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SCOD: A three-screencap discussion for the week


Oct 14 2013, 6:50pm

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Going to take a liberty with the SCOD format this week and present the three screencaps for the week in one post.

Let's take a moment to look at the use of the colors white and black in these screencaps.

In the first, we have Gandalf, Shadowfax, and the light from Gandalf's staff all in their bright-white-light-ness.

In the second, we have the Hall of Kings. Why is this hall of power specifically stark white and stark black? One extreme or the other?

In the third, we have the Witch King, and where his being should be there is only complete and utter darkness, no light gets in, no light escapes, it appears as a depthless, endless black hole from which there is no escape.

Some thoughts:

1. What are your thoughts on this progression from light to dark?

2. Who and what are Gandalf, Shadowfax and Gandalf's staff that they are of such purity of color?

3. In the Hall of Kings, is the white the pure white light of the lofty origins of the earlier ages? Or is it the cold whiteness of ice, of that which is frozen in time? And in either case, what then of the columns of black interspersed throughout?

4. What do you make of the similarity between the shape of the great emptiness in the center of the Hall of Kings and the shape of the emptiness in the center of the Witch King's mask?

6. It's hard to discern from this screencap, but Denethor has clothed himself in black, with only trim in white fur. Perhaps in mourning for his son, but it could also reflect his succumbing to the darkness. In his attempt to master the Palantir, the darkness has consumed him from within and spread outward until just a "fringe" of hope/light remains. What if Denethor's costume had been of a different color? Would it have affected our opinion of his character?

7. It's been said that the Hall of Kings here looks like a mausoleum, a tomb. Along the walls are statues of past, deceased Kings. Thinking back to FOTR and Boromir's statement regarding Moria, "This is no mine, itís a tomb!" perhaps his quickness to make that connection reflects his own sense of personal foreboding, but could also the speed with which he thought of a tomb reflect the influence on him of growing up amidst this tomb-like place and its ever-present emphasis on emptiness and death?

8. And to end on a not quite so dreary note - in the Hall of Kings screenshot amidst all of that coldness and emptiness, there is Faramir! The only bit of color in the shot, in his clothing of warm earth browns and soft greens. As if to remind us, "There is always hope!" perhaps? :-).

Thanks for visiting, and please feel free to share your thoughts and perspectives :-).


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SCOD: A three-screencap discussion for the week Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Oct 14 2013, 6:50pm
    The great hall Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Oct 15 2013, 2:09am
        Chess Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Oct 17 2013, 1:46pm
    Interesting! FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Oct 16 2013, 10:03am
        The sun shining in Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Oct 17 2013, 2:15pm


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