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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 2007-04-24 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for spamming, but just now, by chance, I've found some quotes by Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, taken from a Collectormania 4 (October 5th 2003) transcript by Cheshire Cat ( source : http://www.theonering.net/archives/special_reports/10.27.03-11.02.03 ) :

Audience : Who do you think is the real hero of Lord of the Rings? [cheering and clapping]

Sean Astin : Good question!

Elijah Wood : Sam! It’s Sam who keeps going when Frodo can’t continue anymore. It’s Sam that remains strong until they make it home and he still maintains his loyalty to his friend…it’s in the book! [laughter]

Sean : My thoughts on the matter are a little different. Sam isn’t …. [interrupted by Elijah…]

Elijah : Just accept your heroism! [cheering]

Sean : I ROCK! [laughter] …But Sam is really nothing except what he is in relationship to Frodo.

Elijah : Oh! So humble. The two kinda work together.

Sean : Yeah!

Elijah : But one wouldn’t be what that person is without the other and vice versa, I think.

Sean : Sam would have killed Gollum and they never would have got to Mordor!

Elijah : It’s an intricate puzzle.

Sean : I’ve been using a metaphor for other interviews today. Frodo’s told “Hold this 10,000lb weight and don’t move!..and if you drop it – Everyone dies! So how innately dramatic is that? You’re just watching him. It’s hurting him. It’s psychological. It’s inside his mind and he’s dealing with the torture of that evil poison in his soul. Right! And people are running in and trying to get him to drop it…and Sam is knocking them away. But he’s still the one holding it. So I had the privilege of watching Peter Jackson try to communicate with Elijah..the two of them worked to figure out “How do you dramatise what is essentially an internal struggle …and just wait and see where Elijah goes with this! It’s incredible!


[Karin says :]

Couldn't agree more, and here, in the Dead Marshes, we'll get a glimpse of that internal struggle (even more so in the book, in the lines you quoted), and we get a glimpse of how Elijah is portraying that inner struggle in the film.

Sorry that I had to add that, but it fitted so completely to my thoughts I've expressed above.


- Karin.
mechtild at 2007-04-24 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the most difficult task the filmmaker's had was to dramatize what for Frodo was an internal struggle. According to the novel, very little showed, Frodo being an essentially English character ("I'm all right, lads! Don't worry about me!"). They had to decide what the struggle was, of course, and that's where the writers got creative. But the sheer fact of making his struggle visible, we owe all that to EW, who did a fantastic job expressing so much for which there were no words.
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