Happy 4th of July!
And I do mean that to everyone, because, regardless of where you live, this is/was the 4th of July. I hope it’s been swell.
New chapter! Everyone congregates in Celeborn’s hall once again, as he gets them ready to leave the next morning. There’s a grand speech and all, and Celeborn extends the offer that anyone wishing to forgo the journey may remain in Lothlórien for a time. No one seems to want to stop.
Boromir expresses his intent to head for Minas Tirith, and since that’s on the way, why not stick with the crew? Celeborn asks if all are making for Minas Tirith, and exposes the fact that the next leg of the journey is undecided. Either way, the Great River cannot be crossed from Lothlórien south to Osgiliath, and those southern bridges are held against them. Perhaps boats will come in handy?
-the Forest River: The river of Legolas’ people in Mirkwood. Since they live around it, they must be skilled in boats, right?
Celeborn totally neglects that fact that Merry is a Brandybuck, and thus has some experience with watercraft. He names Legolas, Boromir, and Aragorn worthy of guiding boats, but not him. Pah! What an oversight.
Fellowship of the LATE: 92 pages
Nice touch though on mentioning that the river can’t be crossed from here on south for a ways. They don’t call it the Great River for nothing.
But actually, the choice to take boats and drift down the river is definitely the best option. If you cross here, you’ll have a long way to go south through troubled lands on the east side. If you march all the way down on the west side, you’ll be in the grips of the enemy by the time you want to cross. With boats, you can land on the opposite shore whenever you want!
Handy things, these boats are. Perhaps the journey south will speed up a bit.
“‘There are some among you who can handle boats: Legolas, whose folk know the swift Forest River; and Boromir of Gondor; and Aragorn the traveller.'”