Frightfully tree-ish, indeed! Not only is Fangorn dark and imposing, but Merry and Pippin have realized that they have next to no provisions with them. When they first ran off at Amon Hen, they didn’t think to take anything with them. So, what to do?
As they wonder, a shaft of light pierces through the tree cover. Why not follow it? The two get up and walk off, towards the light.
After a long walk, the light seems to be further off than was guessed. It turns out to be coming from a hole in the trees, where a rock wall shoots up suddenly. A crude stair, probably made by years of weathering, climbs up to a ledge above. Merry proposes climbing it, getting both some fresh air and a look at their surroundings.
Don’t forget: Fangorn lies at the foot of the Misty Mountains. I say that because I tend to forget that. I generally think of forests to be pretty flat, but this one isn’t. It shouldn’t be that strange for a rock wall to come up from the ground, since these are, more or less, the foothills of the mountains. Also, it’s subtle, but Merry and Pippin have been traveling uphill this whole time in Fangorn. I would expect that this vantage point will give them a beautiful view back south…or east. Southeast.
Everybody’s lost! It’s no surprise that I feel lost geographically too.
Important to note: on this ledge up above stands a single, old tree. Only two branches remain, making it look somewhat like an old man.
IT LOOKS LIKE A MAN, YOU GUYS. That ain’t no tree.
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You know, those tree-ish things are really showing off the black-greys of their coloration.
“They were too eager to be surprised at the remarkable way in which the cuts…”