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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Amon Hen III ~ Frodo and Aragorn.

Posted on 2006.06.15 at 22:01


taerie at 2006-06-16 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
I know this is beside any point that is being discussed.. but..
Granted, The movie robbed Frodo of a lot of the derring do that he displayed in the book.. something we have all moaned over.. But it seems to me that the people I know who complain most about Frodo being a "wimp" are people who I also know to be rather timid physically and fragile emotionally themselves. It is easy to understand, psychologically,why they might be harder on Frodo but I have to say that it is especially annoying.
I wonder if they would go on about it if they knew the thought balloon over my head was saying. If that was you.. (Especially you, you wussie..) and you had the ring and you were in the same spot he is in.. (ESPECIALLY here when he is contemplating leaving the protection of the Fellowship and going off into that huge and impossibly lethal world.. with the responsibility that has been put on him for the whole world and with what in his mind must be the certainty of death and worse.. failure.) would you be so tough? I do not THINK so! You (And I ) would be running madly in the opposite direction or having to be peeled off Aragorn, gibbering like an idiot and wetting your pants.. anybody who thinks differently is not understanding the situation clearly. I know that HE understands the situation clearly.. and the fact that it is even possible for him to consider such a thing seriously let alone DO it.. staggers me with awe at how heroic and brave and selfless this little fellow is.
To me.. his anguished and hopeless face here makes that so clear. If Elijah Wood had played it any differently it would not have had the emotional impact of truth and reality it has.
This scene just breaks my heart for him.
(Besides the fact that nobody created on earth before could look this scared and still be so beautiful .. "kissed by angels' is about the only way to describe it adequately. Wonderful expression by the way!!!)
mechtild at 2006-06-16 13:57 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, an impassioned defense! Frodo will have to hire you next time the Shire folk are slandering him post-Quest. Yes, he was terribly, terribly brave in this scene, book and film. To go off all by himself (he was thinking), with very little provision, to a place he had little idea how to get to - no paths known, no signs, no inns, no nothing. It makes me think of all the brave, desperate acts people have been driven to in order to defend something they love, the Right, or just to survive. I lead SUCH a cushy life, utterly secure and safe in comparison.

I'm going to have to go up there and say something to Este about "kissed by angels." You are the second or third person to mention it. She's really got something there!
taerie at 2006-06-16 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
Yes.. Frodo should hire me. He can afford what I would ask for wages, I think.
Nobody in the Shire would slander him after I had picked up and chucked a few of them in the Water.
I loved what Este said! It is the best description of that face I have ever read.. in so few words.
mechtild at 2006-06-16 17:16 (UTC) (Link)
You're not asking him for a one-shot payment, I hope? I'd tell him he has to pay on the installment plan. Maybe a twenty year contract.
mariole at 2006-06-16 16:19 (UTC) (Link)
I love your defense! Bravo!! *applauds* Yes, there's a lot of "not thinking clearly" going on around Frodo's character-- perhaps because what's he's attempting cuts too close to the bone. People feel safer with cartoon heroes (like the fighters in the movies turned out to be, alas). No one _seriously_ would think about leaping off a building into a pack of murderous orcs (neither would Book Aragorn, just by the way), but it makes a fun fantasy. "How brave!" Because no one would ever do it, so it's safe. But someone _could_ be called upon to make Frodo's sacrifice. "NO, no, get away! I'm not sacrificing myself for the common good, forget it! Give me Starbucks! Give me my SUV! Secure interest on my accounts! NOooooooo!!!!"

I just love this scene and think it works great for the film. In the book of course Aragorn never encountered the orcs at all; Tolkien is not such an idiot that he would think 4 fighters and 2 little hobbits could succeed against a foe in force. But it's great cinematography and I loved the emotional farewell. You just have to enter cartoon land as soon as Aragorn engages the orcs, because he'd be such dead meat. Great scene! I love it.
mechtild at 2006-06-16 17:11 (UTC) (Link)
Go, Mariole! Yes, there were many far-fetched fight moments in the films, but I figured, "Eh, it's film." I loved watching "Adventure Theatre" on Sat. A.M.s as a kid, and loved watching the heroes battle their way out of a thousand assassins on horseback with scimitars in the old "Gunga Din," but I knew it was a film adventure, and was not seriously worried Douglas Fairbanks Jr. would be killed. (I was not prepared for Gunga Din to die, though, boo hoo! - he gets the Frodo job in the film although he looks more like Gollum.)
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