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At the Grey Havens ~ Frodo Farewells Merry and Pippin, plus jan-u-wine's "Namárië"....

Posted on 2006.09.23 at 18:23
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At the Grey Havens ~ Frodo farewells his friends:


From The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens":

Then Elrond and Galadriel rode on; for the Third Age was over, and the Days of the Rings were passed, and an end was come of the story and song of those times….

Though they rode through the midst of the Shire all the evening and all the night, none saw them pass, save the wild creatures; or here and there some wanderer in the dark who saw a swift shimmer under the trees, or a light and shadow glowing through the grass as the Moon went westward. And when they had passed from the Shire, going about the south skirts of the White Downs, they came to the Far Downs, and to the Towers, and looked on the distant Sea; and so they rode down at last to Mithlond, to the Grey Haves in the long first of Lune.

….But Sam was now sorrowful at heart, and it seemed to him that if the parting would be bitter, more grievous still would be the long road home alone. But even as they stood there, and the Elves were going aboard, and all was being made ready to depart, up rode Merry and Pippin in great haste. And amid his tears Pippin laughed.

‘You tried to give us the slip once before and failed, Frodo,’ he said. ‘This time you have nearly succeeded, but you have failed again. It was not Sam, though, that gave you away this time, but Gandalf himself!’

‘Yes,’ said Gandalf; ‘for it will be better to ride back three together than one alone. Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.’

Then Frodo kissed Merry and Pippin....

~ From the “Grey Havens” in RotK, full-screen version of the theatrical release:


ETA: March 17, 2007

I had not known of this poem by jan-u-wine when I originally posted this entry in the Grey Havens series. Even if few will see it, I want to add it now, so beautifully does it express what Frodo might have felt as he bade his dearest friends goodbye.



~ by jan-u-wine

It was I
to read.

I see him now,
as he was then,
face pained
with effort,
eyes questioning.....

This time,
wind quickening
in white sails,

ancient planks
our feet,

he reads me.

They have caught me,
at the last,
as they did that other
a weary age ago.


The sweet, twisting
lilt of his voice
assails me.

The lad who will be Thain....

soldier of Gondor....
friend of Kings,
bane of unwary wizards
(he who was named for the wandering falcon)....

the same lad I once held
in trembling arms,
crying in gladness
at his birth,

now holds me
and weeps in turn.

I will never hear
the sound
of their living voices

a pint
(or a sack
burdened by pilfered
with them.......

never ride a young heir
to Tookborough
upon my shoulders
or teach an errant
young Brandybuck
his sums.

I will never know
their joys,

their sorrows.......

just as
they have only

I cannot see
save blank,
meaningless light,

cannot hear
save the small,
tired sound of
crying against my

cannot feel anything
save the fierce
crush of Merry's
hand holding mine.

Dear Merry.

He has always
won through
by holding
to what he wants.

Master Merry
will have his
final lesson
from me.

It is late.

Even he who was once grey
and is now white
leans upon the rail far
above my head.

The shimmer of the Sea
within my mind,

Her voice calls me,
gentling my grief.

I kiss Pip's still somehow
childish cheek,

Merry's closed eyes....

keep him safe for me,

watch that he does not
too wild,

I cannot -

will not
look back.

There is only one form
yet before me.

We are beyond tears.

touches my heart.

will not forget,
will you?

You will be and do
all that I never could....

you will know nights
of peace
and days of sunlight,
your hands turned from
by the haven of your
beloved earth.

Your children
will make
my home
a Home
and fill it with laughter
and the music
of small feet
running with Life.

I lean my head
the solid comfort
of your shoulder.

The arm that turns
is gentle but strong
with purpose.

I would not expect less
from you,
not even here,
not even now.

With great care,
you kiss my forehead,
place my hand
upon the rail
that leads upward.

You say my name,
into the silence between us.

There is more grief,
more hope
in that one word,

than in all
that have ever passed
between us.


I promise,
this time,
I will not go
where you cannot follow.

My hand touches yours.

I promise.



Previous entry, “Setting out for the Grey Havens” (Frodo bids farewell to Sam) HERE.

Next entry (Frodo sails - parting smile) HERE.

Listing of all Frodo Screencap entries HERE.

~ Mechtild


iolanthe_chubb at 2006-09-23 23:30 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, these are gorgeous. I look forward to a quiet moment to sit and enjoy them at leisure. Thanks for this offering, which I'm sure is a lot of work (though a labor of love!). :)
mechtild at 2006-09-23 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Why, hello! I just saw your funny remark at Pearl's. There are loads of these. I've been working on the end of RotK for a week, but am finally posting them. Try to read them in order, though. If you click my "recent entries", you can scroll back and start at the beginning when you have time. They came out very beautifully and many of them feature splendid narrative poems by the gifted Jan-u-wine, and Pearl's exquisite "Star of the Sea".
shirebound at 2006-09-23 23:48 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautifully acted scene. I wonder if everyone was crying *except* for Frodo was a way to show that Frodo was empty of everything by then, even emotion. And then when he boarded the ship, he began to feel hope and healing ahead of him once again. *sigh*

If you're interested, I wrote a tiny paragraph-fic in 2004 after viewing this movie scene:

iolanthe_chubb at 2006-09-24 00:53 (UTC) (Link)
That was lovely. And I love the artwork on your icons. :)
taerie at 2006-09-24 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
That couple of frames when he is looking into Merry's face melts me completely. If he looked at me like that it would certainly kill me as dead as a hammer.
mechtild at 2006-09-24 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
*makes cartoon noise like hammer hitting head - Doioiooioing!* I wouldn't have been able to bear it, either, Taerie.
Hobbity forever
periantari at 2006-09-24 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
awwwww you capped my fave scene from the movies.
the one that is in the header of my journal.
Grey Havens = Love

So sad yet so perfectly done cinematically.
mechtild at 2006-09-24 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
It really was a *superbly* done scene. Thank you for commenting, Periantari.
julchen11 at 2006-09-24 11:42 (UTC) (Link)
These are gorgeous (as always), another time I'm speechless.
I'm glad it's a very quiet day here.
I printed the pics, the book beside me ... the spirit of all things together is overwhelming. The spirit of Mr. Tolkien and your love for his work, for the work of Peter Jackson and your love for Frodo/Elijah ... one can feel it, I can feel it.
One can see so very much (more than ONLY the screencaps) ... you only have to open your eyes. *sigh*
I'm more than grateful for the wonderful job you did!

Thank you mechthild, I can't thank you enough.

Love and kisses
mechtild at 2006-09-24 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
Julchen! You are graciousness itself, as usual. Making the screencaps has been a wonderful, love-deepening experience for me, even as it helped me see more and more of the beauties of the films and the book. It's been great, and I'm gratified you have joined me in the journey through these images.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-27 08:24 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild you are spoiling us.

I still can't get over how beautiful this scene is in the film.

The text from the book above is so beautiful and reminds me of when Frodo and Sam see the Elves in the film (extended version of Fellowship).

I cannot thank you enough for this. Has there ever been a more beautiful fandom?
mechtild at 2006-09-27 10:38 (UTC) (Link)
Shucks, Este!

That's very good: how the scene from the EE of FotR had a sense of this. That scene in which they see the Elves is so beautiful. And Sam has that line that's a foreshadowing. How I love it.

I only wish they had done even the slightest "bookend" version of the ending, to show the corresponding "Elves going to the harbour, never to return" scene that should have gone with it. PJ is so fond of bookends, after all.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-03-17 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh gosh! Thank you for this wonderful addition - my heart is actually aching. Jan-u-wine's poem is devastating to say the least. Together with your wonderful caps, Mechling, you have almost done-me-in.

There is so much to love and weep over. (I do love a good weep, especially over Frodo).

I promise,
this time,
I will not go
where you cannot follow.

mechtild at 2007-03-17 19:19 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it a beauty???? I wept over my keyboard.
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mechtild at 2007-03-17 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you got to read this, Mews. I know I always say, "I love it!", but I love it. I devastated, reading it, but it's a devastation that is sweet.
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not_alone at 2007-03-17 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild - these are so, so beautiful, the pics and the poem. I've always loved Elijah's arms and hands (as well as everything else!!) but there is something about his wrists emerging from that shirt of Frodo's, it probably sounds silly & I can't really explain it - but it first struck me when his arm breaks through the water to save Sam from drowning.

The poem is heartbreakingly sad, until:

I promise,
this time,
I will not go
where you cannot follow.

Oh yes, he will see Sam again. But I still can't bear to think of him leaving the Shire:(
mechtild at 2007-03-17 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I agree, if I understand what you're getting at, Not Alone. With his slender fingers flexed as he holds his friends close, the underlying structure of sinew and bone rises to view. It's like a visual metaphor for what EW brought to the role of Frodo: in him what is fine, almost delicate, combines with what is strong and enduring.
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frodos_smile at 2007-03-17 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
Is it not amazing how, after all this time - 35+ years of reading LOTR and well over 100+ viewings of ROTK - the Grey Havens simply will not let us go? I only ever need think on it, or see a picture, or hear a song that brings it to my memory, and I am immediately reduced to weeping, as I am now as I type this comment. Such grief, yet such joy and beauty, all mingled into one exquisite torture. Is it any wonder that we can yet say, in truth, that Frodo Lives?

I missed the music video set to the Lorenna McK song. Any chance of someone putting it up on yousendit again? As if I really need to cry more tears for Frodo today...
mechtild at 2007-03-17 21:03 (UTC) (Link)

Are you registed at K-D, the Tolkien messageboard, perchance? Blossom, its maker, can be sent a PM (private message) there. Unfortunately, she is not on LJ, but she gets reply notifications for PM's at K-D.

If not, I could post a PM with a copy of a note from you there. You could include your email that way, and it wouldn't appear publicly. My own email address is on my User Info page. Blossom is extremely nice and would be pleased, I'm sure, to do what she could that you might see it. It's an extremely well-done, un-tacky Frodo tribute.
ellinestel at 2007-03-17 20:51 (UTC) (Link)
Oh... :( This killed me, it just did!
mechtild at 2007-03-17 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
Only a stone of an LotR fan would fail to be moved. (((Ellin)))
frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-03-18 00:02 (UTC) (Link)
The combination of that verse and your caps is absolutely stunning. I don't think Tolkein himself could have written anything better than that. I hope jan-u-wine will see these comments. She is incredibly talented, as are you. It's almost as if Frodo himself was whispering into her ear when she wrote this.
mechtild at 2007-03-18 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! What a great thing to say, Frolijah Fan!

I will be sending a note to jan-u-wine, letting her know I finally posted the poem, and that there are comments. I will point her to yours, especially, if only because what you say is so similar to what I often say to her about the access she seems to have to Frodo's internal world:

It's almost as if Frodo himself was whispering into her ear when she wrote this.

Thanks so much for the gracious comments. :)
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periantari at 2007-03-18 03:43 (UTC) (Link)
oh gosh i read the poem and now with the pictures, i just feel like weeping again~
This scene...just so much love and so well acted and the music was just beautiful...
:*( Jan-u-wine is a great poet too. ♥
mechtild at 2007-03-18 03:52 (UTC) (Link)
It was a gorgeously done scene. I'll send a link to Jan so she'll know to come and see the comments. Thanks so much for posting, Periantari!

I can hardly believe it was way back at Frodo's birthday last year that I posted this entry, a part of the "Frodo sails into the West" series. It seems like I just posted them!

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eandme at 2007-03-19 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for this beautiful entry! The poem broke my heart.
mechtild at 2007-03-19 21:31 (UTC) (Link)
It is beautiful, isn't it, Eandme? Deceptively simple in over-all structure, but every word seems as right and natural as a good haiku's. I always bawl reading this.
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