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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Replacement Frodo arrives, and cat news.

Posted on 2008.07.15 at 12:08
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I just thought I’d share my pleasure in finally getting my replacement Frodo Baggins from Sideshow. I had sent my first one back because it had a scraped-up belt for Sting, and, more importantly, there was a small white spot on his right nostril that clearly looked like the flaw it was.

The one that just arrived also has a flaw, coincidentally also on a nostril, but on the other one. It’s not missing paint this time but a small narrow ridge in the surface of the plastic. Because it looks more like a scar than a blemish, and because it's barely noticeable, I’ve decided I can live with it.

Here are our two heroes on their display shelf, looking very noble and brave. I imagine them advancing against Shelob. No, I don't know why Sam would be carrying a packet of lembas. I just like it too much not to include it in the display. Perhaps he has it at the ready in case they need an extra last-minute boost of will power. I didn’t put their Elven cloaks on them because I liked their Shire cloaks better:

Here’s a closer shot, with slightly different lighting:

More Sam and Frodo pics:

Before I left for our Fourth of July family reunion jan-u-wine sent me a link to a delightful feature hosted at Sideshow, a story in pictures illustrated using the Sam and Frodo figures (Legolas and Boromir have supporting roles). The figures are posed in natural settings, as if they’re on an adventure, and dialogue is given in captions. It’s well worth browsing and a great way to look at the figures and their accessories from every angle.

Sideshow’s blurb says that the story’s creator is Hylton Mayne, a writer and illustrator specializing in sci-fi fantasy. The link is directly below, if you are interested.

"Hylton Mayne Presents Frodo and Sam" ~ HERE


Cat news:

Raoul ~ Dec. 19, 1991 - June 19, 2008

For my friends who are cat lovers and wanted an update, we took Raoul to the vet’s to be put down on June 19. What a great cat he was. He was typically the favourite of everyone who met him, because he was so amiable. He had a good life and a long life, but we miss him. The other cats have missed Raoul too. For many days after he died they walked around the house, meowing as if they were looking for him. His absence has changed the dynamic between them in terms of their behaviour towards each other, too. Angelo and Pixie don’t sleep together the way they used to. I think Raoul, big and placid and tolerant, was a buffer between them, literally and figuratively. They tend now to lie near each other, but not right next to each other.

Health-wise, Angelo is completely back to normal, but Pixie, who rallied in July, felt low yesterday and today seems definitely ill. Hopefully, this is just a passing illness and not the beginning of the end for her. She was sick in May and June and got over it. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I am not hopeful. Cancer in all our cats has tended to take them very quickly once it starts really affecting them. Our daughter will be so sad not to see Pixie again. We have been hoping our "little girl" would hang in there until our daughter's return in September.

Well, I need to get some work done. So, greetings to you all, and I hope eventually to at least browse some of the entries I've missed in the past weeks.

Raoul at 9 months, September 1992:

Raoul at exactly 16 ½ years, June 19, 2008, the day he died:

~ Mechtild


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mithluin at 2008-07-15 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I'm sorry you've lost your cat. It sounds like he had a good, long life, but that is always difficult.

Your Frodo and Sam look great!
mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mithluin. Yes, Raoul lived more years than most pets we've owned, and they were very good years. He enjoyed us, and we *definitely* enjoyed him! And when he got sick with cancer he declined quickly. He wasn't sick with chronic illnesses for months or years, as is the case with some cats (and people).

And thanks for commenting on Frodo and Sam. In that pose--in that scene--they look as brave as their book counterparts!
maeglian at 2008-07-15 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild, I'm so sorry about poor Raoul. But the last picture of him I think proves that you did the right thing, the best thing for him. And he had a long and good and happy life. And what an absolute stunner cat he was in his younger days - those blue eyes, so mesmerizing!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed with you that your Pixie may rally yet. Cats and their nine lives... sometimes they really do seem to have even more than that.

(((Hugs and best wishes)))

mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he did have a good life. We were so lucky to share it with him. And, yes, it was the right thing. He had spent the previous month in decline, not in pain or miserable, but weaker and weaker. But the day before June 19, he threw up his breakfast, tiny as it was, which really wore him out (his cancer seemed to have spread to his lungs by then). Then during the day he just seemed less content and more uncomfortable. On June 19 he slept on the chair and on his little bed as usual, but fitfully, not really falling asleep. Our other two cats that died of cancer were like that, too. Not really complaining, but obviously having discomfort or they would have fallen asleep easily, weak as they were. Then, trying to move his bowels, the effort made him wretch violently, twice. He looked so stressed and exhausted after two bouts of that, I called up, and my favourite vet said we could come that evening after her last appointment, but she'd be away the next few days. That decided me. I wanted it to be her. She was the vet who euthanized Raoul's brother Arvo, who died of cancer seven years ago. She was an angel, so able and caring. All our cats have been soothed and calmed by her soft voice and gentle manner. I was conflicted, of course, but when it was actually happening, my husband and I stroking Raoul and talking to him softly as he slipped into death, he looked so relieved to go, we immediately felt we'd done the right thing. It was as good a death as we could give him. A good death for a great cat.
maewyn_2 at 2008-07-15 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
Your picture tells me Raoul was tired and struggling, and it was time to go.

Your beautiful boy had a wonderful life with a loving family.

Big, big hugs to you and your family.
mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:50 (UTC) (Link)
I just wrote a full reply to Maeglian, Maewyn, about taking Raoul to the vets and making the decision. I didn't want to rush it, but I didn't want to wait until he was in acute distress. It was the day before we brought him in that he began to look as though he was ready to go. He'd been very tired before, but content to sit in the sun or in his bed with the others. He lost his contented look the day before, never really relaxing. He was never a complainer, so I figured this meant that he no longer could get comfortable or relax. I hated to think of him getting like that.
telstar_gold at 2008-07-15 23:27 (UTC) (Link)
Your Frodo and Sam look splendid! And thanks for that link to the picture story, I enjoyed it immensely!
mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't that a great little photo story? Until I looked through it, I hadn't realised how posable they were, or how good their costume pieces were under the cloaks and coats.
shirebound at 2008-07-15 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
I'm very sorry to hear about Raoul. He looks like a noble kitty indeed. And I hope Pixie rallies.

*hugs you*
mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Shirebound. Yes, he was a stout-hearted cat. A Gryffindor of the cat world. Pixie nibbled a little bit of wet food today, but she's making me worried. (But what's new? *wry smile of pet owners*) (your puppy icon is very dear, by the way)
stillscarlet at 2008-07-15 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
Your photos of Raoul have put tears in my eyes. What a lovely cat: I bet you do miss him.

mechtild at 2008-07-16 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
Yep, he was a beauty, and a great guy. Thanks for commenting, Scarlet. *smooch*
(Anonymous) at 2008-07-16 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
oh, little Raoul. Just looking at that picture, even though I really didn't *know* him, I want to just hug him and not allow him to leave. But when we remember our little pets like that, its as close to having them, still, as we may come. And that is some comfort. I'm so happy that you had Raoul, and that he had *you*. A nicer 'mom' one could not find.

*psssst*: I know why Samwise is holding the lembas. He intends to bribe Shelob with it.....

mechtild at 2008-07-16 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so happy that you had Raoul, and that he had *you*. A nicer 'mom' one could not find.

I'm happy, too. We were so lucky, him and his humans, to have each other. I would love to have had him for longer, but considering the short lives of our other cats, we were lucky to have him as long as we did. Thanks for the sweet words, Jan.

I know why Samwise is holding the lembas. He intends to bribe Shelob with it.....

Ha ha! That's great! You'd think Sam would have learned what would be the probable outcome of such an offer from Gollum. Well, that's why they called him, "Hope Unquenchable".

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primula_baggins at 2008-07-16 00:58 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful and noble cat Raoul was. I'm so sorry he's gone, Mechtild. Sorry about the other kitty, too. Hope he improves. I have an older kitty, and I dread the day he goes. *sniff*

I received my Frodo and Sam about a month ago. I really love them. The photos of yours are really excellent.

mechtild at 2008-07-16 01:05 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Raoul was a great cat. We've had a lot of lovely cats but he's the one who deserved the epithet "great", as in "great heart". Thanks for your kind words. I hope Pixie improves, too. But since she was diagnosed back in January, I guess we should consider ourselves very lucky to have had her this long.

I received my Frodo and Sam about a month ago. I really love them. The photos of yours are really excellent.

Aren't they great, the Sam and Frodo? If I were rich I'd definitely get the whole series [of one-sixth scale figures]. If you haven't, do open that link I posted up there to Hylton Mayne's photo series. If you liked my photos you'd love his. His are so good! He's really used his imagination and gone to a lot of trouble to show the figures off to best advantage. There are about forty images in all.

Edited at 2008-07-16 01:06 am (UTC)
Gentle Hobbit
gentlehobbit at 2008-07-16 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
Dear Mechtild -- I am so very sorry for your loss of Raoul. I remember previous posts, and I know how very much you cared for him. The pictures of him are lovely, and in the first one, I can see that he was a magnificent cat. I can also see that in the second one, he is not feeling well.

You probably haven't had a chance to look at your friends list yet, but I have only just gone through the same thing you have. So I sympathize with you very deeply, and I want to give you hugs for Raoul and hugs for Pixie too.

mechtild at 2008-07-16 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your very kind words, Gentlehobbit. And I'm so sorry to hear you're just been through this yourself. You are correct in guessing that I've missed weeks of posts, and probably will never catch up, so I am grateful to you for mentioning it here. My sympathy to you, and I return your warm hugs. :)
pearlette at 2008-07-16 09:13 (UTC) (Link)
A Gryffindor among cats indeed. :)

In fact, a Frodo among cats, with those amazing blue eyes! - what a gorgeous young puss he was. Aw.

He looks so very old and weary in that last photo, poor puss. As if he's just had ... enough. And is ready to go home.


I love the Hilton Mayne slideshow. I only had time to click on a few slides as I'm at work! But it's very cute and very hilarious. :)


mechtild at 2008-07-16 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Raoul was a gorgeous guy, but never the tiniest bit conceited. He really didn't know. And although people admired his looks (even when he became fat and stately), it was his personality, his character that really endeared him to them. So, even more like Frodo!

That slideshow really is a gift to us, but I wish he had sought the talents of some witty Haremite to consult with on his "screenplay". When I think of the hilarious scenarios once written for him--for instance in that K-D thread featuring the Frodolls (which read sort of like journals or memoirs), it makes me wish his captions could have been that clever.
aredhelebenesse at 2008-07-16 10:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry you lost your beloved cat! He looked so beautiful but one could se he's a very old gentleman in the last picture! It sounds he had a wonderful life together with you and now he found peace. *big hugs*

Your Hobbits look absolutely gorgeous! They are so delicately and detailed done, it's a joy to look at them!
mechtild at 2008-07-16 15:05 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he was a "very old gentleman". He never lost his dignity or his poise as a cat of character. That was why we took him to be put down before he got to a state of misery; we wanted it to be a gift for him, as long as we were going to do it anyway. We have always hoped our dying cats would die peacefully in their beds, but they never have, always entering a painful, wretched phase that urged us to take them to the vets to be released. This time, we vowed, we wouldn't wait until he was in acute distress. It was hard not to wait for the goad of seeing him in extreme suffering, but we felt we'd done the right thing as we watched him ease into death, as if it were a relief, content to be stroked and crooned to as he left the world.

Yes, the hobbit figures are great. Most of the figures in this series are excellent except Legolas, whose face little resembles his film self for some reason. I wish I could afford to buy the rest of them but, alas....
melyanna_65 at 2008-07-16 10:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear, I'm so sorry!!!

*lots of comforting hugs*

p.s. I just left a more articulate comment on your earlier post about your kitties.

p.p.s. Thanks for the link about the Frodo and Sam story, it's amazing!
mechtild at 2008-07-16 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the hugs, Melyanna, and for your comment in the other cat post. And I'm glad you enjoyed that cute slideshow. I wish I could copy the images, but they seem to be blocked--understandable, of course, since Mayne obviously went to a lot of trouble to make the series.
not_alone at 2008-07-16 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you got your replacement Frodo - he looks wonderful and so does Sam!! And I really enjoyed watching the video - very sweet:)

I'm very sorry to hear that you had to have Raoul put to sleep but what a lucky little fellow he was - a long, happy life spent with people who love him. I do hope Pixie will recover again. Btw, there was a news item on tv yesterday about a 23-year old cat - they think he may be the oldest in the UK (though I'm sure I've heard of cats even older than that before).
mechtild at 2008-07-16 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
It was a cute little slideshow, I agree, and it shows off the dolls and their accessories so beautifully! I wish I could have them all (except Legolas, whose face is poor).

Thanks for the sweet comments about Raoul, and I will be taking Pixie to the vet today to see if she merely has a fever or something. It came on very suddenly (the night before last), which seems abrupt even for our cats as they began to fail from their various sorts of cancer. The vet said that the most likely place for her breast cancer to metastasize to would be her lungs. She is not breathing easily, so that may be it. I hope not, but I must prepare myself. She's such a darling. I sigh that she will not live anything near 23 years (she was nine last month), but we've had beautiful years together. For that I am so grateful.
(Anonymous) at 2008-07-16 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, your Raoul was such a handsome cat, and from your description he must have been a sweet and gentle character. It's always difficult to say goodbye to a much-loved pet, but it was obviously the kindest thing you could have done for him. Your vet sounds lovely, and it means a lot to have someone who is so caring and considerate at such a traumatic time ~ both for Raoul and for you and your family. I will be thinking of Pixie and hoping for the best.

Love and hugs to you all ~ and to Gentlehobbit too. I know how it feels.

I'm so pleased Frodo number 2 arrived safely to join Sam, but what a shame he is slightly damaged. I followed the link to the slideshow presentation. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought naked Sam cooling down in the pool was a hoot! Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2008-07-16 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Blossom. We are hoping Pixie is o.k., too, but I have a bad feeling....

Yes, Sam cooling off was hilarious! He really looked convincing, as if he were saying, "Ahhhhhh!"
elycia at 2008-07-17 11:30 (UTC) (Link)
Raoul was a really gorgeous cat. I'm very sorry for your loss (I just had to have my oldest dog put down, so I sympathize completely). Thanks for sharing the pictures of him!
mechtild at 2008-07-17 14:01 (UTC) (Link)
Elycia, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. That must have been hard. I just hate the losing of my pets to death, for I do love them like people. But even more I love having them, so I guess I'll keep putting myself through the agony of their passing, since they have such brief lives compared to ours. Until I die myself I will have to keep going through having to give them up. But I think it's worth it.
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