Mechtild (mechtild) wrote,

‘I Can See the Shire’ in Widescreen, plus jan-u-wine’s “March 25”.


If you follow this project, you will know that I have already screencapped this scene, extensively, in fullscreen. But I so loved this poem, which I only just saw—Jan’s look at Frodo’s quiet euphoria after the destruction of the Ring—that I decided to re-do the scene using the widescreen edition.

Considering just the look of the caps, I still think the fullscreen version is best for appreciating the face of Frodo (links provided at bottom of post). But the widescreen version does show the characters to better advantage when they are both in the same frame.

This post (for the widescreen version) also has far fewer caps than I presented before. This is both a plus and minus. It’s good because it’s nice to be able to look at the whole scene in one post. Its minus is that it doesn’t show the emotional transitions in the scene in as much detail. The fullscreen caps, so numerous they were posted in five entries, show this much better.

As most of you would agree, this is one of the best scenes in the trilogy. I won’t talk about it further here, since I’ve already spoken to the scene in last year’s series, in short reflections and answering reader comments. This year, I just wanted to be able to savour jan-u-wine’s poem, March 25, and to scroll through the whole scene, complete with coverage for Sam, in one viewing.


Film scene:

Frodo: I can see the Shire: the Brandywine River, Bag End, Gandalf’s fireworks, the lights, the Party tree….

Sam: Rosie Cotton, dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I was to marry someone, it would have been her. It would have been her.

Frodo: I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here, at the end of all thing.



Book scene,~* from Mount Doom:

Then Gandalf, leaving all such matters of battle and command to Aragorn and the other lords, stood upon the hill-top and called; and down to him came the great eagle, Gwaihir the Windlord, and stood before him.

‘Twice you have borne me, Gwaihir my friend,’ said Gandalf. ‘Thrice shall pay for all, if you are willing. You will not find me a burden much greater than when you bore me from Zirak-zigil, where my old life burned away.’

‘I would bear you, ‘answered Gwaihir, ‘whither you will, even were you made of stone.’

‘Then come, and let your brother go with us, and some other of your folk who is most swift! For we have need of speed greater than any wind, outmatching the wings of the Nazgûl.’

‘The North Wind blows, but we shall outfly it,’ said Gwaihir. And he lifted up Gandalf and sped away south, and with him went Landroval, and Meneldor young and swift. And they passed over Udûn and Gorgoroth and saw all the land in ruin and tumult beneath them, and before them Mount Doom blazing, pouring out all its fire.

[Intervening passage in which Sam coaxes Frodo away from Mt. Doom and onto the little island of ash.]

And so it was that Gwaihir saw them with his keen far-seeing eyes, as down the wild wind he came, and daring the great peril of the skies he circled in the air: two small dark figures, forlorn, hand in hand upon a little hill, while the world shook under them, and gasped, and rivers of fire drew near. And even as he espied them and came swooping down, he saw them fall, worn out, or choked with fumes and heat, or stricken down by despair at last, hiding their eyes from death.

Side by side they lay; and down swept Gwaihir, and down came Landroval and Meneldor the swift; and in a dream, not knowing what fate had befallen them, the wanderers were lifted up and borne far away out of the darkness and the fire.


March 25

~ by jan-u-wine

a great
without guidance:

Frodo Baggins, Ringbearer*

No more.

The heel of the mountain
cradles me:


My world.

It will never
be the same.

I rest upon
this stone-tossed
as if it
were a bed of Light.

I understand
what it is
to smile again,
to breathe.

Even fire-consumed air
seems fresh,

sharply smooth
with Spring.

In my mind,
I lie,


within the
sweet green
hills of Home.

Soft light


through budding


wild sweet
of children,

hidden in fields

and rich
with life


through me like drowsy

upon a warm-flagged floor.

Beyond the hard,
of snow-drowned

beyond the sleeping
treasure of Mirrormere,

beyond Lorien's long

and the amber-hued


of the Last Homely House,
the depthless
grey eye
of the Sea
beckons me.


the great
of the world

with song.

A new Song,

by sorrow,
by sadness,

by bittersweet,
redemptive loss.

washes through me,
harsh and beautiful,
all at once.

The world
comes back

in a rush of sound
and sight.

Your hand
presses mine.

Lines of care


the corners of your eyes.

Your voice,

desperately beautiful,

like the first voice
I ever heard,
welcomes me........


are you saying?


The woods,
the fields,
the little rivers.....


The Hill,
the bright green
of the door,

the garden
heavy with summer,

the kind eyes
of familiar stars,

the cool comforting dust of the road.


How soon
do you
we can start,


he may
like a glass
with clear light
for eyes
to see that can:

Frodo Baggins, gentle-hobbit of the Shire*

* J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Widescreen vs. Fullscreen:

To remind readers of the difference between fullscreen and widescreen editions, below are caps of the same frame made from the different versions. If you haven't seen the fullscreen set, and are a fan of this scene, I'm providing links the series below.



Technical notes:

I have, as usual, trimmed a bit off the sides of the widescreen version, making the caps an even 800 pixels wide.

Also, the widescreen screencaps look redder because they are redder. I actually altered the colour for the fullscreen series, something I almost never do. I thought taking out the red wash made it easier to see the details of Frodo's face.

Fullcreen series for this scene, from March 2006:

~ The End of All Things Pt. I: "It's Done..."

~ The End of All Things Pt. II: "I can see the Shire..."

~ The End of All Things Pt. III: "Rosie Cotton, dancing..."

~ The End of All Things Pt. IV: "If ever I was to marry someone..."

~ The End of All Things Pt. V: "I'm glad to be with you..."

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

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