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elostirion74
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Sep 15 2012, 6:35am


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"Some of his other character traits, though, are ignored or marginalized."

I can see where you´re coming from, when you say movie Frodo basically capture the broad arc of the character. But that is more true, I believe, when you look in general terms at just the plot.

Tolkien himself made a statement about Frodo which I´ve always found revealing. He wrote something like this: Frodo is the study of a hobbit broken down by fear and a long burden and turning into something else

I think the film captures the first part of Frodo´s character. The other half, what he actually turns into, is deliberately ignored.
Personally I split book Frodo´s character into four dimensions, one part is about courage, sacrifice and suffering, another about his friendship with and relation to Sam, another about compassion and understanding/learning to see and a fourth about growing and changing spiritually. The first two parts are clearly the most easily relatable, which is also why I believe they were the aspects of Frodo chosen by the film makers.

It might sound as if I just dislike Frodo´s character in the films, but I actually found several things I enjoyed. It´s really more that I find him much less interesting in the long run than his book counterpart.

Subject User Time
SCOD - The many moods of Frodo Baggins. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 10 2012, 2:06am
    Great bulging eye balls! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 10 2012, 3:16am
        Actually Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 10 2012, 1:05pm
            * is confused * SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 10 2012, 3:39pm
                Oops - The forum ate my post! Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 10 2012, 3:50pm
                    To be fair, though... Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 10 2012, 4:22pm
                    I think that movie Frodo basically captures the broad arc of the book character kzer_za Send a private message to kzer_za Sep 10 2012, 4:52pm
                        Here's where cutting out a lot of the early hobbits-only chapters made a difference, I think... weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 11 2012, 12:36am
                            I can think of a few moments from Film 1 GoodGuyA Send a private message to GoodGuyA Sep 11 2012, 1:35am
                                I think those first four are pretty subtle... weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 11 2012, 1:48am
                                    Talking with Bilbo lies as a revlation for him GoodGuyA Send a private message to GoodGuyA Sep 11 2012, 2:06am
                                        Thanks and now you have me wondering... weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 11 2012, 2:21am
                        Hmm elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Sep 15 2012, 6:35am
    Very interesting, One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Sep 10 2012, 3:44am
    Have you ever seen this webpage? Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Sep 10 2012, 3:53am
        I love that site... weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 11 2012, 12:44am
        No, I hadn't! Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 11 2012, 2:51pm
            That's it Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Sep 12 2012, 2:11am
    Pretty much agree with SirD and OneRinger, but... zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Sep 10 2012, 5:42am
    The more I think about it Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Sep 10 2012, 5:57am
        I thought you had always felt that way? Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Sep 10 2012, 2:08pm
    The secret directing tricks of Peter Jackson Noel Q. von Schneiffel Send a private message to Noel Q. von Schneiffel Sep 10 2012, 7:26am
        Noel, can I be your friend? macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Sep 10 2012, 7:51am
            Yippie! Noel Q. von Schneiffel Send a private message to Noel Q. von Schneiffel Sep 10 2012, 7:59am
                Now all we need to do is to get our hands on JRRT's time machine. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Sep 10 2012, 8:02am
                    Now that is a good idea. Noel Q. von Schneiffel Send a private message to Noel Q. von Schneiffel Sep 10 2012, 8:44am
                        Yes macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Sep 10 2012, 9:03am
                            And I thought *I* was evil ;-) // Noel Q. von Schneiffel Send a private message to Noel Q. von Schneiffel Sep 10 2012, 10:18am
                                Mu-ha-ha-ha macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Sep 10 2012, 10:25am
                                This exchange is priceless; *love* you guys!// Nightingale Send a private message to Nightingale Sep 10 2012, 11:00am
    Eyebrows! FlyingSerkis Send a private message to FlyingSerkis Sep 10 2012, 9:45am
    I'm convinced. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Sep 10 2012, 1:50pm
    I admire the casting of Elijah Wood, and a young actor, as Frodo in the films... weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 11 2012, 12:14am
        very interesting post elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Sep 14 2012, 7:59pm
        Elijah´s acting + elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Sep 15 2012, 6:16am
    Very expressive Ziggy Stardust Send a private message to Ziggy Stardust Sep 11 2012, 1:06am
        We interrupt this thread for the following announcement: SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 11 2012, 1:28am
            see... now for me, it's this one Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Sep 11 2012, 2:04am
                This Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Sep 11 2012, 2:07am
                    All three ear worms, but the good kind SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 11 2012, 2:35am
                        pps I rather like this version as well: SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 11 2012, 2:47am
                            Oh - that version is a little different. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Sep 11 2012, 2:53am
                I always Delrond Send a private message to Delrond Sep 11 2012, 12:24pm
            LOL Ziggy Stardust Send a private message to Ziggy Stardust Sep 12 2012, 12:45am

 
 
 

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