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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Frodo Screencaps ~ FotR EE Cart Scene.....

Posted on 2006.09.02 at 10:05
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While my husband was away, escorting our daughter to her college in Hawaii, besides doing a lot of cleaning to keep my spirits up, I watched some of the EE's of LotR. I saw that there were some nice frames I missed in the opening scenes of FotR.

Therefore, although I already have done the first part of the film (the money shot, Frodo running down the hill, cart scene, party scenes, etc.), I want to post this set, too, which, except for the last three (which do appear in the theatrical version), are new to my collection.

I so love to see the lighter side of Frodo. (I know you wouldn't guess it from all the suffering-Frodo sets I've done; but he suffers so well!) For this post, I browsed A Long Expected Party to see if there wasn't a nice excerpt to post with these images, but, no. Although I have enjoyed this film scene so many times I have begun to think it canon, the cart scene -- in fact, any such interaction between Gandalf and Frodo -- is a complete invention.

Interestingly, Frodo doesn't make an appearance in the book until after Bilbo has put on the Ring and vanished. Frodo's talked about, but he isn't actually in a scene. He has no scene with Gandalf until Gandalf is leaving. He has no scene with Bilbo at all. Reviewing the chapter this morning it struck me that Frodo has no scene with Bilbo until Rivendell.

In a way, this treatment of Frodo at the beginning is a rather neat device on Tolkien's part: the heir does not make his entrance in the narrative until his predecessor has literally left the stage. Even then, it is brief, but effective:


Frodo was the only one present who said nothing. For some time he had sat silent beside Bilbo's empty chair, and ignored all remarks and questions. He had enjoyed the joke, of course, even though he had been in the know. He had difficulty in keeping from laughter at the indignant surprise of the guests. But at the same time he felt deeply troubled: he realized suddenly that he loved the old hobbit dearly. Most of the guests went on eating and drinking and discussing Bilbo Baggins' oddities, part and present; but the Sackville-Bagginses had already departed in wrath. Frodo did not want to have any more to do with the party. He gave orders for more wine to be served; then he got up and drained his own glass silently to the health of Bilbo, and slipped out the pavilion.

This is the first time we really see Frodo. Tolkien makes his entrance spare, but it lingers in the reader's mind.

In a very "human" way, Frodo had been prepared to take the affair lightly, sharing in the humour of it. But we see that his feelings about Bilbo's leaving differ from what he had expected. It is as if he only understood how he felt about Bilbo after he experienced Bilbo's loss.

But he keeps his feelings to himself. He doesn't burst into tears, he does what is required of him. Only after he has seen to his guests, making sure they have everything they need, does Frodo quietly slip away.

When I think of it, his first scene is very like his last.

As usual, I have tweaked these frames for contrast and sharpness. But, because the wide-screen images also have big black bars at the top and bottom, I also cropped and re-sized them.






~ Frodo in the cart scene from the EE version of FotR:


















































































~ Mechtild


Other Frodo screencap entries listed and linked HERE.


Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2006-09-02 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
But he keeps his feelings to himself. He doesn't burst into tears, he does what is required of him. Only after he has seen to his guests, making sure they have everything they need, does Frodo quietly slip away.

When I think of it, his first scene is very like his last.


That's a great perception, Mechtild! The Frodo we see at the end of the Tale, although ill and weary and in pain, is still "himself". His humility, quiet strength, and dignity are with him to the end... and are with him still, into the West as he sails toward his new life and new beginning.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-02 17:55 (UTC) (Link)
His humility, quiet strength, and dignity are with him to the end.

*bosom swells with love and pride* Well-said, Shirebound.

... and are with him still, into the West as he sails toward his new life and new beginning.

*sniffle* Even better-said. :)
bagma
bagma at 2006-09-02 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
When I think of it, his first scene is very like his last.

You are so right! Book!Frodo is a reserved, discreet and almost mysterious character. Maybe it's why he's so fascinating!:)

BTW, thank you for the picspam. It's always a pleasure to look at a such beautiful face... *melts*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-02 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, that's not picspam, it's pic...filet-mignon! Yes, it is a beautiful, beautiful face, on a beautiful, beautiful person.

Book!Frodo is a reserved, discreet and almost mysterious character. Maybe it's why he's so fascinating!:)


A good notion, Bagma. Writing fic, although I want to unveil more of Frodo (not just physically - stop that snickering), I always am concerned about unveiling too much. Readers have long complained that Tolkien didn't let them know enough about Frodo. Maybe he let them know exactly what they needed to know, even if it wasn't all they wanted to know. Leaving much left unsaid really has made him an enigmatic character whom we never seem able to stop discussing, besides loving him.

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-02 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
I lover the Frodo/Gandalf opening, too, Mews. And Frodo's Party Tent scene with Bilbo (in the EE) is one of my favourites in the trilogy. These scenes demonstrate that the filmmakers really could do great things when they dared to enlarge on canon. Other attempts were lame, even disasters, but scenes like these were just inspired.
Cecilia
majblomma2000 at 2006-09-02 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting these! When I see them I know that I can see this movie over and over again and still be mesmerized. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-02 18:06 (UTC) (Link)
Majblomma, thank you. I never tire of FotR, either. :)
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-09-02 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
Also just wanted to observe ... in screencap no. 18, it looks like he's blowing a kiss. :):):) (Just look at those rosebud lips puckering up.)

I am not imagining him blowing a kiss at Gandalf though. ICK. No, no, no. At one of his Haremites, rather! :p

Screencap no. 16 is my favourite. That anxious little squinch. Those cheekbones. That gorgeous little straight classical nose. That perfect chin.

Yep. The Swoon is alive and well. Even after all these years. *heaves a huge, contented sigh*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-03 00:39 (UTC) (Link)
(Just look at those rosebud lips puckering up.)

Oh, do stop, Pearl. I will have to ban you from the LJ. *gets out EE of FotR*

Screencap no. 16 is my favourite. That anxious little squinch. Those cheekbones. That gorgeous little straight classical nose. That perfect chin.


Right. That's torn it. *tacks "BANNED" sign up on Main Entry page*

#16 is awfully nice.... I suppose I can't ban you for simply telling the truth. *swoon*
melyanna_65
melyanna_65 at 2006-09-02 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
They are wonderful, sweetie!

And yes, LOTR and Frodo are always a welcome distraction if you are feeling a bit down.

Thinkin about it, Frodo is almost like an angel, tiptoing into the story at the beginning and then disappearing from it, in silence ..

Hugs you!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-03 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
"Like an angel".... oh, Melyanna, what a lovely thought.
Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-09-03 09:05 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Machtild, lovely caps as always and complemented by your insightful comments.

I've been remiss in keeping up my LJ activity..... just wanted to wish your daughter all the best now she's starting her studies in Hawaii (That does sound great for her, if not for her far-away parents!) Also the best to you in getting used to having her so far away. Time flies so fast. You'll see her again before you know it! :-)
Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-09-03 09:07 (UTC) (Link)
:Blusehs: And I promise to read my post before hitting enter in future. Getting your screen name wrong, how could I! Apologies.
alyrthia
alyrthia at 2006-09-04 03:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm just catching up to things, Mechtild, so I'm a bit on the late side in telling you how marvelous these caps are. I'm so struck by how sunny and light they are. It's so "there" and real looking. Love it. And maybe Rachel wouldn't mind a bunch of hobbit women swooping in to visit her in Hawaii--all with their Frodo dolls. Well, maybe she would....:)
Thanks again!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-04 03:35 (UTC) (Link)
It is sunny, that's for sure, especially in the first shots. It's hard for him to keep his eyes open. Actually, it's very rare he's lit in that outdoorsy-sort of natural light; most of it looks manufactured - no doubt because it is, on soundstages and indoor sets. The lighting reminds me of the beginning of the scene with Aragorn on the top of Amon Hen. That's shot outside on a sunny day, too, although the mood is entirely different.

I am sure Rachel would adore a visit from a hoard of hobbit women, as long as we pretended we didn't know her when in public. :D
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-07 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
And some people say Elijah can't act. There are so many nuances to his expressions in just that one interaction!


Well some people are wrong! Right? Frodo fans everywhere: "RIGHT!!!"

Yes, his face is a marvel of expressiveness as Frodo. I agree, Saber Orlando.
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