Théoden is beginning a brief retelling of Brego and Baldor’s discovery of the Paths of the Dead way back when. So that’s cool.
A cranky old man sat on the doorstep of the darkness when they approached.
kid old guy utters some pretty foreboding things as they try to pass him, then dies. Like, right on the spot. Dead. That was enough to scare Brego and Baldor off, at least until Baldor came back some time later and found his death.
The conversation lulls, and a ruckus is heard outside. A guard bursts in to announce a messenger from Gondor. He introduces himself as Hirgon, coming directly from Denethor, asking for Rohan’s aid in the war with all speed.
-Hirgon: This here messenger. Said to look like Boromir.
Wait, Merry thinks that Hirgon looks like Boromir? Well, that’s a red herring. At first, I assumed that this meant that the man was Faramir, since the brothers do share a resemblance to one another. I found this strange, since I had no memory of Faramir coming all this way to meet with Théoden. Of course, it would explain how he hasn’t yet returned to Minas Tirith, all the while leaving Gandalf to worry where he is.
There’s also something here with a red arrow.
No, actually, it’s a red-tipped arrow, like, one that you would shoot from a bow. It’s some sort of war summons, and Théoden looks at it with all the required gravitas. So…it’s a big deal. But what does it mean, exactly?
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Hey, it’s another cliffhanger to hold over until tomorrow!
No one dies today.
“‘The Red Arrow!’ said Théoden, holding it, as one who receives a summons long expected and yet dreadful when it comes. His hand…”