LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

Chapter VIII: Farewell to Lorien Alas, it's time for the fellowship to leave Lothlorien. They may have had a nice vacation from the rest of the world, but the rest of the world didn't get the memo to slow down and smell the elanor. The only question is, who is going where? Aragorn had planned … Continue reading LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

LotR Reread: Over the Chasm and Through the Woods

Chapter V: The Bridge of Khazad-dum The fellowship has found out what happened to Balin and his people in Moria. They’re dead, killed by orcs and whatever evils are down here. Frodo remembers Balin’s long friendship with Bilbo, and how he came to visit them in the Shire long ago. It’s a sweet memory, and … Continue reading LotR Reread: Over the Chasm and Through the Woods

LotR Reread: Hobbits in Dark Caverns Shouldn’t Throw Stones

Chapter III: The Ring Goes South After Elrond adjourns his council, Frodo, Sam, and Bilbo meet up with Merry and Pippin, who think it’s unfair that Elrond is sending Sam on this journey with Frodo. Frodo says it’s not the reward they think it is, but rather a punishment. But Merry informs him that the … Continue reading LotR Reread: Hobbits in Dark Caverns Shouldn’t Throw Stones

LotR Reread: In Which the Company Meets a Tall, Dark Stranger

IX. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony Bree-land is an island of habitation in the midst of an empty and wild land. There are four other towns besides Bree itself: Staddle, Combe, Archet, and Chetwood. It is inhabited by brown-haired, rather short people who are cheerful and independent. There’s no one around to govern … Continue reading LotR Reread: In Which the Company Meets a Tall, Dark Stranger

LotR Reread: Frodo Gets the Heck out of Hobbiton, in a Leisurely Fashion

Chapter III: Three is Company In Peter Jackson’s 2001 film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Ian McKellan’s Gandalf returns to the Shire a few weeks or months after Bilbo leaves and sends Frodo (played by a seventeen-year-old Elijah Wood) on his journey that same night. This works for a movie but not for … Continue reading LotR Reread: Frodo Gets the Heck out of Hobbiton, in a Leisurely Fashion