Occasionally, your options change. Instead of going back or another way, you might find yourself being hunted by wolves.
Well, we’ll get to that.
The group debates over passing through Moria. Gandalf and Gimli are all for it, as is a begrudging Aragorn. Boromir leads the anti-Moria charge, along with Sam, Pippin, and Legolas. Frodo votes to sleep on the idea, and decide tomorrow morning. What a novel idea! Apparently, Merry doesn’t matter.
However, instead of resting, the Fellowship hears a howling in the wind. Wolves! If wargs are after them, the only choice is to head for Moria.
-Fundin: Balin’s father. Nothing to do with melted cheese.
Yep. Just add wolves, and Moria sounds like an okay idea. Great? No. Okay? I guess.
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Okay, here’s the problem with all this talk. If the vote turns negative, and the consensus is to stay away from Moria…where do we go then? Gandalf has shot down tracing the coast south, and going back to Rivendell is admitting failure. So what is the alternative? Trying the Gap of Rohan? We’ve mostly shot that down based on proximity to Saruman. Perhaps we would try the Redhorn Gate again. Because Caradhras is tired and needs a nap.
Seriously though, these wolves made this hard decision easy. Want to get eaten by wolves? No? Okay, let’s try the evil mine road!
I thank these wolves, for driving the action forward. Nothing like rabid animals to get the story moving. I mean, we’re getting close to being a third of the way through the entire book, yet we’re still a ways off from the end of Fellowship. Honestly, I don’t think we can finish Fellowship before the group is actually named that, right? That wouldn’t make sense.
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Also, I think Boromir is afraid of wolves. The very minute they show up, he’s asking about how far it is to Moria. In American politics, that gets you the “flip-flopper” moniker. Way to go, Senator Boromir Kerry.
“‘How far is Moria?’ asked Boromir.”