EPIC LINE OF EPICNESS!
This page isn’t as epic as that first line makes it out to be. Sorry. Instead, Aragorn’s sword is reforged. Which is cool.
Aragorn and Gandalf spend much time discussing what their plans are, and Frodo spends his remaining days in Rivendell with Bilbo. He and Sam try to glean as much wisdom as they can out of him, and help him with his book. One day, when Frodo is alone with Bilbo, Bilbo presents him with two gifts: his sword, Sting, and a coat of mithril.
-Andúril: Reforged from the shards of Narsil. It means “Flame of the West”. I’ve been mispronouncing this for years. Drat.
-Sting: Bilbo’s “sword” (really, a knife) that glows blue in the presence of orcs. Handy in a pinch. Enjoys ’80s music, bass guitar, and literary references.
It’s a day of swords! Now then, when will we get some enemies to kill with them? Okay, I’ll admit now that I’m getting antsy, especially with a chapter titled “The Ring Goes South”. It better go south sometime soon!
Of course, these items that our heroes obtain today are very important. Aragorn needs to have the best sword in the land, and it’s part of his claim to the throne of Gondor. Frodo needs some way to defend himself, what with his last sword breaking, and the mithril will protect him from basically anything.
My one problem with mithril, however awesome it may be, is that the dwarves didn’t seem to plan for other types of injury. Did they make mithril helmets? I’ve never seen one. And I don’t think they would protect very well against fire. Or severe, crushing weight. Did they not think about cave-ins?
Blah, blah, blah, it’s a severely limited and rare resource. I’m sure that’s why. Soon enough maybe they’ll just figure out how to replace their bones with mithril as if it were adamantium, and then we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
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Fact: Bilbo took the mithril from Michel Delving before he set out from the Shire those 17 years ago. Did he have it in a strong box or something? Is Michel Delving like the Switzerland of the Shire?
“‘You hardly feel any weight when you put it on.'”