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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


(Anonymous) at 2007-03-29 01:54 (UTC) (Link)

Good heavens!!! (Literally)... what beautiful poetry and caps...

I have barely gotten into the poem.. I've hardly begun to read it, and already I'm almost crying.
This line started so happily, and ended SO wearily, and so sadly:

"...a star-sewn path
which even my ale-tricked feet

ended in Home.

I have no journal now,

my own stumbling thoughts."[[comment:this is where I cried... now to go back to reading it again...


Here's another gem.. the very next line!--
I can see them,

broken gilt
bits of myself [[so incredible!!]]

falling to silence

this darkening Sun. "

What I want to know(always, and rhetorically) is: how does she DO that? (And please don't feel pressured to answer, januwine, if that is not something you'd like to do. That is, I don't wish to put you on the spot. I am just in awe....


"Naught but a moment this shame,
nothing more than an exhaled "no", my hesitance beneath its heel,(<-- what a line!!!)

but the World turns upon it," (<-- indeed.. so, so true).. and someone else commented-- in all the myriad comments.. that the best thing Frodo did was simply that HE KEPT GOING... no matter how hard it got... he just KEPT GOING. As it is for so many others, this is for me the most inspiring thing about Frodo .. the fact that he goes on, no matter what.. and I so want to be more like this, in my own life. I SO WANT to be able to just keep going, no matter what. I presume/assume I will, but the mere IDEA of it is daunting to me, scary, to be honest, and I'm only 50(w/a grandmother who lived to be nearly 104).. so the thought that I might still have another 50 possible years on this road, as beautiful and as good as it usually is, as generous and as full of blessings as it mostly is.. the idea of it is still crushing to me. It's like carrying a Ring around my neck for another 50 years. Life just feels HEAVY to me. Not light. And it has nothing to do with being 50, please believe me. I've felt this way since I was about 12, no joke. I am grateful for so much, so much.... blessings everywhere I look.. so why is life heavy? Why has it always been this way? Not sure. THink it's a Virgo thing. I know that sounds like a joke, but who can understand this stuff? In any case, I feel people are born with certain temperaments, etc., and I was just given the kind that says,"Life is heavy, not light. Deal with it." So I deal with it, daily. And it is a heavy load.
No wonder I admire Frodo so much!! And he did it with such grace!!! I want to be like that, too.

But that is way too much about me. Back to the poem, this work of art! the poem simply got me going..yikes!!!

It feels almost wrong, somehow , to pick out 'favorite' sections, when NO sections of the poem are weak! But here goes:

[ I am ]

if it might mean the saving of that which again

shines," (<-- I can't quite place what it IS about this line that is so lovely.. I guess it's just his sheer joy at being able to save the things HE feels/knows are lovely. Just amazing writing..)

and more:

"It is good to lie still,

without fear."

(Sorry the poem's original formatting has gotten lost in the copy/paste shuffle).. but again, here is a line where I can simply FEEL exactly what he is feeling.. that is, I think I can. But that's how powerful the words are, (and of course how powerful the scene is, this scene after the Cataclysm/End of All Things. I can FEEL that 1000% percent exhausted feeling of just being able to lie down and wait, so tired that you're not even afraid of what dreadful thing might be next. Death is most certainly not fearful. Death would be a huge release, a great blessing , to dear Frodo, at this moment.
But what I admire there is the way she has so completely captured that oh-so-common-feeling of "Oh, God, it is so good to just REST... thank you..."

When a poet (or any writer) can encapsulate such a strong emotion in so few words, and also in a new way, in such a way that the reader can CONNECT instantly with the feelings being presented... well, that's just brilliant writing, to me.
Just incredible. I so often run OUT of words, run out of superlatives when I try to praise januwine's work.
thank you, again!
mechtild at 2007-03-29 03:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good heavens!!! (Literally)... what beautiful poetry and caps...

Good heavens! What a beautiful, heartfelt post, Mary! You made me all weepy just reading it. Thanks so much for this extended comment. I loved the poem, too, and I know what you mean about he futility of picking out "best spots", since the whole thing is a seamless "best". Still, one wants to say something, even if just to point out where one sighed or wept the most.

I will send an email to jan to tell her to take a look at what you posted. You are such a generous person, as well as a devoted fan-friend of Frodo and his actor-lad. Thanks.
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