Is it rude to say that I’m getting a little bored with this conversation? This is the sixth page, and I’m getting sick of the “times is bad” rhetoric. Perhaps this is my punishment for doing this even while I already know the story so well.
Anyway, Éomer begs Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli to come aid his people in their quarrels with Saruman. With the way things are going, Rohan is likely to find itself hemmed in from both sides when the war against Sauron is begun. At the moment, Éomer needs to return south, as his job cutting down the orcs passing through the north is completed.
Unfortunately, Aragorn declines to ride with Éomer. He must discover what has become of Merry and Pippin!
-the Westemnet: Like the Eastemnet, but to the west. The western part of Rohan, for those of you who have no sense of context.
In terms of new names, Éomer calls Fangorn “the Entwood”, which follows the pattern of everything in this region being called the “Ent-something”. Entwash, Entwade, Entwood…it goes on and on. It’s like this must be a good part of the world to find ents or something…
Éomer brings up the worst-case scenario of the moment: the possibility that Sauron and Saruman will ally with each other. In fact, that was his worry as he pursued the orcs moving through the north. Some bore Saruman’s White Hand, while others did not, and must have crossed Anduin from the east. That alliance is scary, and is where “The Two Towers” gets its name, or at least that’s what most believe.
Speaking of believing, Éomer strongly believes that Merry and Pippin are dead and gone. Oh no, suspense!
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Say what now? “He is a wizard both cunning and dwimmer-crafty,” says Éomer, “having many guises.” Is that to mean that Saruman, being “dwimmer-crafty”, is a master of disguise? Sure, because that’s exactly what I thought that phrase would mean…
“‘But between the wall and the downs we have found no other trace of…'”