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TIME - February 26 The Breaking of the Fellowship

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February 26, 3019 (S.R. 1419)1. Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith.
(from the appendices)
... "Aragorn sprang swiftly away and went in pursuit of Sam. Just as he reached the little lawn among the rowans he overtook him, toiling uphill, panting and calling, Frodo!
... 'Come with me, Sam!' he said. 'None of us should be alone. There is mischief about. I feel it. I am going to the top, to the Seat of Amon Hen, to see what may be seen. And look! It is as my heart guessed, Frodo went this way. Follow me, and keep your eyes open!' He sped up the path.
... Sam did his best, but he could not keep up with Strider the Ranger, and soon fell behind. He had not gone far before Aragorn was out of sight ahead. Sam stopped and puffed. Suddenly he clapped his hand to his head.
... 'Whoa, Sam Gamgee!' he said aloud. 'Your legs are too short, so use your head! Let me see now! Boromir isn't lying, that's not his way; but he hasn't told us everything. Something scared Mr. Frodo badly. He screwed himself up to the point, sudden. He made up his mind at last—to go. Where to? Off East. Not without Sam? Yes, without even his Sam. That's hard, cruel hard.'
... Sam passed his hand over his eyes, brushing away the tears. 'Steady, Gamgee!' he said. 'Think, if you can! He can't fly across rivers, and he can't jump waterfalls. He's got no gear. So he's got to get back to the boats. Back to the boats! Back to the boats, Sam, like lightning!'
... Sam turned and bolted back down the path. He fell and cut his knees. Up he got and ran on. He came to the edge of the lawn of Parth Galen by the shore, where the boats were drawn up out of the water. No one was there. There seemed to be cries in the woods behind, but he did not heed them. He stood gazing for a moment, stock-still, gaping. A boat was sliding down the bank all by itself. With a shout Sam raced across the grass. The boat slipped into the water.

... '...I read the signs aright,' [Aragorn] said to himself. 'Frodo ran to the hill-top. I wonder what he saw there? But he returned by the same way, and went down the hill again.'
... Aragorn hesitated. He desired to go to the high seat himself, hoping to see there something that would guide him in his perplexities; but time was pressing. Suddenly he leaped forward, and ran to the summit, across the great flag-stones, and up the steps. Then sitting in the high seat he looked out....
... ...Even as he gazed his quick ears caught sounds in the woodlands below, on the west side of the River. He stiffened. There were cries, and among them, to his horror, he could distinguish the harsh voices of Orcs. Then suddenly with a deep-throated call a great horn blew, and the blasts of it smote the hills and echoed in the hollows, rising in a mighty shout above the roaring of the falls.
... 'The horn of Boromir!' he cried. 'He is in need!' He sprang down the steps and away, leaping down the path. 'Alas! An ill fate is on me this day, and all that I do goes amiss. Where is Sam?'"

... [Faramir speaking with Frodo] "'Five days ere I set out on this venture, eleven days ago at about this hour of the day, I heard the blowing of that horn: from the northward it seemed, but dim, as if it were but an echo in the mind. A boding of ill we thought it, my father and I, for no tidings had we heard of Boromir since he went away, and no watcher on our borders had seen him pass.'"

2. Meriadoc and Peregrin captured.
(from the appendices)
... "A mile, maybe, from Parth Galen in a little glade not far from the lake he found Boromir. He was sitting with his back to a great tree, as if he was resting. But Aragorn saw that he was pierced with many black-feathered arrows; his sword was still in his hand, but it was broken near the hilts; this horn cloven in two was at his side. Many Orcs lay slain, piled all about him and at his feet.
... Aragorn knelt beside him. Boromir opened his eyes and strove to speak. At last slow words came. 'I tried to take the Ring from Frodo,' he said. 'I am sorry. I have paid.' His glance strayed to his fallen enemies; twenty at least lay there. 'They have gone: the Halflings: the Orcs have taken them. I think they are not dead. Orcs bound them.' He paused and his eyes closed wearily."

... "...he and Merry had run off into the woods. What had come over them? Why had they dashed off like that, taking no notice of old Strider? ...suddenly they had crashed right into a group of Orcs: they were standing listening, and they did not appear to see Merry and Pippin until they were almost in their arms. Then they yelled and dozens of other goblins had sprung out of the trees. Merry and he had drawn their swords, but the Orcs did not wish to fight, and had tried only to lay hold of them, even when Merry had cut off several of their arms and hands. Good old Merry!
... Then Boromir had come leaping through the trees. He had made them fight. He slew many of them and the rest fled. But they had not gone far on the way back when they were attacked again, by a hundred Orcs at least, some of them very large, and they shot a rain of arrows: always at Boromir. Boromir had blown his great horn till the woods rang, and at first the orcs had been dismayed and had drawn back; but when no answer but the echoes came, they had attacked more fiercely than ever. Pippin did not remember much more. His last memory was of Boromir leaning against a tree, plucking out an arrow; then darkness fell suddenly."

3. Frodo and Samwise enter the eastern Emyn Muil.
(from the appendices)
... "'Coming, Mr. Frodo! Coming!' called Sam, and flung himself from the bank, clutching at the departing boat. He missed it by a yard. With a cry and a splash he fell face downward into deep swift water. Gurgling the went under, and the River closed over his curly head.
... An exclamation of dismay came from the empty boat. A paddle swirled and the boat put about. Frodo was just in time to grasp Sam by the hair as he came up, bubbling and struggling. Fear was staring in his round brown eyes.
... 'Up you come, Sam my lad!' said Frodo. 'Now take my hand!'
... 'Save me, Mr. Frodo!' gasped Sam. 'I'm drownded. I can't see your hand.'
... 'Here it is. Don't pinch, lad! I won't let you go. Tread water and don't flounder, or you'll upset the boat. There now, get hold of the side, and let me use the paddle.'
... With a few strokes Frodo brought the boat back to the bank, and Sam was able to scramble out, wet as water-rat. Frodo took off the Ring and stepped ashore again.
... 'Of all the confounded nuisances you are the worst, Sam!' he said.
... 'Oh, Mr. Frodo, that's hard!' said Sam shivering. 'That's hard, trying to go without me and all. If I hadn't a guessed right, where would you be now?'
... 'Safely on my way.'
... 'Safely!' said Sam. 'All alone and without me to help you? I couldn't have a borne it, it'd have been the death of me.'
... 'It would be the death of you to come with me, Sam,' said Frodo, 'and I could not have borne that.'
... 'Not as certain as being left behind,' said Sam.
... 'But I am going to Mordor.'
... 'I know that well enough, Mr. Frodo. Of course you are. And I'm coming with you.'
... 'Now, Sam,' said Frodo, 'don’t hinder me! The others will be coming back at any minute. If they catch me here, I shall have to argue and explain, and I shall never have the heart or the chance to get off. But I must go at once. It's the only way.'
... 'Of course it is,' answered Sam. 'But not alone. I'm coming too, or neither of us isn't going. I'll knock holes in all the boats first.'
... Frodo actually laughed. A sudden warmth and gladness touched his heart. 'Leave one!' he said. 'We'll need it.'

... ...So Frodo and Sam set off on the last stage of the Quest together. Frodo paddled away from the shore, and the River bore them swiftly away, down the western arm, and past the frowning cliffs of Tol Brandir. The roar of the great falls drew nearer. Even with such help as Sam could give, it was hard work to pass across the current at the southward end of the island and drive the boat eastward towards the far shore.
... At length they came to land again upon the southern slopes of Amon Lhaw. There they found a shelving shore, and they drew the boat out, high above the water, and hid it as well as they could behind a great boulder. Then shouldering their burdens, they set off, seeking a path that would bring them over the grey hills of the Emyn Muil, and down into the Land of Shadow."

4. Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orcs at evening.
(from the appendices)
... "'No other folk make such a trampling,' said Legolas. 'It seems their delight to slash and beat down growing things that are not even in their way.'
... 'But they go with a great speed for all that,' said Aragorn, 'and they do not tire. And later we may have to search for our path in hard bare lands.'
... 'Well, after them!' said Gimli. 'Dwarves too can go swiftly, and they do not tire sooner than Orcs. But it will be a long chase: they have a long start.'
... 'Yes,' said Aragorn, 'we shall all need the endurance of Dwarves. But come! With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter! We will make such a chase as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds: Elves, Dwarves, and Men. Forth the Three Hunters!'
... Like a deer he sprang away. Through the trees he sped. On and on he led them, tireless and swift, now that his mind was at last made up. The woods about the lake they left behind. Long slopes they climbed, dark, hard-edged against the sky already red with sunset. Dusk came. They passed away, grey shadows in a stony land."

5. Éomer hears of the descent of the Orc-band from the Emyn Muil.
(from the appendices)
... "'Indeed in this riding north I went without the king's leave, for in my absence his house is left with little guard. But scouts warned me of the orc-host coming down out of the East Wall... and among them they reported that some bore the white badges of Saruman."

6. Gandalf diverts the Eye from Amon Hen.
(not from the appendices)
... “And suddenly he felt the Eye. There was an eye in the Dark Tower that did not sleep. He knew that it had become aware of his gaze. A fierce eager will was there. It leaped towards him; almost like a finger he felt it, searching for him. Very soon it would nail him down, know just exactly where he was, Amon Lhaw it touched. It glanced upon Tol Brandir—he threw himself from the seat, crouching, covering his head with his grey hood.
... He heard himself crying out: Never, never! Or was it: Verily I come, I come to you? He could not tell. Then as a flash from some other point of power there came to his mind another thought: Take it off! Take it off! Fool, take it off! Take off the Ring!'
... The two powers strove in him. For a moment, perfectly balanced between their piercing points, he writhed, tormented. Suddenly he was aware of himself again. Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye: free to choose, and with one remaining instant in which to do so. He took the Ring off his finger. He was kneeling in clear sunlight before the high seat. A black shadow seemed to pass like an arm above him; it missed Amon Hen and groped out west, and faded. Then all the sky was clean and blue and birds sang in every tree.”


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TIME - February 26 The Breaking of the Fellowship grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 26 2007, 10:02am
    Their paths chosen for them dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 26 2007, 2:16pm
        I love watching Sam puzzle things out. grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 26 2007, 3:23pm
            How it must have dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 26 2007, 5:48pm
    *draws hood over face* Aerlinn Send a private message to Aerlinn Feb 26 2007, 2:22pm
        Wow, linners! *applause* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 26 2007, 3:13pm
        *mods up* dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 26 2007, 6:17pm
        Very, very cool. Ettelewen Send a private message to Ettelewen Feb 27 2007, 12:41am
        *stomping feet* No, no, no, no, no!.... diedye Send a private message to diedye Feb 27 2007, 4:10am
        Zowie! Awesome! Totally awesome. Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Feb 27 2007, 4:49am
            WOW gramma and Linners!!! Elven Send a private message to Elven Feb 27 2007, 10:12am
        Aerlinn, you've done it again! silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 27 2007, 11:07am
        Wow White Gull Send a private message to White Gull Feb 27 2007, 2:57pm
    such a sad day Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 26 2007, 3:41pm
    A sad day on many levels entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Feb 26 2007, 7:18pm
    So much to absorb. Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Feb 26 2007, 8:27pm
        When I first read this section grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 27 2007, 10:03am
    It seems mystifying when silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 27 2007, 4:22am
        So many of our heroes grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 27 2007, 9:57am
    TIME - February 27 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 27 2007, 9:48am
        Of all who would feel self-doubt, silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 27 2007, 11:37am
        Who knows what the source dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 27 2007, 2:36pm
            Interesting! Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Feb 27 2007, 4:46pm
            I can almost envision grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 27 2007, 5:09pm
        What an incredible mind. Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Feb 27 2007, 3:40pm
            There! You've nailed it! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 27 2007, 5:06pm
            Have you ever heard dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 28 2007, 1:19pm
                I Totally Agree!!! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 3:01pm
                That's a great idea! Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Mar 1 2007, 12:17am
                    If you have access to a library grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Mar 1 2007, 2:36am
                        Good advice all around. Thanks! Lossefalme Send a private message to Lossefalme Mar 1 2007, 2:38am
    TIME - February 28 ***Multiple posts follow for the 30-day Calendar *** grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 10:41am
        TIME - February 29 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 10:45am
            TIME - February 30 *whew* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 10:47am
                Poor Sam Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Feb 28 2007, 2:16pm
                    Sam dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 28 2007, 2:29pm
                        *tearing* / grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 3:06pm
            "they reminded me of something dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 28 2007, 2:22pm
                Young entings grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 28 2007, 3:05pm

 
 
 

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