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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Amon Hen III ~ Frodo and Aragorn.

Posted on 2006.06.15 at 22:01


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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