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Dust in the wind. All these chapters are is dust in the wind.

RIP Blue.

So Galadriel goes nuts. Sure, give her the ring, and bad things will happen! At least she’s honest.

She gradually returns to form, and praises herself for holding back from asking for the ring. When Frodo asks, she explains why it is that he cannot use the ring with all its intended power, and then tells him that he will set off again tomorrow morning. Sam offers the ring again, but she turns him down. Clever girl.

Fellowship of the LATE: 91 pages

SOMEONE CALL THEM THAT ALREADY!

So why can’t Frodo see all the other Rings of Power? He isn’t powerful enough! I mean, of course he isn’t. That much is clear, but it’s sort of one of those things where the ring is only as powerful as you are. If you want to be powerful enough to wield it fully, it will destroy you.

Even still, Frodo can use what small power he has to see Galadriel’s ring, where Sam saw nothing but a star. It’s a weak power, but it’s a power nonetheless.

Like Aquaman.

Just for a moment I really wished I could tag “Aquaman” in this post. I mean, I could, but there’s no point other than for fun.

Poor Aquaman.

Anyway, be prepared for a transitional period as we move out of Lothlórien. I’m pretty sure that’s the entire premise of the next chapter, so maybe we won’t even leave until after that’s done. Oh well. Mordor wasn’t walked into in a day.

“‘We will not speak more of it. Let us go!'”

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Ooh, shiny!

One ring to not rule the others!

Galadriel says a lot about Sauron and the power that he can wield against the elves of Lothlórien should Frodo fail in his quest. Because she wears one ring of the Three, Sauron would be able to hold sway over her if he regained the One Ring. As such, the power of Lothlórien would be useless. However, if the elves remained in Middle-earth after Frodo destroyed the ring, they would lose power anyway, and diminish to simple folk.

And THIS is the reason they’re leaving the continent. All explained.

Frodo then offers her the ring, seeing as she seems to need it. She wants it, no doubt, and admits to that.

First Mentions:

-the Even-star: The Evening Star, or Eärendil, the most worshiped star of the elves. Of course it is. They love Eärendil.

-Nenya: One of the Three, and held by Galadriel. Also known as the Ring of Adamant, it has the power to protect and conceal, which Galadriel uses to safeguard Lothlórien. So that’s how it works.

Aha! That’s what keeps Lothlórien safe. And as such, if Sauron held the One Ring again, he could overpower its charms.

In fact, Galadriel also uses the power of the ring to conceal it itself. Frodo can see it because he is the bearer of the One Ring, bringing up the notion that he actually does hold some power by owning the One Ring. Only he would be able to see it, or so she claims.

SENSE IS MADE.

CENTS IS MADE.

Fellowship of the LATE: 90 pages

But then Frodo has to go and muck everything up by offering Galadriel the ring. Because that’s what he does.

And by that, I mean that he isn’t a fully mature character yet, and still has a lot of flaws. Those will get beaten out of him. That’s what epically long journeys are made for.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-Nenya

I saw a seal get its teeth brushed today.

“‘You will give me the Ring freely! In…'”

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Bonus for living in an apartment on the 26th floor: I can watch the end-times roll in darkly across the sky.

Just add Chicago.

So I might be distracted right now, but this view is cool. Also, I can turn this into something relevant!

Now, Frodo takes his turn to look into the mirror. The vision changes from the unknown wizard to a series of events that he believes are some sort of epic history. He sees the sea, and a storm raging above it. (See, relevant!) A ship is traveling from the west, with the emblem of a white tree. As Frodo believes he’s seen the end of the visions, the mirror goes dark, darker than thought possible. A yellow eye, ringed with flame, appears. Fear grows in Frodo, and he feels the ring drawing him down towards the water. Galadriel stops him from touching it, and the vision recedes.

Darkness! Storms! See, I knew I could make what I was talking about relevant. Don’t doubt me.

Fellowship of the LATE: 89 pages

But it’s the Eye. And the Eye sees ALL.

Except for John Cena.

The boat Frodo sees is definitely the men arriving in Middle-earth from Númenor, because they had the white tree emblem. I’m not sure why Frodo is shown these historical things, but that’s the only one that I can pick out as something that I already know. But they must mean something…

The Eye? Well, that’s pretty clear. EVIL. FAILURE. BAD THINGS. You need something to scare you into action, right? And there it is.

Oh, and why can’t we touch the water of the mirror? Galadriel brought that up briefly when she introduced it, but WHY?! Mysteries abound.

“‘I say to you, Frodo, that even as I speak to you, I perceive the Dark Lord…'”

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WE’VE GOT TO GO BACK.

Kate, you have to go be in The Hobbit now.

Sam becomes horribly distraught, and feels the need to go back home and save the Shire from this fate. Galadriel reminds him that doing so would not be easy, and in fact, the mirror shows some things that would not happen unless the viewer turned aside from their current path. That’s unhelpful. Sam calms back down, and agrees to continue with Frodo.

After that display, Frodo seems ready to step up and look into the mirror himself. He sees a dark land, and it appears that Gandalf is walking up a road towards him. However, this figure is clothed in white, and not the grey that Gandalf was known to wear.

Fellowship of the LATE: 88 pages

This function of the Mirror of Galadriel is counterproductive and malevolent!

“Here, let me show you something that will make you upset. Want to keep it from happening? Okay, but that will CAUSE IT TO HAPPEN! BAHAHAHA!!”

Poor show, mirror. Mirror, mirror, on the pedestal, you’re the worst.

I rhyme, you guys. But only when necessary.

Please enjoy this picture of Busta Rhymes screaming.

But what is this that Frodo sees? Gandalf in white? That’s ridiculous! Dude wears grey. White’s not his style, especially after Labor Day. (Which, by the way, it totally is right now.)

SARCASM SARCASM SARCASM.

I definitely typed “Labor Day” the way the British would do it, as “Labour Day” at first. Oops.

“Doubt came into Frodo’s mind: was this a vision of…”

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Magic is tempting. The future is tempting. This is nothing new.

“Let me show you how you’ll give me all your money!”

Though Frodo shies away from looking in the mirror, Sam jumps forward, hoping to see the Shire. At first he just sees stars, but he gasps when they melt away into a vision of a clear sky above trees waving in the breeze. The vision changes to Frodo, lying asleep under some rocks. Sam can see himself looking frantically for something, but he has no clue what’s going on. The trees come back again, but they’re being cut down. Sam yells at Ted Sandyman, who always cuts down trees.

First Mentions:

-the Old Mill: One of those meaningful places in the Shire. Sam sees the trees around it coming down, but the building itself is no longer there.

TED SANDYMAN!!!

He’s our resident Newman.

With the exception of the Sackville-Bagginses, what other hobbit can we hate with such a loathe passion? Sam hates him, and there’s no better way to bond with him than mutually grumbling about the frustrating miller’s son.

Being reminded that he’s the miller’s son, why is he so intent on cutting down the trees near the mill? Wouldn’t a normal person like to have them around? When your priorities are this out of whack, we have no choice but to hate you.

Fellowship of the LATE: 87 pages

But does Sam see the past, present, or future? None can say.

Future. It’s the future. Because I know what happens.

“But now Sam noticed that the Old Mill had vanished, and a large red-brick building was being put up where it had stood. Lots of folk…”

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Sometimes, art mimics life. Or life mimics art. You know.

Salvador Dali’s life was WEIRD.

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” You got me there, Tolkien.

Frodo and Sam continue their walk-and-talk today, with Sam realizing that the “magic” of Lothlórien is subtle, quite unlike Gandalf’s fireworks. He doesn’t find it to be a bad thing. In fact, everything just feels magically right. Once they leave, they won’t feel as happy, and the road will get rough.

Frodo wishes to see Galadriel once more before they journey on, and his wish is suddenly granted as she walks out before them. She leads them through a hedge to a hollow where she fills a pedestal with shimmering water. She beckons for them to look in it.

First Mentions:

-the Mirror of Galadriel: Look into its waters! See the past, present, future, whatever you will! Ooooooooh….

That quote I…um, quoted, is brought up by Sam. He actually wants to get out of Lothlórien as soon as possible. The longer they delay, the harder it will be.

For me, I’m just sitting here, trying to do all sorts of things, and then I see this quote. And I felt it. Like, a lot.

Woah.

Fellowship of the LATE: 86 pages

COME ON NOW.

So this is the point where Galadriel shows all sorts of visions to our heroes. “Things that are, things that were, and things…that have not yet come to pass.” But Sam is here, which is a bit that the movie overlooked. I guess it’s more mysterious if Frodo is there alone, in the dead of night. But here, he gets a friend!

Yay friends.

“‘What shall we look for, and what shall we see?’ asked Frodo, filled with awe.”

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Sorry, Sam, you’re not really at the “write-your-own-songs” level yet.

And you’re a coward.

Frodo finishes his song in memory of Gandalf, and Sam tries to add to it. They muse over how Bilbo would put it, but Frodo feels sad at the thought of Bilbo learning of Gandalf’s demise.

On an evening, sometime later, Frodo asks Sam how he feels about elves now. As you may remember, he was as awkward as a schoolboy around them at the beginning of things. Sam now realizes that not all elves are the same! Fancy that. He does like it quite a bit here in Lothlórien.

Fellowship of the LATE: 85 pages

So yeah, Sam adds a verse to Frodo’s song, which I’m not adding as a part of my song. First of all, I doubt that Sam sings it, and also, it’s a separate thing. Like, after Frodo finishes and he and Sam talk briefly, Sam adds it. I just…don’t think it fits in the same way. I NEED MY REASONS.

Tolkien Songs In Real Life:

The Frodo part, and the Frodo part only!

“A deadly sword, a healing hand,

a back that bent beneath its load;

a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,

a weary pilgrim on the road.

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,

swift in anger, quick to laugh;

an old man in a battered hat

who leaned upon a thorny staff.

He stood upon the bridge alone

and Fire and Shadow both defied;

his staff was broken on the stone,

in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.”

Ignorant of any “other” verses, I present:

Khazad-fall pt.2

(Wonderwall – Oasis)

I wonder if ever again we’ll see a song that is contained within a single page. This one could have been, but just happened to have been split right in half. Maybe someday.

But I like when the end of the song roughly coincides with the title I’ve chosen. You won’t believe me, but that was unintentional. Truly.

Let’s talk about Sam.

You also won’t believe that I FOUND (did not make) this image.

Not that I really had a lot more to say about Sam, but I needed to get that picture in there somehow. It was necessary.

“‘It’s wonderfully quiet here.'”

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