And now we come to the chapter with one of the best titles, probably because it reminds me of Ursula’s eels in The Little Mermaid.
Of course, it is…sort of. Flotsam and jetsam refers to the detritus floating about Isengard in the floodwaters. This is the chapter where we’re going to busy ourselves about Isengard, learning what happened here, and dealing with those left imprisoned in Orthanc. Saruman, I mean.
But today’s page is rather innocuous. Aragorn (he’s back!), Legolas, and Gimli stay behind to hang out with Merry and Pippin, while Gandalf, Théoden, and his men ride off to meet Treebeard. The three hunters want to get information out of the hobbits. The hobbits want information of their own from the three, but everyone pretty much agrees that the hobbits have to tell their story first. Hunger wins, however, and Merry and Pippin lead them to the gatehouse, where good stores of food were left for Saruman’s favored gatekeepers.
Please warmly welcome Aragorn back to the land of the living. I don’t know what he’s been doing for a few days, but we haven’t heard about him in quite some time.
According to Merry, the pipe-weed was not among the stores that they pilfered, and that is “another story.” I beg to ask: where else could it have come from? It’s not like the orcs were giving it out, and I don’t think Treebeard would either. It has to come from Isengard, right?
Thankfully, the departure of the Rohirrim allows for a bit of casual joking between these five. Théoden isn’t one for levity, and neither is the new version of Gandalf. I once heard Ian McKellen talk about how Gandalf the Grey is infinitely better than Gandalf the White, because the latter version loses his sense of humor. I’ve been noticing that as well, so far.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Well, at least the computer isn’t biased, or FAVORING anything.
“It opened direct into a large chamber, with other smaller doors at the far end, and a…”