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Legolas lets bygones be bygones


Sep 30 2012, 11:58pm

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Legolas lets bygones be bygones [In reply to] Can't Post

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?

Yes, it was pretty effective, and by current standards, the camera work was rock-solid. (Something about the encirclement scene really resonates. When my sons were smaller and they would act out parts of the movies, this scene would play, and they would jump up and stand back-to-back, slowly turning around.Laugh That's the picture that appears in my mind's eye when I hear the music.)

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 think of it as simply a conversation starter. I think Aragorn wants to have proper leave to transit Rohan, and he's trying to make contact on his own terms instead of being intercepted.

3. Speaking of Merry and Pippin, do you still feel the worry for them at this point in the film?

No, they're fine.Sly

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?

This always seem to fit perfectly to me. In a movie with this many character stories, there is only so much screen time that can be devoted to each arc. Magpie's comments on the closeness that develops among people engaged in a team struggle are right on. I would point out that the movie establishes Legolas as a fierce friend right at the beginning. At the Council of Elrond, Legolas rises to Aragorn's defense very forcefully when he thinks Boromir is not showing proper respect to Isildur's heir. Since Legolas should have little or nothing personally invested in the kingship of Gondor, I infer a pre-existing friendship with Aragorn, and his passion in the matter reflects a personality trait that is on display again against Eomer.

On a related note, Legolas seemed even more antagonistic toward Boromir than Gimli at the CoE, and there was even less conciliatory interaction between the two later on, but Legolas looked almost as grieved over Boromir's death as Gandalf's, so it would appear that he is not the sort to cling to old animosities.

5. Any additional thoughts and comments!

I would like to discuss Aragorn's approach to this situation in the films vs. in the book, but let's wait and see the next SCOD.

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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