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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Emyn Muil, Pt. 3-a ~ “Now that I see him, I do pity him.”

Posted on 2007.04.18 at 18:32


(Anonymous) at 2007-04-19 02:13 (UTC) (Link)

Beautiful, beautiful screencaps, and what writing!!

The combination of the screencaps and the essay(s) is like some sort of incredibly uplifting 1-2 punch, if one may mix a bunch of metaphors...

Frodo's intense beauty (and he's just as beautiful covered in dirt and dust etc. as he is when he's cleaned up!) paired with his intense mercy is something that translates (for me) into INTENSE LOVE FOR FRODO -- and an intense desire to be more like him. To be non-judgemental, to be forgiving even when no one else is.. to have pity for someone as wretchedly wretched as Gollum is.. that takes a sort of love I have pondered, but have not developed (although I know it is required of me to learn it, to the best of my ability, in this life... so I'd best get started, eh? But it's hard, so hard. So hard that I shy away from it. But it's on my mind often, and comes immediately to the forefront when I read such inspiring words-- thank you, Mech. You are SOMETHING ELSE. (I just dated myself, I know, lol.) The whole essay (and the pix) reminded me also of Frodo's forgiveness of Saruman. How sad I was (and still am) that those very-important post-Quest scenes were not in the film!!! Frodo has been for all intents and purposes *transfigured* by his ordeals, to such an extent that he is almost a completely new creation. He has grown and changed and grown again, from a hobbit who doesn't want the grief of having to leave his lovely home to fight some nameless, bizarre Evil. He practically whines, in those early chapters. He's not all that different from most of the hobbits... he's better educated, it seems, etc. But he is quite reluctant to leave his home, esp. in order to have to FIGHT Something/Someone.

At the end of the third book, he is so changed from the original hobbit we knew in book one.. it's making me sigh, just to think on it. He FORGIVES Saruman, forgives everyone. It boggles the mind and the spirit.

Thank you for your amazing essays, Mech. (and I love the caps, too...)... you catch insights I've never dreamed of catching. I hadn't noticed how his memory of what Gandalf had said to him (re others deserving death) differs from what G. originally said. And yes, JRRT was so very picky about WORDS that that simply HAD to have been quite purposeful. Even if the dear Prof. did it 'unconsciously', for him, nothing about WORDS was truly unconscious. I'm just guessing at that, but if anyone was a master of language/words, it was certainly Prof. Tolkien.

What amazing stuff. So inspiring. Thank you.

And thank you to the dear little bird who told me to come to see the new essay/caps(her name starts with jan, lol).

BTW, I saw for the first time the manips of Frodo at St. Sebastian, and nearly lost it... beautiful doesn't begin to describe it, and esp. the one of "Ioreth" tending his wounds... brilliant. The idea, and the manip. And the original paintings, as well. ..they don't call these masterpieces for nothing. Lord. Caravaggio's Lute Player was also incredible, so well done. Brava!!

I feel uplifted. Needed it, with all the sadness swirling about us, these days. Heartfelt thanks.

mechtild at 2007-04-19 02:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Beautiful, beautiful screencaps, and what writing!!

Wow, Mary! How'd you know to come here? Jan? That's great--but did you get to see the previous caps and essay ("Emyn Muil Pt. 2-b")? I'm guessing *that's* what she was pointing you to. She hasn't even seen this post yet.

I'll have to email my reply to you, since I know you won't be getting a reply notice. But just for the record, thanks so much for the passionate, thoughtful reply.

That is an excellent point how the mercy towards Gollum, someone Frodo knows is his enemy, and with evil intentions towards him, points towards the mercy he will show to Saruman. He does not look at either through rose-coloured glasses, yet he sees that they should not be killed out of hand, simply because they are dangerous and ill-intentioned and might do something to him. Really, this sequence, and especially the part that follows (those caps will be in the next post) are the closest the films come to showing what Frodo's mercy to Saruman might have looked like. Again, thanks so much for putting the idea out there.

And I'm so glad you finally saw the Francesco del Cairo's St. Sebastian manip and entry. Did you see the poem that went with it? It's FANTASTIC. Jan outdid herself on that one. I just am not sure whether you opened the link that just shows the images, or the one that shows links to the LJ entries that present them. Only those have discussions and poems, if any.
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