With only a few short paragraphs today, we end the chapter.
Gandalf worries that Saruman may have underground ways of escaping Orthanc. Now that the water has fallen, those could be open again.
With added assurance from Treebeard that the ents will be vigilant, Gandalf must be satisfied. Treebeard plans on bringing many trees to live at Isengard once again, and they will watch over the land.
-the Watchwood: The planned forest of Isengard. Does it count as a mention even in the hypothetical future sense? Sure, because I miss all the First Mentions we used to have.
By the way, the trees will act as sentinels for seven times the number of years that Saruman ravaged their kin. How many years is that, anyway, and why stop then? Clearly, Saruman just has to wait it out.
Does he have the food to make it? I hope so, for his sake, but I hope not, for the sake of Middle-earth.
Meanwhile, the trees will even report the movements of squirrels.
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When do we get back to Frodo and Sam? Not yet, anyway.
“‘Until seven times the years in which he tormented us have passed, we shall not tire of watching him.'”