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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


Gentle Hobbit
gentlehobbit at 2007-04-26 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
Apart from the visual aspect, the tossing of the lembas spoiled a beautiful book moment for me.

I agree! I have never liked that bit and always felt that it was one of the "best" examples of what I don't like about Movie!Frodo. He doesn't have the maturity, fine feeling or dignified, gentlemanly behaviour of book!Frodo.

I really hope some day that there is another movie made of LotR that gets Frodo right. It is, perhaps, my fondest wish. As much as I love Jackson's movies, I don't feel as if LotR has been properly "done" yet.

I love your essay and, as usual, gives me food for thought. I look forward to watching that scene again with your words in the back of my mind.
mechtild at 2007-04-26 18:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting, Gentlehobbit. I don't think I'll be alive when anyone attempts to make LotR again as a film (films), but if they do, I hope they try going a whole other route. I don't see how they could out-spectacle or out-epic what PJ and co. made, for it remains the most awesome movie experience for me ever, no contestants even close to it. But I've been listening to the BBC radio version of the book, a version that like the films has both excellent and less excellent moments, but one of the things I love about it is how much character work there is in it. Because they just couldn't do the epic stuff on radio very well, they concentrated on the dialogue scenes. The material between Frodo and Bilbo and Frodo and Sam, not to mention a lot of other characters is so moving and beautifully played. I was just listening to the Lorien and Amon Hen scenes. The Boromir is not well-cast or directed, but otherwise these were all splendid. And if it wasn't for film Frodo's mind-bogglingly classically-beautiful looks, and his Elvish other-worldly quality, there would be no contest that I would love Ian Holm's Frodo so much better I would never watch the films again (well, the Frodo scenes). He doesn't have a bit of the Elvish quality, but he's warm and clever, melancholy and merry, very well-bred; vulnerable yet strong, and, well, supremely *human* -- and humane -- as Frodo. True, he was already Frodo's book age playing the radio role, not a teenager like EW, so I'd expect him to bring more maturity and experience to the role, as well as a couple of decades of important stage and film work. William Nighy's Sam is better than ANYTHING I ever imagined reading the books on my own, too.
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