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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

In Commemoration of March 25th ~ The Fall of Barad-dûr, with jan-u-wine's "Frodo's Journal".

Posted on 2007.03.24 at 18:17


frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-03-25 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
It is almost impossible to imagine the torment that Frodo went thru. When I hear people saying that Frodo wasn't a hero it just makes my blood boil. Thanks again for your post - you helped to celebrate the very best of Frodo - thru the most difficult circumstances.
mechtild at 2007-03-26 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Frolijah Fan. I loved the post, too. Go, Jan!

I know there are things in the film version that help contribute to an impression of Frodo as a weaker, less effectual person than he was in the book. But viewers complaining about Frodo's lack of heroic stature (to their minds) in the films would not like book Frodo any better, I suspect. My brother has never read the book, but he liked the films a lot when I showed them to him. Still, he said what many others have said before him: "Frodo was a nice guy, but was a poor choice as Ring-bearer. Why didn't they give the Ring to Sam? Sam would have been able to do it (throw the Ring in the Fire)."

I think that people get it or they don't, depending on how deeply they understand the nature of what Frodo was called upon to do. The book makes very clear that Frodo was given a task to do that best suited him and him only. It's 'plain as a pikestaff' in the book that Sam could not do it, nor any of the Wise. Yet as clear as that is, there are still plenty of book-readers, past and present, who believe and have believed that some other character would have done better. Go figure!
frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-03-26 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
Well said, mechtild. Some people just don't get it - their loss. I didn't read the books until after I saw the movies. I do think they movies made Frodo seem weaker, but there was so much right about the movies and Elijah's protrayal of Frodo captured my heart so completely that I was able to look past it. I loved the book version of the Ford of Brunein (? spelling) when Frodo rode himself across and raised his sword against the Nazgul. But maybe PJ did the version he did in the movie to make Frodo's near death more dramatic. Suffice it to say that Frodo is MY hero in the book and the movie and I do believe that no one else could have gotten the ring to Mt. Doom.
mechtild at 2007-03-26 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the films got a lot right for Frodo, even in spite of some of the writing. One day I'm going to make a post apologizing to EW in public, for not giving him more of the credit for what we finally saw on screen.

In the past six months, thinking more on the performance through making the screencap and manip entries, listening to comments of others, and reading Sibley's fascinating book on Peter Jackson as a filmmaker--necessarily saying a lot about how LotR was made--I think I underestimated how much of what we viewers love in film-Frodo is EW himself shining through, rather than the character as written.
frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-03-26 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
how much of what we viewers love in film-Frodo is EW himself shining through, rather than the character as written

I couldn't agree more!!
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