Why should everyone follow Frodo? That seems unnecessary, and will only draw more attention. Aragorn proposes that only he, Sam, and Gimli follow. Legolas can accompany Merry and Pippin to Minas Tirith, unless he vehemently declines. Of course, Merry and Pippin have an issue with this. Not knowing that they’re horribly unprepared, they want to stay with Frodo.
Sam knows what’s up.
Frodo has an independent streak. It’s likely that he wants to go alone, but he’s too afraid to say that outright. Right, Boromir? Boromir?
Dude is gone.
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NOW we realize that! Apparently Boromir was sitting a bit apart from everyone else. All the better to sneak off! Still though, no one thinks anything much of it. What, did he just start off for Minas Tirith without telling anyone? Unlikely.
Of all Aragorn’s posturing on sending a small group east, he’s right about one thing: there’s no use considering Boromir a part of that band. He’s going to Minas Tirith, and nothing is going to convince him otherwise.
Meanwhile, the mantle of “most useless” passes to Merry and Pippin. Their plan to follow Frodo anyway is the worst, but I don’t think they realize that. Even with Frodo’s relative lack of knowledge about the area he’s journeying into, him going alone keeps anyone else out of it who might prove to be more trouble than they’re worth.
If I had a vote, I’d send just Frodo and Aragorn. Even adding Sam is questionable. Aragorn’s reasoning is that Sam “could not bear it otherwise.” That’s not a good enough reason!
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