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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Dead Marshes, Pt. 3 ~ EE scene: “Master knows”….

Posted on 2007.04.25 at 12:02

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Notabluemaia
notabluemaia at 2007-04-25 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
With your usual excellent analysis, you have pinpointed what has always bothered me about the scene. Yes, the hobbits are far too static, even disconnected from each other, as they are not in the book. And you are so right - Frodo would never have treated Elven bread or Gollum discourteously. Thanks for your insights!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-04-25 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Nota. I was talking to Jan who thought Frodo (in the book) handing Gollum the waybread--even Tolkien said the lembas had Eucharistic connotations--was like a Christ-figure offering a Judas figure consecrated bread. I can see the symbolism there, or at least the Eucharistic sense that Frodo sought to share even with his enemy the special food that kept him and Sam alive.

I don't imagine Tolkien wrote it that way intentionally--the symbolism, I mean--but it's there for readers to appropriate, if they wish, under the rubrics of "applicability". I'm a pretty regular user of applicability, myself. :)
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