LotR Reread: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

Chapter V: The Window on the West As the chapter opens, Sam wakes up from an accidental nap and finds Faramir questioning Frodo about their presence in Ithilien and what his business was with Boromir. Both are cagey in their responses; Frodo because he can't reveal the nature of the Quest, and Faramir because he … Continue reading LotR Reread: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

LotR Reread: ‘This is the hour when we draw swords together!’

Chapter VII: Helm's Deep As the chapter opens, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Theoden, Eomer, and a lot of other warriors are riding across the plains of Rohan toward the fortress of Helm's Deep. Why aren't they holing up in Edoras, where the king normally lives? Location, location, location. Edoras is in a great location if … Continue reading LotR Reread: ‘This is the hour when we draw swords together!’

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