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ROTK: Why does Pippin go with Gandalf to ward off the Nazgūl?



skyofcoffeebeans
Lorien

Sep 27 2021, 9:38pm


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ROTK: Why does Pippin go with Gandalf to ward off the Nazgūl?

I know the logistics of how this came to be filmed and edited, but in the world of the film, what conclusions can we draw as to why Gandalf specifically showed up outside the gates of Gondor with a hobbit on his horse to ward off the winged Nazgūl against the Osgiliath defenders?

I have no theories except that maybe he and Pippin happened to be on their way to Osgiliath (although why he’d take Pippin again,I don’t know), or maybe he was on another errand didn’t have time to stop to drop off the hobbit.

Thematically it’s an interesting counterpart to the Unexpected Journey monologue where Gandalf talks about how hobbits give him courage, but otherwise it tends me to a baffling adaptation choice when you don’t consider the original sequence and its placement in the film. What have you all thought of this moment in the past?


sevilodorf
Tol Eressea

Oct 2 2021, 1:39am


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Exactly what you thought

Why is Pippin there?

But then I had that thought when Frodo and Sam ended up in Osgiliath on the WEST side of the river.... uhhhh.... is a tunnel under the Anduin even a reasonable thing?

Sam saying... By rights we shouldn't be here .... always makes me mutter Darn right.....

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Chen G.
Gondor

Oct 2 2021, 8:51am


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Its like the Euphrates Tunnel


In Reply To
But then I had that thought when Frodo and Sam ended up in Osgiliath on the WEST side of the river.... uhhhh.... is a tunnel under the Anduin even a reasonable thing?


Sure. Ever heard of the Bablyonians' Euphrates Tunnel?