Now that Legolas is up to speed – he’s figured out that Hasufel and Arod found Shadowfax – the three hunters and Gandalf can saddle up and head out. They ride quickly across the grassy plains, with the fields like a sea before them.
In the setting sun, Gandalf points out west towards the Gap of Rohan. A smoke rises. Gandalf calls it the battle and war at Isengard.
And thus ends this chapter. We ride!
Shadowfax shows even further worth, leading their way through bogs hidden in the tall grasses. I’ve never actually seen much of the danger in swampy land as a whole, but I can understand that a misstep by a horse could end up poorly if it suffered a broken leg or something like that. Shadowfax knows his way around, and Gandalf doesn’t have to guide him at all. Shadowfax is a horse-sherpa. Sherpafax.
Meanwhile, the smoke can be seen rising from Isengard. Is the battle joined with the ents? It could just be general smoke, you never know. Saruman’s army has been burning things for quite some time, and the smoke has been said to hang thick in the air. I mean, that’s where they’re putting all the trees that they keep cutting down. Either way, the smoke is the result of trees.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
What?! Riverlands? House Tully and myself are quite displeased. Learn some compound words, computer.
Days Until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 30
“‘Battle and war!’ said Gandalf. ‘Ride on!'”