We shift perspective. Let’s go back out to the battle, shall we?
We’re arriving with Aragorn just slightly earlier than we left Frodo and Sam. The battle still rages around him, and the eagles are just arriving to do battle with the Nazgûl. Suddenly, all forces turn tail. The Nazgûl fly off, and the ground armies see their peril. This is a valuable moment to regroup for the armies of men, and they charge forward with new hope.
-the Field of Cormallen: Wood-lined plain southwest of the Black Gate where Aragorn is going to head after the battle. Seems like an odd name for this chapter. Oh, well.
-Landroval: Brother of Gwaihir, Windlord of the eagles. Gwaihir may be the lord, but Landroval is bigger.
-Thorondor: Great father and lord of all eagles, distantly related to Gwaihir and Landroval. We hear about him now because why not?
-the Encircling Mountains: Mountains that once stood around the hidden city of Gondolin. Thorondor lived here.
Getting some history of the eagles isn’t bad, even though it does feel out of place. Now, even though we’re talking about eagles, let’s never mention that horrible argument that the eagles should have just flown the ring to Mount Doom. That’s an argument for people who like shortcuts and clearly DON’T LIKE THIS STORY AT ALL. I have strong feelings about that.
Of all the times we’ve jumped back in time a little bit when we’ve shifted point of view, this is definitely the closest. By the end of this page, we’re caught back up to where we were, with everything in Mordor crumbling down. Now, how long until someone makes a plan to go and get Frodo and Sam? I don’t know, but that needs to happen.
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Will Cormallen show up again when it’s not all caps? Important questions.
“But Gandalf lifted up his arms and called once more in a clear voice:…”