I guess you could call this a parley, but Rohan and the Woses are not really on opposing sides. Whatever you call it, there’s some tension to the conversation. Théoden and Éomer are specifically looking for aid in battle, which the man cannot provide. His people have no interest in the conflict. However, they do hate orcs, and would look to aid the enemies of their enemies in some other way. He suggests taking a long-forgotten path around the waiting armies.
-Ghân-buri-Ghân: Headman of the Woses. I presume that “buri” must imply “son of” or something, making him Ghân, son of Ghân. Much like Timmett, son of Timmett, chieftain of the Burned Men. No one likes them.
There’s a lot of history presented here from the Woses’ perspective. They refer to the people of Gondor as the “Stonehouse-folk,” differentiating themselves by the way that they live. Since, when the men arrived from over the sea they carved rock like hunters carve meat, the Woses had thought that possibly these Stonehouse-folk actually ate stone.
Likewise, Ghân-buri-Ghân defines Rohan by their horses. To be honest, it is their defining characteristic. Here they are, living this simplistic life in the woods, observing the world, but not getting involved in wars. They’re pretty alright. Perhaps the Woses are actually the best of all the “kingdoms” of men.
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Guess what came out today? The trailer for the next Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug! Check it out:
And do you know what that means?
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 73
No one dies today.
“‘Then you will kill gorgûn and drive away bad dark with bright iron, and Wild Men can go back to sleep in the wild woods.'”