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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


pearlette at 2007-03-26 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, those caps!

- Frodo looks so scorchingly hot at the Cracks of Doom, heh. What a seductive Dark Lord in the making!!!

- Ack, Frolijah's screaming agony as he cradles his bitten finger, spouting gouts of blood. Ack, poor baby! Honestly, that looks REALLY REALLY painful.

- The shots of the exploding mountain are extraordinary. The screencaps look like paintings and it's easy to see the CGI. It doesn't matter. I love the painterly effect.

- Jan's poem, beautiful! :)

- Those screencaps of the Eagles' rescue are heavenly. Literally. For me the Eagles' rescue was the film's most sublime moment (in a film of many sublime moments) ... here, after Frodo and Sam prepare to die together, locked in friendship and love to the last, the film narrative reaches its greatest emotional height, and Shore's music makes me cry every time I hear it. Because Frodo thinks he has died. He closes his eyes, in peace, as the great Eagle bears him away ... the effect of the fadeout, seen here in the caps, is utterly exquisite and incredibly spiritual. It's like seeing Frodo's soul set free and flying to heaven.

mechtild at 2007-03-27 01:34 (UTC) (Link)
Did you think Mt. Doom erupting looked fakey? I agree that the stills look like paintings, but they created a real effect for me when the film was rolling.

Yes, the Eagles scene was pure bliss. The visual aspect of the scene was stupendous, of course, but it was the music for me, with Renee Fleming's singing, intensified by the slow, heavy thrum of the beating of their giant wings (go, sound editors!) that did me in and made me float away with Frodo, happy to die. Yes, it is..."like seeing Frodo's soul set free and flying to heaven." But not yet, it turned out, there were still a few things for him to do.

You know, I always concentrate on the post-Quest period of Frodo's life as a decline, a preparation for his leaving. But really, Frodo still had things he was *meant* to do. If it weren't for Frodo and his intervention, Saruman would have been murdered and the Scouring might have been a bloodbath -- more hobbits slain, but perhaps more blood on the hands of hobbits, hands Frodo staid through his insistence and his air of moral authority, in the eyes of his friends and the others in the resistance. "You have grown very much", as Saruman noted, despising Frodo's mercy. That growth was put to important use.

So maybe it wasn't just to prolong Frodo's post-Quest malaise that he was not permitted to die in bliss, carried by the eagles. He simply had more to do in the "task appointed" to him.
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