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Unseen

I've commented before on the opportunities we have to see the "inner Frodo" during moments when no one but the camera - and us - can see his face. In this shot, it's the "inner Sam" that we see coming into Frodo's room. This is posted frame by frame; in the next frame, Frodo begins to catch sight of him, but in the shot on this page, Sam doesn't have to respond or react to anyone and he doesn't have to show any emotion that he's not feeling.

But what is he feeling? By the time he gets to Frodo's door, he can certainly hear that Frodo's awake and doing okay. Why the cautious entry and the uncertain look? Tolkien says in a letter that Sam is possessive of Frodo, even having the kind of jealousy a good servant can have who doesn't think anyone but him can take proper care of his master. Movie-Sam hasn't given me that impression, but I wonder...  It's been just the two of them for what must have seemed like a lifetime crossing Mordor, and then facing death in each other's arms on Mount Doom. Is he possibly a little uncertain about where he fits, now that the gang's all back? Frodo seems perfectly capable of being happy without him.

The two also saw facets of each other that no one else ever had. I have suspicions that there are things that were too sensitive to even write down in the Red Book, which means that not even we know about them (although Tolkien might have). Movie-Sam found a violent side to himself that  neither he nor Frodo had seen before; it might have seemed necessary to Sam at the time, but now that they're back in civilization without Gollum to deal with would he wonder how people (including Frodo) would see it?

Whatever questions Sam has seem to get answered in the next few shots, but what's going through his mind on this page? Share any thoughts in the site forum.


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As is often the case, I hadn't planned to look at these frame by frame, and thought I'd get farther  (in fact, I thought I'd be finished with the scene at the end of this page). But we still have a ways to go.




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