We’re talking about the plan moving forward today. Unsurprisingly, the plan includes moving forward!
And yes, Gandalf does finally answer Merry’s question. They will ride easily tonight, and stop at the end of the valley. From there, instead of heading back to Edoras, they will make for Helm’s Deep. Messengers have been sent to bring that word. Gandalf won’t say more, as he’s feeling very worried about their safety. Merry vows to corner Aragorn for a more complete tale of events.
They do eventually stop for the night. A fire is lit among bushes.
-Dol Baran: The last hill of the northern march. Naturally, it has to have a name!
Now, Gandalf’s fear is quite understandable. As of this moment, he doesn’t know how Saruman was able to communicate and coordinate with Sauron. Once Sauron hears of Saruman’s downfall, his retribution will be swift. Gandalf feels very out in the open as they traverse the countryside of Rohan. This is what goes into the decision of riding to Helm’s Deep instead of a few more days to Edoras. Théoden will ride with his men to the mountain fastness of Dunharrow from there.
Oh, is that not what happens in the movie? Yeah, from this point, I’m not even going to point out when things drastically change. We don’t need to stop off at Edoras in the text.
Likewise, I wonder if Gandalf had not known of Saruman’s palantír as he had in the film. Yep, with a double-check, I see that it hasn’t been mentioned before this chapter’s title. But was there not a palantír at Orthanc all along? I thought that’s how Saruman came to own it in the first place. They once were housed at various structures of the ancient kingdoms, such as Weathertop. Having one at Isengard would make a lot of sense. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Ouch, compound words are taking a beating today.
“Buds were swelling at each twig’s tip.”