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The Field of Cormallen #1: Stand, Men of the West

a.s.
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Dec 1 2008, 12:01am


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When last we saw our heroes at the Black Gate, they were fighting what seems to be a hopeless battle. The men of the West are trapped. Aragorn stands with Gandalf upon a hill, and Pippin has just heard voices crying "The Eagles are coming!".




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All about the hills the hosts of Mordor raged. The Captains of the West were foundering in a gathering sea. The sun gleamed red, and under the wings of the Nazgūl the shadows of death fell dark upon the earth. Aragorn stood beneath his banner, silent and stern, as one lost in thought of things long past or far away; but his eyes gleamed like stars that shine the brighter as the night deepens. Upon the hill-top stood Gandalf, and he was white and cold and no shadow fell on him. The onslaught of Mordor broke like a wave on the beleaguered hills, voices roaring like a tide amid the wreck and crash of arms.




1) Why does Tolkien use the words "he was white and cold" to describe Gandalf? Why does no shadow fall on him?

Gandalf has a sudden vision, or premonition, and looks to the North where the skies are now pale and clear.

"The Eagles are coming!", he announces to the warring crowd, and the hosts of Mordor wonder "what this sign might mean".

We discussed the Eagles recently, but something that escaped me until I prepared for this chapter is that the Eagles are so unusual a sight in Middle Earth that the hosts of Mordor don't really know what they are doing. They see that Gandalf is extremely happy about the coming Eagles, but what the sight of these birds portends they don't rightly know.

Yet.



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There came Gwaihir the Windlord, and Landroval his brother, greatest of all the Eagles of the North, mightiest of the descendants of old Thorondor, who built his eyries in the inaccessible peaks of the Encircling Mountains when Middle-earth was young. Behind them in long swift lines came all their vassals from the northern mountains, speeding on a gathering wind. Straight down upon the Nazgūl they bore, stooping suddenly out of the high airs, and the rush of their wide wings as they passed over was like a gale.




2) How big are the Eagles? Are they the size of the Fell Beasts? Are they messing with the flying Beasts, or just after the mounted Nazgul themselves?

3) The Eagles are accompanied by "all" their vassals, "speeding on a gathering wind". Significance of the wind that accpanies the Eagles?

The Nazgul, however, are suddenly called back to Mordor, where Sauron has just become aware of the drama unfolding at the brink of the Fire on Mt. Doom. Even the ordinary (if one can call orcs and such "ordinary") soldiers are suddenly aware that something has changed: "The Power that drove them on and filled them with hate and fury was wavering, its will was removed from them; and now looking in the eyes of their enemies they saw a deadly light and were afraid".

4) Does "all the hosts of Mordor" include the Men of the South and East who joined forces with Sauron? If so, what is the implication of a "will" that can exert such control? Are the Men fighting for Mordor responsible for their actions in this war?



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But Gandalf lifted up his arms and called once more in a clear voice: "Stand, Men of the West! Stand and wait! This is the hour of doom."



5) There is a clear Biblical reference here, can you name it?

6) There is some beautiful imagery here, in this portion of text. Care to comment on any of Tolkien's use of light/shadow, stars/night, or any other symbolism here?

a.s.



"an seileachan"

Some say once you're gone, you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back.
Some say you'll rest in the arms of the Savior, if sinful ways you lack.
Some say that they're coming back in a garden: bunch of carrots and little sweet peas.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Iris DeMent



Call Her Emily

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The Field of Cormallen #1: Stand, Men of the West a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 12:01am
    Will Elros Send a private message to Elros Dec 1 2008, 3:41am
        could there be such a "will" in Real Life? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 11:57am
            Evil Elros Send a private message to Elros Dec 1 2008, 7:14pm
                Did all of them do evil? Dreamdeer Send a private message to Dreamdeer Dec 2 2008, 2:50am
                    Some yes, most not Elros Send a private message to Elros Dec 2 2008, 10:41pm
                We don't know if all the men are evil Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Dec 4 2008, 5:03pm
    A few thoughts, some to the point sador Send a private message to sador Dec 1 2008, 7:50am
    "For Solomon, we committed the wind" Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Dec 1 2008, 3:57pm
        Exodus 14:13-14 a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 6:41pm
            Whoops! Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Dec 1 2008, 6:46pm
            That doesn't seem so clear to me FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Dec 1 2008, 7:19pm
                well, heck. :-) a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Dec 1 2008, 7:40pm
                    Oh, I see it now FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Dec 2 2008, 8:33am
            Gosh, the one that popped into my mind when you asked the question Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Dec 1 2008, 10:14pm
        Great example Elros Send a private message to Elros Dec 1 2008, 7:29pm
    The Responsibility of Soldiers Dreamdeer Send a private message to Dreamdeer Dec 1 2008, 5:15pm

 
 
 

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