It would be hard to point to any other character to whom Gandalf directs as much disdain as Denethor. As the Steward sends Gandalf and Pippin away, Gandalf shoots even more barbs back at him, something the wizard has never been seen doing much before.
Denethor does concede that he wants to talk about the matter of war, but will stall that for another few hours. Gandalf calls Denethor on his unwillingness to consult with Gandalf personally. How can Denethor be a worthy ruler of Gondor if he ignores his counsels? Denethor then pridefully champions his rule, for as long as it may be. Gandalf reminds him that he only rules as long as Gondor has no king. Hint: one is coming.
Gandalf and Pippin then get led away to a house where they’ll be staying. It doesn’t really look like that great of a place.
Yes, this does mean that we get to skip over Pippin’s story, seeing as we were there for it firsthand. However, consider that his telling took about an hour, and all that time Gandalf sat, quietly, waiting for Denethor to ask him some questions about current events and his expertise in dealing with their enemies. Denethor did no such thing. Gandalf, now fuming, has nothing to say to Pippin as the two are shuttled off. An angry Gandalf is a frightening Gandalf.
HOWEVER, I want to shift gears here.
I was contacted by a reader the other day! Let me tell you about something really cool!
So, this guy Phil has been reading along for a while. I don’t know Phil personally, so that’s pretty cool that he just found my blog and liked it enough to stick with me. I don’t publicize or anything, so the few dedicated followers I have bring me joy.
Anyway, Phil commented on my first post of Return of the King, mentioning that he had something of a Lord of the Rings passion project of his own, and he just finished it! Phil created an audiobook recording of the entirety of the text, and put it on YouTube with accompanying music and artwork. Cool, right? Also, it’s on YouTube…so…IT’S FREE! That’s just awesome. There are quite a few of us here who have strange obsessions with massive Lord of the Rings projects. Check it out!
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
I would’ve figured that “unfigured” would be fine. I guess I’ll just have to unfigure that.
No one dies today.
“There were three high narrow windows that looked northward over the great…”