Yep, Gandalf’s getting all moody. Théoden is pumping up the troops, but Gandalf rides out by himself, staring into the distance. He comes back, and cryptically says that he has to leave. He suddenly bolts off, as fast as Shadowfax can sprint.
Everyone left wonders at Gandalf’s motives, and one guard muses to Háma that the wizard might be just as evil as Wormtongue would have them believe. What a jerk.
Left to themselves, the column of riders makes their way to Helm’s Deep. It is situated in a gorge in the White Mountains, with rock faces forming a near impenetrable canyon. A tower and wall are hewn from the stone, forming the stronghold itself in front of the mountain tunnels.
-Helm’s Gate: The entrance to the gorge at Helm’s Deep. Fun story: Helm’s Deep is actually the name of the gorge itself. The stronghold is actually called…well, just wait a second.
-the Fords of Isen: The only way to cross the river Isen. This is where the battles have been taking place so far.
-the Hornburg: The tower made from the rock at the entrance to the Deep. Horns echo a lot here. Thus…Hornburg
-the Deeping-stream: This small river flows out of the gorge. I would assume its erosion is how the gorge formed in the first place. That would make sense.
More new things! It’s like Christmastime for First Mentions. ‘Tis the season, I guess.
Let’s talk about Gandalf for a moment. He’s really good at running off every once and a while. Between Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, he does it all the time! Granted, earlier we all thought he was dead, but he still ran off from Frodo for years and months at a time back in the beginning. It’s like his superpower, even though he has other, better powers.
But I heard an interesting thought about Gandalf, from the man himself, Ian McKellen. On Colbert (on which, by the way, this week was amazing), he came in for a night (well, two, but the second was for a quick joke). Colbert asked McKellen if it was hard to have played Gandalf the White and then have to go back and be Gandalf the Grey. Well, said McKellen, Gandalf the Grey is better anyway. Why? Because he jokes around. He has fun. Now that Gandalf has been reborn, he’s much more serious. Think about that now that he’s running off on urgent errands. And I’m going to keep an eye on that for the rest of the book.
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