AH! What a great page! I don’t know where to start!
Okay. Breathe. Summary. So, hobbits have heard of Mordor, but it’s kind of a scary bedtime story, like something evil they heard about long ago, but never had to pay any mind to. However, rumor is spreading that there was some evil power in Mirkwood, (the great forest to the east) and it was driven out only to reestablish itself in this ancient land of terror. Orcs are massing. Trolls are…I don’t know, trolling.
And there is something more terrifying that no one can name yet…
In the meantime, hobbits know little (if anything) about any of this. We see a lively debate between Sam and Ted Sandyman over strange creatures abroad. Ted vehemently disagrees with anything concerning creatures like dragons or “Tree-men”, while Sam seems to be keeping an open mind.
-Mirkwood: Enormous forest to the east of the Misty Mountains. Bilbo finds some spiders there in The Hobbit.
-the White Council: Unexplained in the text, but I happen to know that it’s the council of wizards. Led by this guy we’ll meet later. The actor who plays him is a bigger Lord of the Rings nerd than all of us.
-the Dark Tower: Could there be a more ominous name? Proper name: Barad-dûr. HQ of all evil.
-The Green Dragon: Well-known hobbit-inn in Bywater. The only dragon in the Shire!
-Ted Sandyman: Sandyman’s son. Thus, the miller’s son. Sung about in this one Sondheim song. The Sandyman family is wonderfully musical!
-the North Moors: Sketchy place up north, probably in the Shire. Nothing to do with Othello.
-Hal: Sam’s cousin. Hal Gamgee? Not sure. Claims to have seen a tree-man, read: ent. Not a prince. (And thus, also, nothing to do with Shakespeare.)
-Mr. Boffin: Hal’s boss. Not sure what they do. They do something.
-Overhill: Where Hal works for Mr. Boffin. Again, no clue what this actually is.
-the Northfarthing: Remember the Westfarthing and the Southfarthing? Like those. Perhaps one day we’ll hear about the Eastfarthing!
Yeah, a lot going on today! This is easily the most ominous page yet. It’s basically saying, “Yes, crazy stuff is going down. Get ready for it, because these hobbits sure aren’t.”
Okay, so, one question I have on this page is about orcs. “Orcs were multiplying again in the mountains.” Is this to say that orcs don’t grow as a community as fast in times of peace and happiness? What? I would always assume that orcs were a naturally occurring species, and they just always happened to fall in with the bad crowd because they were aggressive, numerous, generally nasty, and easily paid off.
But apparently not. Orcs get it on better when there’s that smell of evil in the air.
And actually, how do orcs reproduce? It’s the same problem most people have with dwarves. And trolls are getting smarter too? Yikes. Even in forcing the evil power out of Mirkwood, it looks like Saruman still does absolutely no good in this entire story. He’s not even officially evil yet! If you don’t know what I mean, oops. Saruman is a bad guy.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
If computers really still can’t recognize “ain’t” at this point, it’s kind of sad. No, it’s not really a word, but it pretty much is. You know, like you do.
There’s so much to say here, but I’m getting tired, and it’s past midnight at this point. Every picture in this post is of something evil. If that doesn’t get the point across, you’re clearly not understanding me here.
“‘What he saw was an elm tree, as like as not.'”