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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Escape from Sammath Naur Pt. 1: The leap over the lava, plus jan-u-wine’s “They Are Here”.

Posted on 2007.10.19 at 17:37
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I capped this scene primarily because of my fondness for Frodo’s impressive jeté over the river of lava, but also because I wanted caps to go with jan-u-wine's poem, They Are Here.

Written from Frodo’s point of view, in the midst of the downfall of Mt. Doom and Barad-dûr, the poem shows Frodo standing at the edge of hope, a hope as yet not quite realised.

The caps are not a *perfect* match to the poem, but I had already screencapped Frodo being carried off by the eagles in two other enries (which also featured poems by jan-u-wine). So I decided to cap this moment, the escape from the Sammath Naur.

A book text, very tender, very true to the characters, and Jan’s poem, are posted below the caps.



Book scene, from The Field of Cormallen (which picks up where the scene left off, back at the end of Mount Doom):

‘I am glad that you are here with me,’ said Frodo. ‘Here at the end of all things, Sam.’

‘Yes, I am with you, Master,’ said Sam, laying Frodo’s wounded hand gently to his breast. ‘And you’re with me. And the journey’s finished. But after coming all that way I don’t want to give up yet. It’s not like me, somehow, if you understand.’

‘Maybe not, Sam,’ said Frodo; ‘but it’s like things are in the world. Hopes fail. An end comes. We have only a little time to wait now. We are lost in ruin and downfall, and there is no escape.’

‘Well, Master, we could at least go further from this dangerous place here, from this Crack of Doom, if that’s its name. Now couldn’t we? Come, Mr. Frodo, let’s go down the path at any rate!’

‘Very well, Sam. If you wish to go, I’ll come,’ said Frodo’ and they rose and went slowly down the winding road; and even as they passed towards the Mountain’s quaking feet, a great smoke and steam belched from the Sammath Naur, and the wide of the cone was riven open, and a huge fiery vomit rolled in slow thunderous cascade down the eastern mountain-side.

Frodo and Sam could go no further. Their last strength of mind and body was swiftly ebbing. They had reached a low ashen hill piled at the Mountain’s foot; but from it there was no more escape. It was an island now, not long to endure, amid the torment of Orodruin. All about it the earth gaped, and from deep rifts and pits smoke and fumes leaped up. Behind them the Mountain was convulsed. Great rents opened in its side. Slow rivers of fire came down the long slopes towards them. Soon they would be engulfed. A rain of hot ash was falling.

They stood now; and Sam still holding his master’s hand caressed it. He sighed. ‘What a tale we have been in, Mr. Frodo, haven’t we?’ he said. ‘I wish I could hear it told! Do you think they’ll say: Now comes the story of Nine-fingered Frodo and the Ring of Doom? And then everyone will hush, like we did, when in Rivendell they told us the tale of Beren One-hand and the Great Jewel. I wish I could hear it! And I wonder how it will go on after our part.’

But even while he spoke so, to keep fear away until the very last, the sky far off was clear, as the cold blast, rising to a gale, drove back the darkness and the ruin of the clouds.


They Are Here

~ by jan-u-wine

The Mountain:

it runs

with fire.


like that
falls from
my hand

to touch
its face.

It is torn,
like me,


to its very

Its anguish
at itself,
at me.

is my

My undoing……

Its undoing.

the river of its

to meet mine.

When I was small,
I always
that I should

I am small again.


scratched by
unshed tears
look into

A hand,
still strong
with purpose,

Here is
the last Road
we shall walk

We need not
even a single step.

in the black
of clouds,
I look to the West.

Pale light
of a sudden
lives there,

and a sunburst
of joyous,


The Shire.



fire-tongued air,
there comes
a drift

of sweet Spring.

I know it is
a dreme,
but it is

I am ready now.

grey ash,
like evil snow,

that which
upon our helplessness.


something else….

and crisply sharp
upon ruin'd rock.



and small,
swift wings.

It is
another dreme,
is it not?

From far away,
I think
on that

and the sweet
of it.

the throat
of the air.


and the gnarled
of a large
holding me fast
even as I fall.

The chill'd
of consciousness

leaving me
into the
of the wind,

ever higher
through clouds
bright with Light.


Within the haven
of this happy dreme,
I smile a last smile,
I summon a last
hopeful thought:

The Eagles.

They have come.

will take



The eagles caps:

I did make screencap posts, but last year, featuring Frodo being carried by the eagles. They were made to showcase other superb poems by jan-u-wine.

Fullscreen caps of Frodo borne by the eagle:

~ with There and Back Again.

Widescreen caps (plus others from the fall of Barad-dûr):

~ with Frodo's Journal.

Recent entries:

~ Sammath Naur Escape Pt 1: Leap over the lava, plus jan-u-wine’s “They Are Here".

~ Sammath Naur Escape Pt 2: ‘It’s done.’

~ ‘I can see the Shire’ in widescreen, plus jan-u-wine's “March 25”.

Other Tables of Links:

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

~ Frodo & Elijah Wood screencap entries

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2007-10-20 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh! Thanks not only for your comment, Mews, but for bringing your wondrous jack-o-lantern icon in here. I just love it! It captures some of the "vivid red-gold" light mentioned in your post.
shirebound at 2007-10-19 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
My goodness, that *is* an impressive jeté! I never noticed it before. :)
wakerobin at 2007-10-19 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
That's one of the parts where the DVD player gets worn out, pause, rewind, pause, rewind.... Such unselfconscious grace from an 18 year old guy... The way Sean sort of 'launches' Elijah makes the sequence feel like a pas de deux...
mechtild at 2007-10-20 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
The way Sean sort of 'launches' Elijah makes the sequence feel like a pas de deux...

Ha! Wakerobin, you are so right! Here they are gving their all in the Latin Finals in front of Minas Morgol:

But seriously, EW really does show a lot of "unselfconscious grace".

Edited at 2008-01-08 02:53 pm (UTC)
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god - the finals of "Dancing with the Stars the Shire Edition"! Can you imagine the fun they must have had putting together blooper reels and naughty voice-overs for these films? I read somewhere that one of the films they cut for a party was all of Elijah and Sean, to the tune of "I Got You, Babe". Would have given up a major internal organ to see that.
mechtild at 2008-01-08 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god - the finals of "Dancing with the Stars the Shire Edition"!

Ha ha ha!

I'll bet you're wondering why you got a reply notice to your comment, but I was answering a comment from someone who just posted and noticed this great picture in the string of comments, so went back to look at it again. When I did I noticed I had included a typo that made one of my remarks a head-scratcher, so I fixed it, "for posterity". I forgot you'd get a notice again, too, Wakerobin! But I'm glad I did it: there is a blooper of them hamming their way through "I Got You Babe"? Heavens! I'd love to see that, too!
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, they edited together bits of Frodo and Sam (and Sauron's eye "I got you to wear my ring", mostly on Mt. Doom, to the song "I Got You Babe". I take it back, I'd keep my internal organs so that I could trade them for photos of the party where the boys cross-dressed, and Sala Baker said he had to stay away from Elijah most of the evening, because he was getting drunk and Elijah dressed as a woman was, and I quote, "Drop dead gorgeous." THAT'S what I'd kill to see. Other thought: Elijah in a FILM where he gets to cross-dress. Yikes.
mechtild at 2008-01-08 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
Well, in spite of looking unmistakably male, he *is*, as Frodo, an indisputably, classically 'lovely' male. (Or he wouldn't be in my art manips.) People have been calling his film-Frodo both 'androgynous' and 'beautiful' sinc Fellowship opened, so it makes sense he'd look good in drag. He's sort of petite, too, which would make him more convincing. (I think Dom would probably come off like Jack Lemmon as Daphne in "Some Like it Hot".)
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
He's definitely a male. Never bought the 'androgynous' label - especially when he was about "Flipper" age. At the risk of sounding like a dirty old woman, Sandy was one of the hottest guys I've ever seen on screen. He just has features that people mistakenly call female, or 'pretty' when what they really mean is "beautiful man" or "classic beauty". And, boy, can he turn up the 'male' heat!!! I've seen him on a few talk shows where, I think just to mess with people's heads, he's turned from cute geeky guy to smoldering sexy dude in literally seconds! It's the eyes, folks. Those eyes could bring down a charging rhino when he works 'em!
mechtild at 2008-01-08 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
As gone as I am on film Frodo--well, on a sort of fanfic-heated-up version of him, to be precise--I have never felt the heat watching EW himself. Flipper was the source of some of the most stupendous "golden youth" images ever (which was why I capped the end scenes--see the link in the side table for "screencaps"). I do find him jaw-droppingly hot in those, as well as beautiful, but when I'm actually watching the film I don't feel that way at all, since Sandy is someone very different in my mind from the person evoked in the screencaps.

Even more sensational to me are the images of EW in the music video "Ridiculous Thoughts" (I capped a series for that, too). Although he has no formal role in the film, he's not appearing as himself. And he's not speaking in the film, which is another reason I can go all melty over him. When I look at him in screencaps, I don't hear his voice, which changes completely how I perceive him. As Frodo, EW modified his normal voice for the role and spoke with great beauty. He lowered the pitch of his voice, too, which made the timbre richer and more nuanced. I don't hear that vocal quality in other roles, and certainly not as himself. Manner of speech matters to me tremendously. But his face, in these shots in which he is not heard, speaks wonderfully.

When EW portays emotional intensity--which he can do terrificlaly--then, combined with his beautiful looks, he really can look torrid to me. I wish some director would make use it! But EW'd have to be playing a role that sounded different from his usual self for me to find him swoon-worthy.

I had been hoping he would have had to play the student in The Oxford Murders as the Argentinian he was written to be. Playing someone with another voice and accent, as was the case with Frodo, seems to really help EW get a handle on the distinctiveness of a character. I think that in his last half-dozen roles, using his normal voice and pretty much his own way of speaking, the characters he's played have tended to have an unfortunate sameness of sound, even though they are all supposed to be very different. Just my opinion, of course.
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I agree with you. The last movie I 'heard' him in where his voice didn't grate, at least sometimes, was Happy Feet! And here, as you say, he inhabited the role of a conflicted penguin [!]and created a lovely voice for him. Strangely enough, the only times I've ever reacted to Elijah as "hot" as opposed to "great actor" or "cute guy" were times when I've seen either a picture or a clip with no dialogue., e.g., a behind the scenes shot of him not in costume. And it's always been those eyes - they just drill into you, like Nostradamus.
mechtild at 2008-01-08 20:15 (UTC) (Link)
*runs off to look up Nostradamus on Google images*

You mean this guy? His gaze *is* pretty piercing.

What about Rasputin? He was pretty famous for his mesmerizing eyes, too.

P.S. I thought EW did a *great* job acting and voicing "Mumbles". I was only sorry it was an animated feature, since it was also the best, most engaging performance I'd seen from him since LotR.

wakerobin at 2008-01-08 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
Jeez, I MEANT Rasputin! Of course Nosty had some serious eye action going to! I assume you've seen Chain of Fools? If not, run to get it - Elijah is fall down funny in this. Also, I recommend you rent a bunch of Chaplin films. I have a b&w picture of Chaplin as the Little Tramp on the inside of my medicine cabinet and the resemblance is staggering!!!! Lots of people don't know, because of the b&w films, that Chaplin had incredible blue eyes. Plus he was very slight, but wiry. If Robert Downey hadn't done the definitive Chaplin, how great would that part be for Lij???
mechtild at 2008-01-08 20:38 (UTC) (Link)
Jeez, I MEANT Rasputin!


As to his likeness to Charlie Chaplin, the thought occurred to me watching him in EII, toddling around in his constrictive little black suit and ultra-tidy hair. I can't say that EW's performance in "Chain of Fools" did much for me (nor did the film), but it was waaaaaaaaaay better than what he turned in playing the younger brother in the dreary, mediocre "Ash Wednesday". As for playing famous people, I thought back when I was zealously discussing EW's acting future on line, that he might be good playing a young Buster Keaton. But since then I've thought, "if they do a Buster Keaton film, it'll go to Johnny Depp, no contest". Johnny Depp can bring Keaton to mind just as easily (in terms of physical appearance), and he's become a much bigger actor, and a more respected one.

Thankfully, EW is still quite young--and has been hampered, perhaps, by looking so young, so that he may find the years will increase his possibilities rather than diminishing them. But he'll have to do some good work in the meantime, in films people actually see--especially people in the film industry.
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
Good point, about Depp as Buster Keaton. I too believe Elijah will find more opportunities as he gets more mature looking (but unfortunately, not any taller. Oh well). The mere mention of Ash Wednesday makes my skin crawl. We'll just have to look upon that...thing..as what it obviously was - an attempt by Elijah to get out of the funk he was in after LOTR, to get his toes back in the water, and a favor to his 'friend' Ed Burns. That was such a vanity piece - horribly miscasting Rosario as Sean's wife just because she was Ed's significant other at the time; doing a truly horrible job lighting any scene Elijah was in - god forbid we take our attention away from Mr. Mumbleface.
mechtild at 2008-01-08 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
They were all miscast, if the picture was to be built around its star (who was the only character that seemed well-cast and played--I wonder why?). EW was just not plausible as Ed Burns' brother, unless he'd been adopted.

And you're right, Rosario Dawson was a poor choice, but so was EW. His Sean Sullivan soooo didn't seem like anyone that could have lived in that neighbourhood from birth, even if he had "moved on" (I lived on the West Side for ten years back in the 70's and 80's), much less be related to Ed Burns' Francis. Wood and Dawson are both good actors, but without good writing and direction, plus being poorly cast, it was no surprise they didn't show well.

Edited at 2008-01-08 10:39 pm (UTC)
wakerobin at 2008-01-08 22:45 (UTC) (Link)
I'll never forgive Burns for giving Elijah what could have been an extremely touching and emotional scene in the van, meeting the baby boy he didn't know he had and then destroying it by lighting Elijah with a 20 watt light bulb. Aargh.. (and yet, Elijah gave it his all and almost saved it.)
mechtild at 2008-01-08 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
Although it's true I only watched it once a couple of years ago, I can't believe I forgot that scene. Must have been that dim lighting! :)
mechtild at 2007-10-20 12:47 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it? That, and the moment in which he falls in Gorgoroth when the Eye leers his way--a perfect modern dance fall--make me think he ought to be taking dance classes again. He [EW] has really got potential as a dancer!
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-10-20 09:20 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this wonderful set of screen-caps.

the river of its

to meet mine.

When I was small,
I always
that I should

I am small again.


Jan-u-wine’s poem is literally engulfing (no pun intended). Thank you Jan!

Small typo lass:
Book scene – sixth paragraph down.

Their last strength of mind and body was swiftly egging.

mechtild at 2007-10-20 12:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for commenting, Estë. She really *does* convey the sense of the inexorable advance of the the lava, conjuring up Frodo's earliest memories, just in the way she chooses her language and spacing.

I fixed the typo, Estë, thanks. But wasn't it is hilarious? Maybe that's where the Mpreg writers get their inspiration. ;)
(Anonymous) at 2007-10-20 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
But wasn't it is hilarious? Maybe that's where the Mpreg writers get their inspiration. ;)

It certainly was a hoot: but being a hobbit-lass I was thinking more on the lines of bread-and-butter soldiers** that get dipped into oozy yellow yolks. *grin*

When I still lived in England, an acquaintance of mine (that had had a falling-out with her other half) cut his sandwiches into soldiers to embarrass him in front of his work-mates *bigger grin*

** this is buttered bread (or toast) cut into thin strips for children to dip into their boiled eggs.


Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2007-10-20 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ooops! That was yours truly.

mechtild at 2007-10-20 23:45 (UTC) (Link)
I know all about eggy soldiers! I come from a family that dips (their buttered slithers of toast into the soft egg yolk), but maybe it's all due to my English mother.
julchen11 at 2008-01-08 14:30 (UTC) (Link)
Those screencaps are fantastic, mechtild! It's the details we can't see in the movies because all happens so quickly.
Frodo and Sam ... they remind me on ballet dancers, if you know what I mean ...

Jan's poem ... oh my ... another one that's sooo
poignant ...

"When I was small,
I always
that I should

I am small again.


and full of hope ...

"Within the haven
of this happy dreme,
I smile a last smile,
I summon a last
hopeful thought:

The Eagles.

They have come.

will take


Thank you, dear friends ...

mechtild at 2008-01-08 14:52 (UTC) (Link)
You are so welcome, Julchen!
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-08 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
thank you so much, Julchen!

the *toss*....and the *landing*.....
it *does* sort of look like a punk tour jete, lol!

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