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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

MORE Gandalf and Frodo in the Cart Scene....

Posted on 2005.11.07 at 21:58
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I decided to go ahead and post the last of my "FotR Cart Scene" screen caps because I’ll be too busy for the next few days to post a new entry....

The first caps below come from footage just after the "Money Shot." Frodo realises that it is Gandalf who is approaching, and tears down the grassy slope.

These are awfully blurry, but I really love this moment in the film for the buoyant, filled-with-joy quality of the run. Therefore, I included the two caps that are the most focussed.

Frodo careers down the hill:

Once Frodo comes to a stop at the top of the bank by the edge of the lane, they have the little contest to see who will laugh first. Then Frodo leaps into Gandalf's arms. I did not cap the little laughing contest, not because it wasn't well-played, but because it is one of the sequences in the films in which film-Frodo's face seems to belong to someone else. I don't know why, but I think he looks quite un-Frodo-ish in those shots, facially. Perhaps it is the angle from which they were shot? I don't know.

But, the leap into the cart is a joy to watch. Who among us Frodo fans doesn't go all melty inside to see that delighted-to-see-each-other embrace? And who among us does not wish to pat that dear, pert little velveteen-clad bottom? I thought so: none.

I do love that they decided to film this sequence with EW doing the leaping into the arms of the large scale-double, rather than the other way around. I could always tell when any of the hobbit's little scale doubles were used, their body language and postures were so different. But I rarely recognized the 7 foot-plus actor in shots, unless I thought about it -- even when he was providing the arm and hand of Arwen!

The leap into the cart and embrace:

Here are a couple of caps that are very similar to ones I posted yesterday from the cart scene, but they are not. The lighting is a bit different and the attitude as he listens is, too. I thought they were nice enough to post, any way:

This set of caps comes from the sequence in which Frodo is telling the wizard ironically, "We Bagginses were very well-thought of …" before Gandalf came along with his adventures. I consider these "humorous Frodo" shots. They do not make him look beautiful, but, for me, the series brings to mind the jaunty, droll Frodo from the book, the Frodo who was willing and able to get up on a table at the Prancing Pony to sing a funny song -- then getting himself into trouble by agreeing to do an encore. These caps give a sense of the hobbit whose wry observations and dry sense of humour surfaced throughout the book -- all the way into the darkness of Mordor.

Frodo being droll:

These last caps are from a sequence that I don't believe is in the EE at all. When I first saw one of these caps in an online gallery, I thought, “Where did that shot come from?” I had never seen the first film in a theatre. I thought the shot must have been an outtake or a "behind the scenes". But, no, it is right there, but in the theatrical version, which I hadn’t seen.

I only capped only three images from this sequence, simply because I don't love them enough. They are very nice shots, and Frodo looks quite lovely in them (love the blowing hair). But, again, I feel that he just doesn't look like Frodo enough, somehow. If I didn't know better, I might suspect I was looking at shots of Frodo’s stunt double, not Elijah Wood, called in to play the part after EW injured himself or something, dubbing in the voice later.

I am sure it's just me who feels this way, because I have heard many fans say they like the caps from this scene very much. That is why I am including a couple here.

Frodo (as played by Elijah Wood's cousin -- joke):

And that’s the lot!

Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.

~ Mechtild


(Anonymous) at 2005-11-08 08:52 (UTC) (Link)
Cor love a duck! (As my Aunt would say) These caps and the earlier ones are painfully beautiful – thank you so much.

mechtild at 2005-11-08 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
Estë, they are lovely, aren't they? Or, should I say, he is lovely. No, both. They are lovely frames of a love character. I've been scrolling through them again this morning myself.
maewyn_2 at 2005-11-08 10:29 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, you're killing me here! I really must sit down and watch FOTR again so I can watch this poetry in motion!
mechtild at 2005-11-08 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Good morning, Maewyn! Ah, the beauty of DVDs is the "pause" function. Do you know what I noticed, too, making these sets of caps?

Even though our newer TV of the two has a pretty big screen and a very good picture, I really do believe the resolution is better on this computer monitor. For pure drooling, I think I have preferred pausing through the film on this machine, even though the screen is much smaller, than on the big TV.

Just wait till high definition TV's are everywhere (no, we don't yet have one. They will have to get a lot cheaper than they are)! And PJ mentioned wanting to put out a new edition once there was the next generation of super high definition stuff on the market -- either super HD DVD's or whatever format will be next. Ooooh, I hope I'm still alive to see it!
taerie at 2005-11-08 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
(choke!) These are so incredibly sweet! I never notice the big guy in the scene either.. (I wonder why? Could it be that I am watching somebody else?;-) I managed to get a really good one of him running in focus too that you didn't get. But maybe you don't like that one. You are very sensitive to lighting and angle. I noticed that he doesn't look quite Frodoish sometimes too.. like in the picture above that you mentioned (And sometimes a LOT not Frodoish) The lighting in that is coming in at a funky angle and somehow flattening some key features of his face. One of those incredible crystal blue eyes is being lit from within and the other isn't.. but I think it is the flattening that is doing it. I LOVE the curve of his neck in this though! So male and adams apple-ly. I always think of a stallion when I am admiring his neck. Okay I am weird.. but I am horsey and intact stallions have this beautiful extra muscling that they arch to show off for the mares. (Jeez.. I can't think of anywhere else I could say this except some horse board and THEY would say.. huh? shes talking about that hobbit? LOL!)
mechtild at 2005-11-08 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I just wrote a comment and deleted the thing. Urggg. taerie, I had been saying I had thought of horse comparisons, too. When we in the Harem were discussing Alan Lee's Frodo portrait that he made after starting work on the films, obviously but not completely based on film Frodo (see icon for small version), I actually compared the head to that of vaguely remembered paintings or drawings of the heads of famous 19th century Arabian sires (Godolphin? Darleigh?). Their heads had much of the same character, I thought: Big, sensitive, expressive eyes, a lot of brow area in proportion to the neat, finely-modelled chins, a soft mouth, lots of good bone and muscle beneath the satiny coat, and a very intelligent expression, all set off with a luxurious bit of forelock. But your remark about the power of a stallion's neck reminds me of one of the differences between the Alan Lee Frodo and film Frodo: the power of the neck. EW has a notably, viriley, male neck. That neck is possibly what makes people write fanfic about him, fanfic that burns up people's monitors. An Alan Lee fanfic Frodo would inspire erotica, too, but of a much more soft, romantic sort. The stallion-necked fanfic Frodo, however, throws his lovers up against dressers and into haystacks. Heck, I'll be getting myself too excited to go to work in a moment! I had better calm myself. *whinnies*

And what you said about "flattening" was exactly it, I think, as to why those bottom caps don't quite look like him. Whether aided by make-up or not (was his usual technician off the day of this shoot? He seems to be missing the amount of cheek and lip colour he had back in the opening "Money shot," too), film-Frodo's nose is of a notably "chiselled" sort. The nose in the shots above looks flattened across the bridge. It really does change the look of his face.

The running cap: now I will have to look at that sequence again! *smile* I was very tired when I made those; I could easily have missed the other good frame.

Well, off to work!
shelbyshire at 2005-11-08 15:04 (UTC) (Link)
I must admit I'm the opposite of you. I don't care for the money shot at all. Looks too geeky. And I just love the laughing scene. Oh well, that's what makes life interesting. It would be awful if we all liked exactly the same thing. Yes, we need variety which brings on discussions. Don't mind me, I'll right click save on, well, quite a few of them actually. Is that okay?
taerie at 2005-11-08 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
I HOPE it's okay. I am a right clicking machine! Hadn't thought to ask.
pearlette at 2005-11-08 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I just keep gazing at his ass.


Yes, he does look very Elijah-ey here. But what a cutie!

I love love LOVE the hug. :)
mechtild at 2005-11-09 00:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, his ass (or is it his "horse"?) is quite lovely. The segment goes by so quickly in the film, a fan really does need screencaps to truly enjoy the look of it. Love the way the velvet is worn a little bare. From all the fondling he gets, I am certain.
taerie at 2005-11-09 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
I love all these pictures but the 9th one down from the top snags me every time. (One of the closeups of Frodo smiling) I could stare at that ALL day!
mechtild at 2005-11-10 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
It's not ninth anymore, since I went back and got more caps, being less tired. I added another five to the running sequence. Couldn't resist, he looks so happy.
bagendbabe at 2005-11-12 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Mech, it is so long since I have done enough serious Fro-drooling and it is doing me the power of good.

What a gorgeous bum he has!! *strokes and strokes again*

And I too have always thought that the "riding in the cart" scenes are not beautiful like in most of the rest of the films, definitely more "Elijah-ey" and slightly American-looking, and his accent shows through a tiny bit a couple of times in that sequence too. But he is still so so gorgeous! :) :D And his neck *droooooooooools*

Forgive me this morning Mech, you have brought me back to Fro-dom with a jolt - I have let things slip a little in that direction lately, what with all the personal rubbish I have been going through, and I badly needed to be brought back to Middle-Earth.

Mmmmmm love the shot of David's rear ... and would love to see the front too :) Just to be naughty, I can't imagine what a hobbit would look like circumcised as (living in England) I have never seen a man's naughty bit without a foreskin ..... (*coughs* hastens to say I have only ever seen TWO in my life in close proximity *coughs again and blushes*)
mechtild at 2005-11-12 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, BEB, Michelangelo's David is not circumcised. The model, apparently, was not circumcised and Michelangelo did not perform the operation on him in marble. You can see that, if you look at the front of the statue.

I did use the David for a "Frodo Art Travesty" manip, in all of his gentile, "pisello" glory. If you haven't seen it, it can be found in my link to my pages of Art Travesty manips. There's a link on my user info page, or in the left margin of the main journal page (scroll down a bit). There's also a link in my signature, at K-D.

When you look, you will see for yourself that the David comes complete with foreskin. Actually, Ariel took that manip and photoshopped to distend his testicles, making them bigger. She, like others, thinks the David underendowed. It was quite funny. Not very respectful to dear Frodo or David, of course. *wink*

I can't imagine what a hobbit would look like circumcised as (living in England) I have never seen a man's naughty bit without a foreskin .....

That makes me smile. Being a middle-aged American, I had never seen a man with a foreskin. Mass circumcision was all the rage throughout the "baby boomer" era. It was only when reading a graphic "Sam masturbating" scene in a fanfic that it dawned on me, "the hobbits -- none of them in M-E -- would have been circumcised." For the purposes of authenticity for my own fanfic, where detailed penile references had not yet been written, I actually checked out sites on circumcision and foreskin restoration, so I could get a better idea of what a foreskin looked like and what it did. Having read all that, I feel very sad for American men. It sounds as though the foreskin is useful, and the source of tremendous pleasure for males. Not that my husband has been complaining, since he has never known any different. *grin*

I am so glad you are taking new pleasure in film Frodo, BEB. He really is peerless, isn't he?
mariole at 2005-11-28 18:24 (UTC) (Link)
The two shots you post of Frodo looking down with those extremely glowy eyes were one of the things that first hooked me on him, Movie 1, Viewing 1. I thought, "That's impossible. He's glowing! I really have entered another world." That and the very green glow of the Shire. Just... delicious. I'm so glad you got to see this cut scene; one of the reasons I give myself for getting both the TR and the EE!
mechtild at 2005-11-28 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, look what's in your icon? *smothers the Frodo in your icon* Yeah, they glow alright. They burn holes in my retinas. How did they make his eyes do that?
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