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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - An analysis of the portrayal of Frodo and the Shire.

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English Media Assignment - The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Rings An analysis of the portrayal of Frodo and the Shire Frodo is the main character in this movie; throughout the film, he plays a vital role in the plot. In this essay, I will be analysing the portrayal of Frodo and the Shire. Before we meet Frodo in the Shire, a prologue introduces the film and is full of evil and fiery mountains. This contrasts greatly with the lush, green Shire. Our first view of Frodo in the film is when he is under a tree reading - this gives us an impression of intellectuality and that he is educated. Also, the fact that he is sitting under a tree, surrounded be green, suggests that he is at one with nature - he is a nature lover like all hobbits. The shot of Frodo sitting under a tree is the first we see of the Shire. In this film, this is very important as it gives us - the audience - an impression of the Shire and it will stay with us throughout the rest of the film and the rest of the trilogy. So, with all the green wonders of nature around Frodo, we see Frodo as an innocent hobbit and we do not associate him with anything evil. ...read more.


He has long, curly brown hair, which make us think of a wild and playful person. His eyes are the most outstanding feature, they are bright and blue - like a window to the soul, and again this gives us an impression of virtuousness and purity. Frodo runs like a child, this shows us enthusiasm. The long shot of Gandalf driving a wooden, horse-driven cart from the dark shadows of trees to the light in the Shire. The lighting here was used to achieve the impression of Gandalf coming from a dark place to the Shire. Also, the lighting is continuously going down on Gandalf and Frodo, this shows that they are happy and have no worries. When Frodo confronts Gandalf, there comes a moment of tension between them, which is suddenly broken by Gandalf and Frodo's laughter. The next shots all show the mis-en-scene of the Shire and really shows the true nature of the Shire. Everything in the Shire is very organic and made from natural resources, there is nothing metal or plastic. It looks very agricultural and laid back, the designers who were responsible for the setting of the Shire wanted it to look as natural as possible and kept digital enhancement to a bare minimum. ...read more.


'The Shire Theme' is back again but in a more high-pitched and a kind of victorious way. The shot here was a master shot and showed the whole of the Shire and children running towards Gandalf's cart, the setting in which the children were running through looked overgrown and completely natural. The children running towards Gandalf expected him to do something fun and exciting; this comes after Frodo labelled Gandalf as a 'disturber of the peace' and as Gandalf drives through the streets, he receives disapproving stares from the hobbits. Gandalf drives through the streets and does nothing much to the disappointment of the children but then lets out fireworks from the back of the cart, the children them scream with delight - this really does show how peaceful the Shire is and is very significant through the film. The fireworks are a mixture of special effects used in the program Adobe Photoshop and a couple of smoke bombs. Frodo likes the fireworks, he likes Gandalf, this shows he does not meet the average hobbits requirement. Before the firework scene, Bilbo is narrating and describes hobbits as people who only like eating, drinking and smoking and people who like peace and tranquillity. Frodo is a non-conformist, he likes fireworks and enjoys a bit of fun - this in itself makes Frodo an exceptional character and outlines his importance in the film. Bilal Salameh 10SJF English Coursework Mr. Mulligan ...read more.

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