We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of MORDOR.
Well, first, Bilbo finishes his song. Sometime thereafter, the Fellowship (though still not named that) gets ready to depart. Elrond advises them to travel only at night if possible. We then are presented with a rundown of what everyone is carrying. Aragorn bears Andúril, and nothing else but his Ranger clothes. Boromir carries a similar sword, along with his shield and horn, which he blows arrogantly. Gimli is the only one in armor, and carries an axe. Legolas has a bow and arrows. Sam, Merry, and Pippin bring their barrow-blades, while Frodo has Sting. Gandalf has his trusty staff.
Before we get into judging everyone, let’s finish the song.
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
And here are the last two stanzas:
“I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.”
With a happy ending, I present:
Last in the Valley pt.2
(Down in the Valley – The Head and the Heart)
P.S. I didn’t say this yesterday, but if you haven’t heard of The Head and the Heart, check them out. But don’t if you’re not into folksy indie music. But actually.
So, stuff. Everyone carries something, and it says a lot about them. Let’s do this efficiently.
Aragorn – “I matter. This sword means more by its mere existence than the damage I could do with another.”
Boromir – “I AM SO AWESOME. HEAR MY HORN.”
Gimli – “I am prepared. I will fight under my terms.”
Legolas – “I am a thinker. I will be two steps ahead of our enemy.”
Sam, Merry, and Pippin – “We’re here! …and we don’t know what to do.”
Frodo – “I will steel myself. I don’t know what to expect, but I will be prepared.”
Gandalf – “I am someone to stand by. I am…”
Okay, so we’re not totally done with Gandalf, and we’ll learn more about what he brings tomorrow. But I hope you enjoyed that.
Ultimately, the strongest characterization today is Boromir’s. He blows his horn loudly, alarming everyone in Rivendell. Elrond tells him to cut it out, but Boromir protests. He always blows his horn right before setting out on a journey, and doesn’t want to scurry through the night like a thief.
He has a point, but man, he’s such a jerk sometimes. Arrogant like the best of them. When someone has character flaws that clear this early on, you know things just won’t end well for them.
“Gandalf bore his staff, but girt at his side…”