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good point about the gift giving scene

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Sep 30 2012, 9:00pm


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good point about the gift giving scene [In reply to] Can't Post

I've thought, in the book, that it was Gimli's appreciation for the Crystal Caves - not for what can be mined from them, but for the sheer beauty of them - was when Legolas softened his attitude toward Gimli.

And, I think the Gimli was able to think about the caves less like a Dwarf and more like an Elf because of his love for Galadriel. When she granted him the gift of her hair, she said, `These words shall go with the gift,' she said. `I do not foretell, for all foretelling is now vain: on the one hand lies darkness, and on the other only hope. But if hope should not fail, then I say to you, Gimli son of Glóin, that your hands shall flow with gold, and yet over you gold shall have no dominion.

So it makes sense that the movies created a shortcut to that end by having Legolas opening admiring Gimli's love and appreciation of Galadriel. (that scene plays out just a little differently and with a different focus in the books)

In the book, by having that 'come together' moment (to my eyes, anyhow) happen in the trip between Helm's Deep and Isengard - we get Legolas softening toward Gimli and agreeing to visit the caves with him *and* you get Gimli softening toward Legoas and agreeing to revisit Fangorn Forest and try to see it through the Elves eyes. So you get the two way street of it.

In the movies, it's a little more one-sided, but still works.



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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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