Henneth Annun, Pt. 2: Faramir commands Frodo to rise and come with him.
This is a suspenseful scene, beautifully done. Up to this point Faramir in the film has been presented as an ambivalent character. He maintains a steely facade, difficult to read, but plainly keeps strong emotions in check. When he wakes Frodo and orders him to come with him, what must Frodo expect? Certainly not to look at the view, or even at Gollum. The film viewer doesn't know any more than Frodo does. Even book fans might wonder what is going to happen, since film Faramir is already different from book Faramir in significant, ominous ways.
The art design for this moonlit scene—the spray from the falls behind Faramir rising like a moon-spun mist as he beckons, and the dark, gleaming grotto down below—is exquisite even for this film.
Film scene: from The Two Towers.After the EE flashbacks Faramir sits lost in thought until one of his men approaches, speaking softly.
Ranger: Captain Faramir. We found the third one.
Faramir walks to where Sam and Frodo are sleeping, ordering Frodo to get up.
Faramir: You must come with me. Now.
Frodo follows Faramir outside to a rocky ledge looking out at a moon-drenched scene. Leading him further out, Faramir points.
Faramir: Down there.
Frodo looks down and sees Gollum diving into the pool at the foot of the falls.
Book scene (slightly abridged), from The Forbidden Pool:Frodo woke to find Faramir bending over him. For a second old fears seized him and he sat up and shrank away.
‘There is nothing to fear,’ said Faramir.
‘Is it morning already?’ said Frodo yawning.
‘Not yet, but night is drawing to an end, and the full moon is setting. Will you come and see it? Also there is a matter on which I desire your counsel. I am sorry to rouse you from sleep, but will you come?’
‘I will,’ said Frodo, rising and shivering a little as he left the warm blanket and pelts. It seemed cold in the fireless cave. The noise of the water was loud in the stillness. He put on his cloak and followed Faramir.
Sam, waking suddenly by some instinct of watchfulness, saw first his master’s empty bed and leapt to his feet. Then he saw two dark figures, Frodo and a man, framed against the archway, which was now filled with pale white light. He hurried after them, past rows of men sleeping on mattresses along the wall. As he went by the cave-mouth he saw that the Curtain was now become a dazzling veil of silk and pearls and silver thread: melting icicles of moonlight. But he did not pause to admire it, and turning aside he followed his master through the narrow doorway in the wall of the cave.
‘It’s a fine view, no doubt, Mr. Frodo, but chilly to the heart, not to mention to the bones! What’s going on?’
Faramir overheard and answered. ‘Moonset over Gondor. Fair Ithil, as he goes from Middle-earth, glances upon the white locks of old Mindolluin. It is worth a few shivers. But that is not what I brought you to see—though as for you, Samwise, you were not brought, and do but pay the penalty of your watchfulness. A draught of wine shall amend it. Come, look now!”
He stepped up beside the silent sentinel at the dark edge, and Frodo followed. Sam hung back. He already felt insecure enough on this high wet platform. Faramir and Frodo looked down. Far below them they saw the white waters pour into a foaming bowl, and then swirl darkly about a deep oval basin in the rocks, until they found their way out again through a narrow gate, and flowed away, fuming and chattering, into calmer and more level reaches. The moonlight still slanted down to the fall’s foot and gleamed on the ripples of the basin. Presently Frodo was aware of a small dark thing just beyond the boil and bubble of the fall, cleaving the black water as neatly as an arrow or an edgewise stone.
~ Faramir orders Frodo to come with him.
Faramir leads Frodo outside onto a rocky ledge, the full moon shining over Anduin.
Faramir points to the Forbidden Pool below.
~ HA 1 ~ Faramir questions Frodo and Sam.
~ HA 2 ~ “Come with me!” Faramir tells Frodo.
~ HA 3 ~ Faramir asks, “Shall I shoot?”
~ HA 4 ~ “Trust Master!” ~ Frodo tries to persuade Sméagol.
~ HA 5 ~ “Don’t hurt him!” ~ Faramir’s men capture Sméagol.
~ HA 6 ~ The Goons of Gondor: the EE interrogation of Gollum.
~ HA 7 ~ “The Ring is taking me, Sam”.
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