Scorpio’s World

Thoughts on Politics, Race, and Middle Earth

“Many Meetings”

Posted by scorpiomkm on March 23, 2007

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Could Rivendell be tucked away at the foot of these: the Mighty Misty Mountains?

 

 

 

“Only a Ranger!” cried Gandalf. “my dear Frodo, that is just what the Rangers are: the last remnant in the North of the great people, the Men of the West. They have helped me before; and I shall need their help in the days to come; for we have reached Rivendell, but the Ring is not yet at rest.”

“I suppose not.” said Frodo. “But so far my only thought has been to get here; and I hope I shan’t have to go any further. It is very pleasant just to rest. I have had a month of exile and adventure, and I feel that has been as much as I want.”

                                 ~ Frodo and Gandalf at Rivendell

                                                                    __________

Frodo had been a MONTH away from the Shire, hasn’t he. Through the ‘Old Forest’, the Barrow Downs, Weathertop, and across varied terrain and often cold rainy nights and days ~ including the race across the ‘Ford of Bruinen’ ahead of the “Black Riders” (including suffering a wicked wound from the Witch King); and NOW having reached Rivendell Frodo is tired and stretched. He wishes to go no further.

And I can appreciate Frodo’s sentiments, can’t you?   : )

Frodo no doubt loved Adventure, but he had no idea that this trek to Rivendell would encompass such danger and uncertainty. Recall, that when Frodo left the Shire he was expecting Gandalf to lead him and Sam to Imladris (at least from Bree). And surely Frodo didn’t expect to be hounded by the “Black Riders” and suffer a terrible wound in the process. So I have no problemwith Frodo  thinking that  Rivendell was the ‘end of the line’ for him and the other hobbits.

In fact, Frodo lay in a coma for 4 days and 3 nights following his escape at the ‘Ford of Bruinen’!

The Chapter Opens with Gandalf informing Frodo of the welfare of his friends, as well as ‘filling in the blanks’ as to what had transpired during Frodo’s ‘Lost Time’. Gandalf promises Frodo ‘in good time’ he would convey his (Gandalf) whereabouts and what had caused his delay; as well Gandalf brought Frodo ‘up to speed’ re Elrond’s efforts to ‘cure’ his wound …. about the “Black Riders” …. about Strider …. and of course about “The Last Homely House east of the Sea”:

                                                     

                                                Rivendell.

It’s noted quite early on here in the Tale, that Frodo is in fact Dying from the wound suffered on Weathertop. Oh, it’s quite some time before Frodo eventually takes the BigTrip on the grey ship across the sea and “Into the West” ~ but the first of several mortal blows has been struck.

                                                     Look:

Gandalf moved his chair to the bedside, and took a good look at Frodo. The colour had come back to his face, and his eyes were clear, and fully awake and aware. He was smiling, and there seemed to be little wrong with him. But to the wizard’s eye there was a faint change, just a hint as it were of transparency, about him, and especially about the left hand that lay outside upon the coverlet.”

Still that must be expected,” said Gandalf to himself. “He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with a clear light for eyes to see that can.”

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