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"'What is his sorrow?' she asked the Gryphon..."


Aug 30 2013, 4:30pm

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1. Do you like the composition of the first image?

Nice how the tree is on the north side of the pond, where Rohan will come from. The south is on the other side of the pond, and Aragorn will have to journey across water to get to Minas Tirith. I like how at first glance everything looks slightly off kilter, yet you can see the symmetry if you really look at it.

2. Look at the second picture. Does Minas TIrith’s halls here not remind you of a chessboard – where the two Kings (well... Stewards, in this case – Gandalf is also a Steward) are on the opposite sides of the board?

Yes. It also shows Denethor’s black-and-white, either-or, all-or-nothing type thinking. He’s on the horns of a false dilemma, with Gandalf coming to try to show him a third alternative.

Somehow this also reminds me of the chess game hidden in the narrative of Through the Looking-glass.

3. Now let us look at the third picture. What did you think about how the filmmakers had introduced Denethor (if you had only seen the Theatrical Editions, and not the Extended Editions and therefore not encountered this character before?

It’s much like in the book, where we hear so much about the great, noble Steward of Gondor, then when we finally meet him he’s a shrunken, broken man. I really like how Jackson did this. I also like how he’s in his hair-collared but otherwise very fine and comfy robe. It’s like he wants to show himself as mourning (hair-shirt) but doesn’t want to be uncomfortable doing so.

4. What do you think about the costumes?

There aren’t many ways to put wings on helmets but I think they did really well in coming up with the unique look of the guards’ helms.

5. Any other thoughts or comments, regarding this scene?

The stairway to the throne is extremely narrow and precarious. Kinda symbolizes Aragorn’s journey. It also demonstrates how abstract the idea of King has become to Gondor. Obviously those stairs are not meant for a real king to climb, nor is the impractically high throne meant for a real king to rule from.

“That hobbit has a pleasant face,
His private life is a disgrace.
I really could not tell to you,
The awful things that hobbits do.”

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SCOD: The Halls of Minas Tirith FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Send a private message to FaramirAndEowynMorningStar Aug 28 2013, 12:09pm
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