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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

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

Posted on 2007.10.20 at 01:28
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I hadn't planned to cap this segment, but, looking at the larger sequence this week, I thought, why not? The moment when Frodo looks around and first realises what has been set in motion by the destruction of the Ring is a wonderful one.

Alas, there is no poem [yet] for this post, but there are great book excerpts. Directly below are two passages in which Tolkien describes the destruction of the world Sauron has made. They give a vivid sense of what Frodo is seeing in these caps.

Actually, I think Peter Jackson's portrayal of the fall of Sauron, with the Nazgûl hurtling across the foreground like “flaming bolts”, rocks bursting asunder and mountains and towers sliding into the abyss, lava surging and rolling and spewing up like plumes of incandescent sea spray, translates the written text into sight and sound in a way that is unforgettable. It is thrilling, sublime, and beautiful.


~ Book scene from Mount Doom:

There was a roar and a great confusion of noise. Fires leaped up and licked the roof. The throbbing grew to a great tumult, and the Mountain shook. Sam ran to Frodo and picked him up and carried him out to the door. And there upon the dark threshold of the Sammath Naur, high above the plains of Mordor, such wonder and terror came on him that he stood still forgetting all else, and gazed as one turned to stone.

A brief vision he had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed. Towers fell and mountains slid; walls crumbled and melted, crashing down; vast spires of smoke and spouting steams went billowing up, up, until they toppled like an overwhelming wave, and its wild crest curled and came foaming down upon the land. And then at last over the miles between there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled. Fire belched from its riven summit. The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning. Down like lashing whips fell a torrent of black rain. And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgûl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out .

~ Book scene from The Field of Cormallen:

And even as [Aragorn] spoke the earth rocked beneath their feet. Then rising swiftly up, far above the Towers of the Black Gate, high above the mountains, a vast soaring darkness sprang into the sky, flickering with fire. The earth groaned and quaked. The Towers of the Teeth swayed, tottered, and fell down; the mighty rampart crumbled; the Black Gate was hurled in ruin; and from far away, now dim, now growing, now mounting to the clouds, there came a drumming rumble, a roar, a long echoing roll of ruinous noise.

‘The realm of Sauron is ended!’ said Gandalf. ‘The Ring-bearer has fulfilled his Quest.’ And as the Captains gazed south to the Land of Mordor, it seemed to them that, black against the pall of cloud, there rose a huge shape of shadow, impenetrable, lighting-crowned, filling all the sky. Enormous it reared above the world, and stretched out towards them a vast threatening hand, terrible but impotent: for even as it leaned over them, a great wind took it, and it was all blown away, and passed; and then a hush fell.

The Captains bowed their heads; and when they looked up again, behold! their enemies were flying and the power of Mordor was scattering like dust in the wind. (…)


Frodo: It’s gone!

Frodo: It’s done.

Sam: Yes, Mr. Frodo. It’s over now.

The ground shakes and Sam and Frodo clamber higher up the rock.


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


bunniewabbit at 2007-10-20 07:18 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. The range of emotions crossing his face is astonishing. In motion, it really goes by too quickly to register all of it.
mechtild at 2007-10-20 12:59 (UTC) (Link)
Watch it again, Bunnie. I could have posted three times the number of caps and still wouldn't have covered the range of expression in his face for just these few seconds. It's a real T.G. Shaw treasure trove. :)
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mechtild at 2007-10-20 13:00 (UTC) (Link)
It's a great little moment, Mews, you and Bunnie are right. To think I wasn't going to cap it! *raps knuckles*
notabluemaia at 2007-10-20 14:12 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, Mechtild. Thank you - these are a treasure, every one. I truly cannot think of another actor who can show his thoughts so very clearly - Elijah's face is as expressive as words, only more so. (perhaps Streep?) Beautiful, heartbreaking. Beloved Frodo, and his Sam. Just wow.
mechtild at 2007-10-20 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Nota! Your words are inspiring. He really is excellent in this moment, with so many and various feelings moving across his face.
verangel at 2007-10-20 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
oh this face, wiser than its years, so far removed from this innocent hobbit in the beginning. A survivor, but not, evil is gone, destroyed.
That face shows so much, he takes my breath away. So much torment, now suddenly silenced. The blood around his neck is the only sign of what the ring did to him mentally as well as physically.

The next part will kill me. it will be a long one from me.

xoxoxoxoxo hugs v
mechtild at 2007-10-20 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for commenting, Verangel, with feeling. He really does smite the heart in this scene.
primula_baggins at 2007-10-20 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
Sam: Yes, Mr. Frodo. It’s over now.

I'm sure when Sam said that, he thought it was over for them as well as for the Ring.

Fantastic caps! I'm glad you did them.

The realist in me occasionally does a "reality check" when watching a movie. During this scene I think to myself, "as if they could survive the heat and the fumes from the eruption, not to mention the explosion of the volcano". Then the pretender in me takes over and convinces myself that somehow, it was possible. : )
mechtild at 2007-10-20 23:41 (UTC) (Link)
They really showed what actors they are in this whole sequence. So much shot against blue screen, yet so authentically played! I am sure that it helped that the crew on set, purportedly, was transfixed by their acting in these scenes.

That level of concentration and seriousness on set had to help a great deal. But the crew was probably that engrossed and serious because the performances called for that response. It must have been in mutually stirring experience.

True, they should have been cooked, just as Gollum should have died instantly when he hit the lava. But they made it all seem very convincing, lifting the story to the level of myth and epic, yet making it seem realer than real.
mechtild at 2007-10-20 23:43 (UTC) (Link)
[Oops; sorry to post an answer twice; the first time I clicked "submit" it said Sorry; Error; so I scraped what I'd said back together and posted again--and wound up with two responses. Grrr.]
magpie_2 at 2007-10-21 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
oh thank you! this is one of my favorite moments and its so wonderful to see it captured like this

no matter how frustrated I might be at small parts I think the film got wrong, all that washes away when scenes like this come along. I cry every time I'm so happy :) and the eagles!!!
mechtild at 2007-10-21 21:25 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad this is a scene you like. And you are so right, Cat, the great stuff in the film always overwhelms the questionable moments, because it is *so* great.
julchen11 at 2008-01-13 00:58 (UTC) (Link)
The range emotions he shows are stunning. I watched especially this scene in slow motion I don’t know how many times … he’s incredible…
His face shows so much… it seems we can feel everything, too. He simply takes my breath away …
Pain and peace … Fear and relief … Both actors are simply brilliant here
Thank you, honey, for this fantastic caps …
mechtild at 2008-01-13 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
His face *is* incredible in this sequence, I agree.
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