Some of our party rides out to meet battle, but not all. Merry, and others still healing, are left behind in Gondor. This journey is neither quick nor subtle, and that Sauron prepares a trap in wait is no surprise. Their presence is a clear and deliberate provocation of Sauron, and one that is nearly countered by the brief capture of Frodo. I think that if it were not for Gandalf the armies would have quailed, recognition by items that the Mouth of Sauron is referring to one of the hobbits. Of course, the key piece not mentioned in all of this is the Ring... and the fact that if Sauron had the Ring already the parlay would not even be necessary.
This chapter is definitely one that was ripe for translation to the screen. Cinematically it is both an apex and a cliffhanger, on top of the whole launching into likely doomed battle. Jackson made some pretty good decisions here to visually ramp up the tension. I can't really argue with the decision to have all of the Fellowship p…
I went into work today to find an email that included the following:
I am in the process of planning a Diversity Summit, hopefully for next April. My first undertaking is to put together a task force to help plan the summit. I really enjoyed your presentation at NELA.
I was wondering if you would like to be on the task force?
When I recovered enough to do more than make incoherent noises, I obviously accepted. Then I basically spent the day at work trying not to happy cry.
I was recently asked how I got into disability representation as a focused area of interest. The short answer, personal battles with mental health aside, is my mom. I think I've talked about this a little bit before on my blog. Honestly, I'll probably talk about this in the future again as well.
My mom suffered from bi-lateral neuritis and carpal tunnel in both arms, with a very severe flare up when I was little. Actual timing is fuzzy due to my very young age, but I can remember a before and an afte…
My summary of this chapter: Samwise is the goddamn hero of this book, and honestly, a better friend and protector than Frodo ever is. They may be friends, but the dynamic favors Frodo strongly, perhaps due to lingering status as Sam's master/employer. Frodo inherited the Ring, but he's never really been all that full of the Tookishness that pulled his uncle through all sorts of adventures.
Without Sam, this story would be much shorter and with a darker end for our friends. Starting in The Fellowship of the Ring, I commented that Sam was the true heir of Bilbo... and I think this chapter really encapsulates that. Among other things, we have parallels between Bilbo vs Smaug and Sam vs Shelob with actual references to the difference between her and a dragon. Sam, not Frodo with his noble and elvish air, is the hobbit to surprise others with his courage, dedication, and even wits. Of course, Sam, like Bilbo, is also the one to wish he was at home by the fire with a good meal…