WOAH WOAH WOAH. Today is full of stuff, including our first song in, like, years.
Plot-wise, Merry is just riding down the line of people wishing the army well as they leave Dunharrow. It’s a silent march, and much of this is made into song later, though the people are too full of emotion now to think of it.
The ride passes swiftly, until the column reaches Edoras for lunch. Théoden takes his meal before denying Merry the right to come with them for one last time.
Merry just isn’t ready for the open market.
-Underharrow: Small town in the valley of Harrowdale. Under…harrow. It makes sense.
-Upbourn: Small town, also in the valley, along the Snowbourn river. This also makes sense.
-Folde: Region of Rohan, near Edoras. Most of their stuff has “fold” in it somewhere.
-Fenmarch: Eastern region of Rohan with some marshes, or fens. Get it? This is part of the eastern border with Gondor.
-the Firienwood: A forest literally on the border of Rohan and Gondor.
And that’s a lot of First Mentions! This is outlining the path that Théoden rides as he makes his way to Gondor. Of course, none of this has happened yet, but it is memorialized in the song that is shown today. Future song!
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
It’s been…very long. I had to refresh my memory on how to do this. That, and also I’m now recording out of my walk-in closet, which is different. (It sounds better, trust me.)
“From dark Dunharrow in the dim morning,
with thane and captain rode Thengel’s son:
to Edoras he came, the ancient halls
of the Mark-wardens mist-enshrouded;
golden timbers were in gloom mantled.
Farewell he bade to his free people,
hearth and high-seat, and the hallowed places,
where long he had feasted ere the light faded.
Forth rode the king, fear behind him,
fate before him. Fealty kept he;
oaths he had taken, all fulfilled them.
Forth rode Théoden. Five nights and days
east and onward rode the Eorlingas
through Folde and Fenmarch and the Firienwood,
six thousand spears to Sunlending,
Mundburg the mighty under Mindolluin,
Sea-kings’ city in the South-kingdom
Doom drove them on. Darkness took them,
horse and horseman; hoofbeats afar
sank into silence: so the songs tell us.”
Back from the hiatus, I present:
The Funeral to War
(The Funeral – Band of Horses)
First of all, I just realized now that it was relevant to pick Band of Horses for this song. It is Rohan, after all.
Rock on, guys.
Anyway, note how the song is a tribute to Théoden and the honor he has in fulfilling his oath with Denethor. You’d almost think that something is going to happen to him, or something…
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Wait, why no First Mention for Sunlending? It’s the name in Rohan for the region in Gondor known as Anórien. I like Rohan’s name better.
No one dies today.
“‘And in such a battle as we think to make on the fields of Gondor what would you do, Master Meriadoc, swordthain though you be, and greater of heart than of stature?'”
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