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Watcher in the Water

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“Frodo felt something seize him by the ankle, and he fell with a cry. Bill the pony gave a wild neigh of fear, and turned tail and dashed away along the lakeside into the darkness. Sam leaped after him, and then hearing Frodo’s cry he ran back again, weeping and cursing. The others swung round and saw the waters of the lake seething, as if a host of snakes were swimming up from the southern end.

Out from the water a long sinuous tentacle had crawled; it was pale-green and luminous and wet. Its fingered end had hold of Frodo’s foot and was dragging him into the water.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Originally, executives maintained that the Watcher sequence in Fellowship of the Ring could be excised, being essentially superfluous; Peter Jackson was against the idea and was adamant in retaining the scene. “I loved the notion of the scene,” Jackson stated, “and I thought the film needed a good Monster sequence at this [narrative] point in time. I fought for it.” Compared to the scene in the novel, the Watcher in the Water’s attack in Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring film adaptation was greatly emphasized. In the original version of the sequence, the Watcher attacks the Fellowship with its twenty-one, faintly luminous green tentacles — remaining otherwise unseen. In the film, the action of the scene is larger, and the Watcher reveals its appearance, emerging from the water.

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