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Sammath Naur Pt. 7: ‘Give me your hand!’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Within the Chamber”.

~*~



Here begins a series of four entries, all detailing the film moment in which Frodo is hanging from the side of the Sammath Naur. It’s self-indulgent, since he really does not look that different from frame to frame. Four entries of screencaps?? But his face is so beautiful in these, and so variously poignant, I couldn’t resist.

Besides, presenting four sets of caps allows me to present four more of jan-u-wine’s brilliant Sammath Naur poems.

I love this poem, Within the Chamber. Maybe it is my favourite, but I can never decide, there are so many. When I read it I imagine post-Quest Frodo out walking on a fall evening in the Shire at dusk, then, quite unsuspecting, falling into the past. The darkest moment of his past: the claiming of the Ring. It wows me, this poem.


~*~


Since this scene of Frodo hanging over the fiery chasm never happened in the book, there are no book excerpts to go with it. I have included parts of the book text in some of the entries, after the caps, as reminders of what happened in the book version.

The script, which is very minimal, appears as individual lines of dialogue posted directly where they go in the sequence of frames.

As ever, the screecaps for this series (and all the Sammath Naur screencaps) have been considerably brightened and sharpened. They all come from the fullscreen version of RotK.



























Sam: Give me you hand!























































































Within the Chamber

~ by jan-u-wine


Somehow,
between moon-rise and sun-set,

somehow,
I missed the path.

Covered deep in leaves, it was,

burdened beneath words and
dremes

and tales told twice
under duck-head-blue skies....

I mis-stepped
fell headlong into otherwhen,


and saw,

as if it were but a moment gone,

red-eyed, red-tongued fire

and shadows of terror swaying

upon
walls blooded in an age fallen to dust.

Gold-molten
islands drifted beneath my feet,

and the river which
held them

called
to the brother that weighted me.

Never have I been so sure of myself.

Never have I been.....so....
not myself.

Sharp
as the quick-slice of a blade,
this division of me
and

me....

and yet,
dull,

blunt-edged,

raw
with darken'd
half-felt

torment,

ice
and

night-hewn
fire

arcing
with fear,
desire

love ……

hate…….



Need.



no
oh

no.

My hand moves.

It cannot be me that moves it,

I know it cannot
be

me....

and my mind wills it to not move,
and I feel my own fingers at my throat,
see

the broken chain drop careless
to the ground.

What must I be doing,
that you look at me
with such despair....

help me
help me...

help....

But you cannot help me,
now,

can you?

The voice twines itself
around

my every thought,
darkness impelled
by my own heart-beat,

night falling like a carrion-crow
across the windows of my mind....

It laughs and takes me

with
such

ease

and

It whispers,

(endlessly echoing)


that

It has only waited,
only

bided

until I should bring It here,

that It should watch my torment,
my death-which-shall-never-be....

Ah, madness.

Like the tender touch
of a lover,

this oblivion,
like the fangs
of a serpent

sinking
sharp

deep

welcome

into waiting flesh,
like

the delicate caress
of forever,

closing my eyes
in turn,

weighting them
with an image

drowning
in fire.


Of a sudden, the World is large again,

whole,

yet
somehow painfully

small,
splintered

and the sound
and smell

and sight
of it

rushes back in upon me,
like an angry sea.

There is nothing left.

Nothing to do
or be

or say.

I will just lay my head down and rest here,

rest,

and
sleep

until this kindly fire
culls death from the doors of uneasy dreme.





~*~








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

Tags: frodo screencaps, jan-u-wine, return of the king
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