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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


mechtild at 2007-04-20 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
Pearl, I've been listening to the narrated LotR, and also re-listened to the BBC radio LotR in the last few months. They both were treats, but the "dynamic trio" of Frodo, Sam, and Gollum really are the stars of the BBC production. I agree with everything you said up there about them, plus Sam whom you didn't mention but I know you love (William Nighy).

Your story about your exasperating friend was sooooo funny. Don't mistake me, though, I really do love the films and appreciated the film characters so much, even if they are their own distinct reality. As I've been presenting the screencaps, in the past six months I find I have more and more been not only seeing the differences between the film and book versions, but more and more letting them each be themselves.

Just like the dysfunctional Sam/Frodo/Gollum. I chafed against it terribly in the films, making excuses for what they could mean by it (the writers) and was it the result of all the last-minute writing they did, but working on these Two Towers caps (and the sets to come) show me they really had worked out this set of relationships pretty carefully. It was not an accident or a last-minute re-write except in minor details. When we get to the scene, I'll bring in a snippet from the book by Brian Sibley on PJ as filmmaker that shows, indirectly, they planned to do "Go Home Sam" from very early on. Rather than making me outraged, to know that actually helps me to better let go of trying to judge the films according to how faithful they were to the books. As adaptations go, I suppose they were pretty faithful, but no, it wasn't faithful. But it was still great film-making! And remarkably good Tolkien, if different Tolkien. Oh, it's late and I'm not sure if I'm making sense. This will have to do.
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