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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

I have returned

Posted on 2005.07.10 at 12:47
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Yes, I have returned from my two weeks of family visitations. And what a greeting dear Frodo gave me! *smooch* Now I am ready for a holiday! I ate a great deal, drank mass quantities, shepherded our daughter through various family melt-downs and saw a few films, per my daughter’s choice. (Cinderella Man – excellent performances, very good film; Batman Begins -- many excellent performances in supporting roles in what I would say is the best of the “comic books” films; War of the Worlds very good performances in an uneven film -- some of it brilliant -- some not, but well-worth seeing.)

On hobbits portrayed as satyrs.

Again, I failed to write anything on vacation about this but did spend time imagining how fetching film Frodo would look shirtless, furry-legged and playing pan pipes. I also found some truly lurid drawings depicting satyrs with satyrs (and satyrs with centaurs) on Google Images, while looking for the cartoon satyrs from Fantasia (pictured second below).

Inspired, I decided to make a new "Frodo Art Travesty"manip staring Frodo as a satyr (see below).

Frodo as Pan comforting Psyche, courtesy of Edward Burne-Jones, c. 1874:

Two satyrs from Walt Disney's Fantasia:

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On Frodo’s 'Elvishness'.

I am ashamed to report that I have not got far writing anything scintillating about
However, while in Washington, I did a bit of research downtown at the Archives and found this amazing image of what may be the ancestor who might have contributed to that elusive “Elvish something” about Frodo Baggins.

Below is a copy of a wall painting newly discovered in the recently unearthed rooms of Michel Delving's Mathom-house, dating from the Fourth Age. Shire historians involved in this dig believe this to be a portrait of none other than the half-Hobbit, half-Elf son that resulted from the union of the mysterious Baggins progenitor who purportedly took a “Fairy wife.” Was it just a colourful tale of family origins? Sweat and simple tools have produced an answer.

The name of the subject of this painting tells as much as the obvious family resemblance. Apparently named in honour or the Noldorian king of First Age Nargothrond, Finrod Felagund (he was also the first great Elven friend of Men), this painting has convinced experts at the dig that the hobbit portrayed is meant to be the Baggins forefather.

The alteration to the original name tends to confirm researcher's opinions that the hobbits were far more lively than the Elves. “Funrod Feelagood, Half-halfling” is the name inscribed in the plaster directly below the image in this wall painting.

Funrod Feelagood -- possible progenitor of Frodo Baggins of the Shire:

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Now, on another note ...

I wanted to say that the tone of our family vacation altered dramatically when my mother, daughter and I returned from shopping to hear of the London bombings. I was glad the incidents weren’t worse, but they were bad enough! For those who died, they were as bad as bad can get. And, although they lived, I am sure there are many who have sustained horrific injuries.

My immediate worry was for the UK fans I have got to know in the Tolkien threads. I knew only some of them lived or worked in London, but England is a small place (compared to the U.S.). Everyone seems to go in and out of London at some point and most people have friends or relations there. With no internet, I had to wait till I got back here to check the threads and LJ’s to hear, happily, that no one I knew was harmed.

I wrote in K-D’s The Harem how impressed I was by the fortitude, pluck and humour displayed by the British people and its leadership. I was struck by the contrast with what probably would have been the response here, had these bombings happened to us.

If it had happened to the U.S. I would expect to see acts of bravery and generosity, yes, but these would immediately be made into media events. (Seriously -- how many months would it be before someone’s story became a TV miniseries?) I would expect massively hyped public angsting and hand-wringing, with armies of “grief counsellors” dispatched to the communities of the bomb sites followed by gaggles of TV interviewers pushing microphones into the faces of whomever was most willing to sob and shake for the “folks at home”.

Worse, I would expect an even greater shoring up of the U.S. mind against “the other” – that is, anyone not known personally. There would be even more promulgating of public fear and paranoia. More cancelled trips abroad, more installations of home alarm systems. More purchases of home weaponry, more stockpiling of non-perishables. And even more support for hawkish-yet-isolationist politicians. *big sigh*

So, I suppose I am saying I am very glad it didn’t happen here because we seem less able to take disasters and crises in a constructive way.

~ Mechtild


maeglian at 2005-07-10 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
You seem to be back in fine form! :-)

"Funrod"? **Snerk**

how fetching film Frodo would look shirtless, furry-legged and playing pan pipes....

Hmmm. I'm sure you've seen this one by Burne-Jones? I've always though he's gor almost the right profile, and though the Pan pipe (ahem) is not in sight - this *is* Pan. With very furry legs!
mechtild at 2005-07-10 22:38 (UTC) (Link)

Ha! Maeglian, you are not going to believe this....

Maeglian, guess what? While you were posting, I had been making a new manip out of what I imagine was the very picture you linked (it won't open when I click it). Is this the picture you were going to show me?

~ Mechtild
maeglian at 2005-07-10 22:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ha! Maeglian, you are not going to believe this....

It most certainly is! That's - nearly spooky!
golden_berry at 2005-07-11 15:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ha! Maeglian, you are not going to believe this....

Nah, it's simply Harem Synchronicity at work, once again!
mechtild at 2005-07-11 16:07 (UTC) (Link)

nice term!

"Harem synchronicity" -- I like that! Or is that a standard Harem term?
pearlette at 2005-07-11 16:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: nice term!

Yep, it's become part of the Harem mythos. ;)

Great minds think alike and all that!

Good to see you back, Mechtild!
mechtild at 2005-07-11 17:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: nice term!

Thank you, Pearl, it's good to be home again.
golden_berry at 2005-07-25 21:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: nice term!

*blushes sheepishly* Sorry, Mechtild--two weeks later, here I am checking my e-mail and saw your comment about MY comment!

Yeah, Harem Synchronicity, abbreviated as "HS", is a mysterious but common phenomenon among us like-minded Frolijah shippers. :D
just_ann_now at 2005-07-10 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
That is an intriguing picture, I rather like the masterful look in his eye, so dissimilar from his usual deer-in-the-headlights gaze. She looks a bit apprehenisve, though.

Now that you are back, I can see that my days of sneaking peeks at my journal during slow moments at work are about to end! Better send myself an email. Better yet, I'll write it in permanent marker on my arm.
mechtild at 2005-07-11 00:48 (UTC) (Link)

"Deer-in-the-headlights" gaze?????"

Ann, I believe you are referring to film Frodo's "wide-eyed soul-baring gaze." Really, Ann! I know you are a fan of Men, but, still! Show some pity towards a poor, smitten film-Frodo-with-great-big-eyes swooner! *winky face*

Actually, the head shot I used of Frodo is not from the films. There are no direct-eye contact shots of Frodo, unless one counts the last smile before Frodo sails off at the end of RotK (I do, but others don't). The head shot I used is from a series of FotR costume stills. The only other shots of Frodo looking into the camera are other "behind the scenes" shots -- pictures of him in costume and often in character, but not taken from actual film scenes.

Ann, you said, "Now that you are back, I can see that my days of sneaking peeks at my journal during slow moments at work are about to end!" Why do you say that? I won't tell if you peek at your journal. *snicker*

I wish I could look at the internet at work. Although, working in the children's department at the library, I could not really look at most of my usual sites. What would the children think? ("Hunh. She reads hot fan fiction, too -- at her age! Will I be reading that stuff when I'm as old as she is????")

In the painting I used, the god Pan is supposed to be comforting the distraught Psyche, who is suffering through a series of seemingly impossible ordeals assigned to her by Venus, who is incensed because Cupid (her son) is in love with Psyche, a mere mortal, .
just_ann_now at 2005-07-11 01:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Deer-in-the-headlights" gaze?????"

There are no direct-eye contact shots of Frodo...*Snaps fingers!* (or would, if she had ever been able to snap her fingers). That must be what struck me as so very different about the picture - his somewhat aggressive-looking attitude, so unlike our normally mild-mannered young gentlehobbit. Definitely a swoon-worthy look, if I were one to swoon over such, but I am, alas, (or, fortunately)not.

On the bizarre planet where I work, my back is to the customer service windows for Admissions and Records, but I face the customer area for Counseling. Folks at the front window tend to get aggravated, thinking I am ignoring them, when actually I don't work A&R, except to help out by receiving forms and disseminating misinformation occasionally. But this also means that my computer screen is 100% visible to everyone at the window, or everyone walking through the lobby, for that matter. I can receive and read comments, because they come in my email, but I'm taking my life (not to mention my job) into my hands by websurfing anywhere at all, never mind LJ.
mechtild at 2005-07-11 02:42 (UTC) (Link)

Full-frontal eye nudity

Ah, Ann, now I understand about your job situation. No, you could not open any of these internet places at work, could you!

Surely the lack of "direct eye-contact" shots is true for the Men in LotR, too, isn't it? You must have pored over scads of Boromir/Faramir/Aragorn/Eomer screencaps. Well, some of them, anyway. But eye contact shots sure do have an impact when one finds one, ey? I suppose, though, most of them are actually "behind the scenes" shots, just as they are for Frodo.

Here are some "Frodo Art Travesties" I made using a "behind the scenes" head shot that I just love. Here is the actual photo without any retouching:

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But used in the manips, it made Frodo almost ooze with an almost challenging sensuality (although I am sure Elijah Wood was merely tired or bored in the actual shot, waiting for the cameras to roll).

Here is the manip, based on an Elizabethan portrait of an unknown man:

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Here's the same head shot manipped into a Caravaggio of the god Bacchus:

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The first "Art Travesty" I ever made was done from Gainsborough's "Blue Boy." The head shot is from a series of Frodo costume and makeup reference shots for FotR in which Elijah Wood looks bored to tears in almost every one. This is the one I chose:

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Put the same face put on the Blue Boy, hand on hip, and Frodo practically smoulders:

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If you ever want to look at all of these "Frodo Art Travesties", Ann, there is a link for the album on my "User's Info" page.

~ Mechtild
just_ann_now at 2005-07-11 03:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Full-frontal eye nudity

You're quite right - "Blue Boy" is amazing. Boyish, yet very fetching in the blue satin breeches and bored, slightly petulant gaze.

About the costume study shots: I had one of Boromir that I've loved for years - there was just something about it. Only recently did a friend point out to me that in that particular photo he has dark hair - and is wearing a lovely leather Rangerish costume that never made it onto film. Heart-stoppingly lovely, but an embarrassing "D'Oh!" kind of moment.

I'll most definitely check out your fine art gallery!
mariole at 2005-07-12 03:55 (UTC) (Link)
Funrod!!! *snerks a la Maeg*

I do like Frodo as a satyr, and as a funrod. I like Frodo most ways, particularly panting and desperate.

I think it's late and I must sleep. Good to see you back, Mechtild!
mechtild at 2005-07-12 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
Mariole! It's nice to see you! I remember your mentioning in the Harem that you would be gone for a few days.

You like "Funrod"? Me, too. And you are supposed to pronounce "Felagud" like, "feel-a-good". (Sounds sort of Italian, no?) I thought of spelling it that way -- Feelagood -- but decided it was too obvious. And you know me, Miss Subtle. (HA!)

Yes, Frodo and all the hobbits make lovely satyrs. It's the pointy ears and furry feet. And luscious little bodies. And tousled curls. And naughty grins. And the pan pipes in their hands. ("What pan pipes?") OK, no pan pipes. But vessels containing alcoholic beverages. They have those. Satyrs are always very buddy-buddy with Bacchus, the god of drunken revels.

~ Mechtild
mariole at 2005-07-12 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh! See, I pronounced it "Fellah-good" as in "Good fellah." A funrod is good for a fellah ... and his lass! At least, that one would be!

I'm glad to see your zany humor is back online. Cheers, dear. I'll make it to the Harem when I can. Bothersome work! Night!
mechtild at 2005-07-12 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
There. Your comment made me go ahead and change the spelling. Who wants to be subtle, anyway?

Nighty-night, Mariole. ~ Mechtild
mariole at 2005-07-12 12:23 (UTC) (Link)
My hallmark is subtlty. That's why I like the red codpiece guy so much. *ogles once again*
mechtild at 2005-07-12 13:01 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yessssss.... "the red codpiece guy". Flaming red. Velvet.

Good old Georg Pencz; he deserves a medal for painting that otherwise unremarkable young man. And Frodo's head is such an improvement!

lembas_junkie at 2005-07-13 00:28 (UTC) (Link)

Welcome back! :)

It feels like so long since we've had one of our chats, my dear! :) Ah, summer, when we're all out and about! :) Thank you so much for coming over to take a look at my brand-spankin' new page. :) "LJ's LJ"! ;)

julchen11 at 2006-06-17 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
Whenever I'm looking at one of your posts I'm overwhelmed. The pictures are so beautiful, even I couldn't see them all.
Pan-Frodo ... great work dear.
Frodo the Elfhobbit ... left me speachless.
Your posts, the comments ... that all sounds like a part of a novel, whenever I'm here , walking through your journal, I'm stucked.
I love to be here

Hugs you tight
mechtild at 2006-06-18 19:05 (UTC) (Link)
Boy, this was a year ago! It seems like far longer, somehow. The bombings in London floored me, but so many other terrible things have happened since then. And good things, too, of course.

Thanks for the comments, Julchen. As usual, you are very gracious.
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