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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Ithilien Pt. 5 ~ The Cross-roads, plus jan-u-wine’s “At the Cross-roads of the King”….

Posted on 2007.06.16 at 19:13


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-06-20 08:42 (UTC) (Link)
I was re-reading your interesting essay – as you do – and was struck by a thought, which was enhanced by the following verse from Jan’s touching poem:

The Sun sifts in grey-fogged, ragged shadows
upon the ground,

the broken silence of the ancient King's head,
where it lies, dishonoured,

by all save the errant wind.

I wondered if Tolkien’s King might be a nod from the Professor regarding the (almost*) – forgotten King Froda.

*NOTE: I recently read Shirebound’s The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Part XIX

There is a very interesting post, about King Froda, by serai1 7h comment down (if the link below works).


If it is against rules to link like this please let me know and I'll remove it.


mechling at 2007-06-20 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for pointing me to Serai's comments, Estë. I put in a comment to her there, to credit her if I end up discussing Frodo's change to personal pacificism. I had read both of Shippey's books, but hadn't remembered this about King Froda. I love the way you tied it to those lines from Jan's poem, too, about the King whose head lies "dishonoured, forgotten, by all same the errant wind". I'll have to send an e to Jan to let her know she's got these comments. I'll link her to Serai's comments, too.

Frodo as a peace-maker and peace-doer is an extremely important point to Jan, and she's made me more conscious of it, colouring some of my previous opinions about his refusal to bear arms after Mt. Doom. Her ideas are not seen as explicitly in the poems I've posted here, but Frodo and arms-bearing (*not*) is something she's talked about often in our emails discussing Frodo and LotR. Thanks!

~ Mechtild
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