I think that by this point you can officially classify this “argument” as something that has escalated to a “fight”. I’m running out of words to describe these things. “Quarrel”, perhaps, will be next.
The angry orcs have surrounded Uglúk, but he calls his fellow Uruk-hai to him. They fight, and the Uruks kill a handful of the other orcs, including the earlier one who had been guarding Pippin. His dead carcass falls on our hapless hobbit hero. Uglúk regains control over the group, but not before Pippin has an idea. The dead guard’s knife is nearby, and he is able to cut the bonds on his hands loose. He quickly reties them loosely, just before an orc picks him up and slings him over his back. Time to go!
Death! Actually, these deaths, along with some of the orders that Uglúk shouts out, place us geographically. Remember when Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli nearly passed right by some dead orcs that they thought were boulders? Well, here we are. Uglúk mentions that they have yet to take the stairway down the East Wall to the plains of Rohan, so, with a quick glance backwards, it looks like we’re really not long at all after the events at Amon Hen.
You see, the three hunters came across those orc bodies late in the night directly following Boromir’s death and burial ceremony. They even note that two of the orcs had been beheaded, which here are shown to be the first two that Uglúk slays in the beginning. At the top of this chapter, Pippin notices it to be around dusk time. So that gives, what, six or so hours before the three hunters show up? It all makes sense.
It’s the little things, you guys. If we’re going to jump back in time when we change perspectives, I might as well take a moment to figure out exactly where we are. With the text laid out in front of me, it’s not hard to follow the clues.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
That has absolutely nothing to do with prime-time Nickelodeon programming, so I’m sorry for ruining your dreams if that’s what you assumed it to be. It’s really just like “nicked”, but with an “s”.
“An Orc seized Pippin like a sack, put its head between his tied hands, grabbed his arms and dragged them down, until Pippin’s face was crushed against its neck; then it jolted off with him. Another…”