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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Eagles ~ Frodo Wakes in Ithilien, plus jan-u-wine's 'There and Back....Again'

Posted on 2006.09.30 at 11:19


maeglian at 2006-09-30 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, apologies for not having commented on your posts lately. I've been away for 2 weeks on vacation. :-)

These caps are as stunning as the rest, and seeing them in still life like this gave me the shivers. The wing(s) of the eagle passing by behind him, against the red glare.... The total composition creates the imagery of an angel ascending, seems to me.

That face, his rapt and transported expression, the golden-reddish light shining through and illuminating the scene, the hint of a set of large wings directly behind him. Especially in no. 9 from the bottom, but also in the ones following that one. An angel, leaving earth behind to reach higher spheres. Poor Frodo.
mechtild at 2006-09-30 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
I loved your comment, Maeglian. This scene, as I confessed, is to me a cinematic masterpiece. The lighting, the music written for it, the composition of the scene, with the other eagle passing below and behind him across the screen (the effect is somewhat lessened by the cropping off of the sides), wings outstretched and slowly beating - the viewer experiences a degree of rapture rivalling that which illuminates Frodo's tired, beaten face.

Yes, the juxtapostion of the wings behind him in that series of frames does make it seem as though the wings are Frodo's own. That's the moment, though, both things at the same time: Frodo as transported (on eagle's wings) and Frodo as transformed (having wings himself).
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