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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Dead Marshes, Pt. 1: “So Bright, So Beautiful…” plus poem by jan-u-wine….

Posted on 2007.04.23 at 11:25

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karin_woywod at 2007-04-23 21:58 (UTC) (Link)

Part 1 of 3

Okay, here I am, having only recently friended you and I am still in awe of what you're doing.

My approach to "The Lord Of The Rings" has always been a difficult one. I never managed to give it the attention I've always felt it deserved.

When I was a teenager, I took the book, or rather the trilogy of books, home from the small town library, and I soon got lost in the journey. I think I got as far as Tom Bombadil, or was it even as far as the Mines Of Moria and Lothlorien ? - Anyway, I felt, the hobbits and I were getting nowhere, and it took us too long to approach our final goal, our destiny, it felt like we were getting distracted along the way by dozens of (unnecessary ?) steps and stops along our journey, so, with lots of regret, I gave up reading it.

Then I was among the few who actually went to the local small town cinema to see Ralf Bakshi's animated version of "The Lord Of The Rings". But I was fooled again - it was the first time I was exposed to a large extent to Gollum and his interaction with the hobbits, but once again, the film ended prematurely, and the journey hadn't come to its conclusion.

The next time that I was exposed to the story, happened much, much later. In 2001, I went to the (by now, I was living in the big city) cinema for "The Fellowship", and I remember that I thought it a well-crafted film - Middle-Earth had become believable, a place and people that actually could exist, but once again, it took the Fellowship so long to get to places, once again they left me hanging in thin air, knowing that I would have to wait for the conclusion until some undisclosed future. And also, I poked fun at that Frodo bloke, who really didn't do much for me on first viewing - I asked myself : "Does he always have to use the same facial expression : fearful, looking with wide open eyes into a bleak future ? ? ?" - I had to involuntarily smile at the most inappropriate places !

I forgot about the movies, didn't go to the movie theatre for the second and third parts.

It wasn't before 2005, when I eventually, out of pure chance (and after being persuaded by my best friend), watched the trilogy on DVD, that I was hooked. And suddenly I was ready to see the acting skills involved ( and to appreciate that Elijah had more than one expression on offer ;o) ) and finally, in 2006, I've even managed to read the trilogy in book form.

And only now, it seems to dawn on me, that maybe the journey itself is the goal, is a learning process. The way Frodo changes and interacts with the different people of Middle-Earth. The way he is influenced by the Ring. The way he interacts with Gollum. What makes him do what he is doing ? And what results in him never being the same than he was before this experience ?

And somehow, all this time, even though I didn't manage to pull through, I had always known that "The Lord Of The Rings" was something precious, something of immense value. Even more so, when I eventually knew "the whole story" . . .

And now I can't get enough of it.

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[to be continued]

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