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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Reading Room: The Omniscient Narrator steps silently out from the shadows.: Edit Log


Jan 15 2008, 12:19am

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The Omniscient Narrator steps silently out from the shadows.

A. Who’s point of view is this passage being told from? What effects are achieved by the writing?

Actually, I'm pretty sure Fatty gave a detailed and melodramatic account of the events to Frodo & co. a year or so hence. It probably had to be toned down a lot for publication.

B. What do we learn about the Black Riders, their equipment, and their methods, from this passage?

Well, we knew they had horses. Swords are not a surprise. They know how to set up a stake-out.

C. “There they stood, as still as the shadows of stones” – comments?

What, exactly, are they waiting for? Other than to give the occupants of the house time enough to escape and organize a response?

D. How does fire on a hill-top rend the night?

Night = dark; fire = bright.
Night = silent; horn = noisy

E. If the Horn-call of Buckland has not been sounded for more than a hundred years, how likely is it that everyone in the district immediately “gets the idea that enemies are in Buckland”, “loses no time”, “spreads the alarm”, “cries”, “runs” and generally act like the Home Guard when the Luftwaffe is spotted?

It hasn't been sounded from need in a hundred years, but they practice the first Saturday night of every month by sounding the horn at midnight and then timing how long it takes the neighbors to come to the party.

F. How does Fatty’s behavior compare with Merry’s (a true Brandybuck) at Bree that same evening?

He has even more presence of mind to get the @#%! away and seek help. Too bad Merry didn't stay home and let Fatty go with Frodo.

But getting back to what took the Riders so long: Fatty had to run a mile. He's out of shape and has short legs and is going cross-country. It must have taken at least 20 minutes to go a mile to the next house. Then what? Does the horn sound from that house, or do we allow more time (at least an hour) to silently awaken and assemble more neighbors? Are the Riders overreacting to flee at the sound of the horns when the nearest neighbors are over a mile away?

(sorry, I have more questions than answers. A holdover from last week, I guess)

G. I thought Sauron does not allow his people to use his “right name” – as Aragorn tells us later on.

Maybe that's why they said "Mordor" instead of "Sauron"? I must be missing something (not the first time). They thought about Sauron at the end, but I'm sure they wouldn't even whisper the Name.

H. This has been discussed before, but what the heck have the Black Riders been doing between the evening of the 25th of September, when Frodo crossed the Brandywine with a Rider at his heels, and now which is the early morning of the 30th?

Good question. They saw Frodo heading this way. Then it took them a while to get across via the bridge, so the trail was cold and they needed to inquire of the locals to find what house he might have gone to. This was a tedious process, because they can only work at night, and the locals have a bad tendency to run screaming from their presence rather than provide useful answers.

But I want to know why there are only 3 Riders here. AppB says 4 Riders entered the Shire on the 23rd, while the rest pursued Rangers heading towards Bree. We'll meet those five shortly. But why only 3 now?

Whew, that was fun.

Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'

(This post was edited by Elizabeth on Jan 15 2008, 12:27am)

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Post edited by Elizabeth (Half-elven) on Jan 15 2008, 12:22am
Post edited by Elizabeth (Half-elven) on Jan 15 2008, 12:27am

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