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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 1 ~ Anniversary of March 25th, featuring Jan-u-wine's "They All Imagine".

Posted on 2008.03.25 at 07:56


mechtild at 2008-03-25 19:18 (UTC) (Link)
From writing these posts, I think I love the Rivendell scenes so much because they take the place of Lorien for me in the films. I deeply love the book's Lorien chapters; they are among my favourites in the entire story. If I had only film Lorien to go on, there would have been a big hole in my LotR film-viewing experience., since film Lorien so little resembles the Lorien of the book (more in terms of 'feel' than in terms of physical structures). But film Rivendell made up for what got taken away from Lorien, in my opinion. They just took all that "Lorien-ness" and moved it west of the Misty Mountains! So while I can see the point of the arguers you mentioned, that the design for Rivendell in the films does not match what one pictures reading about Rivendell in the book, the Rivendell section takes into itself the grace and loveliness, the melding of art and the natural world that bespeaks book Lorien.

As for the Rivendell Elves (I speak primarily of the Elf "extras"), they will never match what I picture reading The Lord of the Rings, even less The Silmarillion. I find them not necessarily effeminate-looking, but haughty-looking--and vain, as if they spent all their time standing in front of mirrors admiring their hair, straightening their robes and checking for dirt. ;)
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