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Happy ending!

squire
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Jan 18 2013, 7:31am


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I think the problem with the film's Grey Havens scene was that someone felt compelled to give it a "happy ending" feel. The cinematic ride off into the sunset is beyond cliche, and yet seems still to be a commercial necessity with "heroic" films. Thus the gold lighting in Jackson's version, which is not mentioned in the book at all:
Then Frodo kissed Merry and Pippin, and last of all Sam, and went aboard; and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth; and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore glimmered and was lost. ... But to Sam the evening deepened to darkness as he stood at the Haven; and as he looked at the grey sea he saw only a shadow on the waters that was soon lost in the West. There still he stood far into the night, hearing only the sigh and murmur of the waves on the shores of Middle-earth, and the sound of them sank deep into his heart. Beside him stood Merry and Pippin, and they were silent. (LotR, VI.9)
Imagine the scene ending with a grey mist deepening to night, the three hobbits standing by the water, only the sound of surf, and no musical score whatever in order to capture Tolkien's description of a deep, dark, meditative silence.



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The look of the forbidden pool in Ithilien Calenheniel Send a private message to Calenheniel Jan 11 2013, 12:48am
    I admit that my Middle-earth was shaped by Alan Lee's paintings, Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 11 2013, 9:46am
        I found it interesting that Christopher Tolkien cited John Howe and Alan Lee Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 11 2013, 3:01pm
            Did he really? ArdamŪrŽ Send a private message to ArdamŪrŽ Jan 11 2013, 3:21pm
                I suppose it's unclear Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 11 2013, 3:46pm
                    Ah well that is a little different ArdamŪrŽ Send a private message to ArdamŪrŽ Jan 11 2013, 4:00pm
                    The quote you brought indicates something deeper sador Send a private message to sador Jan 14 2013, 9:35pm
                        Like your point of view a lot, sador  leniel Tindome Send a private message to  leniel Tindome Jan 15 2013, 7:47pm
                            Thank you! sador Send a private message to sador Jan 16 2013, 4:15am
                        Late! Once again! telain Send a private message to telain Jan 20 2013, 2:09pm
                            At the present, I expect prompt responses from none... sador Send a private message to sador Jan 27 2013, 10:03pm
            Ted Nasmith Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 12 2013, 10:09pm
                I'm not sure Christopher Tolkien is complaining about any one specific art style... Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 14 2013, 7:12pm
                    I'm not familiar with their entire body of work Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 14 2013, 7:56pm
                thanks for that link... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:37pm
                    You're welcome! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 17 2013, 12:15am
    what's interesting to me is how much I did not remember right! weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:32pm
        The Grey Havens also looked totally different in my head Calenheniel Send a private message to Calenheniel Jan 16 2013, 11:39pm
            sombre is a good word... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:53pm
            Happy ending! squire Send a private message to squire Jan 18 2013, 7:31am
                Chills. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 18 2013, 3:35pm
                    Great Idea  leniel Tindome Send a private message to  leniel Tindome Jan 18 2013, 5:43pm
                That passage gives me chills big time FlyingSerkis Send a private message to FlyingSerkis Jan 18 2013, 7:44pm
                They got the harbor right, and the ship style, and the direction and the time of day... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 22 2013, 3:25am

 
 
 

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