THEY HAVE A CAVE TROLL.
I seriously considered just ending this post at that. But, I guess there might be OTHER things on this page. Just barely.
Gandalf, looking out of the door, sends a flash of light to see what is approaching. He identifies a large group of orcs, and at least one cave troll. With that, Boromir bars the door. Aragorn hopes that they can delay the orcs long enough to have a chance to spring out the eastern door, even though it heads downwards, distinctly away from where they wanted to go.
Suddenly, the door trembles, and a large shoulder is forced through, followed by an ugly, toeless foot. Boromir tries to hack at the shoulder, but it does no good. Frodo, seized with courage, stabs at the foot. He happens to be successful, and the foot retreats back behind the door.
While this continues Frodo’s pattern of stabbing and slashing wildly at his opponents’ feet (he did so as well with the Witch-king), he is once again rewarded for doing so. His swipe at the Ringwraith probably saved his life. In this case, he both inflicts pain on the cave troll and shows Boromir up. Well done.
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However, above all, the takeaway from this page should be that the orcs have a cave troll.
In all fairness, I’m not sure what the recorded statistics are on the probability of victory in battle of an orc horde in possession of a cave troll. One would assume that the possession of a cave troll would help any orc horde, but these assumptions have no proof.
To provide a counterpoint, let us compare this battle to another involving trolls. In contrast, take a look at what happened when three trolls (no orcs involved) came up against one hobbit (Bilbo), 13 dwarves, and Gandalf. These three trolls lost, and were turned to stone. In this case, one troll, commanded by countless orcs, comes up against Gandalf (once again), four hobbits, two men, one elf, and one dwarf. We shall compare the outcomes.
It’s getting SCIENTIFIC up in here.
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Let’s all remember, when the orcs have a cave troll, we must analyze it!
That’s what I’m here to do, right?
“Boromir hurled himself against the door and slammed it again.”