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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Pt. IV ~ "Naked in the dark," plus jan-u-wine's 'All That I Deem Precious'....

Posted on 2006.08.24 at 15:28


mechtild at 2006-08-25 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm. I think I will stick with the story I told Maeglian (above). Except for his poor diction, considering where Fran and Philippa moved the "wheel of fire speech" - all the way to the slopes of Mt. Doom when Frodo could only make croaking sounds, and Sam could not swallow, he really would be panting and a little frantic. In the book, the wheel of fire speech has a much more melancholy, resigned, or regretful mood. As you say so well, Pearl:

"....exhausted, drained of life and hope, knowing that the full weight of his grim destiny is about to descend on him, knowing there is no escape and no way out, he must see it through to the bitter end."

In the book scene, Frodo is still able to walk and talk at that point. But on Mt. Doom, until Gollum's assault gives him his last spurt, he's really far more incapacitated, more the way he appears in the film.

I love Ian Holm in the whole of the Frodo role, and the Mordor scenes are each and every one a masterpiece between the two of them, Frodo and Sam. I remember being one of those listeners who found his Wheel of Fire speech a let-down, emotionally, having come from the film scene (although I greatly appreciated that I could understand every word), but I really did not take into account, then, what different places in the segment that speech came, between book and film.
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