Choices, choices! As you would expect, there are multiple ways for the Fellowship to find their way across the mountains, but which is the least dangerous?
Frodo eavesdrops on the argument between Gandalf and Aragorn. Neither of the two really feels good about the prospects of the Redhorn Gate, but it’s a better option than the Gap of Rohan, in close proximity to Isengard, or some other, secret way. They plan to think it over.
As everyone else is getting ready to go, Gandalf announces that the decision has been made: they will make for the Redhorn Gate as quickly as possible. Frodo is relieved. Boromir suggests that they collect some wood, to use in the case of extreme cold to make a fire.
Wait, Boromir has a good idea? Well, I guess he knows best that winter is coming…
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In reality, Boromir’s reasoning is that he was born near mountains. As if that gives him the highest authority. I still don’t like that guy, but he’s mostly right. Freezing to death would be a bad thing.
Sam volunteers for Bill (the pony) to carry extra wood, and Bill actually looks back at him in disgust. Ponies have feelings too! I don’t know how he feels about having to trot up a freezing and blustery mountain, but maybe he doesn’t know that yet. I can’t imagine it’s going to be easy. At least we can be thankful that Bill has gained so much strength since being bought in Bree. Back then, he was just a near-dead wisp of a horse.
In the end, Gandalf reminds everyone that they should only use the wood in the case of a choice between fire and death. This reminds me of Eddie Izzard, and I laugh.
“‘But we must not use the wood – not unless it is a choice between fire and death.'”