As we know, that letter never made it.
Gandalf explains how he came to the gate of Saruman’s realm. It was heavily guarded, which set him on edge. Gandalf was let in, and met with Saruman. Saruman’s in a cranky mood, and is very mocking of Gandalf. He appears to be upset that Gandalf knew of the ring’s location but never told him. Now Gandalf has come to Isengard, as Saruman intended.
-Isengard: A great walled circle, with the tower Orthanc in the center. There’s only one entrance, and the wall is impassable otherwise.
-the Gap of Rohan: Pass between the Misty and White Mountains. Isengard is just to the north, Rohan to the south.
The beginning of this page is actually Gandalf describing Isengard geographically. Just think about it this way: it’s a huge circular fortress, with an indestructible tower in the middle. As much as is made in this book about the difficulty in getting into Mordor, Isengard might be the better fortress. I mean, two hobbits walk into Mordor. That’s supposed to be impossible. Uruk-hai blow up the wall of Helm’s Deep without too much trouble. It takes an army of trees to break Isengard. In my book, Isengard stands the longest. And no one seems to notice.
In other news, Saruman is SASSY today. He mocks Gandalf for being “the Grey”, and calls Radagast various insulting names: “the Bird-tamer”, “the Simple”, and “the Fool”. Not nice! It’s got to be tomorrow, or at least in the next two or three days, when we officially learn that Saruman has turned rotten. For now, he’s just being sassy, and I’m going to laugh at that.
If you can’t laugh at Saruman, who else can you laugh at? We’ve used up Boromir for the time being.
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The White Mountains are also known as Ered Nimrais. You learn something new every day.
“‘”And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys.”‘”