The army of evil marches on Minas Tirith. You can SEE it now. Cool.
In the “morning”, fires spring up in the distance. The army has reached the outer walls of the fields surrounding the city, and commenced their attacks. Gandalf rides back to deliver news to Denethor, who sits in his high seat watching out of windows. There isn’t anything that Denethor doesn’t know already, though. The Witch-king leads the force with fear, and Faramir is fighting honorably, but doing poorly. He stays with the last of the men at the walls, hoping to lead the retreat when the time comes.
Pippin listens to all this, and has some delusion that Sauron himself is coming to Minas Tirith. Denethor laughs at this, because he is a terrible role model. He also shows off the sword that he’s been carrying around and sleeping with for years, apparently. Weird.
Okay, sure, Sauron might come to Minas Tirith at some point, but only when the time comes to smite Denethor and claim his ultimate victory. That…actually would be a scene that I’d love to see.
Mostly just because Denethor would get owned.
All in all, this page is just…more…waiting. All the offstage fighting is building suspense, and building MORE suspense, until it will actually break upon us. Meanwhile, all the men in Minas Tirith can slowly lose faith, making the suspense more foreboding. Nothing looks good now. Nothing at all.
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Yes, strangely, we had not seen the singular form of Ringwraith, only the plural. Strange.
No one dies today.
“‘For myself, I have long known who is the chief captain of the hosts…'”