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FarFromHome
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Oct 11 2012, 9:46am


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Frodo doesn't reveal the Ring to the Nazgul, because Sam stops him just in time...

This reminds me of the scene in the book as the Lord of the Nazgul rides out of Minas Morgul. The Nazgul seems to sense the Ring and turns towards Frodo, but when Frodo manages to prevent himself putting the Ring on, the Nazgul seems to decide it was a false alarm and moves off. It's true that in the movie, this all happens out in the open where you might think the Nazgul would actually see the Ring, even if Frodo isn't wearing it. But we know from the book that the Nazgul don't see well in the "real world" and rely on their steeds to get about, although I'm not sure that's made clear in the film. Still, I think we're meant to read the scene that way - very much like the scene at the very start when the hobbits are hiding under the tree roots. If Frodo is able to resist putting the Ring on, then the Nazgul seems to get a "this is not the ring you're looking for" vibe and moves on.

(On the other hand, even if in the movie the Nazgul do realize that the Ring is in Osgiliath, it doesn't really spoil the story, since as you say Sauron is attacking there already, and also he may assume that the allies plan to use it, and that it's on its way to Minas Tirith for that very purpose - which it was, of course, in movie-verse, until Faramir had his change of heart. Since Osgiliath was a (movie only) detour for Frodo and Sam anyway, it doesn't really give away any clue to their future direction of travel!)

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


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Just figured out why the "eagle" plan doesn't work aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 10 2012, 2:21pm
    The main reason why they couldn't use the eagles is because ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 10 2012, 2:27pm
        Agreed aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 10 2012, 2:31pm
            It's never explicitly mentioned, and Tolkien always used the eagles sparingly DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 10 2012, 2:51pm
                And let's not forget... Merovech Send a private message to Merovech Oct 11 2012, 12:02am
                    And also... Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Oct 11 2012, 3:40am
                        Thanks aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 11 2012, 7:02am
                    Like the ash explanation aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 11 2012, 7:05am
    Secrecy RoseCotton Send a private message to RoseCotton Oct 11 2012, 6:33am
        Excellent point about Osgiliath aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 11 2012, 6:53am
            Except that FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 11 2012, 9:46am
                Good points aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 11 2012, 12:36pm
                Good point. sauget.diblosio Send a private message to sauget.diblosio Mar 15 2013, 1:33am
    I don't understand... Ereinion Nénharma Send a private message to Ereinion Nénharma Oct 11 2012, 12:25pm
        Definitely aruman Send a private message to aruman Oct 11 2012, 12:39pm
    One cannot fly Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Oct 11 2012, 8:34pm
        Ha Ha... sauget.diblosio Send a private message to sauget.diblosio Mar 15 2013, 1:51am
    I think the Winged Nazgul posed too much of a problem guitarzankansasfan Send a private message to guitarzankansasfan Oct 12 2012, 8:04am

 
 
 

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