In the end, Merry and Pippin get the best view of the flooding of Isengard. Worried that they’ll be caught in the rising water, they find shelter on top of the guardhouse. Steam rises from the newly-formed lake.
Since then, the water has been finding a way to drain, but the bowl of Isengard is still mostly filled. Merry and Pippin awoke this morning to the dreary and lonely dawn. They try to end the story there, but Gimli reminds them of Wormtongue, who they had mentioned was in Orthanc somewhere. Gimli wants to know when and how he arrived.
Well, Pippin continues, Treebeard walked over to he and Merry this morning, wanting to tell them that some people would be arriving during the day, along with some of the hobbits’ companions. Just as he says that, they hear a horse approaching.
Needless to say, this horse isn’t from Rohan. You might recall that Merry and Pippin were lazing about on a rock pile when Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and the Rohirrim arrived. Treebeard also wasn’t around. Easy guess: this is Wormtongue, who took way too long to make his way here from Edoras.
Seriously, he was booted out of Edoras the day before the battle at Helm’s Deep. That was…three days ago? Something like that. How does he only manage to make it to Isengard the same day that Théoden does, who stopped on the way for an all-night battle?
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
As if most people didn’t already have a big problem with “moist”, now we get “moisty”, the uglier, nastier cousin to the world’s most uncomfortable common word. Want to make something creepier? Just add “y”.
“‘We rushed out before the gates, and I stood and stared,…'”