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Warning: Many images. My apologies to dial-up viewers.


A month or so ago, talking over the end of the screencap series with jan-u-wine, she suggested this poem, An Extra Ordinary Life, as a sort of final retrospective. I thought using it would be a great idea. So I formatted a practice version of the poem, then went about the business of looking for faces I thought would capture the mood of individual speakers, as well as reflecting the arc of the over-all narrative of the poem.*
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Henneth Annun, Pt. 7: Frodo tells Sam of the power of the Ring, then Faramir enters, threatening him at swordpoint.
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Note: Long, ranting post. If you love this film scene, don't proceed. Also, if you are here only for Frodo screencaps, he does not appear in this series. His face will be back in the next (and last) Henneth Annun installment.


Henneth Annun, Pt. 6: "Ithilien’s Finest 'Interrogate' Sméagol", plus some thoughts on how the films made Gondor look bad.
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Henneth Annun, Pt. 5: Frodo persuades Sméagol to come to him, who is captured by Faramir’s men.

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Henneth Annun, Pt. 4: Frodo calls to Sméagol at the Forbidden Pool.
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Henneth Annun, Pt. 3: Faramir asks Frodo if he should shoot, plus jan-u-wine’s Mí Isilmë.

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Henneth Annun, Pt. 2: Faramir commands Frodo to rise and come with him.

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Here is a scene I had not planned to cap, but was so enchanted was I by jan-u-wine’s poem written to it, from Frodo’s POV, about Sam seeing the Oliphaunt, I decided to do it. I’m glad I did.
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This entry presents screencaps of Frodo on the walls of before the Nazgûl, and bidding farewell to Faramir at the entrance to the sewers of Osgiliath.
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Pt. 1 of this series will cover the opening of the scene, in which Frodo and Sam first see the Black Gate. An introductory discussion will be followed by the appropriate part of screenplay. The entire book scene will follow the screencaps, including the part that would apply to the caps posted in Pt. 2. (I thought the scene read better in one piece.)
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In this scene, Frodo hears and follows Gollum's plea that they seek another way into Mordor, rather than attempt the Black Gate.
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The good thing about this sequence is that Frodo gets to save Sam. Frodo doesn’t have that many opportunities to be a rescuer in the films.

Other than that, this moment seems a bit superfluous to me, and unconvincing, the screenwriters trying to “up the ante” by injecting a dose of peril.
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I really don't have much to add to this post in terms of commentary. It isn't Tolkien (in the book it is Gollum, not Frodo, who is incapacitated by the coming of the Nazgul overhead), but it's a well-done scene, clearly conveying the sense that the hobbits are still in extreme danger, even in the Dead Marshes.
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In the third "Dead Marshes" post, screencaps, screenplay, and related book excerpts are presented for the EE scene in which Gollum complains of his hunger and Frodo tosses him lembas. An essay precedes the screencaps.
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As was the case for the first set of caps from this scene (Frodo caressing the Ring), there is no real equivalent to it in the book. It is a creation of the screenwriters. Dialogue was plucked from other places (such as using a version of the Barrow Wight's song), but it is quite original. Yet, like the portrayal of Frodo as deeply enamoured of the Ring, I think the scene works and is consistent with the film's portrayal of Frodo. Frodo has been shocked out of his Ring-reverie, startled to find he is not alone in a private moment, and shocked to hear the words in his head ("So bright... So beautiful...") being mouthed by his nemesis, the loathsome Gollum.

In the caps below, the whole succession of Frodo's feelings is vivid as they rush upon him—surprise, alarm, defensiveness, hostility—the conjoined emotions launching him into a full-frontal assault into the personal space of Gollum, pressing Gollum with questions about his past until the two are virtually nose to nose.
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There are quite a few fine scenes for screencaps set in the Dead Marshes, so I will be presenting them in four separate posts.

This, the opening post, will present images of Frodo stroking and admiring the Ring. In the EE, this scene is actually preceded by the one in which the hobbits munch lembas and Gollum is hungry in the wasteland. But because I wanted to start off with Frodo's experience of the Ring, I will post these caps first.
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For the second half of this Emyn Muil scene, a reflection on the film scene is followed by screenplay excerpt and the caps. After the caps is the excerpt from "The Taming of Sméagol", followed by a short essay on aspects of the book scene.
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There are far too many caps for this scene to present in one post, so I am dividing them up into two entries, also dividing up the film script to go with them. Since the film scene reverses the order of parts of the book’s dialogue, however, the book scene sections won’t perfectly fit with the caps. Just so you'll know.
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Here concludes the EE scene of Sam and Frodo descending the cliff in the Emyn Muil. The film scene excerpt will be followed by the caps, which will be followed by a poem by jan-u-wine, inspired by the film scene. After the caps I will post an excerpt from the book scene, followed by a longish reflection.
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