Friday, March 4, 2011
Something that I wrote about in our many free writes on Thursday was the little scenes where unexpectedly a character breaks out into laughter. For example, I chose the scene after Pippin and Gandalf talk to Denethor. " 'Are you angry with me Gandalf?' " Pippin asks. " 'I did the best I could.' " " 'You did indeed!' said Gandalf, laughing suddenly." And then later it says ..."for the sound of that laugh had been gay and merry. Yet in the wizard's face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth." Pippin always seems to make Gandalf laugh :) These scenes really stick in my head, because amist the saddness there is still laughter. Another scene that I always remember is when Frodo is rowing off to leave the Company and Sam swims after him. When Sam gets in the boat Frodo breaks out into laughter. For readers, we need these little happy scenes, especially in such a hopelessly seeming story as LOTR.