Snowstorm breaks and the Company retreats
Shire Reckoning: January 12, 3019 (Afteryule 12, 1420)
Pages To Read:
-FR.RingGoesSouth “The fire burned low” (~p.20) – FR.JourneyInTheDark “nearly singed the hair off my head” (~p.5)
The Ring Goes South:
– The snow finally stops as the fire burns low and the sun rises.
– Finally able to see the mountainside, the company sees that it has been covered in several feet of snow and retreating will be difficult.
– Legolas isn’t even bothered because you know, Elves or something, and just requests Gandalf to melt a path through with his fire magic.
– Sassy Gandalf makes a comeback, quipping “‘If Elves could fly over mountains, they might fetch the Sun to save us.’“
– Boromir joins the witty remark train, saying “‘when heads are at a loss bodies must serve.’“
– Boromir remembers the path somewhat and he goes with Aragorn, the largest of the Company, to clear a path.
– Legolas lets them try for a bit, smiling, because you know, elf. Then he volunteers to go, saying “‘Let a ploughman plough, but choose an otter for swimming, and for running light over grass and leaf, or over snow – an Elf.’” Then he runs off, wearing nothing but some light shoes, dashing straight past the two hard-working men. No joke, he literally waves at them as he goes by. Oh yeah, and he shouts back to Gandalf “‘Farewell! I go to find the Sun!‘”
– After a bit, all three return, Legolas continues to be a bit obnoxious, Boromir reports that he has indeed cut a path through, and finally the rest of the Company makes their way out of their shelter.
– Boromir and Aragorn carry the Hobbits through one particularly deep patch of snow.
– When they finally make it out of the snowy area, they realize that it was as if the mountain had been targeting them specifically: there isn’t much snow except for where they had been trapped.
– Finally, the exhausted Company stumble down towards the birds still circling in the lands below. “‘Caradhras had defeated them.’“
Journey In the Dark:
– That evening, there is a short council to decide the best course of action. Pippin, Merry, and Sam hope for a return to Rivendell, but Frodo reaffirms his commitment to the quest.
– Gandalf suggests the road through the Mines of Moria, which Aragorn had been reluctant to try. Gimli looks up with a ‘smouldering fire’ in his eyes.
– When other ways are suggested, such as going south through the gap of Rohan, Gandalf reminds everyone that Saruman has gone rogue. Any other way would take too long.
– Boromir thinks that going into the Mines would be akin to falling into a trap.
– Gimli quickly volunteers his support for Gandalf’s plan, desiring to look on the halls of Durin and to see if Balin is still there.
– Aragorn begrudgingly admits support as well, realizing there is no other way. Legolas, obviously, and Boromir stand against the plan. Frodo, however, requests to delay the vote until tomorrow morning, after everyone has rested.
– After a throwaway comment of ‘how the winds howls,’ Aragorn realizes that the wind is literally howling with wolf-voices.
– Not wanting to retreat directly into a land prowled by wolves, the Company agrees to make way for Moria first thing in the morning. The door is fifteen or twenty miles south-west of Caradhras.
– Pippin and Sam are dreadfully frightened by the wolves, but Sam puts trust in Gandalf’s abilities to keep them safe.
– As the Company sleeps for the night, the wolves continue to howl. One approaches the campsite but Legolas easily kills it with his bow.
– Close to dawn, the wolves return with a vengeance, surrounding the camp. Legolas, Gimli, Boromir and Aragorn put up a good fight. Eventually Gandalf puts on an impressive show of force and sets the trees ablaze. The wolves are finally scared away for good.
Trivia, quotes, and details:
– Forgot to mention this yesterday but to be sure everyone’s clear, ‘faggot’=’bundle of sticks.’ Gotta love archaic words that turned into modern curse words!
– As far as quotes, there were lots of good pithy sayings, but I mostly already included them above.
– Legolas really makes his debut as a character today. Hilarious, but kind of a jerk.
– Boromir also gets to show off his character, particularly a pretty unswerving sense of duty. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by Legolas’s teasing, and does quite a bit of work to make sure the Hobbits can get down through the snow safely.
– I always like to highlight when Frodo gets to be heroic, so have a nice quote, from when the return to Rivendell is suggested: “‘I wish I was back there, but how can I return without shame – unless there is indeed no other way, and we are already defeated?’“
– Boromir/Aragorn take the prize though for best quote: Boromir: “‘The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears’“, Aragorn:”‘But where the warg howls, there also the orc prowls.’“
Tale of years:
Snow on Caradhras.
Notes: Definitely read the end of ‘The Ring Goes South’ chapter. There’s lots of really fun character moments and clever quotes. The beginning of Journey in the Dark is pretty good too, especially the surprise ambush by wolves and Boromir and Aragorns’s awesome rhyming quotes. Sorry for the long and late post… there was just a lot of plot to type out. Really great read though, as I said. ~Tom