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I liked this scene...


Sep 30 2012, 5:22pm

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I liked this scene... [In reply to] Can't Post

or at least, the part that comes just after these screenshots.

1. Jackson stated that this scene with the Rohirrim clustered around the Fellowship was deliberately shot with multiple handheld cameras to give it a more frantic feel. Do you feel that this was effective/in line with the tone of the scene as presented?
I did. The music contributed to that as well.

2. Aragorn turns the horsemen around in a massive display when he asks "What news from the Mark?". Do you think he found nothing odd about this Rohirrim riding out in the middle of nowhere? What information did you think he expected to gain, if not news of Merry and Pippin?
I'm not sure why he would think it was odd to see horse people ranging far from their bases. I guess I'm not sure how far out in the middle of nowhere they were, though. But he's a ranger. Do you suppose he finds anything odd he encounters? I bet he's seen it all.

As for information: any information would be valuable. Rohan has many lands on its borders and, with horses, news could travel fast. This encounter could provide fresh intel.

And I think Aragorn was joking a little... at least how its played out in the movie. He jumps out from behind a rock and calls casually, 'what's up bros'.

3. Speaking of Merry and Pippin, do you still feel the worry for them at this point in the film?
I bet you mean, did you feel worry about them when you first saw this scene? :-) Now, when I watch, no... there is no worry. To be honest, I don't remember what I first felt but I probably didn't then, either. I knew what was happening and it's hard to get that fore-knowledge out of my head.

4. There were slight hints at antagonism between Legolas and Gimli in the first film, but in this scene Legolas actively defends Gimli with a threat. Do you feel that his action was warranted in terms of character motivation and growth? How could this budding friendship be better served, if not?
That's a good question and the one that made me hit reply. The relationship, as it develops, between Legolas and Gimli is one of my favorite aspects of the book and one I've thought a fair bit about. I've always seen their experience in Helm's Deep as defining. So you've made me wonder about this scene and Legolas' strong reaction to the threat on Gimli. Especially since Gimli's bit of a smart mouth is just the thing that *could* cause Legolas to think he had it coming.

I just recently watched a short series from the Discovery Channel in Amazon Prime streaming. It was called 'Out of the Wild Venezuela'. The experiment (reality program) involves dropping 9 people off in the wilderness with minimal support and supplies and have them walk out to civilization. The experiment is harsh and brutal on those participating. I started thinking about how their experience mirrored/paralleled characters in LOTR. They had to dig deep to find the mental, physical, and psychological strength to keep going as their bodies broke down from fatigue and hunger. And, they grew to understand how they relied on the others to help them and keep them going. Without the 'fellowship' of people, they couldn't individually do it.

Not everyone got along in this group but, as the series - and the experiment - progressed, the participants kept talking about how much they relied upon the others and how they were bonded in a way they had never anticipated. This reminded me of similar comments about those who fight in wars together.

A bond can be forged because two people have personal connections. But a bond can also be forged just become two people are going through the same thing together and, at some point, they know they will be there for each other if it is needed.

I'm not sure if Legolas and Gimli have bonded on a personal level yet. But they've been through a lot and I don't think Legolas is going to stand by and let one of his group be threatened by people he doesn't know a thing about.

In one of my repeat viewings of TTT - early on in my final total of 13 - when Legolas whips out his bow and aims it in Eomer's face... I involuntarily said softly but firmly, "yeah!" I was so impressed with his defense of Gimli like that I couldn't help myself. I wasn't so soft that the person in front of me couldn't hear, though... he turned around to look at me. I think mostly to get a mental image of who would make this sort of comment. :-)

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Subject User Time
SCOD: "What news from the Mark?" GoodGuyA Send a private message to GoodGuyA Sep 30 2012, 4:33pm
    I liked this scene... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Sep 30 2012, 5:22pm
    Regarding the relationship between Gimli and Legolas FlyingSerkis Send a private message to FlyingSerkis Sep 30 2012, 8:30pm
        good point about the gift giving scene Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Sep 30 2012, 9:00pm
    Legolas lets bygones be bygones Harold.of.Whoa Send a private message to Harold.of.Whoa Sep 30 2012, 11:58pm
        Noted!! :) // Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Oct 1 2012, 11:52am
    holding true to each other... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 1 2012, 3:19am
    Late post again! But loved this SCOD and the last one! Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Oct 1 2012, 11:41am
    The Wall of Spears. FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Oct 1 2012, 5:24pm


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