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IT’S A TRAP!

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The world’s leading trap consultant.

Pippin swears fealty to Denethor and Gondor, and immediately that gets turned against him. Denethor’s first order is to tell the full tale of the journey, and specifically everything possible about Boromir. This could get weird.

Everything before this has been a ruse, it seems. Denethor’s pain, his interest in Pippin’s sword, his feigned ignorance of the entrance of Pippin and Gandalf. It all was to butter Pippin up enough to get him to talk. Now, as Pippin is sworn in service, a lie or omission in the story could be considered treachery. Denethor clearly already doesn’t like Pippin or Gandalf, and he could quickly turn against them further with such an accusation.

The thing is, we saw that the people of Gondor have love for Gandalf. Could they too turn against him if Denethor were to proclaim him as an enemy? Fear is a strong motivator, and if the people are afraid enough of the growing storm from Mordor, then they could easily be persuaded that their supposed savior is not what he seems. I don’t think Denethor would see his own populace as much of an obstacle.

Indeed, Mr. Monroe.

Indeed, Mr. Monroe.

Well…let’s see what he says!

No one dies today.

“‘It is all that I have to spare, for there is much else to heed,’ he…”

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So, I worked the early shift today, and that’s really screwed with my schedule. How do I do this after everything in my day? This feels backwards.

It just is so wrong.

It just is so wrong.

Nevertheless, there’s a conversation to be had today, mostly between Denethor and Pippin. Denethor is groping at information about Boromir’s death, of course. Pippin admits he was beside Boromir, but he fainted and was carried away before Boromir’s death. However, Boromir was hit by many arrows, more than the best man could take, and still fought on, saving the lives of Merry and Pippin before falling. What’s wrong with that? He died a good death.

It doesn’t matter for Denethor, who just wants to play the victim, holding the broken Horn of Gondor in his hands. Pippin feels insulted, and that’s the first sign of things going wrong.

First Mentions:

-Vorondil: Father of Mardil, the first Steward of Gondor. So…he didn’t do much in all, but he was reportedly the first to carry the great horn. It was passed down through his heirs.

-Araw: Some eastern region where great cattle once roamed. They were called the kine of Araw, which makes little sense.

Ultimately, so much of this conflict between Denethor and Pippin could be solved by Pippin explaining (and Denethor understanding) that he was captured. He had no part in causing Boromir’s death. In fact, Boromir was hopelessly outnumbered, and fought on anyway.

But, no, no, no. Denethor only wants to be the scorned victim. He’ll never stop telling himself that Boromir was a valiant man, and that nothing could have taken such a man down. Pippin must be to blame.

Gandalf stays rather silent, even though he had asked Pippin to stay out of things. How does remaining silent help that? He needs to stop Pippin before it’s too late!

Oh, it already is.

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-Vorondil

-Araw

The descent down the slippery slope of Pippin screwing everything up has already begun. Let’s take a ride!

No one dies today.

“‘Little service, no doubt, will so great a lord of Men think to find in a hobbit, a halfling from the northern Shire; yet such as it…'”

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Suffice it to say that everything Gandalf has just explained is going to go out the window once Pippin gets involved. It’s all going to go horribly. He doesn’t even understand that Aragorn is in line to become king of Gondor. Yikes.

Admittedly, sometimes the line of succession can get a little murky.

Admittedly, sometimes the line of succession can get a little murky.

They enter into the throne room, where Denethor sits on a small chair in front of the grandiose throne. He doesn’t seem to notice their entrance until Gandalf announces them. Denethor immediately begins to ask questions about Boromir’s death.

First Mentions:

-Ecthelion: Denethor’s father, though not the namesake of the Tower of Ecthelion. So, not the best.

As a general rule, when authority figures refuse to acknowledge your entrance, they’re not happy to see you. It’s a textbook maneuver.

And, really, can any image other than the small chair in front of the throne so perfectly show Denethor’s position and disdain in relationship to the former kings of Gondor? It’s degrading to have to sit in this little thing when there’s such a better seat available.

Sit baaaack and relax!

Sit baaaack and relax!

Okay, it’s not like the throne is the Iron Throne, though. Actually, that might be a good thing. You can’t literally get cut from it. Nonetheless, it’s a chair, sitting there empty. Someone needs to come sit in it!

No one dies today.

“‘The other is with Théoden…'”

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Well, that sounds like discrimination. Are you saying that one cannot simply walk into Gondor unless they’re a mighty man of arms?

Just look at those arms.

Just look at those arms.

It’s basically that this guard, named Ingold, doesn’t understand what’s up with Pippin. He’s a complete unknown. The men don’t even know what he is. Of course, Gandalf is here to explain. Pippin is a hobbit, halfling, or whatever you want to call him. The men seem to understand something important about that, at least. Gandalf also explains how many perils Pippin has been through.

Pippin, of course, waking up, mouths off to everyone. That helps.

Nevertheless, Gandalf secures access to Minas Tirith for Pippin. If only he didn’t blab about Boromir’s death to these guards before telling Denethor (Boromir’s father) first…

First Mentions:

-Ingold: Guard at the gate. Seems alright. Not too much of a personality shown.

-the Pelennor: A field outside Minas Tirith. Mostly to the east.

It also looks like these guys are doing some repairs on this part of the wall. It’s been left for last, as it faces Rohan as opposed to more dangerous lands. Will that become important later? We’ll see if Sauron’s planned the attack with this in mind.

That'll keep 'em out!

That’ll keep ’em out!

ALSO…do these guards know something about Frodo? They start at the mention of hobbits, and Gandalf reassures them that Pippin is not “the one that was spoken of.” Who else but Frodo could have been mentioned previously?

THIS WHOLE MISSION WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SECRET, GANDALF. JEEZ.

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-Ingold

-Pelennor

All of a sudden, I can’t keep Ingo, the grumbly ranch-hand at the Lon Lon Ranch in Ocarina of Time, out of my head. What a jerk.

No one dies today.

“‘But they have fought many battles at your…'”

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Today’s page outlines a battle far greater than the one actually taking place. In epic proportions, Frodo holds the phial of light given to him by Galadriel, fighting back the darkness. However, another great power fights against this – a dark force now seen by its many eyes – just outside the realm of light.

Yes, it’s really just Frodo holding a light up in the dark cave, and an evil creature drawing back in anger.

Ah! Light is bad!

Ah! Light is bad!

However, this gets multiplied. Here is Frodo, holding aloft the light of a star, bottled magically by one of the most powerful elves in Middle-earth. There is ancient power in that light, and a strange urging makes Frodo call out in Elvish. Shelob, also an ancient power herself, being descended from Ungoliant, has heard this cry before, though she has no need to heed it. It’s a great battle between light and dark, even though that’s a bit blown up.

Now, how well do you remember this little bottle of light? There have been a few mentions of it recently, as Frodo remembered its existence in his pocket, but the first time it showed up was way back on page 376, as Galadriel handed out gifts before the Fellowship Company took their leave of Lothlórien. Frodo received this last of all, though it has been forgotten since then.

Sometimes, our heroes forget about things that they’ve left in their pockets…

And these turn out to be important things.

And these turn out to be important things.

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Aiya

Elenion

Ancalima

Elvish words! You’d think at some point we’d run into some that get repeated. No, the language is really too full for that. Sorry, but there are always going to be new words in that regard, it looks like.

No one dies today.

“Monstrous and abominable eyes they were, bestial and yet filled with purpose and with hideous delight, gloating over their prey trapped beyond all hope of escape.”

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Today is Sam’s day. Sam’s day to fail, of course.

Every. Single. Time.

Every. Single. Time.

Sam tries to get whimsical about Galadriel, comparing her to wonderful things as best he can. However, he ends up starting a sentence that is clearly about to bash Boromir. Faramir picks up on that right away. Sam then tries to explain himself, and blabs out about Boromir wanting the ring.

Ah, the ring. We didn’t want to talk about that.

Frodo yells at Sam, who begs for mercy, and Faramir starts putting all the pieces together.

For clarity: Sam begs for mercy from Faramir. He understands his mistake, and he just doesn’t want Faramir to turn on them and take the ring away, undoing all their work to try to destroy it.

Thanks again, Sam.

But no thanks for the card.

But no thanks for the card.

Once again, right when you might be thinking that it’s about time for Sam to redeem himself, he goes off and screws it up again. I don’t know how many times I’ve had this discussion. This is a story about Frodo destroying the ring against all odds, but it seems like the odds he’s against are really just Sam’s failings. Every. Single. Time.

Every. Single. Time.

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-daffadowndilly

-di’monds

-drownd

AND DON’T YOU DARE TRY TO WRIGGLE OFF THE HOOK WITH YOUR RURALISMS, SAMMY BOY.

Every.

Single.

Time.

No one dies today.

“‘And here in the wild I have you: two halflings, and a host of men at my…'”

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Let’s be real here: nobody stays awake simply because they don’t want to lose their appetite. If I’m tired, I’m going to sleep. Being unconscious makes me forget my hunger.

The right dream can solve that problem entirely.

The right dream can solve that problem entirely.

After joking about Sam’s lack of sleep, Faramir asks for a bit of storytelling. Frodo tries to tell the story of the Fellowship’s Company’s journey from Rivendell, with a skew to make Boromir more heroic. Faramir seems to like that, even though Frodo dodges all questions about specifics. Eventually, Frodo turns the tables and asks about Gondor. Faramir becomes very depressing, and talks about the shortcomings of the world of men.

It sounds like Frodo is making to out to sound like Boromir was a secondary leader of the Fellowship Company, on par with Aragorn. We all know that wasn’t true, but Faramir doesn’t. He wishes that Boromir had died in a blaze of glory like Gandalf did, instead of hanging on until whatever befell him at Amon Hen. He scoffs at the thought of Boromir running away from orcs at all.

You know, sometimes, running away is the best option. Especially when there are THOUSANDS of orcs EVERYWHERE.

Like here. Run now.

Like here. Run now.

Faramir is exhibiting the pride that made his brother insufferable. You don’t always have to be the toughest around, even if you do have the practicality to note that you’re probably fighting a losing war. You’d never hear Boromir say that.

But, the men of Gondor are failing. Obviously.

No one dies today.

“‘Many became enamored of the Darkness and the black arts; some where given over wholly to idleness and ease, and some fought among themselves, until they were conquered in their weakness by the wild men.'”

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