Well, this is fun. My computer’s having connectivity issues at the little market I try to write these at when I’m caught between work and rehearsal. No internet, but I still have the burning desire to get this out of the way. Thus, what you’re reading now is what I wrote offline, and have since uploaded onto the blog. Maybe with minor edits.
Regardless, we have a page of Lord of the Rings to talk about.
Aragorn checks out the encampment that Sam and Pippin happened upon. He can tell that it was made by Rangers, but there are other tracks, made by heavier boots. The hobbits assume the worst, and start worrying about getting out of the hollow that they’re currently in. Unfortunately, Aragorn doesn’t know of anywhere better to hole up.
Merry has a revelation, wondering if the black riders can see. They’ve seen them smelling about before, but Aragorn jumped for cover on Weathertop when he saw them in the distance. It seems, explains Aragorn, that the Ringwraiths do not see in light like we are accustomed to. They see shapes as shadows, but can “see” this way very well in darkness. They smell blood in living things, and emanate fear. And they are drawn to the ring!
How creepy is that? They do sound similar in kind to vampires, but without the whole blood (technically energy) sucking thing. It wouldn’t take them long to find our band of heroes, especially as night approaches.
But, okay, Aragorn seems to have accepted what we’ve known for a while now: the riders are coming. There are no immediate ways to escape. Five have joined up, and they’re headed this way, presumably to check out this camp that they ransacked some time ago. It’s like being in shark-infested waters right now. You know the bite is coming, but WHEN?
It’s hard to tell how much I’ve really written when I’m not typing directly into WordPress like I usually do. Hm. This is either going to be one of my shorter posts, which I doubt, or a long one. Don’t worry, I don’t think there’s any chance of beating that one post where I went diving into ancient Middle-earth history. We’ll see. Hopefully the issue with my wifi is confined to this market and doesn’t follow me once I get home!
“‘Also,’ he added, and his voice sank to a whisper, ‘the Ring draws them.'”