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Owning-up time: Who here cried when Gandalf fell?

Radagast-Aiwendil
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Jul 25 2013, 8:19pm


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This, for me, is by far the most memorable moment of both Tolkien's books and PJ's films.

I just remember sitting down with my parents aged seven, watching this "film they thought I would like". Turned out the film (the books I read later on), shaped a large amount of my life. Gandalf came on screen and in the space of two hours I grew to love this character more and more: I didn't know why, but he connected with me in a way that no other fictional character had done before, and even aged seven I was able to understand the wisdom in his words-a character so mystical and yet so human. I'd always been intrigued by wizards and magic (as many young boys are), but Gandalf as a character spoke to me on an entirely different level.

...And then he fell. I could not believe it. I felt completely and utterly crushed. The weight of his sacrifice emphasized through the power of Shore's music, combined with the emotions of the actors was too much for me. For better or worse, I've cried more for Gandalf than I have cried for any family member.

Of course, then he came back, and I was more than over the moon. But even when I read that passage in the book, after seeing the film, the tears came streaming down my face. I've never felt quite that way again.

Did anyone else here ever feel that way about Gandalf's fall, either when reading about it or watching it?

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf

(This post was edited by Radagast-Aiwendil on Jul 25 2013, 8:25pm)

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Owning-up time: Who here cried when Gandalf fell? Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Jul 25 2013, 8:19pm
    I May Have Barrow-Wight Send a private message to Barrow-Wight Jul 25 2013, 9:50pm
        Oh yes, definitely Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Jul 26 2013, 8:41am
    I did in the book, but not in the movie. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jul 26 2013, 12:14am
    so many tears Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Jul 26 2013, 10:32am
    Even though I knew it was coming... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jul 28 2013, 1:18pm
        Made me jump a bit when I read that bit Gramma! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 28 2013, 3:40pm
    I did cry when I first read the book, many, many years ago. Patty Send a private message to Patty Jul 28 2013, 6:09pm
    Sniffles CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 28 2013, 11:56pm
    *raises hand* cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Jul 29 2013, 12:08am
    I did Nimloth Send a private message to Nimloth Jul 29 2013, 4:38am
        Hey Nimloth - long time no see! :-) // Starling Send a private message to Starling Jul 29 2013, 9:57am
    Not really. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Jul 29 2013, 7:03pm
        I think Gandalf realises he has to let go to fight the Balrog sycorax82 Send a private message to sycorax82 Aug 1 2013, 9:00pm
    Um... actually... Misto Send a private message to Misto Jul 29 2013, 8:38pm
    I can't say he's made me cry ... during that sequence... One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Jul 30 2013, 4:19am
    When I first saw it, Luinnár Send a private message to Luinnár Jul 30 2013, 9:50pm
    Not then, but a little later Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Jul 30 2013, 10:46pm
        Plus the visuals and music of that scene are just wrenching. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Jul 31 2013, 3:06pm
    A short history of my reactions :) Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Aug 2 2013, 12:10pm
        Thank you also for sharing yours :-) Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Aug 2 2013, 6:21pm
    When I read it, stunned silence, but no tears. Elwen Send a private message to Elwen Aug 2 2013, 7:48pm
    I was 10 then MaeBeth Send a private message to MaeBeth Aug 8 2013, 5:32pm
    Stunned Ziggy Stardust Send a private message to Ziggy Stardust Aug 9 2013, 1:09am
    I did indeed cry, both reading and watching! Madril Send a private message to Madril Aug 13 2013, 9:04pm
    Not I. arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Aug 14 2013, 2:27am
    Please... I tear up at the theme music! AnneDonahue Send a private message to AnneDonahue Aug 14 2013, 10:51pm
        I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil. ;-) // arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Aug 14 2013, 11:59pm

 
 
 

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