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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Frodo Returns to Bag End ~ "And All the Small and Simple Things" by jan-u-wine....

Posted on 2006.09.16 at 17:53

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pearlette
pearlette at 2006-09-17 13:05 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, lovely poem. :) Such rich and sensuous images ... I feel Frodo striving to feel alive again ... when he feels dead inside. :(

One of the incredible things about this film production is the attention to detail given. Look at Bag End. All the joyful clutter and bustling chaos of Frodo-living-with-Bilbo has gone. All the books and maps left untidily about, piled high, testaments to Bilbo's vigorous love of all things Elvish, and history, and story-telling ... signs of the warm and cosy home he made for his nephew.

All gone. Frodo wanders aimlessly around a perfect, polished, empty and sterile Bag End.

:( So sad. And listen to Howard Shore's score here. It's the melancholy minor descant to the Shire theme.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-17 13:33 (UTC) (Link)
All gone. Frodo wanders aimlessly around a perfect, polished, empty and sterile Bag End.

Exactly. I remarked about on its "elegiac" tone, the lighting - autumnal - as if all the plants and trees outside have already lost their leaves letting in that soft white light. But the sheer unlived-in, tidiness of Bag End tells so much. It's as if he never really moved in after Sam and the rest put it back into shape. He just "abided" there, as he geared himself up to do the inevitable: leave.

Howard Shore's scoring! *sobs luxuriously*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-17 13:40 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, lovely poem. :) Such rich and sensuous images ... I feel Frodo striving to feel alive again ... when he feels dead inside. :(

You know, I think I disagree, there, Pearl. Not about the poem being lovely; it is; but about him feeling dead inside. The film shows him nearly dead to joy in those opening Bag End scenes, prowling the house, but this poem and some other (rare) fics, like the ones just after his recovery in Minas Tirith by Zazinka (Flourish), like "The Boat" (super little fic) do well portraying a Frodo that really still hoped he might be healed, if slowly, by returning to the Shire and its well-loved beauties.

I tend to think that his positive anticipation would still be there when he first returned and reclaimed Bag End, still hopeful when Sam and Rosie moved in, even; but the continuing malaise would reveal to him, by not going away, even intensifying incrementally, that "there was no going back to an old life", when, as Frodo puts it in the film,

when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back. There are some things that time can not mend. Some hurts that go too deep... that have taken hold.”
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-09-18 13:01 (UTC) (Link)
I tend to think that his positive anticipation would still be there when he first returned and reclaimed Bag End, still hopeful when Sam and Rosie moved in, even; but the continuing malaise would reveal to him, by not going away, even intensifying incrementally, that "there was no going back to an old life" ...

Actually, I think that's what I meant. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-09-18 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
Oh. D'uh. Well, then. I suppose I made myself clearer in my own mind, anyway. *grin*

You are next up, Pearl. I hope to get those posts up today. I'm still figuring out the screencaps (which, where, etc.). *hugs self in anticipation*
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-09-18 19:18 (UTC) (Link)
ooooooooh. :)

*smiles broadly*
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