Wow. It’s a weekday, and I don’t have to rush through this. Yay time!
The band arrives at the Last Bridge, and it appears to be unguarded. Aragorn goes on ahead to check, and finds a small green stone in the middle of the bridge. He takes it as a sign that it is safe to cross. They do so, easily, and cut northwards off the road after a bit. This new country is less barren, but still ominous. Frodo sees ruins and ancient towers rising on the hills. He wonders if they are the same ones that Bilbo noted around where he ran into his three trolls. Frodo asks if this is troll-country, but Aragorn replies that it is not. It was once inhabited by men, who are long since gone. Pippin asks how Aragorn knows such things, and Aragorn appears to be ready to tell them his noble lineage…
Let’s start with this stone. It’s nothing special, but Aragorn refers to it as a beryl, an elven-stone. In typing this, I was thinking: “Oh, bother! My computer’s gonna spit that one back at me for spellcheck, right?” NO! A beryl is a real thing. It’s a common mineral, usually green or bluish in color, which agrees with the green color given in the book.
Take a look at one for yourself!
Was it put there by Gandalf? Probably. No one mentions that. I AM SMARTER THAN ALL OF THEM. MUAHAHA!!
Man…having extra time makes me silly.
So, about Aragorn. You’ll see in the last line of the page that he seems to be about to reveal himself as the heir of Elendil. Too soon? I don’t know, but he’s only known these hobbits like a week. Is it really worth his time to reveal such a big secret about himself? No one needs to spend extra time worrying about keeping him safe. He can take care of himself, really, but knowing that he’s such an important person would make me want to keep him out of trouble. Especially if I was as naive as these hobbits.
Well, on second thought, maybe their naivety is why he might tell them. They wouldn’t know how important he is…
We’ll figure it out tomorrow, anyway.
“‘The heirs of Elendil do not forget all things past,’ said Strider;…”