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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


whiteling at 2007-03-27 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Mechtild! A fabulous post with fabulous pictures (Mt. Doom and the Eagles are the dearest scenes of the entire trilogy to me), a fabulous jan-u-wine poem and fabulous comments. :-) Thank you so much.

I, too, see Frodo as a kind of Saint. Probably the expression "secular saint" would fit him best? Wikipedia says:
A secular saint is someone venerated and respected for their virtue and morality, but are not recognized as canonical saints by a religion. The ranks of secular saints, like those of religious ones, are often filled by martyrs; for instance Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.. Christopher Manion calls the "beloved" John F. Kennedy the epitome of the modern secular saint becoming an object of national veneration, and a "federal martyr" complete with a modern secular shrine, the "eternal flame" honoring secular America’s "mortal god."

Frodo *was* a martyr, wasn't he? He sacrificed his physical and mental health for the sake of others, for Middle-earth... so, yes, to me he is a Saint (with capital S).

And I very much would like to see your art manip(s?) you did on this topic. :-) Very, very much indeed.
mechtild at 2007-03-27 20:17 (UTC) (Link)
A "secular saint". That's perfect, Whiteling. Yes, he was good and true, and acted for others in sacrifice.

I haven't done an Art manip of him as a saint, Whiteling, I mean as an icon. (He's appeared in paintings of St. Sebastian a couple of times, but not *as* St. Sebastian, definitely not.) I had only thought about it, dismissing it as a project that would offend too many good people. But I'll think about it more seriously when I'm browsing art sites now.
pearlette at 2007-03-27 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, I love that icon. Did you make it? It's GORGEOUS.
mechtild at 2007-03-29 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
Heavens! I never got a reply for this comment. Yes, Pearl, I did, from one of the Rivendell Farewell caps (("Moria--which way, Gandalf,left or right?"). You may copy it and use it if you like. I would be pleased. And you don't have to stick my name on it or anything. I think it came out beautifully, too. He looks very like the faun in that beautiful drabble you wrote once, although he was a child in that, and an adult in the screencap.
pearlette at 2007-03-30 10:01 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how kind. :)

Yes, it's lovely. That's such a beautiful scene. How tired he looks, with those marks under his eyes: a sign of what he's been through, and of what lies ahead of him on that dark road. Waah!

I will copy it onto my hard drive and keep it for posterity. :)

I'm very touched that the icon reminds you of the 'faun' metaphor I used for Frodo in that drabble. Yes, I like my drabbles. I was thinking of reposting them - that was my first post on LJ, 1 March 2005.
mechtild at 2007-03-30 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't read your drabble on LJ; that was before my time on LJ, which I didn't "join" until late that summer. I believe you re-posted it in the Harem (since LJ couldn't be simply linked). I'm sure I read it (and loved it) there. I think it would be great if you put your drabbles together into one post, where they could be found.

I love the way his scar shows, too. It shows beautifully in that whole sequence. I think several people commented on it, so we aren't alone in our appreciation of "weary and worn Frodo". Who else could look lovelier when fatigued than fresh? But your comment points to why: it hints at what's been already experienced, and what's to come, adding poignancy to his otherwise fresh loveliness.
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