Frodo of the Nine Fingers

Memories of Frodo of the Nine Fingers

The first time I saw the 1980 Rankin Bass animated version of The Return of the King was at a friend’s home in the 1980s. It would be at least a decade before I saw it a 2nd time and in the intervening years I would reshuffle the songs in my head until they sounded completely different from the original version. One that was particularly catchy was Frodo of the Nine Fingers, which in my head was a lot slower and bassier.

Watching it again, I enjoy it and it certainly makes a lot more sense than the version I made up. This version was written by Maury Laws and Jules Bass. It is performed by Glenn Yarbrough. In the movie, it is sung by the Minstrel of Gondor to help recount Frodo’s journey to destroy the One Ring.

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2 thoughts on “Memories of Frodo of the Nine Fingers

  1. bigox737 says:

    This was one of those movies that I saw once as a kid and then did not see it again for a long time, but always looked for it.

    My family always preferred this movie to the Bakshi version, that was a bit more accessible at the time.

  2. Man, I had completely forgotten that song, but it all came rushing back when he first started singing.

    I was very confused about the hobbit movies as a kid. I knew that I loved them, and I remembered “the hobbit” well, and I remembered this one, but I was never aware of this one’s title (or if I was, it was one of those things that would slip my memory moments after seeing/hearing it). The sequence of events in the 2 stories also confused me some, as most of this is clearly after the events of the hobbit, but some of it seems to take place at the same time or before (unless my memory’s playing tricks, it’s been decades since I watched this).
    One thing that always stuck with me about this film was the part of his finger getting bitten off.
    I always loved the animated hobbit movie & this movie, and will SOOOOO gladly take them over those damned recent ones.

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