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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Last Images from 2002 Premiere Issue: Sam, and Sam and Frodo portrait....

Posted on 2006.09.27 at 16:31
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~ Sam in full-length portrait, and Frodo and Sam in close-up portrait, from the Feb-Mar 2002 premiere issue of the LotR fan magazine.

I only first saw a copy of this full-length portrait of Sam this month. But this is a larger copy.

As for the portrait of the two of them, I have seen this all over, used as icons, etc. But none of the copies I’ve seen or saved have been big or had very good resolution. I see why, now that I own the magazine (thank you, Mary!). It is not that well-focussed. Still, with some tweaking, I was able to get a fairly large copy of it. I wish the original image was better focused, but, alas, it is not.

~ #5: Full-length portrait of Samwise Gamgee:

~ #6: Lovely duel portrait of Sam and Frodo*:

* This image does not come in a larger size.

Previous entries:

Frodo by the tree and Frodo with the Ring here.

Frodo-by-firelight portrait here.

Cover image here.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2006-09-27 23:07 (UTC) (Link)
That probably is the best Sam and Frodo, even if it's a posted shot and not part of the film. My other favourite of the two of them is *also* not part of the film, but one in which they are themselves, but in costume. I love it because they look like they had such fun, whether they actually did or not. You know the one; they're all dirty in Mordor, but making funny faces.

Let me find it..... Heavens, I can't find it! Can I have deleted it. Oh, noooooooooooooooooo! It's the one where they are both looking at the camera, but Elijah's hand is splayed over Sean's face. The set and costume indicate Gorgoroth. Boo hoo hoo!!
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just_ann_now at 2006-09-27 22:13 (UTC) (Link)
I adore that picture of Sam and Frodo and have it as part of my "My Pictures" screensaver. Yes, really!
mechtild at 2006-09-27 22:55 (UTC) (Link)
Well, now you have an even bigger one! *smooch*
pearlette at 2006-09-27 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
That's a lovely pic of Sam. :)

I adore the dual portrait of Sam/Frodo. I first saw that at TORC, in the spring of 2001, when New Line released about a dozen wonderful production stills to the fansites, including this one. The fandom went bananas! As a TORC poster remarked, "looking at these stills is like a religious experience."

Sam's grin is so sweet and cheeky! Sexy, too. I hardly ever find Astin's Sam sexy (except in the scene in ROTK when he finally gets the courage to approach Rosie - he's dead cute) But here, he's adorable. :)

And Frodo ... !! Those eyes, so dark and liquid and expressive.
And so come-hither! Goodness me, was there ever such a beautiful hobbit?

(Notice how it's FRODO, not ELIJAH. :p)

Thanks for doing this, Mechtild. You're the best! :)
mechtild at 2006-09-27 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
Those eyes, so dark and liquid and expressive.
And so come-hither! Goodness me, was there ever such a beautiful hobbit?

Never. Ever. In fact, there was never such a beautiful *anything*.

As for Sean's Sam, I actually think he's rather dishy in a number of shots. It's Astin I don't think dishy. When he is Sam, though, I often think he's cute enough to eat. *cough*
shirebound at 2006-09-27 22:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing these. This collection of pics is truly breathtaking.
mechtild at 2006-09-27 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Shirebound, thank you for commenting. I am extremely pleased with the way they came out. The scans were not completely promising. Ah, they really were the loveliest, weren't they?
belleferret at 2006-09-27 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
Oh what lovelies! How lucky you are to have this magazine!
mechtild at 2006-09-28 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I am more lucky than I deserve!!!

P.S. I sent your copy of Sam's full-length portrait. Let me know if it didn't come through.
Hobbity forever
periantari at 2006-09-28 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
I love your picspams! These are some of the best pics of Frodo and Sam. :)
Thank you for these! ♥
mechtild at 2006-09-28 03:39 (UTC) (Link)
You are very welcome! I couldn't have made these without the gift that Mary gave, though. What a treasure!
aredhelebenesse at 2006-09-28 05:29 (UTC) (Link)
Adorable! I can't tell you how much I love these two photos above! Sam looks so sweet and lovely there like the caring, thoughtful soul in the book. One wants to cuddle him right the moment one sees him. And this second photo of our both favourite Hobbits seems to contain all the love in the whole Shire. Frodo looks happy. He seems to glow of a deep inner joy. Just because he's able to be together with his beloved second half. And Sam has this joy too, but in a more visible way. He beams like a ginger bread horse, just like all his nature appears all the time.
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
I think he's positively got a twinkle in his eye in that portrait. And the bag he's carrying makes me think he's going to begin sowing the fields with barley or something. I joked below it also looks like he might be delivering newspapers or taking over the postal route. He can deliver my mail an-y-time. :)

Frodo in the duel portrait has a look that I would call direct, if not a little saucy. As if mirth were gathering at the corners of his mouth, and he might break into a laugh at any moment.
ms_banazira at 2006-09-28 06:09 (UTC) (Link)
I love that picture of Sam! He's absolutely adorable there.

I'm trying to figure out if that's Sam and Frodo in that second picture, or Sean and Elijah. Looks to me like it's the latter; Sean with Elijah on his knee. I mean, I just can't see Frodo sitting on Sam's lap, not at the Birthday Party anyway! And while one could think that it was maybe Sam, I'd say that is definetly NOT Frodo, but Elijah.
mechtild at 2006-09-28 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
I see it as a "behind the scenes", definitely, but with strong overtones from their respective characters. But I hadn't thought EW was in SA's lap. I figured EW was standing behind a seated Sam and merely bent over a little to get into a picture, you know, being asked, "O.K. you two, one more shot together: No -- closer, Elijah, you're not in frame; that's good."
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-09-28 07:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for sharing these wolderful pics, and thank also to Mary.
At present you are very enviable, Mech!

I didnt know the Sam's pic: here he's particularly cute.
mechtild at 2006-09-28 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that Sam picture darling? It looks like he's either going to go out and delivery papers or sow seed (*coughs at second notion*).

I just saw it posted in small form recently for the first time, too, perhaps at Mews' LJ. I don't save Sam pics or browse Sam galleries, which may be why I never saw it before.

... where would I be
i_o_r_h_a_e_l at 2006-09-28 07:13 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for these.

Hope you don't mind me friending you. *waves*
mechtild at 2006-09-28 13:45 (UTC) (Link)
It is my pleasure! I thought you already had friended this journal? It must be a different Iorhael. Welcome.
melyanna_65 at 2006-09-28 10:42 (UTC) (Link)
The pic of Frodo and Sam together is my all time favourite of those two hobbits.
It's my PC wallpaper since years!

*hugs you!*
mechtild at 2006-09-28 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
It's a beautiful portrait of the actors in the mood of their characters. I was so thrilled to open the magazine and see such a big copy of it, probably the source of all the images that appeared on the internet.
Summer aka Summershobbit
summershobbit at 2006-09-28 14:03 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing these.
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome!
taerie at 2006-09-28 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Thanks for these! Like you I had seen them but never so clear and well reproduced. Thanks for adding to my Frodofile You are a sweetie!
That one of Frodo and Sam from your magazine.. They look like babies in that.
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Taerie. My pleasure!

That one of Frodo and Sam from your magazine.. They look like babies in that.

I'd say they looked more like babes than babies. ;)
Gentle Hobbit
gentlehobbit at 2006-09-28 16:44 (UTC) (Link)
I confess that I spent a good hour going back through your journal and looking at all these wonderful, compelling, lovely Frodo pictures. An abundance of riches!

I see that there's a lot more to explore on your journal. I've friended you so that I don't miss anything! It's wonderful to find this haven for the LotR-obsessed when so many other folk are turning to other things. Bless you for that!
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, this is a pretty single-topic journal, LOL. I took time out to obsess and sigh over Brokeback Mountain when it came out, but that's been about it except for a few miscellaneous entries. Even those tend to end up talking about Tolkien, LotR or Frodo.

If you have any trouble navigating or finding things, please ask. I keep a few tables of entries in the left-hand margin under "links". You can also use the tags to find related items. The tables are nice because you can get an overview.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-10-04 08:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you Mechtild, that is a lovely image of Samwise Gamgee! The first time I saw it was October 2001. Gosh has it been that long? This version is much better because in the book the background is missing. It looks to me like a pheasant in his bag.

I’ve just checked my edition - can you believe it? - the pages are not stuck together after all the mouth-watering moments spent poring over the beautiful images.

Book title: The Fellowship of the Ring visual companion
Ultimate Movie Companion to the Peoples and Places of Middle-earth
Author - Jude Fisher.
ISBN 0 00 711624 1

The image of the Delightful Duo is gorgeous.
mechtild at 2006-10-04 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
Are you saying these images both were in the original "Movie Companion", or just the Sam one? I'll be we have that book in the libary, I should check.

Yes, it's a pheasant!! I kept wondering why all those feathers were sticking off the top of the bag at that jaunty angle. Pretty high-fashion bag! D'OH! I guess it's going to pheasant tonight at the Gaffer's -- or at Bilbo's.
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