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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


mechtild at 2007-10-17 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom, what a beautiful post.

These words, and Frodo's heartbreakingly expressive eyes, are devastating. I think this is one addition that served the film - and the characters - well. It always did seem a little anti-climatic to me that book Gollum simply stepped too far and fell over the edge - although this is about the only time I forgive the film-makers for 'upping the ante.'

I'm kind of repeating myself, having said something like this in a response above, but I have to agree with you. This scene (Frodo hanging from the cliff, wanting to die) makes absolute sense considering how different the scene is at the brink.

In the book, Gollum goes over solely because of his own misstep. However Frodo feels about the loss of the Ring, he does not have the additional burden on him of having helped Gollum fall to his death, however accidentally (that is, in the midst of a mutually impassioned fight). He seems ready to die in the book, but at peace.

I think in the film version, it's completely right for the scene to show Frodo wanting to end it all the way he does, so filled with angst, remorse, and near-despair. This makes the scene as powerful as it is.

I think this is so especially because of the way the film portrayed Frodo's empathy for Gollum throughout, as his fellow-Ring-bearer, as if his actual personal fate was connected to Gollum's: if Gollum could be saved, so could he. So when Gollum was killed, especially under the circumstances, it flows from the film's story line that Frodo would feel that he ought to share in Gollum's death, too.

Super, super scene.
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