Can we get sentimental here for a moment? Okay, I’m going to get sentimental.
A very important anniversary passed sometime recently, and I only realized it just a few days ago. What were you doing around this time ten years ago? I was in 7th grade, and on the last day of school before Winter Break, our entire grade went on a field trip. Where we went, well, it was a big moment in my life. We saw a movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. That was ten years ago! Can you believe that? At the time, I had read The Hobbit, having been in a stage production of it, but not Lord of the Rings. That was a pretty big step for me. Look where I am now. I did read the book, and soon. I think I got it in paperback for Christmas. Anyway, I thought that was important to note.
And how awesome was that day, for me, ten years ago? After the movie was over and I went home, my aunt took me to Medieval Times. On the way there I retold the first half of the movie. On the way back, I finished it. It was a pretty great day.
So, today’s page! Gandalf’s letter has three postscripts. In the first, he reminds Frodo not to use the ring. The second advises him to check to make sure that Strider is the true Strider, revealing his real name of Aragorn along with a rhyming riddle that must mean something. The third postscript is in hopes that Butterbur sends the letter quickly. If he does not, Gandalf intends to “roast him”.
Yeah! Roast Butterbur!
The letter ends, and Frodo asks Aragorn why he did not identify as a friend of Gandalf’s from the beginning. Aragorn admits to have had no knowledge of this letter, and needed to get his own proof that Frodo was who he appeared to be. Aragorn has seen trickery from his enemies before.
Meaning, this road goes both ways. Not only did Frodo have to trust Aragorn, but Aragorn had to trust Frodo as well. I think Aragorn has already come to believe that Frodo is genuine, and hopefully this letter goes to prove the same about Aragorn to Frodo. The rhyme is clearly about Aragorn, concerning itself with a broken blade (Narsil, Elendil’s sword which cut the ring from Sauron’s hand) and the re-crowning of a king.
Also, this is the second time Gandalf has mentioned actually doing harm to someone in retribution for disappointing him. He first mentioned turning Sam into a toad. This guy really must have some neat powers, but only mentions them in sarcasm. Come on, man!
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Okay, this thing not recognizing “Gandalf” simply because it’s in all caps is ridiculous. And “crownless”? I’ll admit that that’s a pretty typical word. Dictionary.com seems to think it’s totally an acceptable adjective form of “crown”. And Dictionary.com never lies.
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