Mechtild (mechtild) wrote,
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Sammath Naur Pt. 4: ‘The Ring is mine’, plus jan-u-wine’s “That Which is My Own”.

~*~



The book text continues here until Frodo, or Sauron’s Ring working through Frodo, reaches his terrible decision. How much, if anything, of Frodo remained at this moment? I believe some corner of his consciousness remained, some pocket of last defiance that could not be extinguished.

I just finished rereading Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin, and this sounds like something Morgoth, and Sauron after him, would relish: rendering his adversary helpless to resist, but letting him live, only to make him the witness of his own ruin and debauch. That there was some part of Frodo left, some corner of his mind still aware of what was happening to him while it happened, overpowered as he was, is borne out by his subsequent feelings. If he hadn’t been somehow “present” as the Ring and its Maker pinned his will to the mat, he would not have remembered what had happened enough to feel the sense of guilt and failure Tolkien said he did, once he was back in the Shire.

Jan-u-wine, proof-reading this post for me, made an observation I want to add here. Speaking of how Frodo being taken by the Ring and Sauron, she wrote,


[N]ot only is it Sauron's pleasure to squash Frodo til he can’t resist, then torture him by letting him live to witness his own degradation, he also must witness Sam's heartbreak: leer at it with Frodo's own face: Frodo taking that in, and Sam's reaction.

Whatever the filmmakers intended to do, they evoked this dynamic very, very well.




~*~





Book scene, continued, from Mount Doom.


The light sprang up again, and there on the bring of the chasm, the very Crack of Doom, stood Frodo, black against the glare, tense, erect, but still as if he had been turned to stone.

‘Master!’ cried Sam.

Then Frodo stirred and spoke with a clear voice, indeed with a voice clearer and more powerful than Sam had ever heard him use, and it rose above the throb and turmoil of Mount Doom, ringing in the roof and walls.

‘I have come,’ he said. ‘But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!’ And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam’s sight. Sam gasped, but he had no chance to cry out, for at that moment many things happened.



~*~




Below, the film scene continues. Sam, having said,
"Just let it go!" waits in suspense, Frodo still turned away from him.























































Frodo: The Ring is mine.





















Sam: No, no!
















































That Which is My Own

~ by jan-u-wine


Yours
is the only
voice
I hear now:

a voice
without
sound,

a river

of crushing
Darkness

running

through
my mind,

carrying
the small
spark
of myself

yet remaining
into nothingness.

It matters not
that I cry

out
against you,

it matters not

if I
fight
until
breath
leaves me.


It matters
not.


No one
will hear -

no one
will save
me
in this
empty
Night.


Your thought
covers
mine,

becomes
mine:

your laughter

spills
bitterness

from my unwilling
lips.


How lost I am:

my foot
stumbles
upon
the finality
of the Road,

my mind

desperately
seeks

death's haven.


Even this
you
will deny me,

even the small,
stark
comfort
that waits
beyond the Sea,

beyond the veil
of bright
Eärendil.


In your

mercy,
you have left me

one

thing:

these tears
are
my own.






~*~







Entries in this series:


~ Sammath Naur Intro: "Why I fell for Frodo” ~ Main essay for series (this essay is friends locked).

~ Sammath Naur 1: ‘I’m here, Sam.’

~ Sammath Naur 2: ‘Throw It in the fire!’

~ Sammath Naur 3: ‘Just let It go!’, plus three poems by jan-u-wine.

~ Sammath Naur 4: ‘The Ring is mine’, plus jan-u-wine’s “That Which is My Own”.

~ Sammath Naur 5: Gollum Bites, plus jan-u-wine’s “Frodo’s Remembrance of Gollum”.

~ Sammath Naur 6: Gollum Falls, plus essay on Gollum’s oath.

~ Sammath Naur 7: ‘Give Me Your Hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Within the Chamber”.

~ Sammath Naur 8: ‘Take my hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “The Claiming".

~ Sammath Naur 9: ‘Don't you let go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind".

~ Sammath Naur 10: ‘Reach’, plus jan-u-wine’s “And I Don’t Mean To".



Other Tables of Links:


~ Entries with jan-u-wine's poems.

~ Frodo & Elijah Wood screencap entries



~ Mechtild

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