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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

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Notabluemaia
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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