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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The End of All Things: Pt. IV ~ “If ever I was to marry someone….”

Posted on 2006.03.20 at 15:36


mechtild at 2006-03-21 00:20 (UTC) (Link)
Presumably these are what he believes will be his last words (per film version). *weep*

Really, Notabluemaia, you are making me all weepy, too.

I see the reference to the choice Frodo made, to 'be with Sam' and choose life (in the cliff scene) and also Frodo's fervent wish that Sam could be any place *but* here - he cannot in the film context be glad that Sam is here with him, though he can be very glad that he is here to offer comfort, and to die with Sam.

That was a very cool observation, giving me another little nuance that hadn't quite nudged the brain cells in just that way. Am I hearing you properly: I am taking it, that "I'm glad to be with you," emphasizes the sense of Frodo making a preference. It's an active statement. He's saying, with reference to the cliff scene (which I had not thought of at all, hearing this speech), "I'm glad I listened to you; I'm glad I chose to keep living," so that, "I am 'glad to be here with you' -- now," is also a sense of it. "You made me want to live, Sam. Now, it is my turn to encourage you not to despair, not to die grieving and despondent."


But your comment implies that Frodo is consciously phrasing his remark carefully to show that he is not glad that Sam is stuck there to die a miserable death with him, but that he is glad of Sam's friendship, in the event of their dying.

That is very beautiful to comtemplate. Thank you so much for expressing these thoughts.
notabluemaia at 2006-03-21 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
In the book, Frodo says that he is glad that Sam is with *him* ('I am glad that you are with me') - I had wondered why they changed the line, and it seemed to flow from that moment of choice on the cliff, and almost to be required by that. Frodo wants to follow the Ring and/or to give up, but as worn as he is, he is still *himself* - to let go would be to leave Sam to die alone as well as to *leave* his dear Sam. He chooses to struggle, to keep living, so that Sam does not die alone, and so that he has finally and completely rejected the Ring, when he must still be feeling the pull of it.

I do think that Frodo phrases it so because of the distinction in the meaning - he *is* glad that he has chosen to be here, for Sam, at the end. Yet more of Frodo's capacity for a compassion that he is not able to extend to himself in Middle-earth, even as much as he has come to understand.

(I adore Frodo, dear Frodo, and his fine and beloved Sam...)
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