Yeah, the chapter is called “Helm’s Deep”. It’s about to go down.
All said, today is just a pretty ride through the countryside. The column of riders makes its way across the plains of Rohan, with the Misty Mountains slowly growing in the distance. On horseback, they can cover ground quickly, but it’s still a long way to where they expect to meet the armies of Saruman. Camp is made at night. The next morning, as a shadow grows in the east and northwest, Gandalf asks Legolas to spy out as far as he can see.
East shadow: Mordor. Northwest shadow: Isengard. The alliance of the TWO TOWERS!
…hey! That’s the name of this part of the book!
Rohan is pretty, and you can’t deny that. They have waves of grain, which may or may not be amber in color, and misty mountain majesty. All above the fruited plain.
The best part is that this whole journey goes so much faster than everything else has up to this point. This is the first major travel done on horseback other than Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf’s quick ride from Fangorn to Edoras. Now, like a thousand people are riding as fast as they can. We don’t have to spend so much time plodding along with them! Huzzah!
Words I Totally Expected My Computer Not To Like But It Did Anyway What’s Up With That:
A bivouac, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter”. Did you know that? I sure didn’t. But now I do. Cool beans.
Days Until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 9
“‘I can see a darkness. There are shapes…'”