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All our friends are leaving now.

At least not in that way.

At least not in that way.

With Legolas and Gimli off on their way yesterday, and Treebeard literally on the way out at the top of today’s page, Aragorn joins them in absence when the group reaches the Gap of Rohan. I’m still not sure why he came all this way, even after the business at Isengard, but whatever. He’s the king.

This leaves our group as the four hobbits, Gandalf, and the combined parties of Elrond, Galadriel, and Celeborn. Not gonna lie: that’s a strange group. They’re entering into mostly barren lands, too, so there isn’t much more to note.

I’m mostly lost time-wise, but we do get almost a full week of travel (six days) onward from the departure of Aragorn. And that’s just in the last half paragraph. We saw these lands ever so briefly when the Fellowship (Hey, look at that!) traveled this way long, long ago. It hasn’t gotten any more interesting, but at least the Gap of Rohan has become safe enough for travel. It’s the easiest way to go.

The Gap of Rohan also sells horse armor.

The Gap of Rohan also sells horse armor.

So, yeah. Not much to it. Is it safe to say that this, at least in terms of the journey, is the home stretch? Sadly, I feel like I’ve been looking for a “home stretch” for a while now. Basically, any “last” counts as the beginning of a possible home stretch. But it’s almost March, and that’s where we’re going to find our end.

No one dies today.

“As they came out…”

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Today’s page makes me laugh, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the plot.

The plot itself is, unsurprisingly, mundane. Treebeard offers the travelers a place to rest, but all decline to continue with their journeys. Legolas and Gimli plan to make their way northeast towards home through Fangorn, thus dissolving the Fellowship Company. (MORE ON THAT.) Treebeard bids his farewells, especially to Merry and Pippin. Even he notices that they’ve gotten taller.

Though not quite that dramatically so.

Though not quite that dramatically so.

So here’s the thing: as Legolas and Gimli prepare to set out on their own way, Aragorn says: “Here then at last comes the ending of the Fellowship of the Ring.” YES. HE SAYS IT. FINALLY.

If you remember way back when, I was counting the days in which the term “Fellowship of the Ring” was not said. I gave up when the book Fellowship of the Ring came to an end, because it felt silly for the term to never come up in its eponymous section. However, we finally have it, all the way on page 981. I looked back to see that I started my tally, fittingly enough, on page 281, precisely 700 pages ago. That was six days after I felt like “Fellowship of the Ring” was first warranted, so in the end, we’re looking at some 706 pages (give or take depending on some skipped pages) of wait time. That’s a long time. I’m kind of glad I stopped counting.

MEANWHILE, there’s another funny thing.

No forums involved.

No forums involved.

“The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air.” What’s that from? Oh, do you recognize it as the first lines of the Fellowship film? Yes, so it is, and spoken by Galadriel in narration before the prologue to all these events.

Guess what? That’s a horrible adaptation of this line. Here in the text, that is spoken by Treebeard, today, long after all the conflict of the story has been resolved. In this context, the world is changing for the better, not for the mysterious worse, as Galadriel’s narration implies. Whoops!

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vanimar

vanimálion

nostari

And then we get some random Elvish thrown in there, because why not?

No one dies today.

“And they laughed and drained their bowls.”

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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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-Holdwine

-engraven

-Scatha

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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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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-Merethrond

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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Yes indeed, the telling of stories will take some time. Unfortunately, this day is drawing at an end. Frodo and Sam, only recently having returned to health, must get some rest. Pippin as well, found by Gimli under a pile of bodies at their last battle, only just recovered himself. All go to bed except Legolas, who plans his rest to be walking amongst the trees of Ithilien. I guess that’s like sleep for him.

That dude is basically comatose right now.

That dude is basically comatose right now.

Most importantly to our interest, Legolas sings a song about his love for the sea. Remember how he fell in love with the sea when he glimpsed it earlier during the ghosty times? He’s still into it, and the river nearby reminds him of its waters. This leads to singing.

Tolkien Songs In Real Life:

Our songs have been simple, short, and few in number for quite a while now. This doesn’t break from that tradition.

“To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,

The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.

West, west away, the round sun is falling.

Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling,

The voices of my people that have gone before me?

I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;

For our days are ending and our years failing.

I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.

Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,

Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,

In Eressëa, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,

Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!”

Unbelievably appropriately, I present:

I’ll Sail Away

(Come Sail Away – Styx)

Yeah, I couldn’t believe when “Come Sail Away” synced up so well for this. Two songs with a similar theme? I don’t know if that’s happened to me yet. To be honest, my first thought was to use Frozen‘s “Let It Go”, but things didn’t work out. That was predicated on “To the Sea, to the Sea!” being so darn perfect to scan into “Let it go, let it go!” Alas.

Syllables never bothered me anyway.

Syllables never bothered me anyway.

Tomorrow is the last page of this very short chapter. I fully expect that these last bits are going to move quickly through everything they need to tie up. Of course, we’ll still take our sweet time, but I don’t expect the narrative to dwell in any one place for too long. That should keep things interesting, at least.

No one dies today.

“‘Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!‘”

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Let the feasting begin!

Frodo and Sam are led into a great feast along with all the kings, captains, and such. They are the guests of honor. Two small boys, seeming to be servants, appear dressed in the livery of Gondor and Rohan. They are none other than Merry and Pippin, and Sam gapes at their positions. They won’t talk long (things to do, you know), but Sam notices how tall they’ve gotten.

Hey down there.

Hey down there.

After the feast, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Legolas, and Gimli sit around telling their tales. There’s a lot to be caught up on.

I can’t help but feel like Legolas and Gimli have fallen out to be very minor characters. Ever since around the beginning of Return of the King, they haven’t been mentioned much. It very much became Aragorn’s story out of theirs, and they faded away. I do enjoy having them around.

Meanwhile, I can’t imagine how Frodo and Sam must be feeling. If indeed they have been out this whole time, the transition for them from practically dying on the slopes of Mount Doom to this extravaganza must be extreme. One moment your life is failing, and the next you’re living the life of luxury. How can one process that so quickly? For all accounts, they’re handling it well, but inside they must be jolted.

Yeah, like that.

Yeah, like that.

But all Sam can think about is how tall Merry and Pippin are. He’s a simple dude.

No one dies today.

“‘But there it is: you’re three inches taller than you ought to be, or I’m a dwarf.'”

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It’s always annoying having to deal with the particulars. Sure, you can march off to war and distract Sauron all you like, but that won’t change the fact that he has a bigger army than you, and that one is still camped out just north of Minas Tirith. In one quick attack, he could swipe the city away from Gondor. What would be the point of returning to a ruined homeland?

Yeah, that army that the Rohirrim skirted around by hiking through the woods with Ghân-buri-Ghân is still there!

And they're bored.

And they’re bored.

Gandalf counsels all to leave some force behind in Minas Tirith to defend against a counterattack. The force sent to Mordor should be considerably large, but since there’s no hope of really attacking the black land anyway, it only has to look big enough that it might cause Sauron some concern. And they should get ready to go in two days.

At first that seems ridiculous. With all the men injured from this past battle, getting ready to go will be hard. However, Aragorn remembers that scads of men from the southern coast of Gondor are riding or sailing up to Minas Tirith. After he cleared out the corsair ships, he asked those who could not join him up the river to come along as fast as they could. Well, they should be here soon! That will fill out the forces both on offense and defense.

On a side note, Imrahil wonders about the strength of Minas Tirith with its now ruined gate. Aragorn suggests that dwarves may be hired to fix it. Yes, Gimli, your stoneworking laments will pay their dues!

Well, someone's Happy!

Well, someone’s Happy!

Oh, wait, so Aragorn’s going to be a great king because he inspired so many more men to march up to Minas Tirith, and now they’ll come in handy? Gosh, I’d have never guessed! So great he will be! Let’s keep hitting that point over and over and over again.

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-Erebor

Erebor is another name for the Lonely Mountain, which of course is featured prominently in…

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 24

No one dies today.

“Aragorn should find some two thousands of those that he had gathered to him in the South; but Imrahil should find three and a half thousands;…”

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We’re caught up now! The remaining bits of Legolas and Gimil’s story concern their journey up Anduin to Minas Tirith, piloting the commandeered corsair ships. Aragorn had freed the slaves and captives of the corsairs, but many of them, being men of Gondor, stayed aboard, willfully helping their new king.

Have I mentioned that it's good to be the king?

Have I mentioned that it’s good to be the king?

Gimli’s spirits wane on the trip, but Legolas tries to cheer him up. The hearts of all the men present get a rise when the wind picks up to carry their sails. And they can see the fires burning at Minas Tirith in the distance.

Okay, okay. I’m actually getting a little tired of all the “Aragorn will be such a great king” moments. In some ways, I think we covered that long ago. Sure, I guess there’s some validity to seeing him in action, but that’s really the only purpose of this story, save to explain how he, Legolas, and Gimli made their way up to Minas Tirith. However, because we already know that they made it (even as first-time readers), there isn’t much tension to build. Aragorn spends a lot of time worrying that they won’t make it in time to save the city, but since the city has already been saved, I don’t really care anymore.

I’m being harsh. But only because I’ve been doing this for so long. And probably also because I get impatient. Reading this all in one go, maybe it isn’t so noticeable.

You know, I’m totally going to go back and read this book again when I’m done, but AT A NORMAL PACE. How weird is that?

As weird as bologna with a face?

As weird as bologna with a face?

Back to the story, we learn that that “wind from the sea” that people were going on about actually did have a positive real affect on the battle. The ships would have arrived much later if not for it!

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 28

No one dies today.

“‘Much I wonder what counsels they are taking…'”

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We’re still listening to this tale. Gimli’s picked it up now, but the story’s the same.

Aragorn has driven the Haradrim before him in retreat to the ships waiting for them. Fear of the ghost army has run rampant, and some ships have even retreated away before anyone arrived. The battle is a quick one. When Aragorn calls the ghosts to fight, they sweep over the Southrons, driving them away with fear and slaughter.

Yeah, you know.

Yeah, you know.

There isn’t much for the men behind to do to clean up. Aragorn leads them onto the remaining ships, freeing slaves, and begins preparation for the journey up the river. He then releases the dead from his service.

So, that’s when that happens. They don’t make it all the way to Minas Tirith. The movie just added them there, probably because the Dúnedain aren’t shown meeting up with Aragorn before taking the Paths of the Dead.

Completely unrelated to anything, I stumbled upon a keyboard shortcut for accents and such today. It had made me very happy. Só. Vëry. Hâppy. This means you might notice me talking about Éomer and Éowyn more often, or the Dúnedain, Glóin, Barad-dûr…you know. It would have been really helpful to know during those chapters where Merry and Pippin were hanging out with orcs all the time.

Meanwhile, don’t forget, just for framing purposes, that Merry and Pippin are the ones listening to this whole story right now.

I heart frame.

I heart frame.

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Four tellings? Only once, please.

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 29

No one dies today.

“‘And thereupon the King of the Dead stood out before the host…'”

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This page never had much of a chance of happening early tonight, but then I also got caught up reminiscing about the beginnings and evolution of this blog. And, well…things are going to get weird in March, you guys. WHAT IS UP WITH MY EYES.

Nope. Nothing wrong here.

Nope. Nothing wrong here.

Plot-wise, Legolas continues recounting the ride with the ghost army. They pass through lands of Gondor, mostly spreading fear, but also a little bit of hope. When they come upon a battle, both sides flee, save a stalwart leader of Lebennin. Aragorn asks them to follow their host as they ride to Anduin. Legolas sings a song about that fair land, and Gimli picks up the story when Legolas gets too wistful about the sea again.

First Mentions:

-Linhir: A small town where the battle was met. This part of Gondor is really vague for me…

-Gilrain: A river, running near Linhir. In fact, it sounds like the battle was fought on its fords.

-Angbor: Lord of Lebennin, and honorary Ghostbuster. He ain’t afraid of no ghost!

-Celos: Small stream in Lebennin. Hard “c”, everyone.

-Erui: It’s another river. Lots of rivers! There must not be a word in Middle-earth for “pond”, and so they translated it to “river”, making…SPOILERS!

That’s a lot to learn about this land. Of course, that’s because it’s memorialized in an elven song that Legolas knows. Why the elves have a song about Lebennin, I have no idea. Nothing would have ever suggested to me that this was an important place for them. But…uh, why not?

Tolkien Songs In Real Life:

I’m really glad this was a short one.

“Silver flow the streams from Celos to Erui

In the green fields of Lebennin!

Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea

The white lilies sway,

And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin

In the green fields of Lebennin,

In the wind from the Sea!”

Having feelings, I present:

War and Grass

(Fire and Rain – James Taylor)

Yeah, so I did this whole retrospective on my blog just now, and it started with the songs. I started listening back, just catching the beginning of all the tracks. This can be EPIC, you guys. First off all, there’s definitely a progression of where I get better and figure out what I’m doing (I wasn’t very good at ukulele to start – though I’m still not great), and the mood really changes as the chapters fly by. For instance, the songs at the beginning are much happier and lighter, and they’ve gotten slower and sadder (not to mention sparser) more recently.

Showing all the SHADES of a good pair of transition lenses.

Showing all the SHADES of a good pair of transition lenses.

Anyway, this drew me to look back on some of the early posts on the blog, and even back into some blogs that inspired me, all of which have ceased posting while I’ve been doing this.

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-Linhir

-Gilrain

-Angbor

Celos

Erui

mallos

alfirin

So, what’s going to happen when I finish? Personally, I’m guessing that I’m going to suddenly sprout great black wings from my back and fly away. That’s my go-to for times like this.

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 30

No one dies today.

“‘Many of those that we pursued had reached the havens before us, and brought…'”

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