Arguments, arguments. If there’s one thing you can count on right now, it’s arguing between our elven and dwarven friends. Even though Aragorn proposed that everyone will go blindfolded, Gimli argues that he will be just fine if Legolas alone joins him in walking blind. This, of course, doesn’t sit well with the elf, and he’s just as stubborn as Gimli.
However, Aragorn remains the voice of reason, and insists that everyone will be blindfolded. No questions. So Haldir does as he says, and chats about how no one trusts anyone else anymore. He worries that the elves of Lothlórien have hemmed themselves in, and the only escape out of Middle-earth is too far away. Merry muses that he would never have left home if he had known the outside world was this grim.
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It’s true – the growing evil in Middle-earth has made long alliances grow thin, and strangers are more likely to mistrust one another at first sight. I actually think this is an underrated power at Sauron’s disposal. Just the mere thought of his power increasing makes the free peoples suspicious of just about everything.
If everyone is scattered and solitary, world domination will be easier for the forces of evil. It makes a lot of sense, even though there’s very little proof that Sauron is doing anything to actively promote this.
Aside from that billboard he bought. That’s pretty active promoting.
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I’m curious to see how the next leg of the journey is treated. We’re generally shown the world through the perspective of Frodo, but with him and everyone else blindfolded, there won’t be much to see.
I’m guessing we’ll either get a lot of talking, or a brief summary of walking around in the dark. Hopefully someone stumbles and we can laugh at that.
“‘The world is indeed…'”