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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 116th Birthday to Tolkien: photos, letter #328, and a reflection.

Posted on 2008.01.03 at 15:15

Comments:


(Anonymous) at 2008-01-05 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
What a super birthday tribute to the Professor, Mechtild.

I like how J. R. R. replies to his readers at length and in such depth ~ never a cursory 'thank-you' note. For me, 'Letters' makes compelling reading, as Tolkien often reveals more about his characters than we glean from within the pages of LOTR itself. Of course I cannot agree with his declaration that he found Sam more 'interesting' than Frodo, but I think it's delightful how he describes Faramir's unexpected appearance in the woods of Ithilien.

I don't read much fan-fic, but personally I do prefer those stories that adhere more-or-less to canon, in which Frodo 'feels' like the Frodo I know and love. Peter Jackson certainly took a few liberties with Tolkien's work; film-Frodo was hardly book-Frodo was he? But as others here have pointed out, LOTR is out in the world and therefore open to interpretation by fan-fic writers and film-makers alike. And well, film-Frodo is so beautiful it's impossible not to love him too.

Thanks so much for this, and Happy New Year.

~ Blossom.

By the way, Mechtild, I would love to put links to your Frodo Screencap Series from my own little Frodo web-site ~ would that be OK with you?



Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-06 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
film-Frodo was hardly book-Frodo was he? But as others here have pointed out, LOTR is out in the world and therefore open to interpretation by fan-fic writers and film-makers alike. And well, film-Frodo is so beautiful it's impossible not to love him too.

This is very true. He's not book Frodo to me, either, but he's an interpretation of the character with a great deal of beauty, and I don't mean just to look at. In a way, the film version is as much a fanfic as the ones that appear in fan archives. Every adaptation is going to end up being an interpretation. But I agree with you above, about preferring fanfic that is closer rather than further away from the original text. There are some exceptions, and I can like them thinking of them as conjectures, or imaginative extensions of "what if...?" I only am aggravated if the author insists their story is the "real" story, if only Tolkien had realised it was there to lift it out--or felt liberated enough to *let* it out.

I would be honoured to have the screencap posts linked from your web-site.

I don't know if you are familiar with my "tables of links" (on the side bar), but here's the main page. From it you can open sub-pages of links, which include the screencap entries, divided up by the three films, plus one for behind-the-scenes and miscellaneous LotR-related Frodo shots. You could link this main page, or the separate pages if you think your readers would find that easier.

Main page of links: http://mechtild.livejournal.com/22759.html

Thanks so much for commenting, Blossom!

~ Mechtild

P.S. Happy New Year to you, too!!!! *party horn noises*



Edited at 2008-01-06 12:21 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-06 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mechtild.

I have added links to the individual film sections of your screencap presentations. I don't know that you will receive more than a few extra visitors ~ my web site is just a small place dedicated to Frodo, and I'm only just about to make it 'public' ~ if I can fathom out how to do that!

Thanks again,
~ Blossom
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-07 00:28 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome! I don't have a website and don't yet know the ins and outs of how one does things on one, but good luck!

What's you website?
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-08 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mechtild.

I think (hope) I have now made it public using my domain settings.

I'm sure it would be near-impossible for anyone to stumble upon it accidently, as when I did an internet search for 'Frodo Baggins,'there were 685,000 results generated! Somehow I think my site will appear well down that list!

Here's the link:

http://www.indreams.org.uk

It's nothing like as inspiring as your LJ screencap entries, I'm afraid, but there are some music videos, slideshows etc.

~ Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-08 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom, I just spent the last two hours going through your website. I didn't linger as long as I would have liked, but I looked at the gallery of images, the wallpapers, the slide shows, screencaps, film reviews and music videos. This is a SUPER site! I would like to link it myself. In fact, I'd like to do a post on it, at least one. It should be seen by everyone who loves Frodo and LotR. I don't know when I'd get to it, but what do you think? I'd consult with you, of course. It's not like I have a huge f-list and I don't have a hit counter telling me how many people look at this journal, but even if a handfull of new people got to see your site, it would be worth it. You're right that with 685,000 "Frodo Baggins" keyword responses out there, your beautiful work might get lost.

I remember back when you linked the superb "Dante's Prayer" at K-D in the Harem. I think you put it on Yousendit or some other hosting site that only lasts a week, so when I was telling someone about it in my LJ, I had no way to link it for them. I think I asked you at the time why you didn't make a website so people could see it and other things you'd made. And you did! Maybe you were already working on it then, I can't remember.

Did you teach yourself to make the website yourself, or did someone make it for you? It really makes me hanker for one of my own, so that I can absolutely control the way it looks to viewers, no matter where they're viewing from. I was shocked to find that my own LJ, when viewed from a computer not of a paid LJ-user, loses half of its formatting, including the type-faces I choose so specifically. I hate that! Then I'm always worried that livejournal will fold someday, and all of my work will disappear.



Edited at 2008-01-08 07:59 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-09 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Mechtild,

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my Frodo website. (Praise from the praiseworthy!) I can't tell you how thrilled I am to know that you liked it and would like to make an LJ post about it! It really is very kind of you to offer to do that, and yes, it would be lovely ~ as long as it's not too much trouble for you. I think you have my e-mail address if you would like to contact me about it ~ whenever you're ready.

I made the site myself. It's a freebie that is available from my Internet Service Provider, BT Yahoo! ~ so I thought I may as well take advantage of it. It's only basic website-hosting, and there's limited space allocated in the file manager, but I find that by hosting the videos, pictures etc. elsewhere, it works fine for my needs. I don't know if Geocities website-hosting is available for anyone who doesn't use BT Yahoo! but it might be worth looking into it.

http://geocities.yahoo.com/ps/learn2/HowItWorks4_Free.html

Another possibility, also free, with unlimited disk space:

http://www.freespaces.com/

I'm sure there are many more available. A Mechtild website would be fantastic! It's a shame that your LJ formatting goes hay-wire for some viewers ~ it looks just fine to me, and I'm not an LJ user. Of course I don't know what my website looks like to you! I try to keep everything central on the page, hoping that it will stay that way when viewed on larger monitors. My laptop screen is small and square, but the website looks fine on my hubby's larger, wide-screen monitor. I did read a while ago that if you use a type-face that is not a default font ~ such as one of the LOTR fonts that one might download and install as an extra ~ viewers of your website would not see that font unless they also had it installed on their computer. Instead they would see a 'default' font that was closest in style ~ or something like that.

From what I know, most hosting-sites give you the option to create your web pages using their 'easy' tools, or you can write the pages from scratch using html in your file manager, which is what I do. I'm no expert in html, and mostly muddle my way through I'm afraid, but if you decide to take the plunge and need any help at all, don't hesitate to ask. If I am clueless (as I often am), I have some links I could give you for html tips.

Thanks again, Mechtild, for your encouraging words.
~ Blossom.




Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-09 05:39 (UTC) (Link)
Your site, "In Dreams":
Really, Blossom, it's excellent. It's cozy and simple, but the experience is like browsing a beautiful illuminated manuscript. I like the way the image transitions happen, which "feel" like slowly turning the pages of a book. The action and pace of it encourage a mood of letting things take the time needed to really linger and look and hear and feel the beauty of what's on each page. (I seem to be on a roll....maybe I can work from this for my post?) Everything in your pages is quality stuff, too; there's no clutter, and no junk.

When I get near the time to work on it, I'd like you to write something I can use for it, a little introductory blurb about yourself. It can just be the information, if you'd rather, and I can write it up. But I like to say a little something about artists when I want to tell people about their work. I really don't know much about you. You write thoughtful, gracious comments in this journal, from the perspective of someone who knows and loves both book and films. Before this LJ, I'd "met" you at K-D, on the Faculty thread, where you treated us all to your animated gifs when people had birthdays. You didn't post much otherwise, or not by the time I had started posting there, but I always enjoyed what you wrote. Other than that, I know you live in England.

Making websites:
Yes, we have Geocites in the U.S. But I don't know if it's a different company over there. Thanks so much for the links. If I ever try to make a website, I would LOVE to be able to ask you questions. That is a lovely offer! By the way, is your email address still at btopenworld.com? That's what I've got on file for you.

The look of your site:
What I see is a very simple, pleasing background of a warm brown. Yes, the image and text area is in the center. The type fonts are elegant but easy to read, including the one for the song lyrics in the boxes. The quality of the images and audio looks/sounds very good.

Edited at 2008-01-09 05:48 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-11 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, you are so very kind with your comments. I can hardly believe you are talking about my webiste at all ~ you make it sound much better than it really is, I am sure. It seems that you 'see' the website as I intended it to be viewed, so thank you for letting me know how it looks to a visitor.

I did want it to be appealing to the eye ~ originally I had used a plain black background with lighter text, but then realized that the present design works much better. It's
more subtle, and as you say, easy to read. You mention how it is like turning the pages of a book. I do believe you can achieve that actual effect on a website, but as yet that is beyond my limited abilities. The gradual transition between my pages is easy enough to format with html.

Of course I would be happy to write a blurb for your introduction. There's very little to tell really, but I'll do my best.

My e-mail address is still the same one at btopenworld.com.

I'll look forward to hearing from you, and many thanks again for your interest.

~ Blossom
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-12 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Blossom, for confirming the email, and I'm happy the comments spoke to what you had conceived for your presentation. I don't know when I'll actually do this; there's a lot requiring my attention in Real Life right now, but I *definitely* want to.
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-13 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
'I don't know when I'll actually do this; there's a lot requiring my attention in Real Life right now, but I *definitely* want to.'


No promblem, Mechtild. Next week; next month; next year; whenever. I've no doubt I'll still be there, adding bits and pieces. The fact that you would like to link to 'indreams' is very flattering. Thanks again.

~ Blossom.
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