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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

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-08-06 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mews, for commenting. Yes, he's super in this scene. That reaction shot when he finally sees Shelob is terrific.

I still regret the way he delivered the Elvish line, although I hear what you are saying. I love the emotion with which he said it, too. But I miss hearing the line. I said something similar about his "taste of strawberries" speech, too. I loved the emotion he conveyed in that scene. It was heartbreakingly, and utterly convincing. But I missed being able to understand the lines, which I think are great.

I don't think it hurt the scene for most viewers that his lines were unintelligible, since the emotion was there to the *nth* degree in both scenes I have mentioned. In the case of the Elvish speech in Shelob's lair, it's not a matter of understanding it (which mattered to me in the "strawberries" speech). No one but a book fan who had read the footnotes on the Elvish or had looked it up or who spoke Elvish would have understood it, even if it had been spelled out on the screen in subtitles. But, as I said to Verangel, it's important to me because of the theme it underscores -- the power of the Elvish words declared -- that I wish EW had let the words themselves shine through more.

Again, obviously the scenes worked for me emotionally and dramatically, or I wouldn't be boo-hooing over them and sighing over the screencaps. But I do love Tolkien's language very much and am always sorry when it is lost, when it might not have been.
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