I have a sinking feeling that this chapter is going to include a lot of walking.
Frodo and Sam eat breakfast with Faramir before they get ready to go. He is giving them a small bit of food, and warns them against drinking any water that flows down from Mordor. Otherwise, they should be alright. He also mentions that scouts have returned with news of…nothing. The roads are eerily empty and quiet, leading Faramir to believe that a great strike or something big is imminent. In the meantime, the hobbits might be able to slip around quite easily. Faramir also gifts Frodo and Sam two walking-sticks, elaborately carved and shortened to their height.
-Imlad Morgul: The valley of Minas Morgul, terrifying and deadly. You know how Rivendell is also called Imladris? Look, a similarity in language!
Aren’t carved walking-sticks a little silly to be taking into Mordor? Those are going to get beat up. They’re not really practical, are they? The last thing that I would ever want as a decorated heirloom is something like a walking-stick – something that I’m going to take into the wilderness and throw around a lot of the time. It’s like having a a diamond-encrusted nail file. What’s the point?
The interesting line here is in Faramir’s mention of the quiet roads. He says that a storm is coming, seemingly having a conversation that is moved to a Gandalf-Pippin talk in the movie.
Will that still happen? I could see it, but the lines here are very similar, enough so to make me think that it just moved almost straight over.
What doesn’t happen? Faramir doesn’t take Frodo and Sam to Osgiliath. Pshaw.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Woodwrights write on wood, right?
“‘To have found it turns evil to great good.’”