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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Departure from Lórien, Pt. 1: Galadriel’s Gift.

Posted on 2008.03.22 at 08:09
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I made these screencaps last week because I was looking for images to illustrate the mood of a poem of jan-u-wine’s, which she is graciously allowing me to post next week on March 25, in commemoration of the fall of Barad-dûr and the Dark Lord.

Jan’s poem is set long after the War of the Ring, in Tol Eressëa, so there are no film scenes that correspond to it literally. Still, I thought, I ought to be able to find a scene in which Frodo displays a similar mood, some scene I haven’t yet capped.

The caps I made of Frodo on the Anduin (see below), from the departure from Lórien to the arrival at Parth Galen, weren’t quite good enough of a match for the poem, but they still turned out as very nice caps. I will present them in two parts; even pared down, there are quite a few.

The first set of caps show Frodo just after the Fellowship has got into the boats and begun their journey down the river. Frodo is shown remembering the gift-giving, when Galadriel gave him the crystal phial containing the light of Eärendil, along with her blessing.

I love the way the giving of the phial was filmed: the camera focussing on their hands as they make the exchange, Frodo’s reaction shots, and Galadriel’s beautiful kiss of benediction. It beautifully conveys Tolkien's magic. I love Frodo's evocative face, back in the boat. His expressions are subtle, yet his mix of emotions comes through. I love the divine score (especially in the EE version), and the exquisite lighting.


Screenplay for the scene in the theatrical version:

After a cut to Saruman instructing Lurtz in Isengard, the scene opens in pre-dawn Lórien. A pensive Frodo sits in an Elven boat, and the group pulls away from the banks. In a flash back, Frodo remembers Galadriel.

Galadriel: Farewell, Frodo Baggins. I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star.

In a close-up of their hands, she gives Frodo the Phial.

Galadriel: Namárië.

Stooping, she kisses the top of Frodo’s head. The scene shifts back to Frodo in the boat, holding the Phial and gazing at it. In another flashback he sees Galadriel, standing on the shore, her hand raised in a gesture of benediction and farewell.

Galadriel: May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.

The scene returns to Frodo, his face thoughtful.


The screencaps for this set (and the following two sets) have been made from the theatrical version because I wanted to use the fullscreen format. Since I made the caps to go with the poem, my primary goal was to show Frodo, not his setting. The fullscreen format, which is larger from top to bottom, even if it cuts off the sides, is best for that.

Also, I want to note that Blossom has made gorgeous, big screencaps from the widescreen version of the Anduin scenes, which can be seen at her lovely Frodo-devoted website, In Dreams. Go to "Slideshows", "The Argonath", then, "click here for more screencaps".


Related entry:

~ Departure from Lórien Pt. 2: Down the Anduin.

Tables of Links:

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

~ Main table for all screencap entries

~ Mechtild


Millilicious is Delicious
millilicious at 2008-03-22 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
Ahh~ These screens are so lovely to look at~ I just love them~! :'D Yes, that scene was very touching~ I just love how PJ portrayed Galadriel~ She's just as I imagined her to be in the book~ Well, except for the creepy dark queen part~ But, that's fine~
Yah, the whole kiss part was just so lovely and touching~ Ahh~ It just shows the power that's held between the exchanging of the phial~ <3
mechtild at 2008-03-22 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
I just love how PJ portrayed Galadriel~ She's just as I imagined her to be in the book~ Well, except for the creepy dark queen part

I agree with both parts of what you said, Bhoay. :)
shirebound at 2008-03-22 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
Those pics are heartbreakingly beautiful.
mechtild at 2008-03-22 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they lovely? *sigh*
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mechtild at 2008-03-22 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they *do* both have a "radiance". It's so perfect for these scenes. :)
verangel at 2008-03-22 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh! I hit a wrong button and lost what I wrote. This moment is one of THE most beautiful of Frodo on screen. It is the moment of reflection. Elijah's range of expressions shows Frodo internal struggle with his own innocence and his great sense of loss and loneliness. His fear and resignation of what is to come and what he must do. His skin, his eyes, the glint of sun on his hair and water, the shadows around. The moment he is looking up into Galadrial's face is stunning and her gentleness and beauty aweinspiring. The phial an incredible gift (I bought the New Line one. Doesn't look like that but its so nice to have as its one of my favorite memories in the movie). The giver bestowing a blessed kiss of protection on a troubled innocent soul taking so much on for all middle earth.
It is a special moment of extreme beauty and shows a strong moment of reflecting Tolkien's religious faith into the film.
Our poor beautiful Frodo. You just wanted to hold him and comfort. Take the loss of Gandalf away and the fears robbing his innocence from him.
hugs you much! xoxoxo v
mechtild at 2008-03-22 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad these caps touched a strong chord in you, Verangel. They do in me, too. They really are beautifully conceived, shot, lit, scored and acted.
(Anonymous) at 2008-03-22 21:41 (UTC) (Link)
I love what Verangel said about Frodo's mood of reflection here ~ his sense of loss and lonliness following Gandalf's Fall and his recent encounter with Galadriel. But he is also thinking about what lies ahead, the terrible task that has fallen to him, and the knowledge that he must soon leave his friends and go on alone. Elijah conveys Frodo's diverse emotions so beautifully.

I have to say it's difficult to take your eyes off Frodo in these truly gorgeous screencaps, but spare a thought for poor Sam in the background ~ he really doesn't like being in that boat, does he?

Thanks so much for these terrific screencaps, Mechtild.

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2008-03-22 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
I have to say it's difficult to take your eyes off Frodo in these truly gorgeous screencaps, but spare a thought for poor Sam in the background ~ he really doesn't like being in that boat, does he?

Sam's in the boat? *g* Just teasing. Actually, I really like the facial expressions of Sam in the boat in the EE scene, when he is shown remembering receiving his gift (and being so bold as to ask if he might have a dagger instead -- no, film Sam isn't book Sam, lol).

These river scenes for all the characters were so good, especially in the EE. I adore the extended Gimli and Legolas material as they remember the gift-giving scene, and Pippin's face as he remembers receiving the Elven dagger, the scene in which Celeborn warns Aragorn (Celeborn's only good scene, and it was cut!),and the GORGEOUS scene between Aragorn and Galadriel when she tries to encourage him. I get all weepy thinking of it. The way the two play the scene is so heart-felt and deep, yet so restrained and dignified. *sighs for restraint and dignity in Tolkien*

Edited at 2008-03-22 11:06 pm (UTC)
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2008-03-23 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mechling!

I believe that this is the first time I have seen this particular scene capped.

It is touching and absolutely gorgeous.

mechtild at 2008-03-23 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
You haven't seen this capped before? Wonderful! I often think I am being redundant, capping scenes that have been done many times over. Thanks for commenting, Estë. *smooch*
aliensouldream at 2008-03-27 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing to see how important color grading was to the mood of these scenes. Emerging from Lorien, the intense blue cast conveys such a melancholy mood as well as the chill of early dawn. It heightens the contrast when the boats sail out from the protection of the Elvish twilight into the harsher sunlight of the wider world. The soft aura of light around Galadriel makes her seem lit from within.

Thank you Mechtild! What a treasury you are compiling here.
mechtild at 2008-03-27 23:10 (UTC) (Link)
That's a great note on the change of lighting and colour. It signifies changes in time of day, of course, but, as you point out, much more.
frodosweetstuff at 2008-04-05 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
*happy sigh* I want to write long essays about Frodo after having seen these screencaps!! :) Thank you!
mechtild at 2008-04-05 13:46 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you have so little personal time, Frodosweetstuff. I'm sure you have interesting things to say. :(
frodosweetstuff at 2008-04-06 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
Oh no. Not even with all the time in the world would I be able to say anything sensible about Frodo... But luckily there are people on my flist who do! *eyes you* One day I'll get to read all your essays. :)
mechtild at 2008-04-06 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
Not even with all the time in the world would I be able to say anything sensible about Frodo...

Because the intensity of your feelings makes your mind a haze, makes you tongue-tied, or both? :)
frodosweetstuff at 2008-04-07 13:08 (UTC) (Link)
Definitely the first! :)
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