I feel like it’s a well-known fact that you can worm any sort of information out of Gandalf if you just stay persistent on him. For someone with such great power, he gives way to storytelling rather easily.
Gandalf explains that the white figure Frodo saw was indeed Glorfindel, at the height of his power. Frodo insists that Gandalf tell him what happened at the ford, even though Gandalf is continually reluctant to do so, noticing that Frodo seems slightly transparent. He gives in, deciding to tell a little, and starts with when Frodo rode away on the white horse. The three other hobbits, Aragorn, and Glorfindel ran off the road, not wanting to be run over by the pursuing Ringwraiths. They rode too fast to be caught, and Aragorn and Glorfindel on their own could not hope to fight against all nine. They followed as quickly as they could.
Wait, Frodo is a little transparent? Yes, that seems to be a side effect of the Morgul-knife’s evil power. Had Frodo gone full-wraith, he would have disappeared. As it were, he’s been saved, but has a residual effect of being slightly wraith-like. That should heal, right? Walk it off.
This power of the elves is confusing to me. I understand that they’re a very pure race, being averse to the evil that permeates the Ringwraiths, but how does that translate into living in two worlds at once? It’s the first line of this page, with a little holdover from yesterday’s: “those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds.” The Blessed Realm being Aman/Valinor/that other continent. Is there a powerful elven world just like there is a wraith world? That would make sense then if they’re in opposition.
Well, really, the Ringwraiths are the spirits of dead men. Does that make them anti-elves? Or is it just the wraith-ifying process that makes you the anti-elf? If an elf makes contact with an anti-elf, are they both destroyed?
That’s all for now. The story of the ford continues tomorrow.
“‘When the Ringwraiths swept by, your friends ran up behind.'”