April 23rd, 2007

NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Dead Marshes, Pt. 1: “So Bright, So Beautiful…” plus poem by jan-u-wine….

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There are quite a few fine scenes for screencaps set in the Dead Marshes, so I will be presenting them in four separate posts.

This, the opening post, will present images of Frodo stroking and admiring the Ring. In the EE, this scene is actually preceded by the one in which the hobbits munch lembas and Gollum is hungry in the wasteland. But because I wanted to start off with Frodo's experience of the Ring, I will post these caps first.
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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Dead Marshes, Pt. 2 – Frodo asks Gollum, “Who are you?”

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As was the case for the first set of caps from this scene (Frodo caressing the Ring), there is no real equivalent to it in the book. It is a creation of the screenwriters. Dialogue was plucked from other places (such as using a version of the Barrow Wight's song), but it is quite original. Yet, like the portrayal of Frodo as deeply enamoured of the Ring, I think the scene works and is consistent with the film's portrayal of Frodo. Frodo has been shocked out of his Ring-reverie, startled to find he is not alone in a private moment, and shocked to hear the words in his head ("So bright... So beautiful...") being mouthed by his nemesis, the loathsome Gollum.

In the caps below, the whole succession of Frodo's feelings is vivid as they rush upon him—surprise, alarm, defensiveness, hostility—the conjoined emotions launching him into a full-frontal assault into the personal space of Gollum, pressing Gollum with questions about his past until the two are virtually nose to nose.
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