Somehow we’d gotten into the pattern of ending each chapter with a paragraph-long page where almost nothing of worth happened. Thankfully, that’s done with. Look, stuff!
Haldir explains that Frodo can see out into Mirkwood, the part of it where Sauron established his hidden stronghold. He remarks that the distinction between the light and dark parts of the land is very strong when viewed from this hilltop. Symbolism!
Coming down off the hill, Frodo sees Aragorn in a frozen state of memory. It has something to do with his lady love Arwen. Smiling, Aragorn takes Frodo down the rest of the way.
Happiness! We can still have it, even if the world is tearing itself apart.
Fellowship of the LATE: 77 pages
Now, yesterday I was joking around about the fact that I thought the text took a giant leap forward to the end of Frodo’s life. Today, IT ACTUALLY DOES TAKE A GIANT LEAP FORWARD. As Frodo and Aragorn walk off the hill, we hear that Aragorn will never return here as a living man. NEVER.
Okay, I don’t know if I actually needed to know that, but it’s interesting. Especially when you consider that fact that Aragorn returns as the king. (It’s kind of a big deal). Oh right, spoiler alert.
So if Aragorn’s the king, and he reunites the northern and southern kingdoms, wouldn’t he stop off in Lothlórien again at some point? Maybe with the elves gone, there’s no point, but I would assume that this land would still be beautiful, certainly so if it remembers all things like we’ve been told. But there’s no guarantee.
But now we know, Aragorn will never be back here. So don’t get setting up for a welcome back party.
But it does say, “as a living man,” so maybe Aragorn returns as a zombie. Maybe.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
“Elvendom”, because every group of people needs an epic collective proper noun.
“And taking Frodo’s hand in his, he left the hill of Cerin Amroth and came there never again as a living man.”