This whole conflict between elves and dwarves is slowly getting smoothed out between Legolas and Gimli. While Legolas worries that the dwarves would come and strip the caves, Gimli explains their work in a way that an elf would understand. The dwarves would take care with the caves, only digging and mining small amounts at a time, and for the most part with the intention of opening up new chambers not yet discovered.
Legolas warms to the idea, and proposes a pact. Should they survive this war, they shall travel together. Gimli will go with Legolas into Fangorn, and Legolas will take a look at these caves. Gimli agrees, though he still doesn’t like Fangorn.
And so they pass out from under the surprise forest. Gandalf says that Isengard is about 15 leagues away, but they will not rush it. He apparently was there last night, and knows a bit what they may find upon arrival.
-the Glittering Caves of Aglarond: The proper name for these caves. Why Aglarond? I don’t rightly know.
Wait…Gandalf was at Isengard last night? Just, casually? He definitely has to know about the ents’ attack, if he didn’t already. I’m assuming that he wants to give the battle time. Why bother rushing to Isengard when they might only arrive just in time for another fight? The longer he takes, the better the chance that Gandalf won’t be leading everyone into more danger.
Well…the page ends in a three-star break, so it looks like we’re jumping ahead. Maybe by tomorrow we’ll already have arrived.
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Remember those times when Legolas and Gimli basically hated and mistrusted each other? LOL.
“‘Yet I think that you will not say that the journey was in vain – not though the Glittering Caves of Aglarond be left behind.'”