Question About The Argonath
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Author:  Angrod Alcarin [ May 20th, 2007, 7:22 am ]
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Now, in the movies, when the Fellowship travels past the Argonath, they all think it's really beautiful and they love the way Aragorn feels when seeing his ancestors, but in the books they are actually scared of the statues because they are big and so silent. In the Chapter ''Minas Tirith'' Pippin looks at the statues of the ancestors of Denethor and it says he got reminded to the chilly sight of the Argonath.

Am i wrong or is the movie wrong?

Author:  Aylan [ May 22nd, 2007, 11:36 am ]
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Neither you nor the movie is wrong. I think that they felt scared but at the same time they knew how beautiful the structures were. Anyone would be alittle freaked out by statues that are that huge.

Author:  evenstarelfe [ May 22nd, 2007, 4:47 pm ]
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i agree. :closedeyes:

Author:  Ashwise [ May 24th, 2007, 4:43 pm ]
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I think they felt a sense of awe when they looked at them.

Author:  [ May 25th, 2007, 9:53 am ]
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I agree with those above. A statue like those are pretty awe-triggering when you float by in a small dinghy!!
I felt the awe and sort of an eerie feeling at the same time when watching the scene in the movie!

Author:  Alkin [ June 3rd, 2007, 9:40 pm ]
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mm yes I was very subtle and well played

Author:  *Telcontar* [ June 9th, 2007, 7:51 am ]
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I aggre too...
...and I love thet csene when Aragorn looks on the Aragonath and sey: kin... :)

Author:  Elenthari [ June 18th, 2007, 12:06 pm ]
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@Ea-I agree with you Ea.I think that a statue can combain the scary images of ancient kings and the beauty of the Ages at the same time.

Author:  The Nightingale [ June 30th, 2007, 11:03 pm ]
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I think it's like a beautiful animal. They hold so much beauty, and yet they can be terrifying at the same time.

Author:  Anameleth [ August 21st, 2007, 4:48 am ]
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I don't think the movie showed their fear of the Argonath all too well. I mean, you can see that they're awe-struck, but they don't look very frightened at all... Just my thought though. I suppose a lot of you will disagree...

Author:  mephiston, lord of death [ October 28th, 2007, 8:41 am ]
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I think the Argonath represents the days when Gondor was great, a glory long past, in a way like the white tree before Aragorns reign.

Author:  noldor [ November 2nd, 2007, 1:18 pm ]
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aragorn liked them.i think they are based on charlamagne and constantine the great in the film.

Author:  [ November 2nd, 2007, 1:45 pm ]
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The movie is a representation of the book. They might have made a deliberate choice to emphazise the awe and the might of the former realm of Gondor rather than call for the terrifying feeling in the audience. I think Pj might have wanted to let the audience have a good feeling about it, to indicate that the Fellowship had entered (former) friendly territory and make it sort of ceremonial how Aragorn returns to his kingdom and how he is putting the ranger aside already there.

Author:  Aerandir [ November 3rd, 2007, 2:02 pm ]
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Agreed, Eä. It would've have been good if it was like 'welcome to the former lands of the Númenoreans--be terrified!' That wouldn't have been so great.

I suppose that PJ's decision was a good one. Whenever I read that passage in the book, Aragorn's calmness washes away the terror that the hobbits feel. Though, if you read back, they were actually somewhat scared because the current got rather rapid going through there, and the water was rough, etc.

But anyways, I'm mostly satisfied with the way that they portrayed the Argonath in the movie.

Author:  noldor [ November 4th, 2007, 3:51 am ]
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its one of the awsome scenes from the book.they give you glimses of the might of numenor with ruins and the statues.

Author:  Aerandir [ November 4th, 2007, 3:43 pm ]
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I think it's actually kind of a sad scene (well, that whole bit, plus The Breaking of the Fellowship). Yes, it gives you glimpses of the might of Númenor, but with the ruins, Tolkien reminds us that the might of Númenor is no longer. It fell, subject to the folly of man, not because of warfare. Sauron could not have twisted Tar-Calion's heart to evil unless he was already leaning that way himself. To me, at least, that section serves as a poignant reminder of the fact that not even the greatest mortal power is safe from evil.

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