Why does the Mirror of Galadriel scene rule?

Galadriel offers Frodo a vision of the things that were, the things that are, and some things... that have not yet happened.

Galadriel offers Frodo a vision of the things that were, the things that are, and some things… that have not yet happened.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring turns 20 this monthand while our thoughts linger and back againwe remember how many of his moments remains so brilliantly memorable decades later. But one of its most haunting and tragic scenes persists in Peter Jackson’s trilogy: Frodo’s encounter with the Mirror of Galadriel.

By the time the Fellowship reaches the refuge of Galadriel and the protection of Celeborn in Lothlórien, they are battered and bruised both physically and spiritually. Having just fled Moria and mourning the loss of their kingpin in Gandalf, all seems hopeless for the group, not only to get to Mount Doom and complete their quest, but to even be able to stay together as a unit. singular. As the Fellowship spends the night in melancholy thoughts, licking their wounds, Frodo finds himself alone, until he stumbles upon Lady Galadriel herself, and has the chance to peer into her magical source of foresight, to see what might become of the world. if the Community and its bearer, in particular, were to falter.

What makes the Mirror of Galadriel sequence so breathtaking isn’t what it has to say about the temptation of the One Ring – the horror that Frodo is asked to face given the vision of the desires of Galadriel, if she succumbed to his offer and took away his burden. — but the way it amplifies the tragic loneliness that comes with wearing a power ring. Few people Frodo has met so far, not even Gandalf, can relate to the isolation of being a ring-bearer. But Galadriel, Nenya’s keeper, can – and these fears of isolation, and the need to go through the will-sapping process of wearing the jewel to its doom in Mordor, are what drive Frodo and Galadriel to arm themselves for their respective respect. tests in this brief moment together. Of course, there are dire warnings about Boromir’s hesitant temptation to take the ring to Gondor and the promised fate of the Shire’s scourging – an event from the books otherwise left untouched in Jackson’s trilogy after its preview here. – but what drives Frodo and Galadriel in this moment is this melancholic and gloomy loneliness.

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The first vision Frodo sees in the Mirror of Galadriel is not the doom of the Shire if he gives up, but the faces of his friends and their crushing disappointment. What Galadriel wants, if she were to become the Dark Queen, is more than power, but to be like, terrible as she is, by the people she could captivate with her power. The two ring-bearers are tempted by the luck of not having to face their tasks alone, even as Galadriel urges the young Hobbit to leave the Fellowship for a chance to complete his quest. Not that he finally has a say in the matter, Sam forcing himself out of his love for his friend anyway, but that’s only after.

At this moment in the shadow of Lothlórien, Frodo has confronted and hardened himself with the idea of ​​having to put aside his need for companionship to face a task that only he can accomplish. If the price to pay for wielding such terribly powerful artifacts is loneliness, it is a price that must be paid – Galadriel putting aside her desire to be adored is rewarded by the fact that she can remain herself and to pass into the eternal lands to be with his people. . Frodo’s acceptance is rewarded by emerging from the battle of Amon Hen in one piece before the loss of the Fellowship is his… albeit with the ever faithful Sam in tow, rather than truly alone .

But Sam’s wrinkle at the lesson Galadriel taught Frodo is, in turn, part of what makes Camaraderie such as nice serious adventure movie in the first place. Frodo’s greatest test in the film is accepting that he and he alone can bear the burden of the One Ring, that the tragedy lies in the loneliness he will feel for doing so. But neither does he realize until Sam wades through the waters of the Anduin after his best friend that bonds of friendship, some loves, finally, are too strong to allow such a tragedy to persist. Even though Frodo is willing to undertake his great quest alone, he has a friend who is more than willing to share the burden of such a sad and lonely task to fight against this prescribed melancholy.


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