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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Stairs of Cirith Ungol Pt. 4 ~ “Go home.…”

Posted on 2007.07.23 at 08:30


(Anonymous) at 2007-07-25 20:48 (UTC) (Link)
Estelanui's point is certainly valid, and it could well have been one of PJ's objectives, aside from 'upping the ante' between Frodo, Sam and Gollum.

Now I'm really looking forward to the Tower screencaps after your comments regarding Frodo. It's amazing to think that he didn't succumb to the pressure of the Orcs' cruel torture and constant questioning. It's also fascinating that having been stripped of the Ring, he did not, as you rightly point out, go mad.
Later in the book, when he and Sam are closer to Mt. Doom, Sam offers once more to help him bear the burden. "I should go mad," Frodo tells him. But there can be no doubt that by then the dreadful trek across Mordor has further intensified the Ring's hold on him. But that's for later...

It is a shame about KD, but all good things come to an end, it seems, and most of the threads have slowed down considerably in recent months. It feels like the end of an era. I'm so grateful that there are still people like you, who supply die-hard book and film Frodo fans like me with such wonderful images and
inspiring commentaries. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you again, Mechtild.

mechtild at 2007-07-26 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
I believe you are right about K-D. There was no reason, really, for Moggy to keep the thing afloat at this point. And it was wonderful of Sneaking to copy all the threads for people who wanted to save them.

Thanks again for commenting, Blossom. It's good to know you are out there, a fellow "die-hard book and film Frodo fan", thoughtful and gracious.
mechtild at 2007-07-26 00:37 (UTC) (Link)
I meant to add that perhaps it did not drive Frodo mad when the Ring was taken in Cirith Ungol because he was unconscious when it happened. He woke up to a fait accomplit. But if someone should try to take it from him while he was conscious, that might have pushed him over the bring. Although in the Sammath Naur it did in fact happen that the Ring was taken from him by force (book and film), but he did not go mad. In the book Sam even notes that Frodo is again his dear sweet master, in his right mind. But that might have been because the Ring had been destroyed. There was no one to continue fighting with to get it back. That person was dead and the Ring gone. If Gollum had taken it and then run out of the tunnel and down Mt. Doom, I think we could be pretty sure that Frodo would have been after him, if not out of Ring lust then out of his duty to complete the Quest or both.
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