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I have a movie question about The Return of the King



kdrevette
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Jul 24 2017, 3:13am


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I have a movie question about The Return of the King

I just watched "The Return of the King" again. One thing has always bothered me about the movie. Peter Jackson completely missed the point that The Ring was responsible for it's own destruction. The curse it laid on Gollum was unleashed when he took The Ring from Frodo. That was why the agile and sure-footed creature "stumbled" into the Fires of Doom in the first place. When he wailed "Precious!" as he fell, it was accusatory. Not a wail of despair. Even Peter Jackson saw the book version as anti-climactic, and so had Frodo and Gollum wrestling for The Ring to explain how he fell in. I don't think he picked up on the curse. If I may quote from the book;


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"...Out of the fire there spoke a commanding voice."
"Begone and trouble me no more! If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom."


That was The Ring speaking directly to Gollum. It laid the curse on him. To be cast into the Fire of Doom if he touched it again. So when he bit off Frodo's finger and took The Ring, the curse was unleashed. At least that's how I understood it. Just losing his footing simply didn't cut it. But The Movie didn't even mention the Wheel of Fire or The Ring speaking. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it when I first saw the movie. I was expecting maybe a quick flashback to The Ring speaking the curse, and then Gollum falling into the lava, or something like that. But it just never came! It's always irked me. Am I missing something??

PS; I first read The Trilogy in high school. I've read it six times since (I'm 63). I didn't pick up on the Wheel of Fire speech to explain Gollum's clumsiness until the third read though. But then it all made sense. He was, essentially, shoved!


entmaiden
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Jul 24 2017, 6:05pm


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I had not heard that theory before,

about the Ring being responsible for its own destruction. Very interesting, and I would love to see that explored further in the Reading Room.

The movies took at different approach to the Ring and its hold on Frodo and Gollum. Andy Serkis talked about the Ring being an addiction, and he shaped his performance around the idea that Gollum was addicted to the Ring and would do anything to get it back. The destruction of the Ring was the result of Gollum's addiction leading to his own self-destruction and he took the Ring with him.

I don't agree with the movie interpretation of the Ring's influence, but at least the performances of Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis were consistent and faithful to Peter Jackson's treatment.


zarabia
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Jul 24 2017, 6:25pm


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I've heard that explanation before

And think there might be something to it. But it seems like it would be difficult to present on screen in a compelling way. IMHO, Jackson's interpretation makes for a more dramatic cinematic story.






kdrevette
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Jul 25 2017, 6:23pm


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Okay

It just seemed too important to the plot to simply leave out. At least in my mind.


grammaboodawg
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Aug 2 2017, 1:30am


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Fascinating...

It always rocks my book world when I think of the changes in the story for the filmic tale.

The way I take what Jackson did with the film(s) is that the story is about Frodo's journey. Its the "spine" of the film as described by Philippa Boyens in the EEDVD Commentaries.
To change the focus from the impact of the Ring on Frodo to the impact on Gollum would have shifted the story.


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Loresilme
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Aug 6 2017, 1:21pm


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Fascinating

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"...Out of the fire there spoke a commanding voice."
"Begone and trouble me no more! If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom."


That was The Ring speaking directly to Gollum. It laid the curse on him. To be cast into the Fire of Doom if he touched it again.



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I have never heard that interpretation before! It's really got me thinking. I would love to read more about this. I hope it is discussed further here on these boards.

And welcome to TORn, kdrevette! Looking forward to chatting with you :).






dormouse
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Aug 14 2017, 10:41pm


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That's a really interesting idea....

I haven't come across it before. I've always thought the voice was Frodo, commanding Gollum through the power of the Ring as he did earlier in the story. Shal have to go away and think about that now!

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N.E. Brigand
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Aug 15 2017, 3:21am


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It's been debated in the Reading Room.

More than once--in regard to the book not the movie, I mean, as to whether the voice is the Ring's or Frodo's (or neither).

See this thread, for instance, from almost a year ago.

And in a week or two, it will probably be debated again there; an "unofficial" discussion of Book VI just started.

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sador
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Aug 15 2017, 4:14am


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It is now!

The last response is from six days ago. kdrevette actually posted it there, after the replies in this thread were unencouraging..

http://newboards.theonering.net/...931452=View+Threaded


N.E. Brigand
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Aug 15 2017, 5:39am


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Sorry for the bad link.

Thanks to squire to alerting me to what my fumbling fingers had done.

Here is the correct link to last year's discussion.

(And prior to sador's post, I didn't even notice that this thread was more than three weeks old.)

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Aug 17 2017, 3:59am


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