Hey there, backstory! We’re learning about some things that have been going on behind the scenes.
Aragorn explains the war coming to Rohan. Soon, Théoden will have to pick a side.
But, for now, what happened to the orcs? The riders slaughtered them all. Dismayed, the three hunters ask after Merry and Pippin. Were there any small people around? In the (gasp!) pile of bodies, maybe? Éomer does not recall seeing any such people, and one rider laughs at the possibility of hobbits actually existing.
So, what is it that we learn today?
First of all, the Rohirrim lent Boromir a horse on which to travel to Rivendell. That horse returned alone.
That’s sad. They don’t know about Boromir’s death yet, but still. The horse returned because, after the
Fellowship Company left Rivendell, they traveled by foot. Boromir did not use the horse from that point on.
However, the big takeaway is that relations between Rohan and Gondor must be rather good right now. You don’t just give out horses to folks unless they seem likeable, and the people of Rohan must have enough trust in the “royal” family of Gondor at the moment. That’s good. It will make things easier.
Second thing learned: the Rohirrim have legends about hobbits. That’s adorable. Utterly ignorant, but incredibly quaint. It just goes to show you how secluded and self-sufficient the hobbits are in the Shire. In truth, Rohan is the nearest kingdom to them, but even they have no idea that they have happy little homes up there.
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