Posts Tagged ‘Éomer’

Onward, bacchae, onward!

All obscure Greek tragedy references aside, that’s really what happens today.

That man in red is wearing turquoise contact lenses.

That man in red is wearing turquoise contact lenses.

By that, I mean that the feast ends. Revelry continues somewhat, but those that have traveled to Rohan start preparing to make their way home or onward in their journey. Arwen shares a private moment with Elrond, in what becomes their final meeting. Éomer and Éowyn gift Merry an ancient horn brought to Rohan by Eorl long ago. It is the only gift they feel fit to give him, and that he also will not refuse. It’s quite the treasure.

With that, those traveling northward set off. They arrive at Helm’s Deep after some time, and Legolas makes good on his promise to visit the caves there with Gimli. He notes that the agreement must be made whole with a walk in Fangorn, and they travel northward still towards Isengard, where the ents still hold fast.

First Mentions:

-Scatha the Worm: A great dragon of the north, killed by ancestors of Eorl before he led them all south to found Rohan.

One item troubles me here: have we seen the last of Aragorn? If they have left Edoras and traveled north to Helm’s Deep and Isengard, did he accompany everyone or return to Minas Tirith? Gondor is in the opposite direction, so it wouldn’t make much sense for him to keep riding north. Unfortunately, not much is said on this front, though it wouldn’t make sense for Arwen to say goodbye to Elrond and then still ride alongside him for some way. It’s awkward when you do something like that. We have joked about that as a society for a while now.

Socially Awkward Penguin understands this phenomenon.

Socially Awkward Penguin understands this phenomenon.

Anyway, the narrative is jumping ahead quickly now. Three settings on one page! I feel like we’re getting that last tour of characters important to the story. In some ways, it’s a lot like David Tennant’s last episode of Doctor Who, but I didn’t like that, so I try not to mention it.

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I’m excited to see what Treebeard has to say, because he holds the keys to the last little bit of plot we have left.

No one dies today.

“All the stone-circle had been thrown down and removed, and the land within was made into a garden filled with orchards and trees, and a stream ran through it; but in the midst of all there was a lake of clear water, and out of it the…”

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Get ready for a lot of info. Most of it will seem useless.

Well, no. Most of it probably is useless.

Keep them shoes dry!

Keep them shoes dry!

Théoden’s funeral leads into a great feast. There is another tradition here where a minstrel recites the list of the kings of Rohan, and then the current king drinks a cup of wine to their honor. All assembled hail Éomer as the next king. He then announces Éowyn’s intent to marry Faramir, and then either actually marries them or just officially marks them as betrothed. Unclear, but good for them.

Here we go.

First Mentions:

-Aldor: Third king of Rohan, son of Brego, grandson of Eorl, and brother to that guy Baldor who went and died in the Paths of the Dead.

-Fréa: Fourth king of Rohan! Here’s where this gets super interesting.

-Fréawine: Fifth king of Rohan!

-Goldwine: Sixth king of Rohan.

-Déor: Seventh king.

-Gram: Eighth king. I hear he was light.

-Fréalaf: Tenth king. Wait, tenth? Yeah, we skipped Helm, because we already heard of him. Fréalaf was actually Helm’s nephew, breaking the direct line from Eorl.

-Léofa: Eleven.

-Walda: Twelve. No one ever knew where he was.

-Folca: Thirteen.

-Folcwine: Fourteen.

-Fengel: Fifteen.

This makes Thengel sixteenth, Théoden seventeenth, and Éomer eighteenth. When you think about it, that’s no too long of a line. Okay, well, it’s a lot of generations, but surprisingly easy enough to remember them all, I’d think. I can never do all the US Presidents, for my part.

Millard Fillmore: never forget.

Millard Fillmore: never forget.

And I forgot to mention the other day that I figured out exactly what it is that Faramir is going to be over in Ithilien. He’s a prince, just like Imrahil of Dol Amroth. Basically, I see it as being a secondary leader of Gondor, second in command should anything befall Aragorn, with a relatively autonomous little region to himself. Not too bad.

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We have nice little bookends there to break up that WALL OF NAMES. The spellcheck on WordPress isn’t having problems with “trothplighted”…although, now that I type it down here, we’re having issues. “Folca” isn’t underlined when I type it above, either, along with some others. I’m confused and distressed.

No one dies today.

“‘It heals my heart to see thee now in bliss.'”

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So, there’s two weeks of riding. We jump over that swiftly, with a brief pause in the middle when Aragorn arrives in the forest of Ghân-buri-Ghân and announces that it is to be given to him and his people.

Unsurprisingly, renderings of Ghân-buri-Ghân are quite strange.

Unsurprisingly, renderings of Ghân-buri-Ghân are quite strange.

The ride then lasts for two weeks, followed by a three-day planning period in Rohan for Théoden’s burial. He is interred in a mound among others for the prior kings of Rohan, and his minstrels and knights lead the Rohirrim in song.

First Mentions:

-the Barrowfield: Proper title of the field that contains the burial mounds of the kings of Rohan. No wights here!

-Gléowine: Théoden’s personal minstrel, in charge of writing his funeral tune. He will write no other songs.

It’s a cool tradition, having each king’s minstrel’s final song be for the king’s burial. I’d hope there’s some sort of great retirement package that the minstrel gets once his services are no longer required. Of course, I would also assume that a new minstrel has been appointed for Éomer already. How early do they start work on their final piece? You’ve got to plan well for it, I’d think.

Let’s have the song!

Tolkien Songs In Real Life:

I like the short ones.

“Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day’s rising

he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.

Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended;

over death, over dread, over doom lifted

out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.”

Hoping to be forgiven for the white noise, I present:


(Hurt – Johnny Cash)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, this song was originally done by Nine Inch Nails, but the Cash cover is so much better. I had heard it before today, not realizing that it was a cover, but it truly is amazing. You should listen to it sometime if you’ve never heard it. Heck, listen to it anyway.

In the end, I like Johnny Cash because I can sing his octave easily. No dropping down needed! Too bad I’m not old, grizzled, and rebellious. I need to work on that.

Pictured: not Johnny Cash.

Pictured: not Johnny Cash.

So, we lay Théoden to rest, one of the more likeable characters, in my opinion. Goodnight, sweet prince.

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No one dies today.

Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended; over death, over dread, over doom lifted out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.

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So, then Arwen gives Frodo this jewel that’s hanging around her neck on a chain. WAIT, IS THAT THE SAME THING THAT THE MOVIE MAKES SUCH A FUSS OVER?

Yeah, it probably is.

Yeah, it probably is.

Anyway, Éomer does indeed come in a few days time, and the ride is set out to Rohan. Before that, though, Éomer and Gimli argue over whether Galadriel or Arwen is prettier.

Worthwhile argument…I guess?

First Mentions:

-Merethrond: Minas Tirith’s Great Hall of Feasts. Because every castle/city/stronghold/school for wizards needs one.

Now, there is no true mention of this necklace that Arwen gives to Frodo. She hasn’t been noted to have any special jewelry earlier (I mean, she’s hardly been brought up earlier), and certainly hasn’t had some sort of quasi life-force connection to Aragorn through some loaned necklace. Instead, she gifts this item to Frodo to give him strength when his old wounds give him pain. Seems like a nice thing to do.

Suffice it to say that Frodo is starting quite the collection of elven jewels. Kind of makes up for that horrid other piece of jewelry that he carried around for so long. Remember that?

Poop diamond ring!

Poop diamond ring!

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And we soldier on. Every few pages feels like a landmark now. With today being page 975, you think about only 25 more pages to 1000, and then, of course, 10 more after that. We ride.

No one dies today.

“For the other Companions steeds were furnished according to their stature; and Frodo and Samwise rode at Aragorn’s side, and Gandalf rode upon Shadowfax, and Pippin rode with the knights of…”

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Take a quick look now to notice that this chapter’s title is a direct response to Book Two, Chapter 1 of Fellowship of the Ring, “Many Meetings”. That was back towards the beginning, and this is where we’re starting (if we haven’t already) to tie up loose ends towards the conclusion.

In short, today Frodo goes to Aragorn to request that he be given leave to return home. Aragorn and Arwen sit and talk with Frodo. Aragorn says that they will leave in one week, as Éomer will be returning shortly to retrieve Théoden’s remains. Aragorn intends to ride back to Rohan with Éomer, and since that will be the direction that Frodo will take, it only makes sense for him to leave along with them.


Because I guess the only people who care about logic puzzles also are the only people who care about horse racing.

Because I guess the only people who care about logic puzzles also are the only people who care about horse racing.

Arwen remarks that she actually has a gift to give to Frodo. Since she won’t be traveling across the sea with Elrond and all the rest of the elves, she allows Frodo to take her place. It’s a small note here, and totally skipped over in the movie, but WAIT. Is that something that actually makes the character of Arwen important? Oh, it is!

You see, Frodo’s ultimate decision (um, spoilers, I guess?) to leave Middle-earth is only made possible because Arwen gives him this chance. Seeing as Frodo never truly heals from his hurts suffered at the behest of carrying the ring, traveling to Valinor is one of the few things that can give him rest. And it wouldn’t be possible but for this small moment.

Aragorn has nothing to give Frodo, so I guess he’s a terrible friend.

And so this note sits on Aragorn's desk for the rest of forever.

And so this note sits on Aragorn’s desk for the rest of forever.

To be fair, Frodo admits that his chief desire is not to return immediately to the Shire. He wants to head to Rivendell to see Bilbo. For some reason, he expected Bilbo to arrive with the rest of the elves from Rivendell, but he did not make the journey. Bilbo’s health is deteriorating with the destruction of the ring that gave him long life. Sad to say, but the silly hobbit who started most of this doesn’t have much time left.

In slightly unrelated news, I was given a link tonight to a survey that might be of interest to some of you. Some universities are doing a study on the reception of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. So, if you’ve seen it, you might want to help out. It’s not the shortest survey (maybe took 20 minutes), but if you’re interested, the link is here:


I don’t care if you feel one way or the other. This is just something that I feel is worth putting opinions forward for. Say all that you like. I probably said too much.

No one dies today.

“‘If your hurts grieve you still and the memory of your burden is heavy, then…'”

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I think this tree is just a big metaphor for Aragorn’s family line.

Well, yeah, it definitely is.

Linus is clearly Gandalf.

Linus is clearly Gandalf.

That is, Gandalf explains something along those lines. Aragorn takes the tree gently and has it replanted in Minas Tirith. The old dead one is actually interred in the same houses as the kings of old.

While this isn’t what Aragorn was waiting for exactly, he sees it as a sign. Apparently, the day he was waiting for arrives along with a slew of elves. Every important elf you can think of (Elrond, Galadriel, et al) shows up. They come to marry Arwen off to Aragorn.

You see, there was a minor detail that mentioned that Elrond’s sons, Elladan and Elrohir, who had originally come down with the Dúnedain to join Aragorn, had left Minas Tirith at the same time that Éomer led the Rohirrim off. There’s no doubt that they rode up to Rivendell to tell Elrond of the victory. Time has now passed for them to return.

Yes, it’s early June now – late June, in fact. It’s been nearly three months already since the destruction of the ring, and we’ve gone through that span of time in about 20 pages. I may grumble about some of the things we’ve been dwelling on, but time has flown by. Too bad nothing special is happening.

Just that wedding or something.

Just that wedding or something.

Tomorrow’s page is literally the shortest thing.

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The specter of the sceptre seemed special since seven specks of spent scent swept skyward.

I like those.

No one dies today.

“And Aragorn the King Elessar wedded…”

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It shouldn’t be surprising that Beregond’s punishment is light. Aragorn remarks that the standard punishment for his crimes is death. That won’t be necessary here.

And Carl was getting so excited...

And Carl was getting so excited…

For “punishment” Beregond is told to leave the guard and leave Minas Tirith. Okay, that’s actually something significant, but his next assignment is to be the captain of Faramir’s personal guard in Ithilien. So…it kind of just works out to a promotion. Needless to say, all are pleased.

Afterwards, Aragorn meets with Éomer and Éowyn, who wish to return to Rohan and deal with rebuilding their own kingdom. They will send for Théoden’s remains when they are ready. After Théoden is laid to rest, Éowyn will rejoin Faramir for their happily ever after.

That all seems reasonable. I mean, Éowyn should at least return to get ready for her, um…upcoming wedding, you know?

Meanwhile, we hear that the riders of Rohan are leaving on the 8th of May. It’s been exactly a month since Frodo and Sam awoke at the Field of Cormallen, and a month and a half past the destruction of the ring. That was 16 pages ago.

We ride!

We ride!

Indeed, things are accelerating. That doesn’t mean that the end is quite in sight yet, though. This chapter drones on. I keep reminding myself that we still have a bit of plot left in the Shire, not to mention the true end of the book. We’re also nearing about 40 pages left in all, so there’s less and less time in which to fit everything. A single page more or less devoted to Beregond’s sentencing is very detailed compared to what else we have left to do.

Of course, this is why we jump ahead so suddenly by the end of the page. Almost a month, I would think.

No one dies today.

“So the glad days passed; and on the eighth day of May the Riders of Rohan made ready, and rode off by the North-way, and with them…”

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