Say what now? Those aren’t words!
Regardless of whether or not you can understand what’s going on, things are moving better now. Théoden asks for Gandalf’s counsel, and it has already been done: put more trust in Éomer. They must also ride out and attack Saruman. Only after that threat is vanquished can they focus their energy on the war with Sauron.
Théoden commands that a room be set up for Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf, but it is declined. Sleep is for the weak, and they plan to ride along with Théoden’s men.
Gandalf advises that Théoden lead the rest of his people to safety in the mountains. However, Théoden’s not having any of that. He wants to ride to battle, too. And if he dies, so be it.
-Dunharrow: A stronghold of Rohan, high in the White Mountains. Send the people here! But not now!
You have to admire Théoden’s resolve. He understands his age, but his heroic morality is strong. He’s the king; he has to do something. If he fights with his riders, they are more likely to stand their ground. Yes, Aragorn and company will probably offer some resolve themselves, but nothing stirs warriors up more than their own king. The only worry Gandalf has for the moment is that Théoden has no heir, and no line of successors. He says that will get ironed out soon.
Oh, and what is Éomer saying there at the top of the page? I don’t know, but it’s probably something like “Hail, Théoden!” Sure, that makes sense to me.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
And finally, today, I got all caught up with those pages I had to re-type. Something like 8 months later, I finally did it. It was a good moment. AND NOW MY ELECTRONIC COPY IS COMPLETE AGAIN.
Days Until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 17
“‘Here comes my counsellor.'”