC) (Link)
I was very sure that it was SAM who stepped off to pee not thinking that Frodo wouldn't wait for him. It was the way Sam was walking.. his body english and expression. Like a guy just coming out of the mens room.

Haw haw haw! Sean-Sam does have somewhat a rolling gait. I never had thought of it bladder-induced.
duchess_of_dill at 2005-12-11 02:13 (UTC) (Link)
This is truly an enlightening conversation you gals are having. I don't think I'll ever look at that scene quite the same way again. Internet discussion always has a way of enriching the movies!
mechtild at 2005-12-11 02:23 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, all our discussions are enlightening. You should have heard the one about the caps showing Frodo (or Elijah) jumping on Sam and throwing his arms around him at the dance. Rosie and others were looking on. We had a lot of fun conjecturing what they were thinking. Unlike, "Frodo and Sam take a pee break in the cornfield," that clip never made it into the film. The director knew a too-hot-to-handle sequence when he saw it. *snort*
pearlette at 2005-12-11 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
He's gorgeous.

Flippin' gorgeous.

Who wouldn't want to run their fingers through those glossy dark burnished curls? Run their fingers across that soft, full, lower lip? Brush their hands down that plush, plummy velvet ...?????????????

Still in a happy post-Narnia glow.

mechtild at 2005-12-11 02:24 (UTC) (Link)
Pearl, I'm going to have to smack you. Then I will have to post another set, just for good measure.

All set to get the Narnia glow tomorrow.
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mechtild at 2005-12-11 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that would be cool! Be sure and say where you plan to post it (your LJ? The Harem? Both?).
illyria_novia at 2005-12-11 11:33 (UTC) (Link)
*brain malfuncrion*

These are beyond gorgeous. (He is beyond gorgeous, too.) Thanks for sharing, Mechtild. I look forward to the manip. :)
mechtild at 2005-12-11 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
Well, don't hold your breath, Illyria. The source painting I had in mind was one Whiteling just posted in the Harem. It takes my breath away, even without Frodo's head on top. But I really haven't a sophisticated enough of a photo program to put a head onto a neck when the head is lifted up. There is always a line when I attach a head, so I must choose poses in which the chin is lowered enough to cast at least a little shadow. Whiteling has done manips that perfectly blend the join, however. I suppose she will have to do it.

Here is a detail of the painting she posted, by Guido Reni, of St. Sebastian. It makes me go *thud*. Especially his impressive, virile draperies.

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lembas_junkie at 2005-12-11 21:31 (UTC) (Link)
oooOoh! :D Cap # 4 would make a nice face in some Travesty or another...

mechtild at 2005-12-11 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
Golly, yes! Lembas, you the EYE.
bagendbabe at 2005-12-14 20:57 (UTC) (Link)
Please never stop procrastinating, Mech.

You are a heroine!!!

*drools yet again*
mechtild at 2005-12-16 01:21 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, you encourage me shamelessly. What's this? I'm on heroine? *snerk*
diem_kieu94 at 2013-07-15 16:54 (UTC) (Link)


That 1st screen cap is SO sexy!! XD Love it!!
mechtild at 2013-07-15 17:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: OMG!!

Yeah, that screen cap is a beaut (see icon). Well, the whole series of caps is. The moment takes two seconds of screen time, so it's great to be able to savour the beauty and variety of film-Frodo's face through screen captures.
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