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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Part I ~ EE scenes, plus jan-u-wine's 'There is Light Which Does Not Fail'.

Posted on 2006.08.21 at 13:52

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(Anonymous) at 2006-08-21 20:53 (UTC) (Link)
I'm reading the book again, and really enjoying watching Frodo learn who Sam is, and come to value him as a friend as well as a faithful servant. I miss that in the films. And it irks me that practically every instance of physical affection in the films is initiated by Frodo; it diminishes Sam's role as care-taker somewhat, IMVHO.

Just last night I read the bit from "Many Meetings" where Frodo arises from his sick-bed for the feast. There is actually one other instance of Frodo initiating contact. He's just dressed for dinner, Sam comes in and grabs his hand, then blushes and turns away. Then Sam begins talking about the Last Homely House, and how large and confusing it can be; he says you never know what you'll find around a corner. But then he adds that he's not had that much time to explore, as he's been busy with other things. Frodo says "I know what you've been doing, Sam." (Watching Frodo on his sick-bed, with Bilbo there, too.) Then he takes Sam's arm, and says "Guide me around the corners, Sam!" Which I loved, as it indicates that Frodo is beginning to realized how much he's going to have to rely on Sam on their journey, and foreshadows the deepening of their friendship.
ms_banazira at 2006-08-21 20:54 (UTC) (Link)
Dang it! I do that all the time! That was me!
Shirebound
shirebound at 2006-08-21 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
Then he takes Sam's arm, and says "Guide me around the corners, Sam!" Which I loved, as it indicates that Frodo is beginning to realized how much he's going to have to rely on Sam on their journey, and foreshadows the deepening of their friendship.

I never thought of that as foreshadowing! What a lovely insight.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-08-21 21:37 (UTC) (Link)
Me, neither! Bravo, HoneyElf! (Ms. Banazira)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-08-21 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, Honey! I had forgot all about that! That shows Frodo already is more willing to step over the barriers of their customary relationship.

Still, it sounds an impulsive, unreflected gesture -- not the same sort of thing as what Tolkien is describing in that scene in Mordor, when Frodo very intentionally takes and presses Sam's hand, when he cannot speak.

*sniffle*

You know, I don't think I noticed that Frodo intitiates all the contacts. At least Sam took Frodo's hand in Rivendell - even if Ian McKellen had to goad Sean to do it! :)
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