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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Fireside scene Pt. 2 ~ "Fiery Letters"

Posted on 2006.01.17 at 21:04
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I couldn't resist posting the first group from the FotR "Fireside Scene" screencaps....

When I began to make all these screencaps, I told myself I wasn't going to bother doing the scene before the fire in Bag End, with Gandalf telling Frodo about the Ring. There were plenty of caps of that scene, I said. Besides, I was trying to focus on the "lighter" moments of which there were so few in the films, or else the bits I felt hadn't been capped much. I was sure that Frodo's plucky little smile, which comes at the end of the scene when he says, "I can cut across country easily enough," would be just the sort of sequence I was looking for.

However ... I made the fatal mistake of watching the full scene all the way through. Within ten frames I was hitting the "pause" button. Then again. And again. Soon I had a hundred screencaps. Frodo's face was just so varied and so beautiful, in so many of them, I couldn't bear not to save them.

Here are the first set of them, if you still haven't had enough of "Fireside Frodo," that is. I pared the set down to fifty, which I will post in three segments.

Looking through all fifty caps from this superbly lit and photographed (and acted) scene, I think my very favourite images might be the first three. Although the first two are nearly identical, there was enough of a subtle difference between the set of the eyebrows that I couldn't choose between them (*revealed as one in whom Frodo's eyebrows inspire lust*). All the "Fireside" screencaps look like paintings to me, but these do most of all: sheer, classical loveliness, as Baroque as they can be.

~ Screencaps from Frodo's coverage in the scenes with Gandalf, from The Fellowship of the Ring, full-screen version of the theatrical release:

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


lame_pegasus at 2006-01-18 08:04 (UTC) (Link)
Enough of Fireside Frodo? Me?

*wants to write yet more Frodo/Lily-fic (mumblemakingloveinthefirelightmumble) and tries desperately to fight the temptation*
maewyn_2 at 2006-01-18 09:24 (UTC) (Link)
*wants to write yet more Frodo/Lily-fic (mumblemakingloveinthefirelightmumble) and tries desperately to fight the temptation*

Don't let us stop you! I love your Frodo/Lily fics, and I have a THING for candle/lamp/firelight (don't I, Mechtild? ;) ).
maewyn_2 at 2006-01-18 09:23 (UTC) (Link)
What can be said that hasn't already been said? There are no words. It would be too difficult to choose a favourite. ALL of them are beautiful, each in their own way.
mechtild at 2006-01-18 13:01 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, go ahead and try. It's fun just to stare. You know you want to.

P.S. I have a THING for candle/lamp/firelight (don't I, Mechtild? ;) ).

You certainly do. *makes note to re-read certain chapter in RoP:The Hall*
ms_banazira at 2006-01-18 09:25 (UTC) (Link)
Who knew hobbits invented Maybeline? They must have, or Frodo has exceeded the legally allowable limit on eyelashes, and I'm gonna have to take him into custody. Which isn't a bad thought.

*Chief of Eyelash Police*
mechtild at 2006-01-18 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
Those eyelashes are deadly, aren't they? It may be the "eyelash" pics of EW as himself that most stir me, though, in spite of the fact that he has to lower or close his amazing eyes in order to show them off.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-01-18 13:51 (UTC) (Link)
The screencaps are beyond beautiful. The colours, the mood, Frodo - exquisite.

*opens another packet of drool-tissues*

mechtild at 2006-01-18 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but aesthetic drool. Somehow the "climbing up the stairs" pant-and-groan clip just doesn't go with these. Just long, extended "Oh"s and sighs.
taerie at 2006-01-18 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
His eyebrows do it for me too.. That last batch of clips you did where you can see every hair was absorbing to say the least.. and those eyes are almost spooky beautiful. In this, it is that rosy peach mouth that catches and keeps the eye.. Makes you want a kiss so bad you can taste it..
mechtild at 2006-01-18 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, those lips in the middle sequence when he's examining the Ring for markings are just killer. Nnnnnnggggghhhhh.
frodosweetstuff at 2006-01-18 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
I loved the ones were you can see him holding a mug in his hands. Would be lovely for an icon. :)
mechtild at 2006-01-18 15:20 (UTC) (Link)
Well, where's that "holding-a-mug-in-his-hands" new icon???? We want to see it!
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mechtild at 2006-01-18 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
Mews, it was one of those LJ glitches. They happen to me all the time! I post something and nothing appears, I re-post and end up with two. Or I get an email notification of someone's reply, read it, go to the actual thread of comments and, Lo, there's nothing there. I close the site, answer it on my email, re-open it later and magically they both appear.

Of course you may friend this journal! I only post this stuff so that Frodo fans can enjoy them, save them, whatever. I only ask if you post or link a "Frodo Art Travesty" somewhere else that you credit it and identify the painter of the source picture, if possible - I have them noted in my own file titles but they get cut off by Photobucket, unfortunately.

I haven't done that many sets of screencaps, as you will see when you click the "frodo screencaps" tag, but I cap them for their beauty - whether utterly hot, whimsical, dramatic, funny, enchanting, or just plain endearing, not because they demonstrate EW's acting specifically. Therefore I can end up capping moments that are mere "nothings" in the film, I just like the way his face looks.

Anyway, thank you for commenting! If you ever lose your manip link, it's on my User Info Page. The "tags" feature will only link you to Art Travesties I have featured since I opened my LJ. Most of the manips were made before that.

~ Mechtild

P.S. I see we love the same screencap of Frodo in his opening cart ride scene! *big smile*
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mechtild at 2006-01-18 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I have a favour to ask. What sort of html code thingy is used to make an LJ user name into a link, the way you have done with Shirebound's in your two comments? I read the instructions in the FAQ but it has never come out properly for me. D'oh!

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pearlette at 2006-01-18 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
That mouth.

That straight little classical nose.

That curl in the middle of his forehead.



It's unreal. WHO LOOKS LIKE THAT?!

The top two are my favourites, I think. Delicious masculine beauty.
mechtild at 2006-01-18 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
The top two are my favourites, I think. Delicious masculine beauty.

"High fives" you, sugar-pie.

Like your formatting, too. You know how to dress up a string of comments. Question: I have been intrigued by the icon you happen to have (very conveniently) posted directly above.

What does it say in those little tiny cursive letters?
Judit Veres at 2014-05-28 09:18 (UTC) (Link)

Fireside scene Pt. 2 ~ "Fiery Letters"

Dear Mechtild!

I came only yesterday to your site - and it's amazing! I simply love your posts and the selection of the pictures! I'm a Tolkien / LOTR fan too and especially a fan of Frodo / Elijah Wood!
By this post about the fireside I felt I must comment - though I don't know if anybody reads them any more, but anyway.
I fancy this scene too. As I watched it first (and second and third (: ) I wondered about Frodo's face too, how it is like a sculpture - beyond all praise. And then it came in my mind - his face is like the one of the sculpture of Michelangelo's David!!! I don't know if anybody ever commented about this relationship, but the curves of the mouth, of the eyes, of the nose - all is so perfect and so much similar to David's! If you would look, don't you think than?
mechtild at 2014-06-02 13:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fireside scene Pt. 2 ~ "Fiery Letters"

Welcome, Judit! Sorry it took a few days for me to check my inbox.

I'm so pleased you are enjoying the site! But you're right, it's not much visited anymore.

Yes, many film Frodo fans who are also fans of art have commented on the similarity. Here's a post made a few months after this one, a little silly, but it demonstrates the resemblance you are talking about:


If you really want to explore the site, try using the links given on the "User Info" page:


All the "Here" links bring you to other pages with links to take you to other links. For instance, there is a table of links for screencap entries for each of the three films, plus the "extras", with little icons (small images) to indicate what's in each, all in film chronology order. Or there is a page of links to entries featuring photomanipulations ("Frodo Art Travesties") putting Frodo's face into art works. Some are for laughs but many are seriously intended.

Edited at 2014-06-02 01:33 pm (UTC)
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