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Today in Middle-earth

March 20, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The Host continued their defiant march to Mordor.
(not from the appendices)
..."All the land now brooded as at the coming of a great storm: for the Captains of the West had passed the Cross Roads and set flames in the deadly fields of Imlad Morgul.

......It was some hundred miles by that way from the Cross Roads to the Morannon, and what might befall them before they came so far none knew.... "

2. As Minas Tirith was busily repairing and fortifying the White City for the next onslaught, the White Lady of Rohan rises from her sickbed.
(not from the appendices)
..."Éowyn bade the women who tended her to bring her raiment, and she would not be gainsaid, but rose; and when they had clothed her and set her arm in a sling of linen, she went to the Warden of the Houses of Healing.
...Sir,' she said, 'I am in great unrest, and I cannot lie longer in sloth.'
...'Lady,' he answered, 'you are not yet healed, and I was commanded to tend you with especial care. You should not have risen from your bed for seven days yet... ...I beg you to go back.'
...'I am healed,' she said, 'healed at least in body, save my left arm only, and that is at ease. But I shall sicken anew, if there is naught that I can do....'

...'...There is a marshal over the Riders of Rohan;' [said the Warden] 'and the Lord Húrin, I am told, commands the men of Gondor. But the Lord Faramir is by right the Steward of the City.'
...'Where can I find him?'
...'In this house, Lady. He was sorely hurt, but is now set again on the way to health. But I do not know----'
...'Will you not bring me to him? Then you will know.'

...The Lord Faramir was walking alone in the garden of the Houses of Healing, and the sunlight warmed him, and he felt life run anew in his veins; but his heart was heavy, and he looked out over the wall eastward. ...the Warden spoke his name, and he turned and saw the Lady Éowyn of Rohan; and he was moved with pity, for he saw that she was hurt, and his clear sight perceived her sorrow and unrest.
...'My lord,' said the Warden, 'here is the Lady Éowyn of Rohan. She rode with the king and was sorely hurt... ... But she is not content, and she wishes to speak to the Steward of the City.'
...'Do not misunderstand him, lord,' said Éowyn. 'It is not lack of care that grieves me. No houses could be fairer, for those who desire to be healed. But I cannot lie in sloth, idle, caged. I looked for death in battle. But I have not died and the battle still goes on.'
...At a sign from Faramir, the Warden bowed and departed. 'What would you have me do, lady?' said Faramir. 'I also am a prisoner of the healers.' He looked at her, and being a man whom pity deeply stirred, it seemed to him that her loveliness amid her grief would pierce his heart. And she looked at him and saw the grave tenderness in his eyes, and yet knew... ... that here was one whom no Rider of the Mark would outmatch in battle.
...'What do you wish?' he said again. 'If I lies in my power, I will do it.'
...'I would have you command this Warden, and bid him let me go,' she said; but though her words were still proud, her heart faltered, and for the first time she doubted herself. She guessed that this tall man, both stern and gentle, might think her... ...like a child that has not the firmness of mind to go on with a dull task to the end.
...'I myself am in the Warden's keeping,' answered Faramir. 'Nor have I yet taken up my authority in the City. But had I done so, I should still listen to his counsel, and should not cross his will in matters of his craft, unless in some great need.'
...'But I do not desire healing,' she said. 'I wish to ride to war like my brother Éomer, or better like Théoden the king, for he died and has both honour and peace.'
...'It is too late, lady, to follow the Captains, even if you had the strength,' said Faramir. 'But death in battle may come to us all yet... ...You will be better prepared to face it in your own manner, if while there is still time you do as the Healer commanded. You and I, we must endure with patience the hours of waiting.'
...She did not answer, but as he looked at her it seemed to him that something in her softened, as though a bitter frost were yielding at the first faint presage of Spring. A tear sprang in her eye and fell down her cheek... ...Her proud head drooped a little. Then quietly, more as if speaking to herself than to him: 'But the healers would have me lie abed seven days yet,' she said. 'And my window does not look eastward.' Her voice was now that of a maiden young and sad.
...Faramir smiled, though his heart was filled with pity. 'Your window does not look eastward?' he said. 'That can be amended... ...If you will stay in this house in our care, lady, and take your rest, then you shall walk in this garden in the sun, as you will; and you shall look east, whither all our hopes have gone. And here you will find me, walking and waiting, and looking east. It would ease my care, if you would speak to me, or walk at whiles with me.
...Then she raised her head and looked him in the eyes again; and a colour came in her pale face. 'How should I ease your care, my lord?' she said. 'And I do not desire the speech of living men.'
...'Would you have my plain answer?' he said.
...'I would.'
...'Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily; but it would ease my heart... ... if I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow, and the same hand drew us back.'
...'Alas, not me, lord!' she said. 'Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle. But I thank you for this at least, that I need not keep to my chamber. I will walk abroad by the grace of the Steward of the City.' And she did him a courtesy and walked back to the house. But Faramir for a long while walked alone in the garden, and his glance now strayed rather to the house than to the eastward walls.
...When he returned to his chamber he called for the Warden, and heard all that he could tell of the Lady of Rohan.
...'But I doubt not, lord... ...that you would learn more from the Halfling that is with us; for he was in the riding of the king, and with the Lady at the end, they say.'
...And so Merry was sent to Faramir, and while that day lasted they talked long together, and Faramir learned much, more even than Merry put into words; and he thought that he understood now something of the grief and unrest of Éowyn of Rohan. And in the fair evening, Faramir and Merry walked in the garden, but she did not come."

3. Frodo and Sam
(not from the appendices)
..."So the desperate journey went on, as the Ring went south and the banners of the kings rode north. For the hobbits each day, each mile, was more bitter than the one before, as their strength lessened and the land became more evil. They met no enemies by day. At times by night, as they cowered or drowsed uneasily in some hiding beside the road, they heard cries and the noise of many feet or the swift passing of some cruelly ridden steed."




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I found one more!!!! Here is the REAL last of TheLidlessEye's Weather Reports! Still Many Thanks Lidless!

(Originally posted on March 20, 2002 by TheLidlessEye!!!)


And now the WEATHER!

Just before we do that, I would like to apologize to our viewers for the loss of transmission yesterday. For Breakfast News, we have to get up at the Crack of Dawn, but since there wasn't a dawn, we all overslept. Can't wait for someone to invent the alarm clock. Anyway, here's Jill, I think, yes, it's Jill, with the weather.

Jill, welcome back.

[cuts to weathergirl]
Thankyou, Dermott. I got a reprieve since I *was* the only one to turn up yesterday. On time too. I don't wake up at the Crack Of Dawn – my girlfriend's called Sally.

Well, I've diminished and gone west to be a weathergirl again. You know what they say, if you stick your head above the parapet, it's gonna get shot off. At least that's what the guys who lived through Helm's Deep have learned.

Well, there's a technical term for a sunny, warm day that follows two rainy days. It's called Monday, and here we are.

[cuts to studio]
That's a good point, Jill. Just where *are* you?

[cuts to weathergirl]
Oh yes. Sorry, bit out of practice. I'm at Lebennin, which as you know has Beirut as its capital. Still following the freedom fighters who were given a moral-boosting concert by one of the Beatles yesterday.

[cuts to studio]
Jill, that was *Ringlo*.

[cuts to weathergirl]
Oh, I'm a weathergirl now. Nobody expects me to be accurate. OK, the weather forecast for tonight: dark. Can't get that one wrong I guess. Back to you, Dermott, in the studio.

[cuts to studio]
Thanks Jill. And now over to…M at the newsdesk. M.

[cuts to newsdesk]
Good morning.

A lot of troop movements today, although an attack against Lorien is only rumoured at present. A protest by orcs around Barad-dûr was ruthlessly crushed yesterday when authorities took offence to the "Sauron is a moron" placard.

There are red faces in Gondor when the Steward came last in the Motivational Speech Of The Year competition.

Dermott.

[cuts to studio]
Thanks M. After the break, Bilbo Baggins reminisces over his earlier adventures. Here's a clip.

Bilbo: "There I was, hunting dragons inside the Lonely Mountain. I had on my magic ring. But suddenly this huge dragon told me that he could smell me. He leapt toward me with a mighty ROARRRR! I soiled myself."

Reporter: "Under those circumstances anyone would have done the same."

Bilbo: "No, not then - just now when I went 'ROARRRR!'"



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Today in Middle-earth

March 21, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The Host continues their march to Mordor.
(not from the appendices)
..."...the army began its northward march along the road. It was some hundred miles by that way from the Cross Roads to the Morannon, and what might befall them before they came so far none knew. They went openly but heedfully, with mounted scouts before them on the road, and others on foot upon either side..."

..."...Ever and anon Gandalf let blow the trumpets, and the heralds would cry: 'The Lords of Gondor are come! Let all leave this land or yield them up!' But Imrahil said: 'Say not the Lords of Gondor. Say The King Elessar. For that is true, even though he has not yet sat upon the throne; and it will give the Enemy more thought, if the heralds use that name.' And thereafter thrice a day the heralds proclaimed the coming of the King Elessar. But none answered the challenge.
...Nonetheless, though they marched in seeming peace, the hearts of all the company, from the highest to the lowest, were downcast, and with every mile that they went north foreboding of evil grew heavier on them..."

2. Minas Tirith waits.
(not from the appendices)
..."...as Faramir came from the Houses, he saw her, as she stood upon the walls; and she was clad all in white, and gleamed in the sun. And he called to her, and she came down, and they walked on the grass or sat under a green tree together, now in silence, now in speech. And each day after they did likewise."

3. Frodo and Sam's strength is giving out.
(not from the appendices)
..."... far worse than all such perils was the ever-approaching threat that beat upon them as they went: the dreadful menace of the Power that waited, brooding in deep thought and sleepless malice behind the dark veil about its Throne. Nearer and nearer it drew, looming blacker, like the on-coming of a wall of night at the last end of the world."

Map of the Captains of the West and Frodo & Sam's journeys (as derived from Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings by Barbara Strachey.


March 21, 2011
1. First day of principal photography for The Hobbit in Wellington, NZ!!!






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 Map of the Captains of the West and Frodo & Sam's journeys (as derived from Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings by Barbara Strachey.


March 22, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The dreadful nightfall.
(from the appendices)
..."...And from that evening onward the Nazgûl came and followed every move of the army. They still flew high and out of sight of all save Legolas, and yet their presence could be felt, as a deepening of shadow and a dimming of the sun; and though the Ringwraiths did not yet stoop low upon their foes and were silent, uttering no cry, the dread of them could not be shaken off."

2. Frodo and Samwise leave the road and turn south to Mount Doom.
(from the appendices)
..."There came at last a dreadful nightfall; and even as the Captains of the West drew near to the end of the living lands, the two wanderers came to an hour of blank despair. Four days had passed since they had escaped from the orcs, but the time lay behind them like an ever-darkening dream. All this last day Frodo had not spoken, but had walked half-bowed, often stumbling, as if his eyes no longer saw the way before his feet. Sam guessed that among all their pains he bore the worst, the growing weight of the Ring a burden on the body and a torment to his mind. Anxiously Sam had noted how his master's left hand would often be raised as if to ward off a blow, or to screen his shrinking eyes from a dreadful Eye that sought to look in them… …his right hand would creep to his breast, clutching, and then slowly, as the will recovered mastery, it would be withdrawn.
...Now as the blackness of night returned Frodo sat, his head between his knees, his arms hanging wearily to the ground where his hands lay feebly twitching. Sam watched him, till night covered them both and hid them from one another. He could no longer find any words to say; and he turned to his own dark thoughts… …though weary and under a shadow of fear, he still had some strength left. The lembas had a virtue without which they would long ago have lain down to die. It did not satisfy desire, and at times Sam's mind was filled with the memories of food, the longing for simple bread and meats. And yet this waybread of the elves had a potency that increased as travellers relied on it alone and did not mingle it with other foods. It fed the will, and it gave strength to endure, and to master sinew and limb beyond the measure of mortal kind...'"

..."'…Water, water!' muttered Sam. He had stinted himself, and in his parched mouth his tongue seemed thick and swollen; but for all his care they now had very little left, perhaps half his bottle, and maybe there were still days to go..."

..."…At last wearied with his cares Sam drowsed, leaving the morrow till it came; he could do no more. Dream and waking mingled uneasily. He saw lights like gloating eyes, and dark creeping shapes, and he heard noises as of wild beasts or the dreadful cries of tortured things; and he would start up to find the world all dark and only empty blackness all about him. Once only, as he stood and stared wildly round, did it seem that, though now awake, he could still see pale lights like eyes; but soon they flickered and vanished."

3. Third assault on Lórien.
(from the appendices)
..."Lórien had been assailed from Dol Guldur, but besides the valour of the elven people of that land, the power that dwelt there was too great for any to overcome, unless Sauron had come there himself. Though grievous harm was done to the fair woods on the borders, the assaults were driven back… "

4. In Minas Tirith, Éowyn and Faramir met daily in the gardens facing east.
(not from the appendices)
..."...the Warden [of the Houses of Healing] looking from his window was glad in heart, for he was a healer, and his care was lightened; and certain it was that, heavy as was the dread and foreboding of those days upon the hearts of men, still these two of his charges prospered and grew daily in strength."

March 22, 2006
1. In memorium.
The passing of our dear friend, Greg. Balin bows.




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I keep telling myself that I should try to track down a copy of this Barbara Strachey book, through our local library system if nothing else. I see that it was reprinted in 1991; it might be overdue for a new printing.

"He who lies artistically, treads closer to the truth than ever he knows." -- Favorite proverb of the wizard Ningauble of the Seven Eyes


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I have the 1981 edition. I love the little bio on the back with her picture (a gramma-esque ;)


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"Barbara Strachey is not a cartographer or a professional artist. She has known and loved the books since they first appeared and has long wanted fuller and more detailed maps to go with them. Finally she decided to create them herself and her efforts will give the reader of THE LORD OF THE RINGS a new and more vivid idea of Middle-earth."



A woman after me-own heart! ;)


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She "studied Tolkien's own paintings and drawings of the landscape and features of Middle-earth. Each map has extensive notes to explain special points and to give references for the information used."



So there's a map on one page and a write up about it on the opposite page.

It's a simple and wonderful journey to read through as is Karen Wynn Fonstad's work of love.




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Today in Middle-earth

Map to the Black Gate from The Atlas of Middle-earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad

March 23, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The Host passes out of Ithilien.
(from the appendices)
..."So time and the hopeless journey wore away. Upon the fourth day from the Cross Roads and the sixth from Minas Tirith they came at last to the end of the living lands, and began to pass into the desolation that lay before the gates of the Pass of Cirith Gorgor..."

2. Aragorn dismisses the faint-hearted.
(from the appendices)
..."...and they could descry the marshes and the desert that stretched north and west to the Emyn Muil. So desolate were those places and so deep the horror that lay on them that some of the host were unmanned, and they could neither walk nor ride further north.
...Aragorn looked at them, and there was pity in his eyes rather than wrath; for these were young men from Rohan... ...and to them Mordor had been from childhood a name of evil, and yet unreal, a legend that had no part in their simple life; and now they walked like men in a hideous dream made true, and they understood not this war nor why fate should lead them to such a pass.
...'Go!' said Aragorn. 'But keep what honour you may, and do not run! And there is a task which you may attempt and so be not wholly shamed. Take your way south-west till you come to Cair Andros, and if that is still held by enemies... ...then re-take it, if you can; and hold it to the last in defence of Gondor and Rohan!'
...Then some being shamed by his mercy overcame their fear and went on, and the others took new hope, hearing of a manful deed within their measure that they could turn to, and they departed. And so, since many men had already been left at the Cross Roads, it was with less than six thousands that the Captains of the West came at last to challenge the Black Gate and the might of Mordor."

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3. Frodo and Samwise cast away their arms and gear.
(from the appendices)
..."...Sam took out all the things in his pack. Somehow each of them had become dear to him, if only because he had borne them so far with so much toil. Hardest of all it was to part with his cooking-gear. Tears welled in his eyes at the thought of casting it away.
...'Do you remember that bit of rabbit, Mr. Frodo? And our place under the warm bank in Captain Faramir's country, the day I saw an oliphaunt?'
...'No, I am afraid not, Sam. At least I know that such things happened, but I cannot see them. No taste of food, no feel of water, no sound of wind, no memory of tree or grass or flower, no image of moon or star are left to me. I am naked in the dark, Sam, and there is no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I begin to see it even with my waking eyes, and all else fades.'
...Sam went to him and kissed his hand. 'Then the sooner we're rid of it, the sooner to rest,' he said haltingly... ...'Talking won't mend nothing,' he muttered to himself, as he gathered up all the things that they had chosen to cast away.... '...Stinker picked up that orc-shirt, seemingly, and he isn't going to add a sword to it. His hands are bad enough when empty. And he isn't going to mess with my pans!' With that he carried all the gear away to one of the many gaping fissures that scored the land and threw them in. The clatter of his precious pans as they fell down into the dark was like a death-knell to his heart.
...He came back to Frodo, and then of his elven-rope he cut a short piece to serve his master as a girdle and bind the grey cloak close about his waist. The rest he carefully coiled and put back in his pack... ...he kept only the remnants of their waybread and the water-bottle, and Sting still hanging by his belt; and hidden away in a pocket of his tunic next to his breast the phial of Galadriel and the little box that she gave him for his own."

..."That day it seemed to Sam that his master had found some new strength, more than could be explained by the small lightening of the load that he had to carry... ...But as the day wore on and all too soon the dim light began to fail, Frodo stooped again, and began to stagger, as if the renewed effort had squandered his remaining strength.
...At their last halt he sank down and said: 'I'm thirsty, Sam,' and did not speak again. Sam gave him a mouthful of water; only one more mouthful remained. He went without himself....'"

..."...He could not sleep and he held a debate with himself. 'Well, come now, we've done better than you hoped,' he said sturdily. 'Began well anyway. I reckon we crossed half the distance before we stopped. One more day will do it.' And then he paused.
...'Don't be a fool, Sam Gamgee,' came an answer in his own voice. 'He won't go another day like that, if he moves at all. And you can't go on much longer giving him all the water and most of the food...'

...'...There you are!' came the answer. 'It's all quite useless. He said so himself. You are the fool, going on hoping and toiling. You could have lain down and gone to sleep together days ago, if you hadn't been so dogged. But you'll die just the same, or worse. You might just as well lie down and give it up. You'll never get to the top anyway.'
...'I'll get there, if I leave everything but my bones behind,' said Sam. 'And I'll carry Mr. Frodo up myself, if it breaks my back and heart. So stop arguing!'"

4. In Minas Tirith waits.
(not from the appendices-no text)
...Éowyn and Faramir continue to recover from their wounds and would walk daily in the gardens of the Houses of the Healers which face east. Bergil and Merry spent long hours sharing stories to keep their minds from what they fear the Riders are facing. They've also developed a gift of discretion and were careful to avoid the gardens when Faramir and Éowyn were deep in conversation.

5. Pippin remains with the grim Men of the West.
(not from the appendices—no text)
...As the army moved through the desolate lands of Mordor, Pippin's heavy heart wept as he looked around at the ruination and he thought of Sam and Frodo alone, walking mile after dangerous mile unprotected. As he experienced the oppressive evil that lay on the land, he wondered how they could endure the horror. He feared that they could be lost, captured or perhaps may be dead. His thoughts turned to Merry in the cold White City now far away and wondered what would happen to him if their quest failed. Surrounded by fearsome riders and great leaders of the West, Pippin felt very small, very alone, and longed for the days in the Shire when they were all safe and had no knowledge that such evil and despair existed.




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Map of the Captains of the West and Frodo & Sam's journeys (as derived from Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings by Barbara Strachey.

March 24, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. Minas Tirith
(not from the appendices)
..."Over the city of Gondor doubt and great dread had hung. Fair weather and clear sun had seemed but a mockery to men whose days held little hope, and who looked each morning for news of doom. Their lord was dead and burned, dead lay the King of Rohan in their citadel, and the new king that had come to them in the night was gone again to a war... ...And no news came. After the host left Morgul Vale and took the northward road beneath the shadow of the mountains no messenger had returned nor any rumour of what was passing in the brooding East."

2. The Host camps in the Desolation of the Morannon.
(from the appendices)
..."They advanced now slowly, expecting at every hour some answer to their challenge, and they drew together, since it was but waste of men to send out scouts or small parties from the main host. At nightfall... ...they made their last camp, and set fires about it of such dead wood and heath as they could find. They passed the hours of night in wakefulness and they were aware of many things half-seen that walked and prowled all about them, and they heard the howling of wolves....
......It grew cold. As morning came the wind began to stir again, but now it came from the North, and soon it freshened to a rising breeze. All the night-walkers were gone, and the land seemed empty. North amid their noisome pits lay the first of the great heaps and hills of slag and broken rock and blasted earth, the vomit of the maggot-folk of Mordor; but south and now near loom the great rampart of Cirith Gorgor, and the Black Gate amid-most, and the two Towers of the Teeth tall and dark upon either side.... ...the Captains had turned away from the old road as it bent east, and avoided the peril of the lurking hills, and so now they were approaching the Morannon from the north-west, even as Frodo had done."

3. Frodo and Samwise make their last journey to the feet of Mount Doom.
(from the appendices)
..."The last stage of the journey to Orodruin came, and it was a torment greater than Sam had ever thought that he could bear. He was in pain, and so parched that he would no longer swallow even a mouthful of food. It remained dark, not only because of the smokes of the Mountain: there seemed to be a storm coming up... ...Worst of all, the air was full of fumes; breathing was painful and difficult, and a dizziness came on them, so that they staggered and often fell. And yet their wills did not yield, and they struggled on.
...The Mountain crept up ever nearer, until... ...it filled all their sight, looming vast before them: a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone, out of which a sheer-sided cone was raised into the clouds. Before the daylong dusk ended and true night came again they had crawled and stumbled to its very feet.
...With a gasp Frodo cast himself on the ground. Sam sat by him. To his surprise he felt tired but lighter, and his head seemed clear again. No more debates disturbed his mind. He knew all the arguments of despair and would not listen to them. His will was set, and only death would break it.... ...He knew that all the hazards and perils were now drawing together to a point: the next day would be a day of doom, the day of final effort of disaster, the last gasp.
...But when would it come? ...Sam began to wonder if a second darkness had begun and no day would ever reappear. At last he groped for Frodo's hand. It was cold and trembling. His master was shivering. 'I didn't ought to have left my blanket behind,' muttered Sam; and lying down he tried to comfort Frodo with his arms and body. Then sleep took him, and the dim light of the last day of their quest found them side by side."

4. King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot fall in Dale.
(from Appendix B: The Tale Of Years: The Third Age: The Great Years)
..."At the same time as the great armies besieged Minas Tirith a host of the allies of Sauron that had long threatened the borders of King Brand crossed the River Carnen, and Brand was driven back to Dale... ...he had the aid of the Dwarves of Erebor; and there was a great battle at the Mountain's feet. It lasted three days, but in the end both King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot were slain, and the Easterlings had the victory. But they could not take the Gate... ...Dwarves and Men, took refuge in Erebor, and there withstood a siege."




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Map of the Battle of the Black Gates from Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings by Barbara Strachey.

March 25, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The Captains of the West come to the Black Gate.
(not from the appendices)
..."No choice was left them but to play their part to its end. Therefore Aragorn now set the host in such array as could best be contrived; and they were drawn up on two great hills of blasted stone and earth that orcs had piled in years of labour... ....When all was ordered, the Captains rode forth towards the Black Gate... ...Gandalf as chief herald, and Aragorn with the sons of Elrond, and Éomer of Rohan, and Imrahil; and Legolas and Gimli and Peregrin were bidden to go also. So that all the enemies of Mordor should have a witness...
...'...Come forth! they cried. 'Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth...'

...There came a long rolling of great drums like thunder in the mountains, and then a braying of horns that shook the very stones and stunned men's ears. And thereupon the middle door of the Black Gate was thrown open with a great clang, and out of it there came an embassy from the Dark Tower... ...The Lieutenant of the Tower of Barad-dûr he was, and his name is remembered in no tale; for he himself had forgotten it, and he said; 'I am the Mouth of Sauron... ...Is there any one in this rout with authority to treat with me?' he asked. 'Or indeed with wit to understand me? Not thou at least!' he mocked, turning to Aragorn with scorn. 'It needs more to make a king than a piece of elvish glass, or a rabble such as this....'
......Aragorn said naught in answer, but he took the other's eye and held it, and for a moment they strove thus; but soon, though Aragorn did not stir nor move hand to weapon, the other quailed and gave back as if menaced with a blow...

...'...You have naught to fear from us, until your errand is done. But unless your master has come to new wisdom, then with all his servants you will be in great peril,' said Gandalf.
...'So!' said the Messenger. 'Then thou art the spokesman, old greybeard... ...I have tokens that I was bidden to show to thee—to thee in especial, if thou shouldst dare to come.' He signed to one of his guards, and he came forward bearing a bundle swathed in black cloths.
...The Messenger put these aside, and there to the wonder and dismay of all the Captains he held up first a short sword such as Sam had carried, and next a grey cloak with an elven-brooch, and last the coat of mithril-mail that Frodo had worn wrapped in his tattered garments. A blackness came before their eyes... ...their hearts were dead and their last hope gone. Pippin who stood behind Prince Imrahil sprang forward with a cry of grief.

...'Silence!' said Gandalf sternly, thrusting him back; but the Messenger laughed aloud.
...'So you have yet another of these imps with you!' he cried. 'What use you find in them I cannot guess... ...it is plain that this brat at least has seen these tokens before, and it would be vain for you to deny them now.'
...'I do not wish to deny them... ...But why do you bring them here?'
...'Dwarf-coat, elf-cloak, blade of the downfallen West, and spy from the little rat-land of the Shire... ...here are the marks of a conspiracy. Now, maybe he that bore these things was a creature that you would not grieve to lose, and maybe otherwise; one dear to you, perhaps? If so, take swift counsel... ...what his fate shall be depends now on your choice.'
...No one answered him; but he saw their faces grey with fear and the horror in their eyes, and he laughed again, for it seemed to him that his sport went well. 'Good, good... ...He was dear to you, I see. Or else his errand was one that you did not wish to fail? It has. And now he shall endure the slow torment of years... ...This shall surely be--unless you accept my Lord's terms...'

......Gandalf said, 'This is much to demand for the delivery of one servant... ...what surety have we that Sauron the Base Master of Treachery will keep his part...'
...'...Surety you crave! Sauron gives none... ...These are his terms. Take them or leave them!'
...'These we will take!' said Gandalf suddenly. He cast aside his cloak and a white light shone forth like a sword in that black place... ...Gandalf coming seized and took from him the tokens: coat, cloak, and sword. 'These we will take in memory of our friend,' he cried. 'But as for your terms, we reject them utterly. Get you gone, for your embassy is over and death is near to you. We did not come here to waste words in treating with Sauron, faithless and accursed; still less with one of his slaves. Begone...!'

2. The Host is surrounded on the Slag Hills.
(from the appendices)
..."...Down from the hills on either side of the Morannon poured Orcs innumerable. The men of the West were trapped, and soon, all about the grey mounds where they stood, forces ten times and more than ten times their match would ring them in a sea of enemies... ...Upon the one hill Aragorn stood with Gandalf, and there fair and desperate was raised the banner of the Tree and Stars. Upon the other hill hard by stood the banners of Rohan and Dol Amroth, White Horse and Silver Swan... ...But in the front towards Mordor where the first bitter assault would come there stood the sons of Elrond on the left with Dúnedain about them, and on the right the Prince Imrahil with the men of Dol Amroth tall and fair, and picked men of the Tower...

......Pippin had bowed crushed with horror when he heard Gandalf reject the terms and doom Frodo to the torment of the Tower; but he had mastered himself, and now he stood beside Beregond in the front rank of Gondor with Imrahil's men... '...I wish Merry was here...'
......the first assault crashed into them... ...a great company of hill-trolls... ...Like a storm they broke upon the line of the men of Gondor... ...At Pippin's side Beregond was stunned and overborne, and he fell: and the great troll-chief that smote him down bent over him, reaching out a clutching claw; for these fell creatures would bite the throats of those that they threw down.
...Then Pippin stabbed upwards, and the written blade of Westernesse pierce through the hide and went deep into the vitals of the troll, and his black blood came gushing out. He toppled forward and came crashing down... ...burying those beneath him. Blackness and stench and crushing pain came upon Pippin, and his mind fell away into a great darkness....'"

3. Downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of Sauron.
(from the appendices)
..."...under the wings of the Nazgûl the shadows of death fell dark upon the earth. Aragorn stood beneath his banner, silent and stern... ...Upon the hill-top stood Gandalf, and he was white and cold and no shadow fell upon him....
......As if to his eyes some sudden vision had been given, Gandalf stirred; and he turned, looking back north where the skies were pale and clear. Then he lifted up his hands and cried in a loud voice ringing above the din: 'The Eagles are coming!'
...There came Gwaihir the Windlord, and Landroval his brother, greatest of all the Eagles of the North... ...behind them in long swift lines came all their vassals from the northern mountains, speeding on a gathering wind. Straight down upon the Nazgûl they bore, stooping suddenly out of the high airs, and the rush of their wide wings as they passed over was like a gale.
...But the Nazgûl turned and fled, and vanished into Mordor's shadows, hearing a sudden terrible call out of the Dark Tower; and even at that moment all the hosts of Mordor trembled... ...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....

......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.'
...And even as he spoke the earth rocked beneath their feet. Then rising swiftly up, far above the Towers of the Black Gate, high above the mountains, a vast soaring darkness sprang into the sky, flickering with fire. The earth groaned and quaked. The Towers of the Teeth swayed... ...the Black Gate was hurled in ruin...
...'...The realm of Sauron is ended!' said Gandalf. 'The Ring-bearer has fulfilled his Quest.' And as the Captains gazed south to the Land of Mordor, it seemed to them... ...there rose a huge shape of shadow, impenetrable, lightning-crowned, filling all the sky. Enormous it reared above the world, and stretched out towards them a vast threatening hand, terrible but impotent: for even as it leaned over them, a great wind took it, and it was all blown away, and passed; and then a hush fell....

......Then Gandalf, leaving all such matters of battle and command to Aragorn and the other lords, stood upon the hill-top and called; and down to him came the great eagle, Gwaihir the Windlord, and stood before him.
...'Twice you have borne me, Gwaihir my friend... ...Thrice shall pay for all, if you are willing. You will not find me a burden much greater than when you bore me from Zirak-zigil, where my old life burned away.'
...'I would bear you,' answered Gwaihir, 'whither you will, even were you made of stone.'
...'Then come, and let your brother go with us, and some other of your folk who is most swift! For we have need of speed greater than any wind, outmatching the wings of the Nazgûl.'
...'The North Wind blows, but we shall outfly it,' said Gwaihir. And he lifted up Gandalf and sped away south and with him went Landroval, and Meneldor... ...And they passed over Udûn and Gorgoroth and saw all the land in ruin and tumult beneath them, and before them Mount Doom blazing, pouring out its fire."

4. Frodo and Samwise reach the Sammath Naur.
(from the appendices)
..."The path climbed on... ...and came to the dark door in the Mountain's side, the door of the Sammath Naur... ...all Mordor lay about the Mountain like a dead land, silent, shadow-folded, waiting for some dreadful stroke.
...Sam came to the gaping mouth and peered in. It was dark and hot, and a deep rumbling shook the air. 'Frodo! Master!' he called. There was no answer. For a moment he stood, his heart beating with wild fears, and then he plunged in. A shadow followed him.
...At first he could see nothing. In his great need he drew out once more the phial of Galadriel, but it was pale and cold in his trembling hand and threw no light into that stifling dark. He was come to the heart of the realm of Sauron and the forges of his ancient might, greatest in Middle-earth; all other powers were here subdued... ...all at once there came a flash of red that leaped upward, and smote the high black roof. Then Sam saw that he was in a long cave or tunnel that bored into the Mountain's smoking cone....
......The light sprang up again, and there on the brink of the chasm, at the very Crack of Doom, stood Frodo, black against the glare, tense, erect, but still as if he had been turned to stone.
...'Master!' cried Sam.
...Then Frodo stirred and spoke with a clear voice... ...clearer and more powerful than Sam had ever heard him use, and it rose above the throb and turmoil of Mount Doom, ringing in the roof and walls.
...'I have come... ...But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!' And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam's sight. Sam gasped, but he had no chance to cry out... ...Something struck Sam violently in the back, his legs were knocked from under him and he was flung aside, striking his head against the stony floor, as a dark shape sprang over him. He lay still and for a moment all went black."

5. Gollum seizes the Ring and falls into the Cracks of Doom.
(from the appendices)
..."Sam got up... ...dazed, and blood from his head dripped in his eyes. He groped forward, and then he saw a strange and terrible thing. Gollum on the edge of the abyss was fighting like a mad thing with an unseen foe...
......The fires below awoke in anger, the red light blazed... ...Suddenly Sam saw Gollum's long hands draw upwards to his mouth; his white fangs gleamed, and then snapped as they bit. Frodo gave a cry, and there he was, fallen upon his knees at the chasm's edge. But Gollum, dancing like a mad thing, held aloft the ring with Frodo's finger still thrust within its circle. It shone now as if verily it was wrought of living fire.
...'Precious, precious, precious!' Gollum cried... ...he stepped too far, toppled, wavered for a moment on the brink, and then with a shriek he fell. Out of the depths came his last wail PRECIOUS, and he was gone.

......Sam ran to Frodo and picked him up and carried him out to the door. And there above the plains of Mordor, such wonder and terror came on him that he stood still forgetting all else, and gazed as one turned to stone... ...there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; and the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled. Fire belched from its riven summit. The skies burst into thunder seared with lightening. Down like lashing ships fell a torrent of black rain. And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds... ...the Nazgûl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.

...'Well, this is the end, Sam Gamgee,' said a voice by his side. And there was Frodo, pale and worn, and yet himself again; and in his eyes there was peace now, neither strain of will, nor madness, nor any fear. His burden was taken away. There was the dear master of the sweet days in the Shire.
...'Master!' cried Sam, and fell upon his knees. In all that ruin of the world for the moment he felt only joy... ...The burden was gone. His master had been saved; he was himself again, he was free. And then he caught sight of the maimed and bleeding hand.
...'Your poor hand!' he said. 'And I have nothing to bind it with, or comfort it. I would have spared him a whole hand of mine rather. But he's gone now beyond recall, gone forever.'
...'Yes... ...But do you remember Gandalf's words: "Even Gollum may have something yet to do?" But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam....'

...'...Yes, I am with you, Master,' said Sam, laying Frodo's wounded hand gently to his breast. 'And you're with me. And the journey's finished. But after coming all that way I don't want to give up yet. It's not like me, somehow, if you understand.' ...'Maybe not, Sam... ...but it's like things are in the world. Hopes fail. An end comes. We have only a little time to wait now. We are lost in ruin and downfall, and there is no escape.'
...'Well, Master, we could at least go further from this dangerous place here, from this Crack of Doom, if that's its name...'
...'...Very well, Sam. If you wish to go, I'll come,' said Frodo; and they rose and went slowly down... ...towards the Mountain's quaking feet, a great smoke and steam belched from the Sammath Naur, and the side of the cone was riven open, and a huge fiery vomit rolled in slow thunderous cascade down the eastern mountain-side.

...Frodo and Sam could go no further. Their last strength of mind and body was swiftly ebbing. They had reached a low ashen hill piled at the Mountain's foot; but from it there was no more escape....

......And so it was that Gwaihir saw them with his keen far-seeing eyes, as down the wild wind he came... ...two small dark figures, forlorn, hand in hand upon a little hill, while the world shook under them... ...And even as he espied them and came swooping down, he saw them fall, worn out, or choked with fumes and heat, or stricken down by despair at last, hiding their eyes from death.
...Side by side they lay; and down swept Gwaihir, and down came Landroval and Meneldor the swift; and in a dream, not knowing what fate had befallen them, the wanderers were lifted up and borne far away..."

6. Minas Tirith
(from the appendices)
..."And so the fifth day came since the Lady Éowyn went first to Faramir; and they stood now together once more upon the wall of the City and looked out. No tidings had yet come, and all hearts were darkened...

...'...What do you look for, Éowyn?' said Faramir.
...'Does not the Black Gate lie yonder?' said she. 'And must he not now be come thither? It is seven days since he rode away.'
...'Seven day,' said Faramir. 'But think not ill of me, if I say to you: they have brought me both a joy and a pain that I never thought to know. Joy to see you; but pain, because now the fear and doubt of this evil time are grown dark indeed. Éowyn, I would not have this world end now, or lose so soon what I have found.'
...'Lose what you have found, lord?' she answered... '...I know not what in these days you have found that you could lose. But come, my friend, let us not speak of it! Let us not speak at all! I stand upon some dreadful brink, and it is utterly dark in the abyss before my feet... ...I wait for some stroke of doom.'
...'Yes, we wait for the stroke of doom,' said Faramir. And they said no more... ...And as they stood so, their hands met and clasped, though they did not know it. And still they waited for they knew not what. Then... ...above the ridges of the distant mountains another vast mountain of darkness rose, towering up like a wave that should engulf the world, and about it lightnings flickered; and then a tremor ran through the earth, and they felt the walls of the City quiver. A sound like a sigh went up from all the lands about them; and their hearts beat suddenly again.
...'It reminds me of Númenor,' said Faramir, and wondered to hear himself speak.
...'Of Númenor?'
...'Yes,' said Faramir, 'of the land of Westernesse that foundered, and of the great dark wave climbing over the green lands and above the hills, and coming on, darkness inescapable. I often dream of it.'
...'Then you think that the Darkness is coming... ...Darkness Unescapable?' And suddenly she drew close to him.
...'No,' said Faramir, looking into her face. 'It was but a picture in the mind. I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny. Éowyn, Éowyn, White Lady of Rohan, in this hour I do not believe that any darkness will endure!' And he stooped and kissed her brow...

.....And before the Sun had fallen far from the noon out of the East there came a great Eagle flying, and he bore tidings beyond hope from the Lords of the West, crying: 'Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor, for the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever, and the Dark Tower is thrown down.'"

7. Gondor proclaims their New Year on this date.
(not from the appendices)
[Gandalf speaking to Sam after he wakes in The Field of Cormallen]
... '...in Gondor the New Year will always now begin upon the twenty-fifth of March when Sauron fell, and when you were brought out of the fire to the King.'"


March 25, 3020 (S.R. 1420)
1. Frodo comes home.
(not from the appendices)
..."Sam stayed at first at the Cottons' with Frodo; but when the New Row was ready he went with the Gaffer. In addition to all his other labours he was busy directing the cleaning up and restoring of Bag End; but he was often away in the Shire on his forestry work... ...meanwhile Bag End had been set in order and Merry and Pippin came over from Crickhollow bringing back all the old furniture and gear, so that the old hole soon looked very much as it always had done."


March 25, 3021 (S.R. 1421)
1. Birth of Elanor the Fair, daughter of Samwise.
(from the appendices)
..."Frodo was ill again in March, but with a great effort he concealed it... ...Sam had other things to think about. The first of Sam and Rosie's children was born on the twenty-fifth of March, a date that Sam noted.
...'Well, Mr. Frodo,' he said. 'I'm in a bit of a fix. Rose and me had settled to call him Frodo... ...but it's not him, it's her. Though as pretty a maidchild as any one could hope for... ...So we don't know what to do.'
...'Well, Sam,' said Frodo, 'what's wrong with the old customs? Choose a flower name like Rose. Half the maidchildren in the Shire are called by such names, and what could be better?'
...'I suppose you're right, Mr. Frodo... ...I've heard some beautiful names on my travels, but I suppose they're a bit too grand for daily wear and tear... ...The Gaffer, he says: "Make it short, and then you won't have to cut it short before you can use it." But if it's to be a flower-name, then I don't trouble about the length: it must be a beautiful flower, because, you see, I think she is very beautiful, and is going to be beautifuller still.'
...Frodo thought for a moment. 'Well, Sam, what about elanor, the sun-star, you remember the little golden flower in the grass of Lothlórien?'
...'You're right again, Mr. Frodo!' said Sam delighted. 'That's what I wanted.'"


March 25, 2003
Tolkien Reading Day
...Launched in 2003 by the Tolkien Society, this annual event is a celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien's works. It encourages individuals, library groups, and education to engage in the study, discussion, and just plain enjoyment of life in Middle-earth... and beyond. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron and the destruction of the One Ring.





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Today is indeed a very portentous day in Middle-earth.

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March 26, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. The Shadow is lifted.
(from Appendix B: The Tale Of Years: The Third Age: The Great Years)
..."After the fall of the Dark Tower and the passing of Sauron the Shadow was lifted from the hearts of all who opposed him, but fear and despair fell upon his servants and allies."

2. In Minas Tirith
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..."The days that followed were golden, and Spring and Summer joined and made revel together in the fields of Gondor."



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March 27, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. Bard II and Thorin III Stonehelm drive the enemy from Dale.
(from the appendices - Appendix B: The Tale Of Years: The Third Age: The Great Years)
..."... a host of the allies of Sauron... ...crossed the River Carnen... ...to Dale. There... ...was a great battle at the Mountain's feet.... ...both King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot were slain, and the Easterlings had the victory. But they could not take the Gate... ...Dwarves and Men, took refuge in Erebor, and there withstood a siege.
...When news came of the great victories in the South, then Sauron's northern army was filled with dismay; and the besieged came forth and routed them, and the remnant fled into the East and troubled Dale no more. Then Bard II, Brand's son, became King in Dale, and Thorin III Stonehelm, Dáin's son, became King under the Mountain...."

..."...Sauron might have done great evil in the North, if King Dáin and King Brand had not stood in his path. Even as Gandalf said afterwards to Frodo and Gimli, when they dwelt together for a time in Minas Tirith....
...'...I grieved at the fall of Thorin,' said Gandalf; 'and now we hear that Dáin has fallen, fighting in Dale again, even while we fought here. I should call that a heavy loss, if it was not a wonder rather that in his great age he could still wield his axe as mightily as they say that he did, standing over the body of King Brand before the Gate of Erebor...
...'...Yet things might have gone far otherwise and far worse. When you think of the great Battle of the Pelennor, do not forget the battles in Dale and the valour of Durin's Folk... ...of what might have been. Dragon-fire and savage swords in Eriador, night in Rivendell. There might be no Queen in Gondor. We might now hope to return from the victory here only to ruin and ash. But... ...averted - because I met Thorin Oakenshield one evening on the edge of spring in Bree. A chance-meeting, as we say in Middle-earth....'"



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One does wonder how news of Sauron's defeat reached the Mountain so swiftly. My guess was that it came by Eagle and maybe foreshadowed by the effect it might have had on any of Sauron's non-human forces. Though I don't recall any mention of orcs or trolls involved in the Battle of Dale or the Siege of Erebor.

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March 28, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. Celeborn crosses Anduin; destruction of Dol Guldur begun.
(from the appendices)
..."Though grievous harm was done to the fair woods on the borders, the assaults were driven back; and when the Shadow passed, Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lórien over Anduin in many boats. They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed."

2. Free from the land of the Shadow.
(not from the appendices—no text)
...Under the care of the King's healing hand, Frodo and Samwise rest in fair Ithilien in a deep, merciful sleep while a cloaked, bent figure sits quietly by, smoking and watching.


March 28, 3020 (S.R. 1420)
1. The Lady's gift and the Gardener's labours grace the Shire.
(not from the appendices)
..."Spring surpassed his wildest hopes. His trees began to sprout and grow, as if time was in a hurry and wished to make one year do for twenty."

2. Lobelia Sackville-Baggins passes in the Spring.
(not from the appendices)
[This first part isn't what happened today... it's just a buildup for Lobelia's post in the second part]
[November 4, 3019]
..."...she looked very old and thin when they rescued her from a dark and narrow cell. She insisted on hobbling out on her own feet; and she had... ...such clapping and cheering when she appeared, leaning on Frodo's arm but still clutching her umbrella, that she was quite touched and drove away in tears. She had never in her life been popular before. But she was crushed by the news of Lotho's murder, and she would not return to Bag End. She gave it back to Frodo, and went to her own people, the Bracegirdles of Hardbottle..."

[March 28, 3020]
..."When the poor creature died next Spring—she was after all more than a hundred years old—Frodo was surprised and much moved: she had left all that remained of her money and of Lotho's for him to use in helping hobbits made homeless by the troubles. So that feud was ended."



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If the news involved the lands around the Mountain, I'm wondering if the Ravens were at work again? Then again, with this War covering all the lands, I'll bet good and bad flying messengers were kept pretty busy ;)



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If the news involved the lands around the Mountain, I'm wondering if the Ravens were at work again? Then again, with this War covering all the lands, I'll bet good and bad flying messengers were kept pretty busy ;)


This was news of what happened at the Morannon, so the ravens of Erebor would not know about it until word came from the South. However, the ravens might well have helped to spread the news once it was received. But what I'm wondering is: if the attackers were Men or mostly Men, might the defenders have learned of the Fall of Sauron before their antagonists did?

On the other hand, the Elves of Mirkwood might have learned of Sauron's defeat right away due to an immediate effect on their own attackers (Orcs and Trolls) and might have sent word to the Lonely Mountain using the birds. In that case, the ravens might have been very helpful.

"He who lies artistically, treads closer to the truth than ever he knows." -- Favorite proverb of the wizard Ningauble of the Seven Eyes


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Today in Middle-earth

March 29, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
1. Minas Tirith prepares.
(not from the appendices)
..."...tidings now came by swift riders from Cair Andros of all that was done, and the City made ready for the coming of the King. Merry was summoned and rode away with the wains that took store of goods to Osgiliath... ...by ship to Cair Andros; but Faramir did not go, for now being healed he took upon him his authority and the stewardship, although it was only for a little while, and his duty was to prepare for one who should replace him.
...And Éowyn did not go, though her brother sent word begging her to come to the field of Cormallen. And Faramir wondered at this, but he saw her seldom... ...and she dwelt still in the Houses of Healing and walked alone in the garden, and her face grew pale again and it seemed that in all the City she only was ailing and sorrowful."



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March 30, 2942 (S.R. 1342)
1. Bilbo and Gandalf rest at Beorn's home.
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... There was no shortage of wonderful food, warm evenings in front of the huge fire in the hall, and a chance for three great story-tellers to share their tales. But Bilbo's longing for his own chair and fire at Bag End grew. He would spend long hours in the quiet room given to him by Beorn. This is where he began his first journal, and he would write page upon page of his adventures since he left the Mountain, as well as many reflective moments of the Shire.



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Now that we have a short respite from many incredible events, interspersed through the next few days we'll visit Gandalf and where it all began... for a moment of Tolkien zen.

From Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age: The Silmarillion


..."...the Shadow of Sauron and the sign of his return... ...coming out of the wastes of the East he took up his abode in the south of [Mirkwood] forest, and slowly he grew and took shape there again; in a dark hill he made his dwelling and wrought there his sorcery, and all folk feared the Sorcerer of Dol Guldur, and yet they knew not at first how great was their peril.
...Even as the first shadows were felt in Mirkwood there appeared in the west of Middle-earth the Istari, whom Men called the Wizards. None knew at that time whence they were, save Círdan of the Havens, and only to Elrond and to Galadriel did he reveal that they came over the Sea... ...it was said among the Elves that they were messengers sent by the Lords of the West to contest the power of Sauron, if he should arise again, and to move Elves and Men and all living things of good will to valiant deeds. In the likeness of Men they appeared, old but vigorous, and they changed little with the years, and aged but slowly, though great cares lay on them; great wisdom they had, and many powers of mind and hand. Long they journeyed far and wide among Elves and Men, and held converse also with beasts and with birds; and the peoples of Middle-earth gave to them many names, for their true names they did not reveal. Chief among them... ...the Elves called Mithrandir and Curunír, but Men in the North named Gandalf and Saruman. Of these Curunír was the eldest and came first, and after him came Mithrandir and Radagast, and others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales. Radagast was the friend of all beasts and birds; but Curunír went most among Men, and he was subtle in speech and skilled in all the devices of smith-craft. Mithrandir was closest in counsel with Elrond and the Elves. He wandered far in the North and West and made never in any land any lasting abode; but Curunír journeyed into the East, and when he returned he dwelt at Orthanc in the Ring of Isengard, which the Númenóreans made in the days of their power.
... Ever most vigilant was Mithrandir, and he it was that most doubted the darkness in Mirkwood, for though many deemed that it was wrought by the Ringwraiths, he feared that it was indeed the first shadow of Sauron returning; and he went to Dol Guldur, and the Sorcerer fled from him, and there was a watchful peace for a long while. But... ...the Shadow returned and its power increased; and in that time was first made the Council of the Wise that is called the White Council, and therein were Elrond and Galadriel and Círdan, and other lords of the Eldar, and with them were Mithrandir and Curunír... ...(that was Saruman the White) was chosen to be their chief, for he had most studied the devices of Sauron of old. Galadriel indeed had wished that Mithrandir should be the Lead of the Council, and Saruman begrudged them that, for his pride and desire of mastery was grown great; but Mithrandir refused the office, since he would have no ties and no allegiance, save to those who sent him, and he would abide in no place nor be subject to any summons. But Saruman now began to study the lore of the Rings of Power, their making and their history."



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Are you April Foolish enough to take on a game?

I did a Book Spoiler hunt on how many different ways and times and where the word "fool" was used by Professor Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Take a look at how FOOLISH it is in Middle-earth...for a moment or two of Tolkien-zen.

Can you guess which chapters any or all of these came from?
Who said the foolish word (where not shown)?
Which chapter was the most foolish?
Which chapters weren't foolish at all?

The Lord of the Rings (sans Appendices)
  1. "They fool about with boats on that big river—and that isn't natural."
  2. "I believe that Mad Baggins is off again. Silly old fool."
  3. "Gandalf stood up. He spoke sternly. 'You will be a fool if you do, Bilbo,' he said. 'You make that clearer with every word you say."
  4. "Well, as for the name, Bilbo very foolishly told Gollum himself..."
  5. "Wretched fool! In that land he would learn much, too much for his comfort."
  6. "Don't be a fool! What have you heard, and why did you listen?"
  7. "...feeling that amazement could go no further, and quite unable to decide whether he felt angry, amused, relieved, or merely foolish."
  8. "Tell me, if my asking does not seem foolish, who is Tom Bombadil?"
  9. "Frodo suddenly felt very foolish, and found himself (as was his habit when making a speech) fingering the things in his pocket."
  10. "Frodo felt a fool. Not knowing what else to do, he crawled away..."
  11. "...why on earth did we behave so foolishly..."
  12. "You have a stout heart,' he said; 'but it was foolish."
  13. "He bitterly regretted his foolishness, and reproached himself for weakness of will..."
  14. "Radagast the Fool!"
  15. "You need not speak to me as to one of the fools that you take for friends."
  16. "If this delay was his fault, I will melt all the butter in him. I will roast the old fool over a slow fire."
  17. "Ass! Fool! Thrice worthy and beloved Barliman!"
  18. "...if that does not shatter them, and I am allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will seek for the opening words."
  19. "Fool of a Took!' he growled. 'This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party."
  20. "It may have nothing to do with Peregrin's foolish stone; but probably something has been disturbed that would have been better left quiet."
  21. "So ended the attempt to retake Moria! It was valiant but foolish."
  22. "Fly, you fools!"
  23. "A merry troop of fools we shall look!"
  24. "Fool! Obstinate fool! Running willfully to death and ruining our cause."
  25. "...there came to his mind another thought: Take it off! Take it off! Fool, take it off! Take off the Ring!"
  26. "...let Gimli the Dwarf Glóin's son warn you against foolish words."
  27. "Rest while you can, little fool!"
  28. "Saruman is a fool, and a dirty treacherous fool."
  29. "You fools! You should have shot him. He'll raise the alarm."
  30. "You went in a hurry. Did you leave anything behind?' 'I left a fool,' snarled Grishnákh."
  31. "My dear tender little fools..."
  32. "We keep off strangers and the foolhardy..."
  33. "So the forces that he has long been preparing he is now setting in motion, sooner than he intended. Wise fool."
  34. "Foolishness!' said Gandalf. 'Prudence is one thing, but discourtesy is another."
  35. "That fool, Háma, has betrayed us!"
  36. "But you speak like a fool. Do you think those halls are fair, where your King dwells...?"
  37. "Get up, you tom-fool of a Took! Where, in the name of wonder, in all this ruin is Treebeard?"
  38. "I am no fool, and I do not trust you, Gandalf."
  39. "Do not be a fool. If you wish to treat with me, while you have a chance, go away, and come back when you are sober!"
  40. "You have become a fool, Saruman, and yet pitiable."
  41. "Unhappy fool! He will be devoured, if the power of the East stretches out its arms to Isengard."
  42. "You idiotic fool!' Pippin muttered to himself. 'You're going to get yourself into frightful trouble."
  43. "A fool, but an honest fool, you remain, Peregrin Took."
  44. "Yet he must bear the blame. Fool! to keep it secret, for his own profit."
  45. "Oh yes, you had,' said Gandalf. 'You knew you were behaving wrongly and foolishly; and you told yourself so, though you did not listen."
  46. "You revealed yourself to me just now, foolishly."
  47. "Silly hobbits, foolish, yes foolish! They mustn't do it!"
  48. "Don't you go taking advantage of my master because his servant's no better than a fool."
  49. "Not here, no. Not rest here. Fools! Eyes can see us."
  50. "Foolish! Silly!' he hissed. 'Make haste!"
  51. "Very foolish, very dangerous--if poor Sméagol wasn't sneaking about to watch."
  52. "You fool,' snarled Shagrat. 'You've been talking very clever..."
  53. "You fool, he isn't dead, and your heart knew it."
  54. "...you must pardon my foolishness.' 'I do,' said Pippin. 'Though you are not far wrong."
  55. "Counsels may be found that are neither the webs of wizards nor the haste of fools."
  56. "... most surely not for any argument would he have set this thing at a hazard beyond all but a fool's hope..."
  57. "There never was much hope,' he answered. 'Just a fool's hope, as I have been told."
  58. "Maybe even your foolishness helped, my lad."
  59. "The fool's hope has failed."
  60. "Follow whom you will, even the Grey Fool, though his hope has failed."
  61. "Why do the fools fly?"
  62. "...I want to see Gandalf very much indeed. But he is no fool..."
  63. "Old fool!' he said to Gandalf. 'Old fool! This is my hour."
  64. "Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!"
  65. "Nay, I have seen more than thou knowest, Grey Fool."
  66. "...thou shalt see what comes to him who sets his foolish webs before the feet of Sauron the Great."
  67. "Don't be a fool, Sam Gamgee,' came an answer in his own voice."
  68. "You are the fool, going on hoping and toiling."
  69. "... you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools."
  70. "I told Sharkey it was no good trusting those little fools."
  71. "You are a ruffian and a fool."
  72. "Miserable fool, but I am sorry for him."
  73. "He has been a wicked fool, but he's caught now."
  74. "...all of them except perhaps one or two rascals, and a few fools that want to be important..."
  75. "He knew too little of hobbits to understand his peril. Foolishly he decided to fight."
  76. "Only that fool Ted was pleased by that..."
  77. "I don't believe that fool of a Pimple's behind all this."
  78. "Don't waste any more words on the fool, Sam!"
  79. "...if they're such fools, I will get ahead of them and teach them a lesson."


The Hobbit
  1. "Bilbo, you were a fool; you walked right in and put your foot in it."
  2. "Don't be a fool, Bilbo Baggins!" he said to himself, "thinking of dragons and all that outlandish nonsense at your age!"
  3. "You're a fat fool, William..."
  4. "...Thorin and his friends think them foolish (which is a very foolish thing to think)"
  5. "Don't be a fool Mr. Baggins if you can help it..."
  6. "The dwarves were inclined to grumble at this, but the wizard told them they were fools."
  7. "Some of the more foolish ran out of the hut as if they expected the Mountain to go golden in the night..."
  8. "Dear me, what a fool I was and am!"
  9. "Staggering!" exclaimed Bilbo aloud, but what he thought inside was: "Old fool!"
  10. "Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!"
  11. "The dragon is coming or I am a fool!"
  12. "... not the most foolish doubted that the prophecies had gone rather wrong."
  13. "Why waste words and wrath on those unhappy creatures?"
  14. "Such a fool deserves to starve"
  15. "Fools!" laughed Bard, "to come thus beneath the Mountain's..."
  16. "You are a fool, Bilbo Baggins, and you made a great mess of that business with the stone..."




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Here are the locations. The page numbers may vary according to which edition you're accessing... but they're around these page numbers somewhere ;)

The Lord of the Rings – A variation of FOOL was used 79 times
The Hobbit – A variation of FOOL was used 16 times

**Which chapter was the most foolish?
.......The Lord of the Rings: The Scouring of the Shire (11 times)
.......The Hobbit – There's a tie: Inside Information (3 times) and Fire and Water (3 times)

**Which chapters did these came from and who said them?
[Be aware that different editions may have the text falling on a different page number.]

The Lord of the Rings (sans Appendices)

1. "They fool about with boats on that big river—and that isn't natural.""
.......pg 45 I A Long-Expected Party by the Gaffer
2. "I believe that Mad Baggins is off again. Silly old fool.""
.......pg 56 I A Long-Expected Party by Rory Brandybuck
3. "Gandalf stood up. He spoke sternly. 'You will be a fool if you do, Bilbo,' he said. 'You make that clearer with every word you say.'"
.......pg 60 A Long-Expected Party by Gandalf
4. "Well, as for the name, Bilbo very foolishly told Gollum himself...'"
.......pg 89 The Shadow of the Past by Gandalf
5. "Wretched fool! In that land he would learn much, too much for his comfort.'"
.......pg 91 The Shadow of the Past by Gandalf
6. "Don't be a fool! What have you heard, and why did you listen?"
.......pg 97 The Shadow of the Past by Gandalf
7. "...feeling that amazement could go no further, and quite unable to decide whether he felt angry, amused, relieved, or merely foolish."
.......pg 150 A Conspiracy Unmasked by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Frodo
8. "Tell me, if my asking does not seem foolish, who is Tom Bombadil?'"
.......pg 173 In the House of Tom Bombadil (1) by Frodo
9. "Frodo suddenly felt very foolish, and found himself (as was his habit when making a speech) fingering the things in his pocket."
.......pg 216 At the Sign of the Prancing Pony by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Frodo
10. "Frodo felt a fool. Not knowing what else to do, he crawled away..."
.......pg 219 At the Sign of the Prancing Pony by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Frodo
11. "...why on earth did we behave so foolishly...'"
.......pg 224 Strider by Frodo
12. "You have a stout heart,' he said; 'but it was foolish.'"
.......pg 235 Strider by Strider
13. "He bitterly regretted his foolishness, and reproached himself for weakness of will..."
.......pg 266 Flight to the Ford by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Frodo
14. "Radagast the Fool!'"
.......pg 338 The Council of Elrond by Saruman
15. "You need not speak to me as to one of the fools that you take for friends.'"
.......pg 339 The Council of Elrond by Saruman
16. "If this delay was his fault, I will melt all the butter in him. I will roast the old fool over a slow fire.'"
.......pg 345 The Council of Elrond by Gandalf
17. "Ass! Fool! Thrice worthy and beloved Barliman!'"
.......pg 345 The Council of Elrond by Gandalf
18. "...if that does not shatter them, and I am allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will seek for the opening words.'"
.......pg 400 A Journey in the Dark by Gandalf
19. "Fool of a Took!' he growled. 'This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party.'"
.......pg 408 A Journey in the Dark by Gandalf
20. "It may have nothing to do with Peregrin's foolish stone; but probably something has been disturbed that would have been better left quiet.'"
.......pg 408 A Journey in the Dark by Gandalf
21. "So ended the attempt to retake Moria! It was valiant but foolish.'"
.......pg 419 The Bridge of Khazad-dûm by Gandalf
22. "Fly, you fools!'"
.......pg 430 The Bridge of Khazad-dûm by Gandalf
23. "A merry troop of fools we shall look!'"
.......pg 451 Lothlórien by Gimli
24. "Fool! Obstinate fool! Running willfully to death and ruining our cause.'"
.......pg 516 The Breaking of the Fellowship by Boromir
25. "...there came to his mind another thought: Take it off! Take it off! Fool, take it off! Take off the Ring!"
.......pg 519 The Breaking of the Fellowship by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien and Gandalf regarding Frodo
26. "...let Gimli the Dwarf Glóin's son warn you against foolish words.'"
.......pg 42 Riders of Rohan by Gimli
27. "Rest while you can, little fool!'"
.......pg 59 The Uruk-hai by a random Orc
28. "Saruman is a fool, and a dirty treacherous fool.'"
.......pg 61 The Uruk-hai by Grishnákh
29. "You fools! You should have shot him. He'll raise the alarm.'"
.......pg 63 The Uruk-hai presumably by Uglúk
30. "You went in a hurry. Did you leave anything behind?' 'I left a fool,' snarled Grishnákh.'"
.......pg 68 The Uruk-hai by Grishnákh
31. "My dear tender little fools...'"
.......pg 74 The Uruk-hai by Grishnákh
32. "We keep off strangers and the foolhardy...'"
.......pg 89 Treebeard by Treebeard
33. "So the forces that he has long been preparing he is now setting in motion, sooner than he intended. Wise fool.'"
.......pg 127 The White Rider by Gandalf
34. "Foolishness!' said Gandalf. 'Prudence is one thing, but discourtesy is another.'"
.......pg 147 The King of the Golden Hall by Gandalf
35. "That fool, Háma, has betrayed us!'"
.......pg 151 The King of the Golden Hall by Grima Wormtongue
36. "But you speak like a fool. Do you think those halls are fair, where your King dwells...?'"
.......pg 193 The Road to Isengard by Gimli
37. "Get up, you tom-fool of a Took! Where, in the name of wonder, in all this ruin is Treebeard?'"
.......pg 223 Flotsam and Jetsam by Gandalf
38. "I am no fool, and I do not trust you, Gandalf.'"
.......pg 239 The Voice of Saruman by Saruman
39. "Do not be a fool. If you wish to treat with me, while you have a chance, go away, and come back when you are sober!'"
.......pg 240 The Voice of Saruman by Saruman
40. "You have become a fool, Saruman, and yet pitiable.'"
.......pg 241 The Voice of Saruman by Gandalf
41. "Unhappy fool! He will be devoured, if the power of the East stretches out its arms to Isengard.'"
.......pg 242 The Voice of Saruman by Gandalf
42. "You idiotic fool!' Pippin muttered to himself. 'You're going to get yourself into frightful trouble.'"
.......pg 251 The Palantír by Pippin
43. "A fool, but an honest fool, you remain, Peregrin Took.'"
.......pg 254 The Palantír by Gandalf
44. "Yet he must bear the blame. Fool! to keep it secret, for his own profit.'"
.......pg 259 The Palantír by Gandalf
45. "Oh yes, you had,' said Gandalf. 'You knew you were behaving wrongly and foolishly; and you told yourself so, though you did not listen.'"
.......pg 260 The Palantír by Gandalf
46. "You revealed yourself to me just now, foolishly.'"
.......pg 314 The Black Gate Is Closed by Frodo
47. "Silly hobbits, foolish, yes foolish! They mustn't do it!'"
.......pg 331 Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit by Sméagol/Gollum
48. "Don't you go taking advantage of my master because his servant's no better than a fool.'"
.......pg 366 The Window on the West by Sam
49. "Not here, no. Not rest here. Fools! Eyes can see us.'"
.......pg 399 The Stairs of Cirith Ungol by Sméagol/Gollum
50. "Foolish! Silly!' he hissed. 'Make haste!'"
.......pg 402 The Stairs of Cirith Ungol by Sméagol/Gollum
51. "Very foolish, very dangerous--if poor Sméagol wasn't sneaking about to watch.'"
.......pg 412 The Stairs of Cirith Ungol by Sméagol/Gollum
52. "You fool,' snarled Shagrat. 'You've been talking very clever...'"
.......pg 444 The Choices of Master Samwise by Shagrat
53. "You fool, he isn't dead, and your heart knew it.'"
.......pg 444 The Choices of Master Samwise by Sam
54. "...you must pardon my foolishness.' 'I do,' said Pippin. 'Though you are not far wrong.'"
.......pg 40 Minas Tirith by Beregond and Pippin
55. "Counsels may be found that are neither the webs of wizards nor the haste of fools.'"
.......pg 105 The Siege of Gondor by Denethor
56. "... most surely not for any argument would he have set this thing at a hazard beyond all but a fool's hope...'"
.......pg 105 The Siege of Gondor by Denethor
57. "There never was much hope,' he answered. 'Just a fool's hope, as I have been told.'"
.......pg 107 The Siege of Gondor by Gandalf
58. "Maybe even your foolishness helped, my lad.'"
.......pg 107 The Siege of Gondor by Gandalf
59. "The fool's hope has failed.'"
.......pg 118 The Siege of Gondor by Denethor
60. "Follow whom you will, even the Grey Fool, though his hope has failed.'"
.......pg 118 The Siege of Gondor by Denethor
61. "Why do the fools fly?'"
.......pg 120 The Siege of Gondor by Denethor
62. "...I want to see Gandalf very much indeed. But he is no fool...'"
.......pg 120 The Siege of Gondor by Pippin
63. "Old fool!' he said to Gandalf. 'Old fool! This is my hour.'"
.......pg 125 The Siege of Gondor by the Witch-king
64. "Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!'"
.......pg 141 The Battle of the Pelennor Fields by the Witch-king
65. "Nay, I have seen more than thou knowest, Grey Fool.'"
.......pg 157 The Pyre of Denethor by Denethor
66. "...thou shalt see what comes to him who sets his foolish webs before the feet of Sauron the Great.'"
.......pg 203 The Black Gate Opens by The Messenger/The Mouth of Sauron
67. "Don't be a fool, Sam Gamgee,' came an answer in his own voice."
.......pg 266 Mount Doom by Sam
68. "You are the fool, going on hoping and toiling.'"
.......pg 266 Mount Doom by Sam
69. "... you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools.'"
.......pg 346 The Scouring of the Shire by Sam
70. "I told Sharkey it was no good trusting those little fools.'"
.......pg 350 The Scouring of the Shire by a random Ruffian
71. "You are a ruffian and a fool.'"
.......pg 351 The Scouring of the Shire by Pippin
72. "Miserable fool, but I am sorry for him.'"
.......pg 352 The Scouring of the Shire by Frodo
73. "He has been a wicked fool, but he's caught now.'"
.......pg 352 The Scouring of the Shire by Frodo
74. "...all of them except perhaps one or two rascals, and a few fools that want to be important...'"
.......pg 353 The Scouring of the Shire by Merry
75. "He knew too little of hobbits to understand his peril. Foolishly he decided to fight.'"
.......pg 358 The Scouring of the Shire by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the Ruffian Leader
76. "Only that fool Ted was pleased by that...'"
.......pg 361 The Scouring of the Shire by Farmer Cotton
77. "I don't believe that fool of a Pimple's behind all this.'"
.......pg 361 The Scouring of the Shire by Farmer Cotton
78. "Don't waste any more words on the fool, Sam!'"
.......pg 366 The Scouring of the Shire by Frodo
79. "...if they're such fools, I will get ahead of them and teach them a lesson.'"
.......pg 368 The Scouring of the Shire by Sharkey/Saruman


The Hobbit
1. "Bilbo, you were a fool; you walked right in and put your foot in it."
.......pg 30 An Unexpected Party by Bilbo
2. "Don't be a fool, Bilbo Baggins!" he said to himself, "thinking of dragons and all that outlandish nonsense at your age!"
.......pg 40 Roast Mutton by Bilbo
3. "You're a fat fool, William..."
.......pg 48 Roast Mutton by Bert
4. "...Thorin and his friends think them foolish (which is a very foolish thing to think)"
.......pg 59 A Short Rest by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the Elves
5. "Don't be a fool Mr. Baggins if you can help it..."
.......pg 118 Queer Lodgings by Gandalf
6. "The dwarves were inclined to grumble at this, but the wizard told them they were fools."
.......pg 136 Queer Lodgings by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the Dwarves
7. "Some of the more foolish ran out of the hut as if they expected the Mountain to go golden in the night..."
.......pg 188 A Warm Welcome by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Lake-town residents
8. "Dear me, what a fool I was and am!"
.......pg 205 Inside Information by Bilbo
9. "Staggering!" exclaimed Bilbo aloud, but what he thought inside was: "Old fool!"
.......pg 216 Inside Information by Bilbo
10. "Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!"
.......pg 217 Inside Information by Bilbo
11. "The dragon is coming or I am a fool!"
.......pg 235 Fire and Water by Grim-voiced fellow/Bard
12. "... not the most foolish doubted that the prophecies had gone rather wrong."
.......pg 235 Fire and Water by the Narrator/J.R.R. Tolkien regarding Lake-town residents
13. "Why waste words and wrath on those unhappy creatures?"
.......pg 240 Fire and Water by Bard
14. "Such a fool deserves to starve"
.......pg 256 A Thief in the Night by Bard
15. "Fools!" laughed Bard, "to come thus beneath the Mountain's..."
.......pg 264 The Cloud Bursts by Bard
16. "You are a fool, Bilbo Baggins, and you made a great mess of that business with the stone..."
.......pg 273 The Return Journey by Bilbo


Which chapters weren't foolish at all?

The Fellowship of the Ring
Three is Company
A Short Cut to Mushrooms
The Old Forest
Fog on the Barrow-Downs
A Knife in the Dark
Many Meetings
The Ring Goes South
The Mirror of Galadriel
Farewell to Lórien
The Great River

The Two Towers
The Departure of Boromir
Helm's Deep
The Taming of Sméagol
The Passage of the Marshes
The Forbidden Pool
Journey to the Cross-Roads
Shelob's Lair

The Return of the King
The Passing of the Grey Company
The Muster of Rohan
The Ride of the Rohirrim
The Houses of Healing
The Last Debate
The Tower of Cirith Ungol
The Land of Shadow
The Field of Cormallen
The Steward and the King
Many Partings
Homeward Bound
The Grey Havens


The Hobbit
Over Hill and Under Hill
Riddles in the Dark
Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
Flies and Spiders
Barrels Out of Bond
A Warm Welcome
On the Doorstep
Not at Home
The Gathering of the Clouds
The Last Stage



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