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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Shelob’s Lair Pt. 4 ~ The Star-glass (#4 of 9).

Posted on 2007.08.05 at 20:25


verangel at 2007-08-06 01:43 (UTC) (Link)
This is the first time I heard what those words really stood for. It is so beautiful when you think of it.. .The calling of the stars to help in ones way.
Really, in the fact that a hobbit was trying to speak something unfamilliar, I think he did a great job. There is no magesty in this moment. There was only fear and grappling and trying to remember. It was a desperate moment. Elijah, to me, did it wonderfully.
I guess he could have looked like he knew what he was calling, or used better diction, but in the end, I think that the little hobbit, who was unfamiliar with this and so scared...made this moment magic and fearsome.
I loved it. xoxox v
mechtild at 2007-08-06 02:09 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for commenting, Verangel! Your passion and enthusiasm for Frodo and his actor shines through everything you write. I agree that there is no majesty in the moment; on the contrary, poor Frodo! He's as miserable in this scene as he could be! But there *is* majesty in what Frodo says, even if he doesn't know what he's saying, or how it came to him. Even if he himself doesn't sense the power of the Elves and the Valar in his mysterious exclamation (and I think in the book he does, and finds saying the words empowering, but he says the words in a very different scene in the book), the film audience should get a sense of it by the way he says it. Neither the readers of the book nor the viewers of the film could be expected to know what the Elvish means, but they should be able to tell that it means something very important, bearing a power beyond explanation. That's how Elvish things are portrayed in the story. Lembas isn't just some really great waybread, it sustains the eater's spirit. The star-glass is not just a really great flashlight but a beacon of hope to the bearer, which strikes terror in the heart of the wicked, the Elvish words aren't just cool but unintelligible words, but a beacon of hope and a fire in the heart of the speaker, even though he doesn't know what they mean.

I don't mean to sound like I'm arguing with you, Verangel, going on about this. Forgive me if it sounds that way. I'm just trying to clarify my thoughts. :)
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