Let’s split up, gang! Gandalf bids Pippin to come with him to the gate, while Beregond should go back to the Citadel to explain the situation to his captain. Gandalf fully expects Beregond to be relieved of his duties, but he hopes that he will be allowed to guard Faramir as he recovers. Beregond did save his life, after all. Rains come to douse the fires of Minas Tirith.
Remember, we saw this rain from the other side. In fact, we’ve seen most of these big events now from two perspectives. This is the first time that I can think of when we’re looking at the same event from multiple angles. Usually, we’ll stick with one person, getting that character’s version of things, and a lot will happen off screen, so to say. This battle is big enough that we have to jump around within it, catching the same events a few times around.
And like I said yesterday, this is the end of the chapter. Only about 7 and a half pages total! That might be the shortest we’ve had.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 48
No one dies today.
“And even as they hastened on their way the wind brought a grey rain, and all the fires sank, and there arose a great smoke before them.”