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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sammath Naur Pt. 9: ‘Don’t You Let Go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind”.

Posted on 2007.10.14 at 19:23


rakshi at 2007-10-16 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my Sam! What amazing photos. thank you so much for this lovely post.

It occurs to me.. looking at these pictures... that Frodo.. bless him, is being dragged into the darkness of the Ring and its evil, looking up into the Light which is Sam's love and devotion. As though he his poised between these two forces and unsure which he should surrender to. Thank god he chose Sam.

I didn't care for this scene in the movie... for how it changed the story... but I can appreciate the symbolism and certainly I appreciate the beauty and perfection of Sean and Elijah's magnificent portrayal of these characters that I adore.

Again. thank you for your amazing posts.
mechtild at 2007-10-16 01:54 (UTC) (Link)
Well, you are right, Rakshi, it changed the storyline in this part of the narrative considerably. But granted the way they took this scene -- having Frodo recover enough to actively battle with Gollum at the brink, precipitating the fall that took Gollum into the abyss -- it makes dramatic sense, and a truly satisfying scene, that Frodo should feel extreme remorse, even to wanting to fall into death, in this cliff-hanging sequence. Book-Frodo seemed primarily relieved, the huge burden lifted from him. But he didn't, in essence, cause Gollum to fall to his death. I know, film-Frodo didn't *push* Gollum in, thank goodness, but it remains that if he hadn't got up and fought with him film Gollum, unlike book Gollum, would probably not have fallen in on his own. No wonder film-Frodo is so at the end of his rope (literally?), considering not only has he "failed" to throw in the Ring, he feels somewhat responsible for Gollum's death, someone whom he no doubt feels (at that moment) is no worse than he when it comes to Ring-lust.

It is a great scene, even if it is not the book's scene.

Thanks so much for posting, Rakshi. Your comments bring light to the thread. Yes, film Frodo did choose Sam, thank goodness, Sam in this scene being the living incarnation of hope.
rakshi at 2007-10-16 09:45 (UTC) (Link)
Sam in this scene being the living incarnation of hope.

Exactly. Hope Unquenchable.


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