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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

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-04-19 13:32 (UTC) (Link)
I've just finished listening to my second time through of Rob Inglis' narration of the complete LotR (checked it out of the library - each is about 16 CD's!). I listen to them at work while I shelve.

I was struck each time I listened, though, by how much more nuanced and witty Gollum is in the book than in the films. I think Peter Woodthorpe brought that it out in the BBC radio production, more so than Andy Serkis did, but so many lines were cut in the radio programme, of course a lot of Gollum's talk went, too. He has wonderful sarcasm. The things he says to Frodo and Sam at the Black Gate are just so on target. He must have been quite a hobbit once, even if he was also a scamp. "Delving under the roots of things"; I always thought of that as going beyond the literal meaning of Gollum digging about in the earth or under stones, but that he was unusually curious for a hobbit, curious about beginnings, about the "why" of things, curious in a mental way.

I now have Rob Inglis' "The Hobbit" narrated book on order. I can't wait! I am sure I already told you, but I had not thought much of The Hobbit when I first read it, thinking it a poor babyish thing compared to LotR. But I read it again more recently and thought it both hilarious and keenly-observed. And moving, when it got to the end. Dear Bilbo! No wonder he had so many loving fans. Better late than never when it comes to giving credit where it's due. I am hoping Bilbo's forgiven me by now.
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