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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 6 ~ ‘Ready to go home’, plus jan-u-wine's "Soon".

Posted on 2008.10.22 at 08:12


verangel at 2008-10-23 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
I have only read the book once, after the films. I've seen the movie at least 40 times I think by now. (it seems) there is a feeling I have of Bilbo. He is so sensical in his knowing of what he wants, needs and feels is his journey to go on regardless of anyone else (Frodo in this case). I find him a bit selfish and unsympathetic. (don't be angry for that thought please) Frodo has a tragic air about him because he is different, an outcast, taken in but so open and decent a hobbit. Nothing selfish about him. There are whims of thought, but he does and takes on what he knows he must in his heart.
Your thoughts of the film's impressions "I thought his unwillingness to dash off home expressed his reluctance to turn his back on a destiny that he felt in his bones was his, even if he did not yet know it. Also, I thought it was meant to pick up book Frodo’s reluctance to leave a place he so much enjoyed."
I have to tell you, without reading the book I had these exact feelings when I saw this Frodo on screen. It is in his bearing, his paleness and bright kinda sad eyes. His expression is more resigned,his speach lower, softer and also more resigned. There is no excitement in going home, not like you would think from an hobbit. Frodo is different. I think this scene expressed the emotion well.
He'd almost been killed by those wanting the ring. He is safe in Rivendell. They saved him. It is beautiful (and this frodo is so much more elflike to look at...had to digress in this). But now what, who makes their journey safe home? He had very little understanding of the ring and those chasing them.
The pictures are blissful. As I mentioned before, this was a transitional frodo. He was maturing from what he had endured. He doesn't understand but he is becoming much more aware.
hugs you close. These moments are wonderful and I am thankful. the poem is blissful. xoxoxoxo v
mechtild at 2008-10-23 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Bilbo was a bit selfish in leaving, especially as presented in the films. But I hope as you read the book, or re-read it, you can see how much attachment and understanding there is between the two. Bilbo had to leave the Shire when he did the way Frodo had to leave the Shire at the end of the Quest. They both needed something the Shire could not offer, or, finally, they'd waste away. Frodo needed balm for his soul, a spiritual cure for a spiritual malaise, not better feeding or more exercise or a livelier social life. His ailment was spiritual, brought on by spiritual damage. But I think Bilbo's "ailment", his dis-ease, was spiritual, too. "Butter spread over too much bread", "thin", Bilbo said, about how he'd been feeling. Gandalf explained later that that was the Ring working on him. Bilbo was increasingly restless, lacking peace inside. He *needed* to leave. Also, Frodo needed to come into his own, which happened only after Bilbo left (just as Sam came into his own only after Frodo left). That Bilbo chose to leave the Shire and his old life in such a prankish way is another matter. But it may have been that he needed to do something abrupt and outrageous in order to go at all.

Just talking out loud here, this is not a worked-out theory... *g*

since the films didn't make the time to show much of that in actual scenes.

Yes, the picturs are "blissful" - great description! I love your note that he is "transitional" here, and why.
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