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'When Frodo came to himself he was still clutching the Ring desperately'
Did you ever notice that high action is followed by quiet, softer scenes?
Well next time you watch a film look for it, Tolkien uses this method extensively.
We just finish with our great little encounter with the Riders, Frodo, having
faltered, takes the Ring and puts it on, he then get's discovered by the Riders
and is almost killed, he saves the day and is wounded. This all works up to a
large climax with a fast fade out...boom, then nothing...all is dark and still.
'He's moving!' a familiar yet strangely distant voice would be heard, 'Frodo?
Can you hear me?' Suddenly light fills the screen, not bright light mind you, a
cold greyish light. Forms begin to appear, we see Pippin and Merry standing over
Frodo (from Frodo's POV). It's the next day, a cold drizzly day on weathertop.
The story moves forward, Frodo is treated for his grievous wound and he seems
different in a way, Not evil looking, just...different.
Strider would explain to the Hobbits about the evil weapons, and we would see
the sword hilt disappear in front of our eyes! The Hobbits again are off, this time
with earnest as they feel they are being chased. This, again is another opportunity
for the score to play an important role in the film, acting as the 'unspoken narrator'
yet again. With some tense filled music to literally make you 'feel' like you're
The weather will also play a major role here, I feel that color should be drained
from these scenes slowly but noticeably, like Frodo's ailing body, we will see less
and less color in these scenes, the rain can add to that, as well as the condition
of the Ringbearer, who's getting worse by the minute.
The party moves on, with the threat of danger ever present. This moving scene
is nothing like the trip to weathertop. The scenes are tense, they all look worried,
even Strider, who is leading them through the deep crags and dark forest.
Suddenly Pippin returns screaming.
Trolls! Trolls There are Trolls ahead!
I saw them!
picks up a stick
Alight, we will come and look at them
Of course the Trolls turn out to be statues from the past (I think this would
be a rather nice throwback to 'The Hobbit') The danger is false, but I'd still
like to keep this scene in to break the monotony of 'Travel and pursuit', if that
ever can get monotonous!) I'd then perhaps add the meeting of Glorfindel here,
instead of a little later. The party would be sitting under the shadow of the Trolls
eating food when horses' hooves could be heard. We'd have a tight close up on
everyone's face, and their eyes, they are frightened, meanwhile the hooves are
getting louder and louder. Strider tells everyone to hide. They dash deeper into
the woods, Frodo, very sickly, moves his head to look in the direction of the hooves,
Sam keeps close to him. Pippin and Merry are very frightened, sweating and mumbling
things to themselves (almost singing, almost in prayer) Strider is ducking down,
half hidden, with his eyes darting about..searching...searching for any sign of the
dark riders....meanwhile the hooves are getting closer....We see a tight shot of
the road, nothing, no sign of anything. The sound of the hoves almost seems to stop
when suddenly something bursts out from the bushes, everyone crouches down and
turns the other way. The rider stops, the horse neighs (Pippin covers his ears at
the noise) From our point of view (POV) we didn't get a good look at who it was
either. We now see a close up (CU) of the ground, suddenly a hoof comes into view,
the horse is moving slowly, can we hear sniffing?
Hail! Hail and well met! It is I, Glorfindel!
Strider leaps up and runs to greet his friend, the Hobbits are confused, and
wary, they stay crouched behind the bushes. (I've heard that Glorfindel's scenes
might be cut BTW, but you know me, I like to keep everything in) Strider introduces
them and all is well, Glorfindel tells them all of the latest tidings and that they
must run at once, Frodo is persuaded to ride Glorfindel's horse and the trek
continues with a new hastiness. The paty travels a breakneck pace, even Strider
seems to be running out of steam. They pass through some mountainous regions and
hills burroughs. Again the geography of NZ will play a big part here, no CGI needed
here. They pass through a gap between two large hills and stop, Frodo reaches it
first but the other's arrive right behind him.
The Ford of Rivendell
From their POV the ford is below them, down a steepish hill of short green
grass. On their left is a thick yet small forest, on their right is another hill.
The ford is really a small stony arc bridge. Underneath the Bruinen flows steadily,
it is dark rich water (like the water in Greece) beyond that is another open area
of grass, with the Old Road going up and over a hill out of view.
We see a CU of Frodo, the camera pans around his head, the wind blows his hair
from behind him, he turns to look in that direction, suddenly Glorfindel screams,
'Fly! Fly! The enemy is upon us!' Boom! an explosive scene follows, with help from
a great score, (see how important a score is PJ?) Glorfindel's horse takes off
with a burst of speed, all the sick Frodo can do is hold on, Strider, Sam and Merry
try to follow half way and turn around to face the oncoming Riders, Pippin and
Glorfindel (yes I know I changed it) stay at the hilly 'gate' suddenly a black rider
bursts out of the gate followed by another. They ride so fast they look like blurs
in the sunlight. The camera pans quickly to the forest on the left, another black
rider bursts from the trees. Frodo rings in the Elf-Horse, stops and looks back at
the rider coming towards him, we see a close up of Glrofindel, he looks surprised,
the camera tightens in even more, he screams in the elvish tongue, 'noro lim, noro
lim, Asfaloth!Ride Frodo ride!' The horse again bursts into a bolt, Frodo closes
his eyes and holds on to the horses main.
Suddenly he hears voices, shrill deadly voices (a la The Evil from 'The Fifth
Element') talking to him, he opens his eyes in shock, tears are streaming from
his eyes 'The Ring! The Ring!' they scream, 'Go back to Mordor and follow me no
more!' Frodo screams back, he closes his eyes (but just before that we see from
his POV the black rider from the left who will no doubt cut him off before he
reaches the ford) Glorfindel's horse makes it past the rider, almost looking as
it t went straight through it. It hits the water and leaps across the to the
other side. Frodo opens his eyes in shock, believe it or not, he looks even more
sickly, his eyes are dark ad full of tears, he seems at the end of his rope. He
pulls out his sword, in his shaking hands he holds it high.
Very desperate, almost crying
You shall never have the ring nor me!
The black rider that almost caught him stands in his stirrups, and the other
3 catch up with him. They all stand, Frodo drops his sword and looks on in
desperation, he seems to pass out and falls from his horse as the Riders make
their way across the river. Suddenly a rush of wind fills the air, after a loud
cry (almost an ghostly cry) the river surges and bubbles, the Riders let out a
hissssssssss and hold their hands up at the light and water in a desperate attempt
to hold back the flow, suddenly the white caps of the big waves take on the form
of horses, white ghostly horses, they race towards the riders and let out angelic
nighs and whines, they ride right over the riders and the water washes them away
is a flood of monstrous proportions. Frodo half believing his eyes, lays his head
down and passes out.
END OF BOOK 1