Finally, FINALLY, this chapter comes to its end. How many transitions did it have that I thought could have qualified it for a new chapter? Too many.
For one last transition, Pippin makes his way back to his and Gandalf’s lodging. Gandalf still isn’t back. Though Pippin tries to look out at Minas Tirith through their window, the city is in blackout. Nothing can be seen. So, with nothing else to do, Pippin sleeps.
He’s woken some time later, seeing Gandalf come in and begin pacing their room. He notifies Pippin (as Beregond had as well) that Denethor will send for him in the morning. However, Gandalf worries, morning will not come. The sun will not rise tomorrow.
Gandalf, for his part, says nothing about where he’s been, but is still wondering about the same thing that he mentioned when he set out: when will Faramir come back to Minas Tirith? Certainly he got no answer to this today. I half expected him to return with all the captains and lords marching in, but that didn’t happen. I figured that was the reason that we were getting to see that bit of action. Nope, it was just for world-building, I guess.
So…what’s next: an explanation of Gandalf’s activities from the previous day? Straight off to Pippin’s meeting with Denethor? Imminent attack? What a great divergence of things can happen!
No one dies today.
“‘There will be no dawn.'”