Let’s have an alphabet lesson! S is for…
What could the S on these orcs’ helmets mean? Sauron is put forth by Gimli, as the obvious answer. But that can’t be true! The S is an elf rune, and he doesn’t like to use those. There’s only one other option: Saruman. He must have news of the
Fellowship’s Company’s journey, and now he’s raised an army.
But there’s no time to debate. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli carry Boromir’s body back to the shoreline, and Legolas and Gimli head back to bring the boats to their location. When they return, they tell Aragorn that one of the boats has completely disappeared! And it doesn’t look like the doing of orcs.
Here’s an interesting note: Sauron does not permit his name to be written or spoken. This is part of the reason why the S can’t be for him.
Why not? Fear, I would assume. He probably goes by “the Dark Lord” or something. That’s scarier than plain old Sauron. And that name likely comes from elvish roots. He hates them elves!
With today’s page, you can really see how someone (like me) could get confused with Sauron and Saruman. I sure did when I saw the first movie, which, when you think about it, we’re still technically within. I’m not sure why Tolkien decided to have two big villains with vaguely similar names. That sort of thing is generally looked down upon.
But when you’re J.R.R. Tolkien, you get to do what you want.
I wish I was that cool…
“His helm they set beside him, and across his lap they laid the cloven horn and the hilt and shards of his sword; beneath his feet…”