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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Ride to the Grey Havens, Pt. II ~ with jan-u-wine's "Now Far Ahead the Road Has Gone."

Posted on 2006.09.10 at 20:06
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This is the second part of the series, made from the fullscreen version of RotK.

The scene from Many Partings continues. Bilbo has just sung his weary version of "The Road Goes Ever On and On"....

As Bilbo murmured the last words his head dropped on his chest and he slept soundly.

The evening deepened in the room, and the firelight burned brighter; and they looked at Bilbo as he slept and saw that his face was smiling. For some time they sat in silence; and then Sam looking round at the room and the shadows flickering on the walls, said softly:

‘I don’t think, Mr. Frodo, that he’s done much writing while we’ve been away. He won’t ever write our story now.’

At that Bilbo opened an eye, almost as if he had heard. Then he roused himself. ‘You see, I am getting so sleepy,’ he said....

‘Of course I’ll do it!’ said Frodo. ‘And of course I’ll come back soon: it won’t be dangerous any more. There is a real king now, and he will soon put the roads in order.’

‘Thank you, my dear fellow!’ said Bilbo. ‘That really is a very great relief to my mind.’ And with that he fell fast asleep again.


The next day Gandalf and the hobbits took leave of Bilbo in his room, for it was cold out of doors; and then they said farewell to Elrond and all his household.

As Frodo stood upon the threshold, Elrond wished him a fair journey, and blessed him, and he said:

‘I think, Frodo, that maybe you will not need to come back, unless you come very soon. For about this time of the year, when the leaves are gold before they fall, look for Bilbo in the woods of the Shire. I shall be with him.’

These words no one else heard, and Frodo kept them to himself.


I think these caps speak for themselves, so lovely are they, and so expressive of Bilbo and Frodo's mutual love, however unequal their abilities have become.

Bilbo makes his query about the Ring. "I'm sorry, Uncle," Frodo answers, "I'm afraid I lost it." "What a pity," Bilbo sighs, nestling his head against Frodo's shoulder. "I should like to have held it, one last time". Frodo says nothing, but his eyes show how well he understands that desire,
and how he rues it.


ETA: Last night, looking at these entries, jan-u-wine was moved to write a poem.
The way it expresses what is running beneath and through this film scene is so expressive,
so moving, and so on the mark I've asked her if I might post it here. She has consented.

It is posted below the caps to which it speaks.


Now Far Ahead the Road Has Gone

~ by jan-u-wine

It is gone for ever



is dark and empty.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I am glad we are granted
this moment

and place
to speak together quietly.

Frighteningly fragile he is in my arms,
pulse threading thin against my cheek.

The wrinkled whisper of his voice
stutters upon my ear.

I remember.

His tales

His adventures

His life

His home



He is asking for It now,
asking, like someone who has lost a child

and wishes only,
in their sorrow

for a final look,

parting touch.

I know, Uncle.

I know.

know and

I lie.

I lost It,

Well, that is not so much a lie.
It is lost.

As are we.

I see the long road opening up before us,
a road from which there is no return.

And light gathers gentle around us,
like autumn lying soft upon a harvest field.

His head rests upon my shoulder.

No one else might hope to understand his weariness.

There is no one to understand mine.

I lean my head to his,
close my eyes to the swiftly passing world.

And I dreme,
at last,

in the dying of the day.

I dreme
upon the Sea.


Part I of "Ride to the Grey Havens".

Jan-u-wine's Lord of the Rings-based poetry may be found at LotR Scrapbook.

Listing of all Frodo Screencap entries HERE.

~ Mechtild


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sams_star at 2006-09-11 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for putting this all together--it's one of my favorite scenes.
mechtild at 2006-09-11 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Sam Star. It is one of the crown jewels of the films.
illyria_novia at 2006-09-11 05:58 (UTC) (Link)
This scene always reminds me of this drabble by kelllie, which gives a heartwrenching twist to Bilbo and Frodo's relationship after the quest. :)
mechtild at 2006-09-11 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that really was good. And quite unexpected. Definitely not played that way, but there's no reason it couldn't be imagined in the book's world. Bilbo was getting on in the book, and had the usual aged propensity to sleepiness, drifting in his narratives, and a lessening interest in this world as he felt himself getting ready for the next, but he did not seem nearly as doddering as film-Bilbo. In the book he could still sit a pony, and for a very long ride!
lily_the_hobbit at 2006-09-11 07:10 (UTC) (Link)
I love the way this scene was made. The expression on Frodo's face says so much more than words ever could. I think words would have entirly spoiled this moment.
mechtild at 2006-09-11 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but there are words. Words make this scene what it is. It's not the use of words per se, but the right words. Filmed scenes can do with far less dialogue than written scenes, but just the expression of text sets off what passes before out eyes.

If this film scene had no words at all, I think it would come across as very pretty, rather nostalgic and sad. The words that are exchanged, however, lift it beyong a sweet melancholy to something devastating in its poignancy.

But perhaps I am over-interpreting you, Lily. Perhaps you only meant what I am saying: few words, not no words. :)
aquila0212 at 2006-09-11 11:42 (UTC) (Link)
That lovely young cheek, so soft and unlined, beside Bilbo's very wrinkled face is an incredible juxtiposition. What's interesting here is that both are just as world weary, despite the difference in their appearances. And the lighting and the way Lij delivers the line "...I must have lost it", etc., are so powerful. A truly moving scene.
mechtild at 2006-09-11 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
You are right, Achila. The contrast between the texture of their two faces is very extreme. And, yes, they are both as weary, although I think in different ways. Bilbo seems to have some innocence to his tiredness; "just tuck me in, Frodo, and wake me when it's tea-time". Frodo's is a weariness of the soul. These caps remind me of his book line to Gandalf, "Where will I find peace?"
lame_pegasus at 2006-09-11 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
I just saved the last screencap; it shows a heartbreaking and yet comforting mixture of exhaustion, loss and fragile peace, and it touches my heart deeply - as does the poem. Jan-u-wine is extremely talented indeed.
mechtild at 2006-09-11 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
I love that last cap, too, Mona. Like a very aged and a very young pair of "babes in the woods", waiting for the sandman. But Frodo needs a sandman for his spirit.

Above, Aquila made a very good comment. You might take a look at it.
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mechtild at 2006-09-11 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful scene makes for beautiful feelings. In this scene, as at the end, Gandalf's words apply, that "not all tears are an evil".

Thanks, Mews. ((((((hug))))))
pearlette at 2006-09-11 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
No one else might hope to understand his weariness.

There is no one to understand mine.

Oh, Frodo. :(:(:(:(:(:(

And I dreme,
at last,

in the dying of the day.

I dreme
upon the Sea.

*hugs him tight*

What a beautiful, beautiful poem ... soaked in the spirit of the book!

I love love LOVE that final screencap.

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mechtild at 2006-09-11 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, STOP, Pearl, you are making me all weepy, too. It's a gorgeous, canon-steeped piece of Frodo reflection, I agree.

And that screencap. Well, all of them, I suppose. It has the impact it has for me because of the lead-in. But even by itself it's a beautiful cap. It ended up as the face for "Frodo and the Siren", you know, that one that inspired the Undine fics. I believe I used it of the next one for the face in "Death of Chatterton." I just used the version of it I got off a website, though, not my own 'homemade cap'.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-09-11 20:58 (UTC) (Link)
This screencap series is particularly poignant and heartbreaking!
I love, especially in the last pic, the contrast and the similarity between Frodo and Bilbo.
The perfect look, the deeper wound and the more awareness of Frodo, compared with the wrinkled face, the apparently less injured soul and mental fog of Bilbo. Nevertheless they both walked their different roads fully till the end.
This moment is heartbreaking, even painful, but I feel for them also a sweet envy.
Now Far Ahead the Road Has Gone, and the time of peace and healing begins.
mechtild at 2006-09-11 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
Now Far Ahead the Road Has Gone, and the time of peace and healing begins.

Beautifully noted, Estelanui, thank you. And, yes, especially in that last frame, they do appear, literally, "similarly inclined".

They are so very dear to me in these caps, but Frodo is also unreally beautiful. Pearl said he looked made of alabaster or air, and so he does, but living alabaster, and air animated by warm breath.

julchen11 at 2006-09-11 21:52 (UTC) (Link)
"His head rests upon my shoulder.

No one else might hope to understand his weariness.

There is no one to understand mine.

I lean my head to his,
close my eyes to the swiftly passing world."

Oh my, this is simply gorgeous, it made my cry. Thank you to jan-u-wine, thanks a lot.

And the screencaps ... *sigh*
It brought me to tears too. This scene always touches me. Heartbreaking and so beautiful.

Thank you my dear, thank so very much.

*hugs tight*

mechtild at 2006-09-11 23:25 (UTC) (Link)
I hope jan-u-wine drops in here and reads your beautiful remarks. You are such a generous person with your comments, Julchen. Thank you.
sams_star at 2006-09-12 01:35 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for including this poem--it's just brilliant!
mechtild at 2006-09-12 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I hope jan-u-wine stops by soon and reads these comments. Thank you, Sam Star.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-12 11:30 (UTC) (Link)
What a treat for the senses!

I have never before seen anything more beautiful. Thank you Mechtild for capping this special scene. The emotional quality of the whole scene is overwhelming. Thank you PJ and co. The acting is perfect and fills me with compassion. Thank you sincerely Mr. Holm and Mr. Wood.

The following is a quote from your earlier LJ entry ‘Ride to the Grey Havens, Part I’.

…(talking about how Bilbo's lack of interest diminished Frodo's sense of the part he played in the larger story),…

That is so awfully sad. Just when Frodo needed Bilbo most.

Here’s hoping that Bilbo was healed and regained his enthusiasm on Tol Eressëa. What a blessing for Frodo that would be.

Jan-u-wine’s poetry touched me deeply, it stung my heart. Jan’s poetry never fails to bring tears to my eyes.

Thank you both.

Last but not least * Swoooooooon* for film Frodo's beauty.

mechtild at 2006-09-12 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
Este, thank you for stopping in. It is always a treat to read your comments. I especially anticipated it, because I know you are a reader of poetry.

It is a beautiful poem. I think Bilbo will be healed and much restored in Tol Eressea. I don't think he'll become young, but I think the atmosphere in the Undying Lands will be a tonic to him, as it will be for the younger Frodo.

Besides, if we think of the book, Bilbo was not so doddering in it. There's definitely more hope for book-Bilbo! *confident, hopeful smile*
whiteling at 2006-09-12 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
I remember.

I know, Uncle.

Mechtild, I wish I had words to describe what the combination of your screencaps and the poems of jan-u-wine does to me. But I don't. So I will just thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

(It's strange, but I always *have* to read jan's poems loud. They are made to being spoken, methinks. The beauty of her language's sound is irresistable.)
mechtild at 2006-09-12 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Whiteling. You are so right about reading the poems aloud. For one thing, they are almost always couched in a manner that suggests the inner thoughts of a speaker. But also her manner of spacing suggests beats and breaths for speaking: where to slow down, where to speed up, where to pause. I told her her spaces reminded me of music notations, like, "pianissimo", "rallantardo", "lento", "agitato", etc.

Actually, this is the first of her poems that has been paired with screencaps; the rest she wrote for Art Travesties. But this time she was inspired by caps; well, they ARE practically paintings, after all. There are at least two more jan-u-wine poems coming up for more end-of-the-film sets of screencaps. I looked through the art galleries to find manips to make in order to set them off, but never found anything suitable. I am going to feature Pearl's "Star of the Sea", too, one of my all-time faves, since it is conceived to illuminate his experience writing the Red Book.
mariole at 2006-09-12 15:28 (UTC) (Link)
I love the peacefulness you capture here. It's such a beautiful scene. Thank you.
mechtild at 2006-09-12 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
Mariole! *smooch* It is a beautiful scene; you are welcome. (Well, Frodo and Bilbo thank you, too; or they will do, once they wake up.)
alyrthia at 2006-09-12 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
I liked what was said in an above comment about reading poems aloud. I love to hear poetry better than to just see it on the page. And coupled with your screencaps it is so easy to drift into the scene. Very lovely. Thank you
mechtild at 2006-09-12 18:45 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, another hearer of the spoken word! Maybe we can give EW a call and ask if he'd like to put on his Frodo voice and read it for us? I wasn't that hopeful, either. :)
Hobbity forever
periantari at 2006-09-13 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
what lovely screencaps! i love that scene between Bilbo and Frodo. ♥ i want to stroke Frodo's face!!! heheh >=)
and the poem is very poignant--thanks fro sharing. ♥
mechtild at 2006-09-13 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
I think everyone wants to stroke his face. :) He is everything lovely and grace-filled in this scene. Thank you for commenting, Periantari.
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