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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


aliensouldream at 2008-03-27 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's true that Film-Rivendell is depicted as the cradle of peace and art and hope. Film-Lorien, being nearer Sauron's power, was an ambivalent place.

I always pause before coming in here, the way you would before entering an art gallery. I know that I will be invited not just to see something, but to feel something, and I have to prepare myself. It is fascinating to me that moments I think I have experienced richly still have so many undiscovered layers which you are kind enough to uncover so gently through the careful juxtaposition of screencaps and words. Watching these moments in still images is like seeing slowed down footage of a hummingbird's wings, allowing you to see the true grace and beauty.

Jan's beautiful poem left me with somewhat of an ache, at first, as it seemed to imply that Tol Eressea is not the haven of total peace and healing I had imagined, and that dark memories and unsatisfied desires still haunted Frodo even here. On a second reading, I felt that the terrible almost-memory seemed to throb and then recede, like the sound of the waves, and that the Elven-song and natural beauty enfolded him once again. It leaves me feeling that peace would not be possible without utter forgetfulness, but that rememberance is part of identity. Even vanquished evil leaves a trace and Frodo's decision to remain alive, though exiled, is part of his courage to endure the taint of evil and keep it far from those he loves, even in his own person.

Thank you both, as ever, for a beautiful and thoughtful experience.
mechtild at 2008-03-27 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
Watching these moments in still images is like seeing slowed down footage of a hummingbird's wings, allowing you to see the true grace and beauty.

What a poetic way to talk about experiencing the story through the medium of screencaps. I love the way it slows it down, too. Really, what a thoughtful post, Alien Soul Dream. Thank you for taking the time to write it. You have a mind not only attuned to this character and his story, but to the nuances of it, turning its facets over and thinking about them.

Personally, I don't think he'd ever forget what happened, what was done to him through carrying the Ring, but I believe eventually he would get over the desire, and than, at last, let go of the unreasoning sense of failure, and move on. He has not got that far in Jan's poem, no, but I believe he would get to that place one day, certainly before he laid down his life in Arda at last.

Edited at 2008-03-27 10:52 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-04-01 06:09 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Aliensouldream: It makes me very happy that not only did you enjoy the poem, but that it led to such thoughts. In writing, part of my hope is to provoke thought, not only in myself, but in other people. These are questions that we all have, questions that pertain to our human journey, the same one we share with Frodo. Like him, we must find where our peace dwells.

May our personal answers shine like that *fairer than most* hobbit.

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