Now, that first line doesn’t sound like it would be the first line to a happy page, does it?
The night is cold, and Frodo sleeps with visions of dark wings. However, the morning is bright, and Aragorn scouts ahead to see that the ridge goes back down in the right direction. Hooray! However, the only route will be to make for the road. Hopefully it won’t be dangerous…
The group heads down the hillside, which is much less steep than the way up. Frodo remounts the pony, and things are going well. Pippin spies a path ahead, and they follow it. The path is no longer used much, but was once cleared away quite well. Boulders and trees have been moved aside to make way for it.
Hold on, does no one see the danger in this path? Let’s recap.
1) Frodo recalls that Bilbo’s run-in with the three trolls must have been somewhere nearby.
2) Aragorn has continually made reference to the troll-country not too far to the north.
3) This path was made by “strong arms and heavy feet”.
THIS IS SO NOT THE BEST PLACE TO BE.
There are totally trolls here, folks. Trolltally.
Why doesn’t Aragorn understand that? The narration is so clear in explaining that this path was not made by someone of typical strength. Trolls did this. Are we so bent on getting through this country as fast as possible that we’re going to ignore obvious signs?
Anyway, a side note. I feel like I criticize these characters a lot. It’s not because I think they’re stupid. Well, actually sometimes they are, but as I sit here, reading this novel as closely as I possibly can, I see things that I would wonder about if I were in this position. Maybe that’s just me looking out for my own skin.
Or maybe that’s just me not wanting to be eaten by a troll. You know, that would be bad.
Well, I have to be glad that things are going better. Even if it looks like our team is heading into a trap. Don’t mind me, I’m just the guy with the fish head.
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