So it is agreed upon. With little other choice, Théoden and Éomer choose to follow Ghân-buri-Ghân on his hill road. Admittedly, they don’t entirely trust him, though good old GBG (I’m calling him that now) will go along at the head. If there’s some sort of trap, he’ll allow Théoden to kill him. So it is. The horses can go four abreast, and it will take over ten hours for everyone to get through.
With the conversation over, Merry sneaks back to his camp. No one ever saw him there.
-Stonewain Valley: The proposed route heads through this valley, presumably rocky in nature.
Another brief look into Woses culture: even though the sun is darkened (and it has been for a few days now), GBG is still able to tell night from day. His tribe shares some sort of connection to the sun, and feels it even through cover of darkness. On a further note, this speaks to Sauron’s dark magic blotting out light. If the sun was like, afraid or something, and not around, this would be a scary thing. But it’s not. The sun is there, just darkened by magic. And we can deal with magic!
So, ultimately, all this serves to provide the army of Rohan with a way to pass the armies blocking the road. Why didn’t we really need to hear about how they did that before we heard them arrive at Minas Tirith in the previous chapter? Well, because it was pretty easy.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
When even the text is shortening a character’s name by two thirds, then you know it’s okay to give him an acronym.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 72
No one dies today.
“Each company was guided…”