Yes, we’re soon to see our last of Bill the pony. I know this is going to be hard. Please, try to be strong in this difficult time for Sam.
Bill won’t make it through the mines, and that’s a fact. Even Gandalf worries how broken up Sam will be.
However, the group climbs up with the road, and finds that the bend in the lake is not too far north. They skirt along between the water and the cliffs. At the northern tip of the lake is a small stream, presumably the river formerly known as the Sirannon. Walking across, their footing is slick and treacherous, and everyone’s grossed out by the stagnant water, but they make it. After they cross, ripples expand from somewhere in the middle of the lake…
But no matter! They continue on, looking for the door to Moria.
Fellowship of the LATE: 27 pages
When you think about it, our heroes were in Rivendell only 27 pages ago. If that isn’t proof of how much faster things are moving, I don’t know what is.
But let’s turn to something more pressing: THE TERRIFYING RIPPLES IN THE WATER. Why does no one care? It’s shrugged off for no apparent reason. Sure, maybe it’s a fish But actually, fish don’t usually hang out in murky, stagnant water. It’s not their happy place. You know what does hang out in murky, stagnant water? Monstrous beasts. They love that stuff. This is a common fantasy trope, but perhaps our heroes are blind to these things. Now would be a good time to learn.
In other connections to Game of Thrones news, for some reason it took me this long to realize that good old Khal Drogo shares a name with Frodo’s dad! This of course means that Frodo is the stallion who mounts the world. Things just got weird, folks.
Add in that Samwell Tarly’s first name is a little too close to Samwise, and I would say that George R.R. Martin added a little Tolkien to his story. Not to mention that George R.R. Martin has the exact same rhythm (and the same two middle initials) as J.R.R. Tolkien. Woah.
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