Third time’s the charm, as Grond breaks the gate on its third stroke. In rides the Witch-king, menacingly black against the fires behind. All flee except Gandalf, who sits atop a surprisingly calm Shadowfax. Only he withstands the fear. The Witch-king lowers his hood to reveal a crown sitting on the brow of an invisible head.
Meanwhile, a rooster crows somewhere in Minas Tirith. It’s answered by horn calls from the north. Rohan arrives.
I really have one question, though: what about that army from the north that was massing with the express purpose of cutting off aid from Rohan? Ingold mentioned that when he and his men came in from the Rammas. Are we to believe that Rohan already rode roughshod over that force, or they found some other way through? I wouldn’t think that this would be abandoned so easily, so perhaps we’ll get an explanation when perspective shifts.
Oh, and this is the end of the chapter, so that perspective is just about to change!
There’s also a very good chance that we’re going to spend more time out on the battlefield, with this scene being the end of this chapter to transition us out there with some context. Very likely we’ll be back with Merry tomorrow.
No one dies today.
“Rohan had come at last.”