We’re moving along, and back with Merry’s perspective. He’s been following the men carrying Théoden and Éowyn into Minas Tirith, where they are greeted with reverence. He vaguely follows torches, feeling as though he’s dreaming.
Suddenly he hears a voice. It’s Pippin! Apparently, Merry had dozed off or otherwise, and got separated from those who he was following. Gandalf sent Pippin to find Merry, and now the two hobbit buddies are reunited.
I do believe we’re still behind where the chapter on the field of battle left us. We jumped from Merry’s perspective to Éomer in that one, and the plot advanced to the end of the battle with Aragorn having already arrived. I presume that it wouldn’t have taken Merry that long to walk to Minas Tirith. However, this is almost exactly where we were in leaving off from the previous chapter, so this marks the first time in a while that we haven’t jumped backwards at all. We even jumped forward a little, since Gandalf and Pippin had only just set out to meet Merry’s group yesterday. They’ve had some time already to find Théoden and Éowyn, while it took some more time to find Merry.
Amazingly, Merry is mostly unharmed from his time in the battle.
It doesn’t seem like everything’s okay, though. Pippin asks, and Merry seems to be about to say something. However, he wasn’t wounded at all. In fact, the only battle that he was a part of was Éowyn’s standoff with the Witch-king. They were unbelievably fortunate.
We’ll see what’s up tomorrow.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 47
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