Did Sam fail to see Frodo?
The following is not a discussion or analysis post. It is a question.
I’d like to put forward something that’s been on my mind ever since I watched The Two Towers.
Remember the scene where Frodo, Sam and Gollum are hiding from a Black Rider during the Dead Marshes sequence?
It always struck me how odd it was that as Frodo was slumped on the ground in pain, Sam – just for a moment – runs past his master without noticing him. As he reaches the concealing shrub, he turns round and runs back to him.
At first, I thought it was simply an odd editorial cut or camera angle, showing Sam unaware that Frodo was still lying on the ground. But upon closer inspection, Sam does indeed run directly past his master and fails to spot him.
Here’s the shot in question (only 3 seconds):
Could this be due to the elven cloaks from Lórien? Under moonlight and shrouded in mist, even at that distance Sam would have failed to see Frodo. Was this intentional, and used as foreshadowing for when the cloaks come in use in the next scene when they are hiding from Easterlings at the Black Gate?
Sam should have seen Frodo at that distance
Or am I looking too much into this and it all boils down to a slightly misplaced camera angle that should have left Frodo out of frame?
It’s possible I’m completely wrong about this, but please tell me someone else has thought about this too? 🙂
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