That’s right, page 300! That’s like…SO MANY. In reality, it’s closer to my 280th page, with a few pages skipped in the gap between Books One and Two. But still, wahoo!
Gandalf intends to reach the entrance to Moria before sunset. There is no telling what may happen to the Fellowship after dark. Ahead they can see a line of cliffs, where the doors are set, but getting there is going to be a problem. No one knows the way, and the old road, that once ran along a river, proves difficult to find. Gimli leads with Gandalf, very eagerly.
The land is barren and quiet, and morale poor. Finally, Gimli spies a nearly dry trickle of a river, with the ancient path running alongside it. Success!
-the Sirannon: The old river running from Moria to the western sea. Also known as the Gate-stream. Not much left of it now…
Dry rivers don’t exactly bode well. Although I guess that nothing’s exactly boding well at this point. Except for the fact that things are moving along faster now. That, I like.
Fellowship of the LATE: 25 pages
The only really good thing that our heroes have going for them is that Gandalf had the foresight to bend the path a little southwards before it was actually decided to head for Moria. That will save them some time. Not a lot, but some. When you’re Gandalf, I think you just know when you’re going to get your way, so you might was well steer the course in that direction. Being wise is handy.
It does say a lot that Gimli is leading the march. Yes, he’s excited to get to Moria, and the only one to feel that way, but think about the physics of this: he’s a dwarf. Except for the hobbits, everyone else is significantly taller than him, and all take longer strides. Heck, one is called Strider. While they’re plodding along, Gimli has to expend exponentially more energy to keep up in front. Good effort!
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And now we’re following a dead stream into a horror-filled mine. Are we headed for a slasher flick? It’ll be October before you know it.
“‘This is where the stream ran: Sirannon, the Gate-stream, they used to call it. But what has…'”