Do you remember all those exciting directions that our story could go in from the end of yesterday’s chapter? Do you? Do you?! DO YOU.
I HOPE YOU WANTED TO CHECK IN ON ARAGORN, LEGOLAS, AND GIMLI.
Oh, that’s what we’re doing.
Merry’s there, too, and it’s just after Gandalf left their camp with Pippin. Their path is now unclear, though Aragorn realizes that he must, at some point, make it to Minas Tirith. Legolas and Gimli declare their intentions to travel with him, by any road. Merry wants to come too. But…they won’t let him. He is relegated to being by the side of Théoden and the men of Rohan. Perhaps he will join them again in time.
Wait, so…uh, yeah. What? I guess…yeah.
Jump cut! Let’s see what’s going on in the kingdom next door. I have to admit, it’s hard to build a narrative this way. I don’t feel a drive in the Gandalf/Pippin story, and lord knows we’ve been away from Frodo and Sam for a while now, too. Remember how much that line left us hanging? It’s a symptom of trying to tell a full, full story. Every character gets their moment.
Wait…you know what this feels like?
It’s proven that it works. Heck, this very book proves that it works, though I admit that it’s hard to read when you’re breaking it up as far as I am. We haven’t seen Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli in 177 pages. That’s almost six months, my time! I hardly remember what they were up to.
Except, I do, because that’s basically my job.
No one dies today.
“‘My lord,’ he said to the king, ‘there are horsemen behind us. As…'”