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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

"Farewell to Rivendell" screencaps ~ FotR EE....

Posted on 2007.02.09 at 22:48

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Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2007-02-10 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Your beautiful screencaps made me again savour a loved scene without the action speed and my involvement in the plot.

In the opening shots, … Frodo looks much like he did in the Council of Elrond; attentive, resolute, chin up. … I can’t think of images from the three films in which Frodo looks more deer-like. His manner and features are as sensitively and delicately nuanced as a fawn’s, stepping into a clearing by itself for the first time.

You described the scene so very well.
Indeed he seems a fawn looking the surroundings in trepidation, nearly smelling the air. Still his look shows more than frailty or simplicity, there is also an iron resolution to take on his task.

I never disliked Frodo’s question to Gandalf. I always paired off it with his “I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though-- I do not know the way.” during the Council of Elrond. It shows beautifully the soul of the Ringbearer that offer himself knowing his inadequacy.
If there is humour in the ‘left or right’ question is the contrast between the ‘gravity’ of the elves and the humility and simplicity of Frodo that tell also of his confidence in Gandalf.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-02-10 18:03 (UTC) (Link)
I never disliked Frodo’s question to Gandalf. I always paired off it with his “I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though-- I do not know the way.” during the Council of Elrond. It shows beautifully the soul of the Ringbearer that offer himself knowing his inadequacy.

Wonderfully expressed, Estelanui. That's just what I was thinking of this morning, re-reading the post. "Mordor, Gandalf, is it left or right?" serves to restate what Frodo says taking on the Quest at the Council, but it poses it as a question. The effect (for some of us) is that it touches us even more. Frodo's vulnerable, young, even delicate looks in the Farewell scene only underscore how trusting and true-hearted is the person who says he will take the Ring, "although I do not know the way".

I want to highlight what [Bad username: chickenlegs] wrote above, too (this is just part of it, she wrote more, if you want to take a look):

I'm rather dismayed to learn that there are some people who thought that "Mordor" line as innane. I think they completely miss the point. And I've never taken it as just a straight jokey line either. It has a slight hint of humour yes, but for me, the overwhelming impact (and I've always assumed intent of the writers) was to show the absolute simplicity and humility of this dear hobbit. The monomental task he is about to undertaken is heart-breakingly highlighted by this utterly innocent question. He could be asking the way to the post office, but in fact his question is actually which way to my death and agonising destruction (for Frodo fully expected to die on his quest). In my view the writers use a seemingly humourous line to grab the viewers attention and push them further along to the realisation of just WHO is taking on this massive quest. Not a king or a warrior or an elf. Just one wee hobbit armed only with this love of the shire. Oh I gotta stop now as I just get so emotional about this beloved character!!


Isn’t that great? Together, you two make quite a team on this issue of the value of the "Mordor" line. I may want to incorporate your and Chickenlegs remarks into an ETA if I have time. Would that be all right?
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2007-02-10 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
I agree completely with chickenlegs_11.

The post is your, dear, you may do what you want.
...provided you correct my English mistakes.
:D
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-02-10 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Estelanui, I posted an ETA advising readers to scroll down and see your comments. I told the people who'd already read the entry and might be interested in my comments to them.

I just noticed that I credited chickenlegs in the comment to you as "bad user name" -- shees!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-02-10 22:51 (UTC) (Link)
D'oh. Correction to my comment: What came out as [Bad user name] should be chickenlegs. :)
Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-02-10 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
I never disliked Frodo’s question to Gandalf. I always paired off it with his “I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though-- I do not know the way.”

I hadn't thought of that connection before! :D
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