No, no, no! The old man is nobody’s dad. Aragorn shouts out to him, but nothing happens. He has disappeared. So have the horses, which Legolas is the first to notice. They sit there, dumbfounded, and Gimli grumbles a bit. They all think that it must have been Saruman, stealing their only means of transportation and leaving them stranded in this desolate area. The rest of the night is uneventful and depressing.
Poof! Magic disappearing horses! So much for Hasufel and Arod. I thought they were going to be so much more. Although, Gimli jokes about eating them, which is both weird and unexpected. You would think that the Rohirrim are one of two ways: they either love horses way too much to eat them, or they’re like the Dothraki, and only eat horsemeat because they view it with some sort of godlike power. Either way, I’m pretty sure horsemeat isn’t typical dwarf-fare.
Meanwhile, I finally saw Hugo for the first time today, which is just another film in which Christopher Lee is clearly making plans for his Uruk-hai army behind the scenes.
However, was this really a visit from Saruman we’ve just experienced? Why only steal the horses when he could destroy these three with his mind? Maybe it’s not Saruman…maybe it’s SOMEONE ELSE! Besides, Éomer mentioned that Saruman walks in Fangorn hooded. This man had a hat. A HAT!
(That last sentence best spoken with the inflection of “And they call it a mine. A MINE!”)
When all is said and done, this is the end of the chapter. Times is bad, folks. Times is bad.
“The old man did not appear again, and the horses did not return.”