August 19th, 2007

NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Tower of Cirith Ungol Pt. 1: Frodo wakes, plus jan-u-wine's "In Dremes" (#1 of 3).

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Because I don't want to detract from jan-u-wine's narrative poem, In Dremes, I am posting my mini-essay for this series in Pt. 2. Her poem complements the images and book text, with its reference to Sam's song, even if the poem is not specifically written to match them.

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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Tower of Cirith Ungol Pt. 3: Frodo takes back the Ring (#3 of 3).

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For this last set I just want to say how much these caps make me sigh for Frodo: partly for the acting, partly for the pathos of his bondage to the Ring (as seen in the bottom shots), and, well, because he's just such a dish in them. I am sure the frames of him dropping the Ring over his head—the contact of the worked metal against his chest sending a rush through him like pure heroin surging through his veins—have inspired more fantasies than can be counted.

The book scene? What is there to say? It is sheer beauty. I want to note that this scene is beautifully acted by Ian Holm and Bill Nighy in the 1981 BBC radio production of LotR. Ian Holm was fifty then, the same age as book-Frodo setting out on the Quest. Ever since hearing it, whenever I read this scene the voice I hear is Ian Holm's. But the face, I confess, continues to resemble film-Frodo's rather closely.

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