Time goes by. So
The hobbits lose track of time in Rivendell, as two months slip by into December. Life is good, though a red star grows brighter and brighter in the southern sky…
The scouts begin to come back, from various places. Radagast was sought out, but he was nowhere to be found. Other scouts went in all the cardinal directions, and returned with no news of the Ringwraiths. No news is good news?
-Tharbad: Ruins at the crossing of the Greyflood river by the North Road. Vaguely west of Rivendell. Tharbad – there, bad!
-the Gladden River: Um, the river running through the Gladden Fields. Duh.
-the Redhorn Gate: Pass over one of the highest of the Misty Mountains. The Fellowship will be there eventually. Things won’t go smoothly.
-the Silverlode: Also called Celebrant, this river runs east from Moria through Lórien to Anduin. Elrond’s sons Elladan and Elrohir went here on some secret mission!
All these places. Scouts went to them. Talk about trying to cover all your bases!
So they went every which way, and were gone about two months. They returned with nothing. Radagast’s disappearance is a bit unnerving, but not completely unexpected. I assume he would have been warned by Gwaihir about Saruman’s betrayal. That’s when it’s time to go. No news comes of the Ringwraiths, but that is good in the way that it means that they must no longer be in the area. Like I said, no news is good news.
The most telling news, though, comes in the form of the southern red star. It’s the Eye. Face it, it’s “burning like a watchful eye”. That’s clear enough. Sauron is focusing on Rivendell.
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In awesome news, you know Elrond’s sons, Elladan and Elrohir? They’re twins, and set to appear in the two Hobbit films. Who’s playing them, you ask? Why, that would be James and Oliver Phelps! You may know them as Fred and George Weasley. Excited? Yes, yes I am.
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