I’m now coming live from my new place in Austin! However, once again, it was quite the day. That, and then I stayed up too late because I finally had a place to myself for the first time in like a week. I have issues with that.
But, forward unto dawn, friends!
This page is all about Aragorn asking Legolas and Gimli to come willingly with him into a horrible place. As if the name “Paths of the Dead” wasn’t creepy enough, Aragorn recites an old prophecy that calls to him to risk everything. Elrond’s sons brought these words back to his mind, and it seems right that he should be the one to fulfill them. Naturally, Legolas and Gimli are eager to follow.
-Malbeth the Seer: Soothsayer of old Arnor. Foretold the line of kings ending in the north, and also Aragorn’s journey to the Paths of the Dead.
-Arvedui: Last king of Arnor. This also makes him a very distant relative of Aragorn’s.
-the Stone of Erech: Great stone upon a hill where the men who haunt the Paths of the Dead swore an oath to fight for Isildur. That…didn’t work out.
All in all, the prophesy is pretty straightforward. It clearly tells of the dead men who failed Isildur rising to regain their honor. However, it doesn’t say much about who it will be (other than Isildur’s heir) to call them forth. The tale mentions the man coming from the north in great need, as Aragorn is. The lines seem to come together, so it isn’t a huge stretch for Aragorn to see his part in fate. Thanks for keeping it simple, Malbeth.
Middle-earth doesn’t typically deal in a lot of prophecies, at least not as much as other fantasy worlds do. However, those that do appear are very important, and most often involve Aragorn. They don’t always prophetize about characters, but when they do, they prefer Aragorn.
Speaking of involving Aragorn, did you expect this chapter to turn around from Merry and be about him? That was a sudden change.
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Italics! Always a good decision for riddles and prophecies.
No one dies today.
“‘I hope that the forgotten people will not have forgotten how to…'”