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: Maybe Don’t Bring a Hobbit to a Sword Fight

Chapter XI: A Knife in the Dark There’s a significant change in tone across the last few chapters of Book I of The Fellowship of the Ring. Chapter I, ‘A Long Expected Party’ is a bridge between the children’s tale of The Hobbit and the grown-up tale of The Lord of the Rings. We see … Continue reading LotR Reread: Maybe Don’t Bring a Hobbit to a Sword Fight

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