Portage scene! I’ve been waiting anxiously for this moment!
While the boats prove to be light enough for any pair of people (including Merry and Pippin) to carry, the terrain makes everything difficult. Aragorn and Boromir have to carry each of the boats one at a time themselves while everyone else hurries along with the baggage. Once everything is set on the portage path, they move together, and reach the waters downstream of the rapids where the path leads them back to the river. There, they will stay the night.
Fellowship of the LATE: 116 pages
Is that ever going to happen?
But aren’t you glad that we got a whole page of portage? In truth, I’m quite glad that it was confined to a single page. An extended scene of that would certainly get boring. And this left little enough to talk about.
What, the logistics of over-land boat carrying isn’t as wondrous as you’d hoped? Sorry about it.
Thankfully, we’re saved from Grumpy Boromir on today’s page. He suggests that they all stop for the night, and Aragorn agrees. They’re learning teamwork.
I’m sure they all hope that this night will be filled with less rapids, arrows, and terror. Those are the bad times.
“‘Let us rest as much as we can now,’ said Aragorn. ‘Tomorrow…'”