This is just to say that I'll shortly be posting Pts. 1 - 4 of the Sammath Naur series (10 parts in all).
It will take me a few minutes to upload the entries and install the links between them, so if any of you are champing at the bit, please be patient. It is much more rewarding to view the caps in sequence.
( Collapse )Before I present the caps, I want to say how brilliantly I think they shot the opening of this scene. When Sam enters the Sammath Naur, the first we see of Frodo is a small, solitary shape; a still, indistinct figure standing in the midst of swirling clouds of steam. I think this image vividly portrays Frodo's inner state, and without using any words. At the critical moment Frodo is alone, in crisis, his feelings unclear; and the forces he's facing are daunting. ( Collapse )
I decided to post these three jan-u-wine poems in one entry.
The screencaps below include the critical moment in which Frodo first seems mesmerized by the Ring, a moment that suits these poems beautifully. The poems, each quite short but powerful, were written specifically for this series. ( Collapse )
The book text continues here until Frodo, or Sauron’s Ring working through Frodo, reaches his terrible decision. How much, if anything, of Frodo remained at this moment? I believe some corner of his consciousness remained, some pocket of last defiance that could not be extinguished. ( Collapse )