It’s really pretty impressive, with this whole show dedicated to their survival on the island since the plane crash, that some people have actually gotten off of it. What happens now? Farewell, island!
The riders make their way across the river, and travel for a few more hours into the night. The smoke rising from Isengard isn’t quite smoke: it’s steam. This is strange, and most people think that Saruman has something evil planned for their arrival. Nonetheless, Théoden wearies, and a halt is called for the night. Some can sleep, others not, before the alarm is sounded. Darkness approaches, but Gandalf calls for everyone to stay calm. Some strange gloom passes on either side of the camp, while mumbling is heard.
Gosh, all this is just fine! Steam? Nothing bad. Darkness moving along accompanied by a strange rustling noise? Totally okay and friendly. Gandalf probably gets what’s going on, but he’s the only one. Everyone else is scared out of their wits.
And I really want a good reason as to why the riders aren’t using the road, instead opting to ride on the turf just beside it. Is the road all torn up? Do the horses not like it? Are they trying to avoid the road? Tell me! I honestly don’t know why any of these things would be important, but since we’re told specifically that the column isn’t riding on the road, there must be some reason for it, right?
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You can never groan in multiplicity. Only one is allowed.
“Long it seemed to them that they sat and were afraid; but at last the darkness and the rumour passed, and vanished between the mountain’s arms.”