Too much looking and not enough talking? Let’s listen to Beregond talk today!
Pippin is curious about why the beacons of Gondor were lit, when war has not yet begun. Beregond offers his theory: that a squadron of corsairs from the south are massing to attack up the river and cut off Minas Tirith from aid from the southern vales. They must immediately look to Rohan for help. It is good to know of their victory against Saruman, but still the hardest blow to the world of men will fall at Minas Tirith.
Wait, now. The strangest part of this page? These quotes are lifted and put into the movie – AND GIVEN TO GANDALF.
It isn’t hard to see why – this is an important conversation, and Beregond is an unimportant character. We don’t really need to introduce another character just to show Pippin around at his arrival to Minas Tirith, but books can get away with this a lot easier than films can. Books assume that you have a longer attention span, while movies don’t require one. Do we need to get these ideas and phrases out? Well, then let’s give them to a character that we know well, and who is wise enough to give such powerful words. Gandalf is the best fit. It takes less exposition that way.
Unfortunately, this all ends poorly for Beregond, the small soldier of Gondor who nobody remembers, because his big scene was reassigned to somebody better.
Let us remember his sacrifice.
No one dies today.
“‘And, Master Peregrin, do you see any hope that we shall stand?'”