Quite a bit to say today. Let’s start with the obvious.
FELLOWSHIP BE DONE.
Fellowship of the LATE: 132 pages, and a complete failure
This is the last page of The Fellowship of the Ring, and thus, a major milestone. What happens?
Frodo and Sam paddle the boat slightly down and across the river. They land, hiding the boat behind a boulder, and set off in search of a path to take them through the Emyn Muil.
When I first watched the movie (before I had read any of the books), I couldn’t believe this was the end. There’s so much more to come! And there is. Oh, there is…
So, what is Fellowship, this first “book” of three? It’s largely what I remembered/expected. It starts off slow, getting out of the Shire and all. It was over 200 pages before we even got to Rivendell, and we all know how much time was spent there. The journey bits (Rivendell-Moria, Moria-Lórien, Lórien-Amon Hen), all seem short from then on out. And quite a bit of time is spent in Lothlórien in the middle of all that.
To make the simplest of conclusions, things are picking up speed. Most of the exposition is long out of the way, and Frodo and Sam are barreling towards Mordor, leaving everyone else in their dust. Everyone else, by the way, is scattered and in chaos. We’ll have fun with that over the next few days.
But what else can I say? I still feel like we’re only just beginning.
Please enjoy this Fresh Prince-style telling of Aragorn’s life.
Naturally, there are other things to talk about. Most importantly, my newest LEGO set, the Mines of Moria.
It’s a very extensive set, featuring minifigures of Pippin, Legolas, Boromir, Gimli, two “Moria” orcs, and, the crown jewel, a cave troll. Two skeletons, too, which reside in the not-entirely-textually-accurate hole and Balin’s tomb. Said tomb busts open with the flick of a switch, and both of those pillars on the left wall do the same. One side of the door’s wall breaks away, too.
Oh, and did I mention the cave troll?
I mean, seriously, I wanted this one next because of the cave troll.
And also, I just realized that all of the (non-skeleton/cave troll) minifigures have two-sided faces. Woah.
However, I did consider sending a complaint to LEGO. I received the “Mines of Moria” set, but I only see a “Chamber of Mazarbul” set. Where’s the rest of Moria, LEGO!?
Totes jk. Nerd rage.
But behold! The last line of Fellowship! Bring on Two Towers tomorrow.
“Then shouldering their burdens, they set off, seeking a path that would bring them over the grey hills of the Emyn Muil, and down into the Land of Shadow.”