Coming back to the edge of the forest, the horses remain nowhere to be found. It’s going to be a long, hard walk, isn’t it?
NOPE! Surprise horses!
Gandalf whistles three times, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli wait while the sounds of horses galloping come closer and closer. Legolas can see them. Three horses are coming, and the leader is smooth, strong, and beautiful. That, says Gandalf, is Shadowfax, the best horse ever. The other two are the ones that ran off: Hasufel and Arod. The horses approach, Shadowfax first, and await Gandalf’s orders. They will ride to Edoras with all speed. Off we go!
It helps when you’re friends with the king of horses. Need a horse? BOOM. Horse. Want some more? BOOM. More horses. Who knows where Shadowfax has been hanging out – Gandalf rode him to Rivendell back in the day, mind you – but he seems to have collected Hasufel and Arod. That’s why they were seemingly happy when they ran off. As for Shadowfax himself, he’s like a chauffeur. Except he’s a horse.
Has Gandalf ridden Shadowfax around since being sent back? I mean, he had to get to Fangorn from Lothlórien somehow, right? Regardless, they’re friends. When a horse runs up out of nowhere when you whistle, I’d say that you have a good working relationship.
And Gimli gets the shaft. He has to ride along with someone. This time, it’s Gandalf. Maybe that’s not too bad… I guess it could be worse.
Days Until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 31
“‘We will wait now only to drink a little.'”