The accusations are flying, and Wormtongue believes Gandalf to be allied with the evil witch of the Golden Wood!
This makes Gimli angry, but Gandalf holds him back. Singing an incantation, he tells Wormtongue off, then speaks directly to Théoden. Raising his staff, Gandalf brings darkness upon the room. Only he can be seen, but he points out a bright spot in the sky through a window. He wants Théoden to come outside. Too long has he been cooped up in this hall.
-Gálmód: Wormtongue’s father, and probably a jerk. Only jerks have more than one accent in their name. How does that even work?
Is it a spell? Is it a song? The text says that Gandalf “softly sang”. So I say it’s a song. A song, I say!
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
I like these one-page songs.
“In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.”
Full of leftover turkey, I present:
All My Lives
(All My Life – Foo Fighters)
Yeah, the joke is that Gandalf has lived multiple lives. You totally got that, right?
So, what is he doing? Well, the song seems to be a defense of Galadriel, saying that Wormtongue has no concept of her power and beauty. Meanwhile, he’s trying to circumvent Wormtongue and talk to Théoden. Gandalf feels that some fresh air would be good for him, and maybe then he’ll listen to the warnings. Maybe even by looking outside he’ll learn something about the land he’s been neglecting.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Dwimordene is another name for Lothlórien, because something needs more than three names to be officially recognized in Middle-earth.
Days Until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 21
“‘Too long have you sat in shadows and trusted to twisted tales and crooked promptings.'”