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Woo, 400! That’s like…a lot and stuff.

Yep.

While Boromir comes to his senses and asks for forgiveness, Frodo is long gone. He climbs up to the top of Amon Hen, where he finds an ancient throne. Seated upon it, he can see across the world. War is everywhere, from the Misty Mountains to Mirkwood, Rohan, the far east, south, and even Lothlórien.

First Mentions:

-the Seat of Seeing: This ancient stone throne, where one can see forever. Probably by magic. I’m pretty sure Amon Hen isn’t as tall as the Misty Mountains. Otherwise, Frodo couldn’t climb it in a few minutes.

-Ethir Anduin: The delta of the Great River. The New Orleans of Middle-earth, maybe.

So, let’s talk about the militaristic movements going on right now, as Frodo can see them.

1) Orcs are crawling out of the Misty Mountains.

2) Elves and men are battling fell beasts in Mirkwood.

3) The land of the Beornings is ON FIRE.

4) A dark cloud hangs over Moria.

5) Smoke is on the borders of Lothlórien.

6) Men on horseback ride in Rohan.

7) Wolves are leaving from Isengard.

8) Southern corsair ships are being put to sail.

9) Easterlings are massing.

And that’s just in the bottom paragraph and a half of this page! IT’S WAR TIME.

Just like that.

Fellowship of the LATE: 125 pages

Oh, and nothing about Gondor? That’s a notable exclusion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it shows up on tomorrow’s page. If it doesn’t, chalk that up to Boromir’s madness. Frodo might not care to know what evil is crawling towards Gondor.

But it’s safe to say that evil is crawling towards everywhere, even a place thought to be untouchable like Lothlórien. No word on Rivendell.

All in all, it’s a reminder that war exists all over Middle-earth, something I lose track of when the story focuses so strongly on the disparate paths of the Fellowship Company.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-Ethir

“Ethir”, I don’t like you either!

“From the havens of Harad ships of war put out to sea; and out of the East Men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden…”

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NOPE.

I like answering questions from the first line of the page with the first line of my blog! ‘Tis fun.

Frodo answers Boromir’s question similarly. Boromir becomes increasingly aggressive, and Frodo continues to tell him off. Along with using the ring to bring its power to Gondor, Boromir offers to take it from Frodo because it will be a relief to give it up. How awful it must be to bear such a burden!

Eh, it could be worse.

When words fail, Boromir charges at Frodo, who puts a large nearby stone between them. As last resort, he puts on the ring and becomes invisible. Boromir curses him, and falls down in his clumsy rage.

Fellowship of the LATE: 124 pages

But you’re not supposed to use the ring! Ah! Evil things!

This is one of those times when I wish I was reading this for the first time. Think of how suspenseful it would be, not knowing where Frodo goes and what happens. And with orcs about nearby, too!

That said, it’s a perfect move. Does Boromir even know that putting on the ring will turn you invisible? If not, this must be mind-blowing.

ERMAHGERD, BERT!

And after Frodo disappears, Boromir runs around madly. Whether he falls of his own accord or of Frodo’s mischievous doing is unclear. The movie has an opinion on that, but I actually find it more demoralizing to Boromir if he falls on his own. His own pride brings him down.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-wilfully

Well, “wilfully” will thrill fully well.

I went there.

“For a while he was as still as if his own curse had struck him down; then suddenly he wept.”

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SO SMALL A THING. A THING SO SMALL.

“So small, a thing it is!”

And here comes Boromir’s soliloquy. Use the ring for good! Take it, and command the forces of good and evil. He plans alliances. He wants to shape the world, himself a kind and caring king. Forgetting Frodo, he orates on the good that can come from keeping the ring instead of destroying it. How could anyone think to do anything else?

Frodo, meanwhile, is afraid. As he should be.

Fellowship of the LATE: 123 pages

We are NOT being a fellowship right now. Boromir ruins everything.

But here’s what I’ve noticed: most of Boromir’s memorable lines from the movie are included in this scene. “Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing?” he says, spanning the end of yesterday’s page and the top of today’s. That’s said on the trek up Caradhras in the movie.

Additionally, he adds: “It is a gift, I say; a gift to the foes of Mordor.” You might recognize that from the Council of Elrond.

Instead, everything is all thrown at poor Frodo.

And, oh, is it any surprise that this entire speech is going to backfire? Instead of inspiring Frodo to change his mind, he’s scared. I’ve brought up Boromir’s bravado before, and he’s using it in full force right now.

To add insult to injury, he disses Gandalf, Elrond, and all other “wizard-lords”. Because insulting someone’s hero is the best way to gain their respect. If Frodo wasn’t drastically shorter than Boromir, I’d want him to give him a whack upside the head. Perhaps he still should anyway.

Boo-romir!

“‘My mind is clearer now.'”

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Quick question: let’s say you need some time to think about a huge moment of decision in your life. Who would you want to give you advice to help you with that choice?

I’m sure most people would answer as such: their parents, their best friends, Morgan Freeman, etc. That guy who’s lusting after all of your power? Yeah, I wouldn’t pick that guy.

Unless it’s Morgan Freeman lusting after all my power. He can have it.

So, while Frodo’s trying to have some time to himself, Boromir wanders up with the pretense of wanting to protect the ring-bearer. Frodo admits to being afraid, but he knows what Boromir will counsel him to do. Going to Minas Tirith, in Frodo’s mind, is a delay, and only destined to fail when the city is overwhelmed. He’s completely right in saying that they must destroy the ring as quickly as possible. Only then, regardless of fortifications and strength of arms, will they be safe.

Fellowship of the LATE: 122 pages

Yep, still no.

I’m going to add a person to that list from the beginning. You know who I’d like to have give me advice? Frodo Baggins. Guy has some great points. The only way to ensure safety? DESTROY EVIL. It works in every story ever.

And Ganondorf is proof that being “sealed away” is just an ineffective slap on the wrist.

And of course, if you want to get to Mount Doom as soon as possible, you might as well go straight there. A holiday in Minas Tirith isn’t going to help you at all in that regard, and it might even turn into a siege. Nothing says “un-holiday” like a siege.

All in all, today’s conversation is just another reason to say “boo” to Boromir. Boo-romir, if I haven’t said that already.

“‘Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for…'”

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It’s so close it’s painful.

After a bit of agonizing over whether or not to call the “Fellowship of the LATE” count over, I’m going to keep it going.

Fellowship of the LATE: 121 pages

Why, you ask? Well, Aragorn does refer to the group as a fellowship today. HOWEVER, it’s in the general sense (a fellowship), and not capitalized. Nor does he say, specifically, “the Fellowship of the Ring”. “What shall now become of our Company that has travelled so far in fellowship?” he says. “Shall we break our fellowship and go this way and that as each may choose?”

I am unconvinced. It’s like the difference between Pittsburgh pirates (swashbuckling citizens and/or Napster patrons of Pittsburgh) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (players for the Pittsburgh baseball team). I don’t know why I chose Pittsburgh.

“Black and yellow, black and yellow…”

It’s a label vs. a title. We’re only labeling at the moment.

Aside from all of that, Aragorn tries to get a decision to be made on the next course of action. When no one speaks up, he turns to Frodo. With all that pressure, Frodo caves a bit, and requests some time alone. He wanders off up the hill, while Sam notices Boromir looking after him.

The agony of trying to decide myself whether to end the “Fellowship” count has left me just as bewildered. I can only hope that none of my sketchy friends will be watching me go as I walk away in angst.

Do I have sketchy friends?

This is a sketch. I consider him my friend.

However, unlike in the film, everyone knows that Frodo’s wandered off. It’s not like, “Oh no! Where’d that guy go?” We all saw him walk away. Not so tricksy, this one is.

We trudge along, still waiting for the Fellowship.

“The little upland lawn was open upon the East and was filled now with the early…”

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What was that? Could it be, the fleeting f-bomb? Fellowship?!

NO. It’s already been said as the title of the first book, so I’m not going to count a chapter title.

Fellowship of the LATE: 120 pages

However, if it doesn’t come up in this chapter, it becomes a total failure. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen!

I meant to get an image of a toast. But here’s some toast.

Anyway, the boats come to rest at the foot of Amon Hen, and Aragorn leads them all to make camp there for the night. He, however, cannot sleep. He wakens Frodo for the next watch, but asks him to draw Sting. A foreboding has been lying on his mind. Sure enough, Sting shines blue, though only lightly. Orcs are near, though they may only be across the river. They will be cautious tomorrow.

First Mentions:

-Parth Galen: The grassy plain on the banks of Anduin at the foot of Amon Hen. Sounds like a nice place to rest!

I sometimes forget that Sting is more than just a sword. It’s an orc-detecting device!

Add to that how Aragorn kind of senses the orcs nearby, and they’ve basically set up an orc sonar system. Too bad we haven’t been able to make more use of it. The only problem is distance. Sting’s glow can vary depending on how close by the orcs are, but no one quite knows exactly how the brightness corresponds to distance. What’s the range on that thing?

While they may be shiny, swords always have a shorter range than guns.

Nonetheless, orcs are near. The time has come to do battle with the forces of evil! Prepare for action! Intrigue! Betrayal! Breaking! Fellowship!

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-Parth

I went to high school with a guy named Parth.

“High up above the…”

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This chapter ends, rather unceremoniously.

With the sun setting, the Fellowship Company heads towards the three hilltops. It has been ten days of travel on the river Anduin. Now is the time to choose between the eastern and western shores.

And by “business”, we do mean “party business”.

Fellowship of the LATE: 119 pages

So, really nothing to say about that.

On a side note, I’m using a lot of free time right now to grind away at rewriting all those pages that I lost. I’m up to page 240, so there are still 50 pages to go before I catch up with page 290. And just a few days ago, I had only rewritten up to 200, so that’s major progress!

Story-wise, we just met Boromir. That’s too bad.

Now then, if I recall correctly, the next chapter is the LAST chapter in Fellowship! It’s sort of mind boggling that I might actually almost be at Two Towers. I’ve been doing this for so long that it’s always felt so far away.

That’s really all I’ve got today, but I refuse to let Boromir be the only thing tagged in this post. Remember Gandalf, you guys? That guy was cool.

Oh, and the last line of this chapter is laughably inaccurate.

“The last stage of the Quest was before them.”

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