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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Fireside scene Pt. 3: "Take it!"

Posted on 2006.01.18 at 09:39
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I thought I may as well do the second set before I go out for the day....

What the heck? One can't hide such screencaps under a bushel.

This set makes two distinct sequences. The first four are intensely painterly portraits, very dramatic, I think. The first image is the one I used for the face in Joseph and Potiphar's Wife.

Frodo's expression in the second frame melts my soul. And not just my soul. Heavens, what a look. *brow beads with perspiration*

~ Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, full-screen version, theatrical release, continued....

The longer sequence below is from the moment when Frodo, alarmed, tries to insist that Gandalf take the Ring instead of he. I love this series for its actorly beauty. The transition of emotions on his face in this frames is stunningly vivid. *sigh* I never tire of admiring them....

Frodo is supposed to be saying, "Then it cannot stay in the Shire," and, "Take it, Gandalf, take it!" But I confess that when I look at these frames out of context I imagine Frodo saying something like this:

"What do you mean you're 'busy'? You're 'not in the mood'? Get up from that chair, and get in my bed, NOW. Well????"

"Oh, all right. If you insist...."

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


aquila0212 at 2006-01-18 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
There's so much of that performance that you can only see in screen caps -- since you guys have been doing this, I am even more appreciative of how wonderful Elijah was as Frodo, and how indebted I am to him for giving us this treasure.
mechtild at 2006-01-18 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
Achila, I love this whole scene to distraction, actually. Not just for EW in it. From when I first saw it (and I didn't "fall" for Frodo until RotK), I thought, "What a FABULOUSLY conceived, shot and acted scene." I still think it is one of the most perfectly done sequences in film. The caps just help deepen and extend the pleasure I take in it.
aquila0212 at 2006-01-18 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Something about the firelight on his skin....
mechtild at 2006-01-18 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
Gee, we've got a fire place.... In fact, we've got two. Do you think if I asked very nicely he might come over, for a mulled wine, perhaps....?
aquila0212 at 2006-01-18 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
You never know til you try!
taerie at 2006-01-19 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
To me, that second set of caps is painful.. His frantic demand that Gandalf "MUST take it." and then the sad realization that he won't and then the determination to do what he must.
I'm afraid if I was there my response would be to snatch the thing out of his hand.. put it down Gandalf's shirt and say "Here. It's YOUR problem! Come on, Frodo.. you have better things to do.":-)
mechtild at 2006-01-19 17:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid if I was there my response would be to snatch the thing out of his hand.. put it down Gandalf's shirt and say "Here. It's YOUR problem! Come on, Frodo.. you have better things to do.":-)

Now, now, Taerie. I know how you hate angst. If you were in charge of the course epic tales, they would never happen! *grin*
taerie at 2006-01-20 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
You got THAT right! I would ruin the book, the movie, AND be completely unrepentant too!
mariole at 2006-01-18 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
This is the scene that first had me fall in love with Frodo. I was one of those, "Who the heck is this KID!!??" *grumble grumble* viewers of FOTR. He won me over, he did. I was firmly in Frodo's corner after he took the Ring. Just... loved him. Still do. *sigh*
mechtild at 2006-01-18 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
Nope, didn't fall in love till RotK. But I loved Frodo in this, yes. I wanted to crush the dear little soul to my bosom! But in a platonic way, honestly.

I was firmly in Frodo's corner after he took the Ring. Just... loved him. Still do. *sigh*

Again, although it was not in a "lover-ly" way, I threw in my lot with Frodo with his, "What must I do?" to Gandalf, wrapping the Ring tightly in his fingers.
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mechtild at 2006-01-18 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
I see you knew who he was before LotR. I only had seen him in "The Ice Storm," which I watched because Ang Lee directed it. Although I loved that film (more with each viewing) and thought all the actors did superb work in it, I never bothered to notice what "Mikey's" real name was. I only watched the rest of EW's films after becoming a fan of his work as Frodo.

Lurking in "The Faculty" thread taught me quite a bit more about him as an actor and as a person, but it still is Frodo that wows me, and it is only as Frodo that he makes me into a middle-aged puddle.

If you have gone back through my previous screencap entries, you'll see that I have a few sets of Elijah "behind the scenes" but dressed as Frodo. I thought that even though he was out of character, there was something "Frodo-ish" about him in those shots. I also posted three sets of "Flipper" caps, not because I care that much about Flipper or even EW's work in it. I just think he's gorgeous in them. He's got a fabulous face, but it is made into enchantment by the expressive way he uses it, and the camera loves to record it. I posted the Flipper series because I see them as more fodder for mentally illustrating "fanfiction Frodo" at a young age. I was amused to read in a post by Aquila that Willow-wode had actually used a Flipper cap as the basis for one of her signature Frodo drawings for RoP. "Great minds..."
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mechtild at 2006-01-18 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
Mews, I am terribly pleased you liked the Flipper caps. Now, I hope you won't unfriend me the very same day we met, but I am afraid disliked All I Want quite a lot. I know some EW fans really like the film, but I'm one of the ones that really hated it. Go figure! I agree there are some nice-looking screencaps to be had from it, but as an actual film to actually watch, I really nearly lost my love for the little guy -- as an actor, that is -- I still thought he was a lovely person.
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mechtild at 2006-01-18 22:42 (UTC) (Link)
You are very gracious, Mews. It's lovely to meet you. :)
shirebound at 2006-01-18 23:28 (UTC) (Link)
He's got a fabulous face, but it is made into enchantment by the expressive way he uses it

That's exactly it.

mechtild at 2006-01-18 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
We'll have to get adjoining seats so we can heave sighs together. ;)
bagendbabe at 2006-01-18 21:37 (UTC) (Link)
I think I shall die with pleasure and delight. One of my favourite scenes too, his golden glow, his exquisitely beautiful face. His skin looks so soft and firm, like a peach.

And that mouth! *dies* How is it possible for a man to have such a pouty, sensitive, but very masculine, mouth?

*cough* excuse me but I just cant resist .....

mechtild at 2006-01-18 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
Bagendbabe, will you stop with the mouth? Even your icon is torture!

Hey, guess what? stillscarlet scrounged up a hosting site for audio clips, although they only host a clip for 7 days. You may want to take a look (I added a link for the "Frodo climbing the stairs" clip to the "Frogasm" screencap entry). Scarlet's comment with the link is at the bottom of the comments for that LJ entry. Here, I'll get a link for you. I think the place is called "You Send It". Just scroll down...


~ Mechtild
pearlette at 2006-01-18 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, the MOUTH. :)

The top four caps are particularly adorable. Aww baby, you're SQUINCHING! Come to mama! :D She'll make ya feel better. :p

"What do you mean you're 'busy'? You're 'not in the mood'? Get up from that chair, and get in my bed, NOW. Well????"

I wish!
mechtild at 2006-01-18 22:33 (UTC) (Link)
Really and truly, Pearl -- if I saw that man-god standing before me (caps 1-4) looking like that (yes, the SQUINCH plus the positively pouty lips), at least if I were on some inhibition-releasing drugs, I would take that face between my hands and kiss him like...like...like Heath Ledger's Ennis kissed Jake Gyllenhaal's Jack in the stairs scene in Brokeback Mountain.

Yessiree, bob.

pearlette at 2006-01-25 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. :p
shirebound at 2006-01-18 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
Oh how I love this scene. Everything about it was just magic.
mechtild at 2006-01-18 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I agree: "magic." It really is a sequence that exemplifies what film can be at its finest: utterly magical yet utterly real art.
breelee10 at 2006-01-19 03:25 (UTC) (Link)
I think Caravaggio would have indeed had a field-day illustrating these screencaps, what with the dramatic lighting and Frolijah's expressive face... really quite captivating.

I think I fell in love with Frodo at the end of FoTR, when he's standing by the river with the ring sitting in his palm--Absolutely broke my heart!
mechtild at 2006-01-19 04:28 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Bree, darling-pie, how's your mum? Still feeling terrible "but managing"?

I won't be capping the "standing by the ringer the ring sitting in his palm" scene, so many caps of it are out there already. But I am sure there will be more goodies for you as the entries roll by.

breelee10 at 2006-01-19 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
Well, she's actually developed some lovely side effects from the shingles that resemble the effects of Bell's Palsey. Basically, her right side is all a mess--her right eye is all puffy and won't blink all the way, she can't hear out of her right ear, the right side of her mouth is completely numb, and her right leg won't work properly. But the good news is, every day she seems to be getting a hair better. It's probably going to take a while, but we're confident that eventually when the shingles subsides, so will the Bell's Palseyesque symptoms.

However, the really aggravating thing is that while she was in the hospital, her mouth was all tingly and started to slack on the right side, and the doctor said it was the morphine. If he had caught it then and prescribed the right medications, it would have never developed this far. So that's quite frustrating.

The worst part really though is her attitude. She's actually on depression medications now because she got to the point where she was certain she wasn't going to make it through all of this, and it's just sad to see my normally happy, goofy, bubbly mom like this.

Sorry, that was really long! I've just been trying to focus my journal on more positive things in my life, because focusing on the negative is just no good! So... updating you was long!
mechtild at 2006-01-19 15:38 (UTC) (Link)
Bree, I didn't know about your Mom's shingles and all the side-effects. I must have missed your journal posting on it.

That sounds terrible! No wonder your mother was/is depressed about it. A neighbour and an e-friend have had shingles, and with no relation to any more grave medical problem, and they bother were absolutely miserable.

Your poor Mom!


((((Bree's Mom))))
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