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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


mechtild at 2006-09-18 14:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's a beaut, White Gull.

As to the switching of hands that lost the finger, I have no idea why the filmmakers did that, none at all. And I have never read anything anywhere telling why. It's a strong film image, though, so much so that an icredibly book-loving, book-drenched friend of mine, writing a post-Quest fanfic about Frodo (an excellent one) portrayed the missing finger as being from Frodo's left hand. How abashed she was when a reader commented, erm, didn't she mean his right? She changed it at once. But it showed us both how strongly the films have influenced what we see when we think we are remembering the book. I hadn't caught it, either, and I had proof-read it for her several times.
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mechtild at 2006-09-18 15:44 (UTC) (Link)
I am a reader who never did pay attention to which hand it was, but that it had been the ring finger, not the index finger. I assumed the filmmakers thought it didn't matter which hand it was missing from or which finger. But they already had had establishing shots of Frodo putting on the Ring or trying not to, always with him putting the Ring on his left index finger.

Perhaps what happened was that in the very first hobbit shoot, which was the one in which they are frightened to death under the tree roots, Elijah Wood simply did it that way, not knowing which hand it was supposed to be. They liked the shot, didn't reshoot, and when making all subsequent Ring/ Ring temptation shots, repeated that choice. Or, because PJ is keenly into visual "bookends", because his Sauron on the battlefield wore the Ring on the first finger of his left hand, so should everyone else. Isildur slipped it on that finger of that hand, so Frodo would have to, too, to keep the image consistent. That's just a guess, of course.
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