So yeah, Gollum escaped. Bummer.
The elves tried to track Gollum, but gave up when the trail came too near to Sauron’s old stronghold in Mirkwood, which was once again filled with evil. Too bad.
Gandalf says that it is time to tell his full story, the one involving Saruman. Oh, goody! It starts back in June, when Gandalf was in the Shire. Troubled, he rode south, where he heard news of the attacks on Gondor. Riding close to Bree, he came upon a friend, Radagast, who had more news: the Ringwraiths were abroad.
-Radagast the Brown: Wizard, a Maia like Gandalf. He used to live just outside of Mirkwood, and is a friend to animals.
-Rhosgobel: Radagast’s home, somewhere southwest of Mirkwood.
I remember thinking for a while that Radagast and Beorn, the shape-shifter, were somehow linked. That’s apparently totally not true, but come on. They live in a similar area, and while Radagast is a friend of animals, Beorn literally can turn into a bear. Similarities, they’re there.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 35 – “Clever girl…um, dude.”
Seriously, I feel like everything so far at this Council has been a build up to Gandalf explaining his encounter with Saruman. I mean, seriously, everything up to this point has ended poorly. It’s just leading up to the “twist”, that (SPOILER!) Saruman went all dark side. That’s the worst note to end on, and it’s totally that point where everyone can feel overburdened with this whole undertaking.
Which is right when someone can step forth and be the hero! I’m looking at you, Frodo.
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Nothing surprising there. Move along, now.
“‘Then he looked about him, as if the hedges might have ears. “Nazgûl,” he…'”