Yes indeed, Merry is having issues with his arm. In fact, he can’t use it at all. Frightened, Pippin tries to help Merry make his way to the Houses of Healing, but with no luck. Pippin just isn’t strong enough to carry his friend, slowly fading into unconsciousness. Thankfully, a random child passes by, and it’s Bergil!
Beregond’s son won’t stay for long; he’s running errands for the healers. However, this works out well for Pippin. He sends word that he has Merry, but can’t get him moving.
Shortly thereafter, Gandalf arrives. He’s relieved to see Merry, but knows that he needs to rush along to the Houses of Healing.
Most notable is the honor that Gandalf bestows upon Merry. I think Gandalf has some idea of what Merry did on the battlefield, and the fact that he was overlooked when they returned to Minas Tirith is unfathomable to him. However, Merry says beforehand that being overlooked isn’t such a bad thing. It was for this very reason that he had the opening to stab the Witch-king. No one pays heed to hobbits.
Hm…is that some kind of a theme? MAYBE SOME OTHER HOBBIT IS GOING TO SNEAK AROUND AND DO SOME STUFF.
And who expected Bergil to resurface save for some endgame denouement appearance? Not me. Seeing him here is a breath of fresh air, and shows that he’s actually being really helpful. For some reason, I view him as a sort of brat. I don’t know why.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
That’s a shortened version of another name for “hobbit”, which Pippin is using to prove to Bergil that Merry is important. Need to prove something? Use heightened language. Works every time.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 46
No one dies today.
“‘And yet here is…'”