I can already tell that there are going to be some jokes about mustard in this chapter.
The chapter starts with a little bit of context, as Merry’s storyline starts back up a few days after we left him. For placement, this is at the same time as Pippin watches the armies march into Minas Tirith. However, it’s been a few days since we saw Merry, and the riders of Rohan have taken a slower route to get to Dunharrow. The valley gets a little more description, and the mountain is colored with both shadow and sunset. Merry is overwhelmed with the enormity of it all.
-the Snowbourn: River gathering in the valley that runs down past Edoras. Not to be confused with Snowmane, Théoden’s horse. I confused it with Snowmane for a moment.
-Starkhorn: Tall mountain rising above the valley. It’s a Stark, so it will die.
It only feels right that Merry’s chapter is begun with a reference to Pippin for definition and context. Merry always seems like the fourth hobbit, and tags along with Pippin more than the other way around. I think that the movie actually establishes well that Merry is more broken up by Pippin’s leaving than Pippin is himself. Adding to this “fourth hobbit” feeling, a few days of Merry’s journey to Dunharrow are completely skipped over, while Pippin’s ride to Minas Tirith was described in some form of detail, even though he was unconscious for most of it.
Come to think of it, Pippin’s chapter was also ridiculously long. Perhaps Merry will get a lengthy chapter as well. We all know that Frodo and Sam have enough chapters to themselves as it is.
Wait, I’m asking for a long chapter? Shoot.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
If “Snowbourn” wasn’t already not a word, we could blame the English for that extra “u”. Darn.
No one dies today.
“Hour after hour for nearly three weary…”