Thursday, November 14, 2013

MEC Day 14: Saddest Quote

"A lament for Gandalf."
"What do they say about him?"
"I have not the heart to tell you. For me, the grief is still too near."

The books about Middle-Earth are mostly adventures, yet they have the bright moments of comedy that make you laugh as well as the dark moments of sorrow that cut your heart in two. I struggled for a long time trying to pick a saddest quote, looked at my Pinterest board for inspiration, and then realized the answer was right in front of me. And it's in this scene.

Gollum: See? See? He wants it for himself.

Sam: Shut up, you! Go away! Get out of here!

Frodo: No, Sam. It's you. I'm sorry, Sam.

Sam: But he's a liar. He's poisoned you against me!

Frodo: You can't help me anymore.

Sam: You don't mean that.

Frodo: Go home.

Sam has followed Frodo through thick and thin, never complaining or giving up, always protecting and assisting, staying by his side in all things, being more of a best friend than just a gardener, and Frodo just told him to go home. If that doesn't get you, peoples, not much will.

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  1. Ugh, yes, that part of the movie is so hard! It bugs me that he put that in even though it's not from the books. :P

  2. This one of the few things Peter Jackson added to the movie that I wish he had not.

  3. Christina & Alexander... yup. I know exactly what you guys mean. This scene is one that I've struggled with for a long while because technically IT'S NOT IN THE BOOK! I really like to have stories that I love being made the right way in the film. But I have to give PJ a hand in this one. True, Frodo and Sam did not separate, Sam was not sent home, as they both went into Shelob's lair together. Yet, Frodo sending Sam away after Gollum's lie showed that he was, in a small sense, falling to the power of the Ring. He and Sam had grown so that it seemed there was nothing to come between their friendship, but the Ring was a dangerous piece of jewelry. Frodo could not bear that burden all that way and not succumb a little to its power. Of course, Gollum didn't help at all. And poor Sam, he loved his master far too much to disobey such a direct order as that. It might have broken his heart to be thus cast aside, but he did what he was told and it wasn't until he found the lembas and realized Gollum's trickery that he came back. In the book, you really don't see Frodo succumbing to the power of the Ring quite as much. He may come across as a little annoying, but there's not much that hints to his decision to keep the Ring when they finally reach Mount Doom. This scene hints at it because it shows Frodo's weakness. He chose the Ring over his best friend.

  4. make a good point. I'm a stickler to the books, but I see what you're saying. Man, you really think about this stuff! :)

    1. I'm a stickler for the books as well, but you're right, Christina... I do really think about this stuff. *sheepish grin* Perhaps TOO much. :D