~ 25 May 2022 ~
A day later than expected but at least no later than that 🙂 I wish I had a good excuse for its tardiness, but alas, not really. Yesterday I started putting together a step-by-step outline of my novel outlining process, and once I started I couldn’t stop, I was enjoying it so much. So now I have a draft of a outlining workbook – woohoo…
I think it’s time to talk some Tolkien 🙂
The Reading, and Ensuing Thoughts
This week we concluded reading Chapter 10: Strider.
Frodo reads the letter from Gandalf and learns that the wizard had hoped he would leave the Shire by the end of July. He also says that Strider is a friend, Barliman Butterbur can be trusted, and that they should make for Rivendell. He also reveals Strider’s true name.
As the hobbits digest this news, Frodo demands to know why Strider didn’t say he was a friend of Gandalf to begin with. He explains that the enemy has set traps for him before, and besides, he had no certainty that the hobbits would believe him. He concludes with the announcement of who he truly is and declares he will save them if he can, even if it costs him his life.
It’s settled that Strider shall be their guide and that they will leave Bree the following morning, though they cannot expect their exit to now go unnoticed. Only after a conversation about what might have happened to Gandalf do they realise that Merry is still missing. Yet he returns as soon as this is uttered, and brings with him alarming news.
Black Riders are already in the village. Merry had seen one and tried to follow it, but collapsed when one came near him. One of the inn’s servants, Nob found and rescued him. This news concerns Strider and he fears something might happen in the night. They make plans to hold the fort should something untoward occur.
This is a very evocative chapter, especially Merry’s encounter with the Black Riders. There is something quite chilling about what Nob witnessed, and makes you wonder what might have happened to Merry if Nob had arrived a few minutes later…
Next week we begin reading Chapter 11: A Knife In The Dark.
Middle Earth Musings and Meditations
This week I’ve been thinking about life lessons inspired by The Lord of the Rings. Here’s a short and succinct one taken from the second half of Chapter 10.
“I think one of his spies would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler, if you understand.”
This is one of my favourite quotes from The Fellowship of The Ring, a reminder that looks can be deceiving, so in all things trust your instincts. What you see isn’t always what you get.
I’ve been a little scatter-brained this week, flitting from one thing to the next. In terms of Middle Earth reading, this means I’ve been flicking through Unfinished Tales and The Book of Lost Tales volume 2.
I’ve also stumbled across another Tolkien documentary on You Tube that I want to watch. When I do get around to watching it, I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on it here 🙂
The Lord of the Rings Question of the Week:
I think we are far enough into the story now to begin looking at the differences between how characters are portrayed in the film compared to the book, as well as at casting choices.
First up is Frodo. What are the main differences between him in the film and the book, and what are your thoughts on him being played by Elijah Wood?
The main difference I found between the Frodo of the book and the Frodo of the film is that in the film Frodo comes across as much the same age as Sam, Merry and Pippin, when in fact there is quite a sizeable age gap between them. However, character-wise, I’m not sure many differences stand out, or at least, I’ve yet to notice them.
I’ve mentioned this before: I have no issue with any of the casting choices of the film. I thought Elijah Wood made a very convincing Frodo Baggins, and though he looks the youngest of the hobbits when he should be the oldest, I think he makes a fantastic Frodo.