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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

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

Posted on 2007.10.08 at 09:49

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Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-10-08 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
That is such a heartbreaking, heart-stopping scene.

The images of the biting itself, Frodo's pain and rage, Gollum's euphoric joy as he holds the Ring aloft, all are unforgettable. The scoring, and Renee Fleming’s vocals for the moment of Gollum's ecstasy are out of this world.

I completely agree. The lighting, acting, music... it was amazing.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-08 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
I'd say this sequence is a real tour de force. I still dislike the image of piggy-back Gollum (prompted by Verangel's comment, I added a qualifier to my comment in the post, to be more specific re: what it was I didn't like about it). But, what the heck. It's GREAT.

You know what I think is ultra-cool and brilliant about the score for Gollum holding up the Ring (with cuts to Aragorn and co. at the Black Gate), the melody line Renee Fleming sings? Not only is it mesmerizing just as a piece of vocal music, it is a slightly altered re-statement of the theme they always play when someone is coming to the rescue. It's the music for the march of the Ents on Isengard, and it plays as Théoden looks down on burning Minas Tirith, while assembling his charge. The theme gets used in other places similarly, always when things are in crisis, but the forces for good are mobilizing.

I always wondered if Howard Shore used it here on purpose to signal viewers, ever so subliminally, that although Frodo was down and Gollum had the Ring, although Aragorn and his remnant looked about to be annihilated at the Black Gate, that a change--the eucatrastrophe--was about to happen, and Right would, suddenly, wonderfully, be restored. I look forward to the release of the Complete RotK soundtrack, which is bound to discuss all the themes and their uses. In all your discussions, have you ever heard this use of the theme at the Crack of Doom mentioned?
Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-10-08 20:35 (UTC) (Link)
No, I haven't heard this mentioned before!

although Frodo was down and Gollum had the Ring, although Aragorn and his remnant looked about to be annihilated at the Black Gate

That part of the film really affected a friend of mine who didn't know the story beforehand. She told me that she was certain that all the characters she had come to love and respect were about to be slaughtered. She said her heart was pounding so fast, she thought she'd keel over.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-09 04:56 (UTC) (Link)
They certainly looked as though they were "a'goners"!!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-10-08 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I know when that theme is played unforgettably! It's when they show the moth flying to Gandalf, held prisoner on top of Orthanc!
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