Does it make sense to have a brief philosophical discussion on why men in Middle-earth tend to be on the simpler side?
For us? Not worth it. For Frodo and Gandalf? Sure!
Gandalf says that there is more to Aragorn than the common man, and admits that he is a descendant of the old line of kings, as are all Rangers. Frodo is surprised to learn this. However, he cannot figure how it is already October 24th. Gandalf explains that he was brought to Rivendell on the 20th, and has been recovering since then. A splinter from the blade was found in his wound, undoubtedly making his health worsen until it was removed.
Tip of a dagger stuck in your shoulder? I think Frodo’s just had his first badass moment!
Of course, it makes sense that the embedded blade would continue to do harm until it was removed. The evil power in it would seep into Frodo’s system, and I wouldn’t doubt that the presence of the Ringwraiths at the ford made its poison stronger. Things work like that in Middle-earth.
I do have to notice, though, that Gandalf doesn’t admit that Aragorn is the heir to the throne of men. I don’t think anyone has clearly stated that yet. It seems to be some big secret. Well, sorry if I spoiled that for you, but Aragorn is too big a deal to leave mysterious here. I personally think that it would be more annoying if I was constantly questioning what he was up to. I know what he’s been up to, and it’s pretty awesome. It will only get better.
However, this conversation with Gandalf is continuing, and we’re bound to learn more as it goes along. Gandalf tries to keep secrets, but he tends to reveal them, slowly but surely.
“‘It was deeply buried, and it was working inwards.'”