Boo hoo! No TTT for me tonight.

If you read my post last week, you'll know I've been terribly excited about seeing The Two Towers in the new high-definition prints that are being shown around the country tonight. After the beautiful visual and aural detail that popped out at me watching the newly remastered FOTR last week, I was really, really, really keen to see this version of TTT -- in spite of the EE having some of my most hated moments in the film trilogy. (I had planned to deal with that by taking my bathroom break just before the worst of ithem came on.) But a big swath of bad weather has enveloped this part of the upper Midwest. Thunderstorms and heavy rains are holding sway over Minnesota today, tonight, and tomorrow. Traffic advisories are flying off the weather sites like Stukas.

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I couldn't celebrate the anniversary of the fall of Barad-dûr without a positive end note. Here is the last of the three anniversary posts. In this poem, jan-u-wine imagines Frodo, semi-conscious, literally transported, as he and Sam are rescued by the eagles, carried to the safe haven of Ithilien.

To set off the piece, I made some new screencaps of Frodo being borne by the eagles. These were made from the standard widescreen edition of ROTK EE. Thank you, Blossom, for advice on better tweaking screencaps.

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Praise them with great praise, Frodo and Samwise!

Yes, it's March 25, ever so many ages after the destruction of the Ring, but I still feel the need to celebrate the efforts of Tolkien's heroes, who endured so much and risked so much for the sake of their world. So far, this has been a dark, catastrophe-ridden year for much of the world. Some might wonder what is the point of celebrating the deeds of fictional people in fictional crises. But it is the way of great literature to offer an alternate, richer, more intense way to perceive and experience the real world, giving it back to readers freshly observed and appreciated. It is never a waste of time to lift up the good, even if they are fictional. The exemplary are exemplary whether they live in books or the news or the house next door. So let us praise the day and its heroes, and the man who told their story. Praise them with great praise!

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From "The Field of Cormallen", The Return of the King:


But Gandalf lifted up his arms and called once more in a clear voice: 'Stand, Men of the West! Stand and wait! This is the hour of doom.'

And even as he spoke the earth rocked beneath their feet. Then rising swiftly up, far above the Towers of the Black Gate, high above the mountains, a vast soaring darkness sprang into the sky, flickering with fire. The earth groaned and quaked. The Towers of the Teeth swayed, tottered, and fell down; the mighty rampart crumbled; the Black Gate was hurtled in ruin; and from far away, now dim, now growing, now mounting to the clouds, there came a drumming rumble, a roar, a long echoing roll of ruinous noise.

'The realm of Sauron is ended!' said Gandalf. 'The Ring-bearer has fufilled his Quest.' And as the Captains gazed south to the Land of Mordor, it seemed to them that, black against the pall of cloud, there rose a huge shape of shadow, impenetrable, lightning-crowned, filling all the sky. Enormous it reared above the world, and stretched out towards them a vast threatening hand, terrible but impotent; for even as it leaned over them, a great wind took it, and it was all blown away, and passed; and then a hush fell.
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I never can let go uncelebrated the anniversary of the fall of Barad-dûr, Sauron's defeat the hard-won fruit of so much sacrifice, particularly Frodo's. March 25 must be lifted up. Read more... )
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Thank you, Pierre Vinet


I can't express how much I love this man's portraits of the trilogy characters. What a way he had of capturing his subjects. I bow my head in memory of this gifted artist whose work has so enriched my love of The Lord of the Rings.

To commemorate his work, I am linking an entry I made a few years ago, presenting scans of his gorgeous black and white portraits from the 2007 calendar.



~ The 2007 Calendar by Pierre Vinet, all images.



ETA: Quint, of Ain't It Cool News has done a very nice commemorative piece on Vinet, with lots of pictures. Here is the link.



~ Mechtild


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This is another beautiful EE scene. The way it's filmed, lit, scored, acted, it's gorgeous. Best of all for me, the scene restores the character of Faramir. Read more... )

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The Houses of Healing scenes are some of my favourites in ROTK, in fact, in the trilogy. They aren't the book scenes, which are some of Tolkien's best, but they're beautifully done. Almost no dialogue is used, yet they convey the sense and feel of Tolkien's scenes powerfully, with a superb sense of mood, thanks to perfectly conceived shots, judicious editing, good acting and a gorgeously evocative score.

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To go with jan-u-wine's poem are screencaps, and passages from The Return of the King. They include Frodo and Sam's scenes, from the entry into the Sammath Naur to their rescue by the Eagles. A selection of caps made from the widescreen version of RotK is followed by the featured poem.

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2000 – Sir Ian off-set, with Elijah Wood and Philippa Boyens. He was still smoking at this point, judging from the cigarette between his fingers.

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1976 – shot taken at make-up call for MacBeth. (Judi Dench played Lady MacBeth.)

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PART ONE

Part 2 may be found here.
Part 3 may be found here.



Months ago, when it was confirmed that Ian McKellen was going to reprise his role as Gandalf in The Hobbit, I felt exhilarated and reassured.
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1959 – Sir Ian with Margaret Drabble in Deutsches Haus at Cambridge. He turned twenty during the run of the play.

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Back in April, I wrote an illustrated post about how film Frodo reminded me of young Audrey Hepburn. I didn’t mean that they were identical twins or that Frodo looked like a woman, but I thought they shared an aura, a quality, a “look”. In this post I am drawing comparisons between Elijah Wood's Frodo and another actress.

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

January 3, 1892 ~ September 2, 1973


ecause today is Tolkien's birthday, I am posting a few images, a copy of letter #328, and a reflection in his honour.

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A Question....

Is anyone else going to see the LotR trilogy in the Cities after Christmas? If so, I’d love to meet you.
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Note: This is the first of a three-part presentation of Lórien screencaps, but only this post will contain an essay. I have relegated this discussion to the bottom, so that only those interested need see it.
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Essay: On Frodo's Powers of Perception )

ETA: My good Tolkien-and-Frodo-friend, jan-u-wine (the poet), because she is not on LJ and because she had a lot to say, wrote her comments to me in an email.

The commenters to this post have been very generous, insightful, and gracious. Jan's thoughts, too, are insightful and gracious, but so fully-developed it seemed good to me to include them in the body of the the entry (rather than in three or four comment boxes). I asked Jan if I could post her comments in this manner, and she has consented. Read more... )


~ Frodo's meeting with Gildor, by Alan Lee

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The news is that after a hiatus of over a year, Teremia has posted a new chapter introduction. She last posted [brilliantly] a chapter intro for "The Tower of Cirith Ungol", on April 25 last year. Today, May 6, she has posted an introduction for the next chapter, "The Land of the Shadow."
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~ Detail of Frodo as Agnolo Bronzino’s ‘Ludovico Capponi’.

Warning: Very long post, more like a "mini-essay".


Last night I was restless. I stayed up late and re-did a manip that had been bothering me. It had been made from another portrait by Agnolo Bronzino (1503—1572). I had done it to indulge my pleasure in seeing Frodo in fancy dress.
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Discussion of Frodo’s Dreme (or, The Sea-bell), and related matters.

Tolkein wrote a preface for the Tom Bombadil collection, very droll. In it he submitted the poems to various forms of literary criticism in vogue at the time, assessing their genres, conjecturing as to who wrote them, when, and how they were passed down -- just as if they were real works of ancient literature discovered in a dusty under-used Oxford library.

To start, here’s a snippet from Tolkien’s ‘Tom Bombadil’ Preface [The emphases in italics are mine]....
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The scenes in Bree are next on my screencap schedule. Perhaps they will be therapeutic. "Spring is on the way," they say. LJ friends in warmer places have been posting pictures of daffodils and crocus and hyacinth in bloom. But I don't feel it. Not yet. I still have a wintry sense inside of winding-down rather than gearing up. Perhaps it is the snow outside (and more predicted), but I am feeling very mortal today and inclined to sadness. With their strong, fire-lit chiaroscuro, the warm-skinned faces against backgrounds of black and brown, these caps might be just the thing to work this feeling out.

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~ Frodo, having a "Brokeback moment," as he recalls pleasant stays at the Del Mar Motel in Montana....


Twiddling my thumbs, procrastinating reading Frodo fics (recently finished last four or five engrossing chapters of RoP:Bag End and am several installments into the vivid, visceral Counterpoint). Avoiding chores and my own writing.

While busy doing all these things an e-friend linked me yet another Brokeback spoof. It's just like the "Brokeback to the Future" spoof I so enjoyed, but this one makes use of Sam and Frodo from the LotR films. It's not quite as clever as the Back to the Future version, but it gave me a few snorts and guffaws. The very last ten or fifteen seconds, especially, are well-worth it.

Here's the link to the clip....

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I'm tired, it's late, but I feel the need for some new Frodo screencaps to stare at.

Here are the rest of what I already had loaded into my Photobucket from before Bree.....
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