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**Queer Lodgings**: To Mirkwood.


Aug 23 2012, 8:40pm

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**Queer Lodgings**: To Mirkwood. Can't Post

Welcome back folks. This is my final post on the chapter and deals with the journey from Beorn's house to Mirkwood. I will put up an “Open Discussion” post later.

The journey from Beorn's house to the Mirkwood gate that he recommended takes a number of days even riding the ponies but they pass without serious incident despite the rumours that goblins and Wargs are planning a revenge raid on them. Does this “raid” actually occur with the Battle of Five Armies? Gandalf says that the raiders will cross the river to the south. They arrive at the BoFA from the north and presumably the Great River is more easily fordable closer to its source so why not cross the river to the north? Perhaps the “raid” does not lead to BoFA and the two expeditions are separate ventures. What do you think?

Bilbo notices that Beorn is trailing them and Gandalf confirms it, commending Bilbo for noticing while the dwarves did not. Gandalf thinks that he is guiding and protecting them but also checking up on his ponies. Why the secrecy? Beorn could have just accompanied them. He is in bear form though. Maybe he does not trust himself and/or is embarassed in this form. The company have never seen him in it up to now. Is that the answer? Or not?

Gandalf has already warned them that he must leave on another errand and confirms that he will leave at the Mirkwood entrance. Nobody, except Gandalf, is happy about this but Gandalf explains that he is leaving Bilbo to look after the party. Well, as we know they do become reliant on Bilbo, but is it plausible at this stage? After all Gandalf has only recently sent Bilbo to bed, with or without his supper, for being so obtuse.

Unsurprisingly they send the ponies back to Beorn at the Forest Gate. They shoulder their heavy packs as Gandalf rides back towards Beorn's house, but not before warning them again:”DON'T LEAVE THE PATH!” I don't think this can possibly end well or can it?

That was quite a short final post. I am sorry if you are disappointed and gratified if you are grateful. Just the Open Discussion post to go.


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**Queer Lodgings**: To Mirkwood. Pryderi Send a private message to Pryderi Aug 23 2012, 8:40pm
    Well... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Aug 24 2012, 8:59pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Aug 30 2012, 12:15pm
    Don't leave the path...don't leave! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Sep 7 2012, 12:45am


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