The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 9: “The Grey Havens”

In the aftermath of the Shire's time as a despotism, the Hobbits rebuild. Sam finally opens the box that Galadriel had given him, spreading the dust far and wide across the area, but favoring those areas closest to his heart.  Having a little left, and discovering a small silver seed, Sam plants that at the … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 9: “The Grey Havens”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The festivities are over.  Days have passed.  While Aragorn knows that Frodo wants nothing more than to return home, Frodo acknowledges that he wants to stop at Rivendell on the way to visit Bilbo one last time.  Arwen gives the Hobbit a white jewel from around her neck.  She tells him that he may take her … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 6: “Many Partings”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

Once more back in time that we may see how events play out in Minas Tirith.  The city is awash in fear.  Faramir encounters Éowyn in the Houses of Healing.  While her heart's desire is divided between Aragorn and the chance to fight against Mordor, the complex mix of sadness, pride and beauty leads Faramir to … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 5: “The Steward and the King”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”

I always have this vision in my head of Prof. Tolkien's writing desk.  On one corner are a handful of reference books for various Nordic legends or Old English manuscripts.  There's a classically-styled fountain pen with ink well and blotter.  And close at hand there's a large red button marked with white runes that, when … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 4: “The Field of Cormallen”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 1: “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”

"I wonder if they think of us at all?" This little comment by Sam at the beginning of the chapter is one of the loneliest in the entire book for me, and while it couldn't be further from the truth, it reflects Sam's current state perfectly.  Tolkien touches base the readers, telling us where the rest of the … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 6, Chapter 1: “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”

Tolkien Thursdays

I've been doing something for a while now, and I was completely unconscious of it until this morning.  Every Sunday I post the next chapter in the Middle-Earth quest for my Silmarillion Blues project.  You'd think I'd start reading the next chapter on Sunday or even Monday.  Nope.  It always ends up being Thursday.  The … Continue reading Tolkien Thursdays

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 9: “The Last Debate”

Gimli and Legolas reunite with Merry and Pippin in the Houses of Healing, where the Hobbits are eager to learn about the Paths of the Dead.  Gimli reveals that on that road, he was shamed, carrying forth only for the will of Aragorn.  Legolas, however, goes into detail of how Aragorn led both the Company … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 9: “The Last Debate”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 8: “The Houses of Healing”

The battle for Gondor is over. Merry accompanies the procession of the fallen Lord of the Mark into the city, where he is reunited with Pippin.  Pippin sees that Merry is injured, Merry reports that his arm is numb after stabbing the Witch-king.  Pippin determines to get Merry to Houses of Healing, and he does … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 8: “The Houses of Healing”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 6: “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”

A poisoned dart hits Théoden's horse, causing the mount to rear up, and the king to fall beneath his horse.  Seeing his prey broken and helpless, the Lord of the Nazgûl swoops down upon his own mount.  Théoden's guards flee in terror... save for Dernhelm.  Though dazed, Merry hears Dernhelm speak and recognizes his voice as … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 6: “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”