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Today in Middle-earth

June 1, 2941 (S.R. 1341)
1. The Company enters the woods.
(from Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth)

..."[Gandalf, Bilbo and the Dwarves] leave early and make haste. They enter the woods and continue east on road through the trees. Their road and the woods run into the valley on north as they pass an out-thrust 'toe' of a hill. They make camp near the valley from the north."

Since this is so short, let's see how hobbits like to camp... for a moment of Tolkien-zen
From Three Is Company: The Fellowship of the Ring
... "Leaving the road they went into the deep resin-scented darkness of the trees, and gathered dead sticks and cones to make a fire. Soon they had a merry crackle of flame at the foot of a large fir-tree and they sat round it for a while, until they began to nod. Then... ...they curled up in their cloaks and blankets, and were soon fast asleep... ...A few creatures came and looked at them when the fire had died away. A fox passing through the wood on business of his own stopped several minutes and sniffed.
... 'Hobbits!' he thought. 'Well, what next? I have heard of strange doings in this land, but I have seldom heard of a hobbit sleeping out of doors under a tree. Three of them! There's something mighty queer behind this.' He was quite right...

... ...The morning came, pale and clammy. Frodo woke up first, and found that a tree-root had made a hole in his back, and that his neck was stiff. 'Walking for pleasure! Why didn't I drive?' he thought, as he usually did at the beginning of an expedition... '...Wake up, hobbits!' he cried. 'It's a beautiful morning!'
... 'What's beautiful about it?' said Pippin, peering over the edge of his blanket with one eye. 'Sam! Get breakfast ready for half-past nine! Have you got the bath-water hot?'
... Sam jumped up, looking rather bleary. 'No, sir, I haven't, sir!' he said.
... Frodo stripped the blankets from Pippin and rolled him over, and then walked off to the edge of the wood... ...When he returned Sam and Pippin had got a good fire going. 'Water!' shouted Pippin. 'Where's the water?'
... 'I don't keep water in my pockets,' said Frodo.
... 'We thought you had gone to find some,' said Pippin, busy setting out the food, and cups. 'You had better go now.'
... 'You can come too,' said Frodo, 'and bring all the water-bottles.' There was a stream at the foot of the hill. They filled their bottles and the small camping kettle at a little fall where the water fell a few feet over an outcrop of grey stone. It was icy cold; and they spluttered and puffed as they bathed their faces and hands.
... When their breakfast was over, and their packs all trussed up again, it was after ten o'clock, and the day was beginning to turn fine and hot. They went down the slope, and across the stream where it dived under the road, and up the next slope, and up and down another shoulder of the hills; and by that time their cloaks, blankets, water, food, and other gear already seemed a heavy burden."


Map of Hobbit & LotR campsites from the Trollshaws to Rivendell.



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Here's a Book Spoiler that looks at a BTFE (Book-To-Film Event) comparison in Lake-town... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

From A Warm Welcome: The Hobbit


... "...excitement had not been known in the town in the memory of the oldest grandfather.... ...As for the Master he saw there was nothing else for it but to obey the general clamour, for the moment at any rate, and to pretend to believe that Thorin was what he said. So he gave up to him his own great chair and set Fili and Kili beside him in places of honour. Even Bilbo was given a seat at the high table, and no explanation of where he came in—no songs had alluded to him even in the obscurest way—was asked for in the general bustle...
... ...the other dwarves were brought into the town amid scenes of astonishing enthusiasm. They were all doctored and fed and housed and pampered in the most delightful and satisfactory fashion. A large house was given up to Thorin and his company... ...and crowds sat outside and sang songs all day, or cheered if any dwarf showed so much as his nose.
... Some of the songs were old ones; but some of them were quite new and spoke confidently of the sudden death of the dragon and of cargoes of rich presents coming down the river to Lake-town. These were inspired largely by the Master and they did not particularly please the dwarves, but in the meantime they were well contented and they quickly grew fat and strong again. Indeed within a week they were quite recovered, fitted out in fine cloth of their proper colours, with beards combed and trimmed, and proud steps. Thorin looked and walked as if his kingdom was already regained and Smaug chopped up into little pieces."


Some tidbits!
1. June 2, 2001
...The official logo for the films is revealed.

2. June 2, 2003
...The cast and crew reunite for the final time to shoot pick-ups for Return of the King. Second-unit reshoots, of extras and battle scenes, continues until October.







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Some of the songs were old ones; but some of them were quite new and spoke confidently of the sudden death of the dragon and of cargoes of rich presents coming down the river to Lake-town. These were inspired largely by the Master and they did not particularly please the dwarves...




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The Company of Thorin spends over two weeks resting and recovering in Esgaroth in the book as opposed to barely any time at all in The Desolation of Smaug; and much of that is spent in hiding! The Lake-folk do throw them a party in the film that lasts for either one night or a full day and night (given contradictions in the film about the length of their stay).

"I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage

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Here's another Book Spoiler continuing a BTFE (Book-To-Film Event) of another comparison in Lake-town... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

From A Warm Welcome: The Hobbit


... "...the dwarves' good feeling towards the little hobbit grew stronger every day. There were no more groans or grumbles. They drank his health, and they patted him on the back, and they made a great fuss of him; which was just as well, for he was not feeling particularly cheerful. He had not forgotten the look of the Mountain, nor the thought of the dragon, and he had besides a shocking cold... ...he sneezed and coughed, and he could not go out, and even after that his speeches at banquets were limited to "Thag you very buch."

... In the meanwhile the Wood-elves had gone back up the Forest River with their cargoes, and there was great excitement in the king's palace. I have never heard what happened to the chief of the guards and the butler. Nothing of course was ever said about keys or barrels while the dwarves stayed in Lake-town, and Bilbo was careful never to become invisible. Still... ...more was guessed than was known, though doubtless Mr. Baggins remained a bit of a mystery. In any case the king knew now the dwarves' errand, or thought he did, and he said to himself:
... "Very well! We'll see..." ...He at any rate did not believe in the dwarves fighting and killing dragons like Smaug, and he strongly suspected attempted burglary or something like it..."



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Jun 3, 11:23am

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and probably typical of this Master. I wonder how long its been since he had an opportunity to praise himself ;)



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Coming up through the loo ;) I like the book version better in this case. Especially when it specifies the dwarves were dressed in their proper colours.



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Jun 3, 2:22pm

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There doesn't seem to have been a sewer line, per se. The toilet seems to have emptied directly into the lake. Tongue

You know, I think that there is no direct mention in The Hobbit of the company arriving at Lake-town on the date of Bilbo's birthday because Tolkien had not yet considered the question of Mr. Baggin's date of birth. The matter didn't really become relevant until The Lord of the Rings.

"I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage

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The Lake was a giant outhouse. I'm sure it was very pleasant... especially in the summer! *holds nose*



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Here's another Book Spoiler continuing a BTFE (Book-To-Film Event) of another DOS comparison in Lake-town... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

From A Warm Welcome: The Hobbit


... "At the end of a fortnight Thorin began to think of departure. While the enthusiasm still lasted in the town was the time to get help... ...So he spoke to the Master and his councillors and said that soon he and his company must go on towards the Mountain.
... Then for the first time the Master was surprised and a little frightened; and he wondered if Thorin was after all really a descendant of the old kings. He had never thought that the dwarves would actually dare to approach Smaug, but believed they were frauds who would sooner or later be discovered and be turned out. He was wrong. Thorin... ...was really the grandson of the King under the Mountain, and there is no knowing what a dwarf will not dare and do for revenge or the recovery of his own.
... But the Master was not sorry at all to let them go. They were expensive to keep, and their arrival had turned things into a long holiday in which business was at a standstill. "Let them go and bother Smaug, and see how he welcomes them!" he thought. "Certainly, O Thorin Thrain's son Thror's son!" was what he said. "You must claim your own. The hour is at hand, spoken of old. What help we can offer shall be yours, and we trust to your gratitude when your kingdom is regained."
... So one day, although autumn was now getting far on, and winds were cold, and leaves were falling fast... ...boats left Lake-town, laden with rowers, dwarves, Mr. Baggins, and many provisions.... ...The Master and his councillors bade them farewell from the great steps of the town-hall that went down to the lake. People sang on the quays and out of windows. The white oars dipped and splashed, and off they went north up the lake on the last stage of their long journey. The only person thoroughly unhappy was Bilbo."



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Here's another Book Spoiler continuing our BTFE (Book-To-Film Event)! of another DOS comparison. The Company has left Lake-town and are heading the the Mountain... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

From On the Doorstep: The Hobbit


... "...they rowed right up the Long Lake and passed out into the River Running, and now they could all see the Lonely Mountain towering grim and tall before them. The stream was strong and their going slow... ...they drew in to the left or western bank and disembarked... ...but none of the men of the town would stay with them even for the night so near the shadow of the Mountains... ...It was easier to believe in the Dragon and less easy to believe in Thorin in these wild parts. Indeed their stores had no need of any gua, for all the land was desolate and empty. So their escort left them, making off swiftly down the river and the shoreward paths...
... ...It was a weary journey, and a quiet and stealthy one. There was no laughter or song or sound of harps, and the pride and hopes which had stirred in their hearts at the singing of old songs by the lake died away to a plodding gloom. They knew that they were drawing near to the end of their journey, and that it might be a very horrible end. The land about them grew bleak and barren, though once... ...it had been green and fair. There was little grass, and before long there was neither bush nor tree, and only broken and blackened stumps to speak of one long vanished. They were come at the waning of the year."








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Today in Middle-earth

June 6, 2942 (S.R. 1342)
1. Gandalf and Bilbo retrace their journey.
(determined from text)
..."At each point on the road Bilbo recalled the happenings and the words of a year ago—it seemed to him more like ten—so... ...he quickly noted the place where the pony had fallen in the river, and they had turned aside for their nasty adventure with Tom and Bert and Bill.
...Not far from the road they found the gold of the trolls, which they had buried, still hidden and untouched. "I have enough to last me my time," said Bilbo, when they had dug it up. "You had better take this, Gandalf. I daresay you can find a use for it."
..."Indeed I can... ...But share and share alike! You may find you have more needs than you expect."
...So they put the gold in bags and slung them on the ponies.... ...After that their going was slower, for most of the time they walked. But the land was green and there was much grass through which the hobbit strolled along contentedly. He mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief—no! not a single one of his own had survived. He had borrowed this one from Elrond—for now June had brought summer, and the weather was bright and hot again."





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Today in Middle-earth

June 7, 2941 (S.R. 1341)
1. The Company begins to feel the pressure.
(determined from text)
..."The road now runs due east. With few provisions, they hurry along and can see ruins on hilltop to the north. South of the Road, a ravine of the Bruinen comes close. The Road then turns NE as they pass a valley from the north and camp.
...They did not sing or tell stories... ...They had begun to feel that danger was not far away on either side. They camped under the stars, and their horses had more to eat than they had; for there was plenty of grass, but there was not much in their bags, even with that they had got from the trolls."



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Over the next few days, we'll have some Book Spoilers that look at Pippin's gift of perception and new awareness of Gandalf during their stay in Minas Tirith... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

Minas Tirith: Book V: Return of the King


... 'Bring wine and food and seats for the guests,' said Denethor, 'and see that none trouble us for one hour....
... ...said Gandalf. '...I have not ridden hither from Isengard, one hundred and fifty leagues, with the speed of wind, only to bring you one small warrior... ...Is it naught to you that Théoden has fought a great battle... ...that Isengard is overthrown, and that I have broken the staff of Saruman?'
... 'It is much to me. But I know already sufficient of these deeds for my own counsel against the menace of East.' He turned his dark eyes on Gandalf, and now Pippin saw a likeness between the two... ...he felt the strain between them, almost as if he saw a line of smouldering fire, drawn from eye to eye, and might suddenly burst into flame.
... Denethor looked indeed much more like a great wizard than Gandalf did, more kingly, beautiful, and powerful; and older. Yet by a sense other than sight Pippin perceived that Gandalf had the greater power... ...the deeper wisdom, and a majesty that was veiled. And he was older, far older. 'How much older?' he wondered... ...then he thought how odd it was that he had never thought about it before. Treebeard had said something about wizards, but even then he had not thought of Gandalf as one of them. What was Gandalf? In what far time and place did he come into the world, and when would he leave it? And then... ...he saw that Denethor and Gandalf still looked each other in the eye, as if reading the other's mind. But it was Denethor who first withdrew his gaze.
... 'Yea,' he said; 'for though the Stones be lost, they say, still the lords of Gondor have keener sight than lesser men, and many messages come to them. But sit now...!'
... ...Pippin sat down, but he could not take his eyes from the old lord. Was it so, or had he only imagined it, that as he spoke of the Stones a sudden gleam of his eye had glanced upon Pippin's face?
... 'Now tell me your tale, my liege,' said Denethor, half kindly, half mockingly. 'For the words of one whom my son so befriended will be welcome indeed.'... Pippin never forgot that hour... ...under the piercing eye of the Lord of Gondor, stabbed ever and anon by his shrewd questions... ...all the while conscious of Gandalf at his side, watching and listening, and (so Pippin felt) holding in check a rising wrath and impatience...."



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when those around Gandalf start getting a hint/feeling of what he really is, rather than what he makes himself out to be Smile Sends shudders down my spine!

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It's one of the great things about how Tolkien characterizes Gandalf. There's always more mystery to him, like pulling the thread on a big garment and pulling and pulling...


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Here's another Book Spoiler that looks at Pippin's witness of 2 powers at work during his stay in Minas Tirith... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

Minas Tirith: Book V: Return of the King


... "'Lead the Lord Mithrandir to the housing prepared for him,' said Denethor, 'and his companion may lodge with him for the present, if he will. But be it known that I have now sworn him to my service, and he shall be known as Peregrin son of Paladin and taught the lesser pass-words...
... '...And you, my Lord Mithrandir, shall come too, as and when you will. None shall hinder your coming to me at any time, save only in my brief hours of sleep. Let your wrath at an old man's folly run off...'
... '...Folly?' said Gandalf. 'Nay my lord... ...Do you think that I do not understand your purpose in questioning for an hour one who knows the least, while I sit by?'
... 'If you understand it, then be content,' returned Denethor. 'Pride would be folly that disdained help and counsel at need; but you deal out such gifts according to your own designs. Yet the Lord of Gondor is not to be made the tool of other men's purposes, however worthy... ...the good of Gondor; and the rule of Gondor, my lord, is mine and no other man's, unless the king should come again.'
... 'Unless the king should come again?' said Gandalf. 'Well, my lord Steward, it is your task to keep some kingdom still against that event... ...In that task you shall have all the aid that you are pleased to ask for. But I will say this: the rule of no realm is mine, neither of Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care... ...for my part, I shall not wholly fail of my task, though Gondor should perish, if anything passes through this night that can still grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I also am a steward. Did you not know? And with that he turned and strode from the hall with Pippin running at his side.
... Gandalf did not look at Pippin or speak a word to him...
... ...Their guide brought them... ...to a fair room, light and airy... ...It was sparely furnished, having but a small table, two chairs and a bench... ...and well-clad beds within with vessels and basins for washing. There were three high narrow windows that looked northward over the great curve of Anduin, still shrouded in mists, towards the Emyn Muil and Rauros... ...Pippin had to climb on the bench to look out over the deep stone sill.
... 'Are you white], Gandalf?' he said, as their guide went out and closed the door. 'I did the best I could.'
... 'You did indeed!' said Gandalf, laughing suddenly; and he came and stood beside Pippin, putting his arm about the hobbit's shoulders, and gazing out of the window. Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own... ...the sound of that laugh had been gay and merry. Yet in the wizard's face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow; though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.
... 'Indeed you did your best,' said the wizard; 'and I hope that it may be long before you find yourself in such a tight corner again between two such terrible old men....'"



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And that goes for both versions... Grey and White. Personally, I prefer Grey ;)



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You could see a lot of that in the songs and tributes that were shared. Shuddering spines, fersher!



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Here's another Book Spoiler that looks at Gandalf teaching Pippin about Denethor... and strong-willed leaders in general... during his stay in Minas Tirith... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

Minas Tirith: Book V: Return of the King


... [Gandalf talks with Pippin about their first meeting with Denethor] "...the Lord of Gondor learned more from you than you may have guessed, Pippin. You could not hide the fact that Boromir did not lead the Company from Moria... ...that there was one among you of high honour who was coming to Minas Tirith; and that he had a famous sword. Men think much about the stories of old days in Gondor... ...Denethor has given long thought to the rhyme and to the word Isildur's bane, since Boromir went away.
...'He is not as other men of this time, Pippin, and whatever be his descent from father to son, by some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in him; as it does in his other son, Faramir... ...yet did not in Boromir whom he loved best. He has long sight. He can perceive, if he bends his will thither, much of what is passing in the minds of men, even of those that dwell far off. It is difficult to deceive him, and dangerous to try.
...'Remember that! For you are now sworn to his service. I do not know what put it into your head, or your heart, to do that. But it was well done. I did not hinder it, for generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel. It touched his heart, as well... ...as pleasing his humour. And at least you are free now to move about as you will in Minas Tirith—when you are not on duty... ...You are at his command; and he will not forget. Be wary still!'
...He fell silent and sighed. 'Well, no need to brood on what tomorrow may bring... ...tomorrow will be certain to bring worse than today, for many days to come. And there is nothing more than I can do to help it. The board is set, and the pieces are moving. One piece that I greatly desire to find is Faramir, now the heir of Denethor. I do not think that he is in the City; but I have had no time to gather news. I must go, Pippin... ...to this lords' council and learn what I can. But the Enemy has the move, and he is about to open his full game. And pawns are likely to see as much of it as any, Peregrin son of Paladin, soldier of Gondor. Sharpen your blade!'
...Gandalf went to the door, and there he turned. 'I am in haste, Pippin... ...Do me a favour when you go out. Even before you rest, if you are not too weary. Go and find Shadowfax and see how he is housed. These people are kindly to beasts, for they are a good and wise folk, but they have less skill with horses than some.'
...With that Gandalf went out; and as he did so, there came the note of a clear sweet bell ringing in a tower of the citadel. Three strokes it rang, like silver in the air, and ceased: the third hour from the rising of the sun...
......Pippin went to the door and down the stair and looked about the street....
......Presently he noticed a man, clad in black and white, coming along the narrow street from the centre of the citadel towards him. Pippin felt lonely and made up his mind to speak as the man passed..."




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even though Denethor mistreats him every chance he gets. It's another sign of how mature Gandalf is, not stooping to the other's level just to get even.


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Here's the last of a set of Book Spoilers, this one looking at Pippin's growing understanding of Gandalf's devotion and unique bond with Shadowfax during their stay in Minas Tirith... for a moment of Tolkien-zen.

Minas Tirith: Book V: Return of the King


..."[Pippin] noticed a man, clad in black and white, coming along... ...The man came straight up to him.
...'You are Peregrin the Halfling?' he said. 'I am told that you have been sworn to the service of the Lord and of the City. Welcome!' He held out his hand and Pippin took it.
...'I am named Beregond son of Baranor. I have no duty this morning, and I have been sent to you to teach you the pass-words, and to tell you some of the many things that no doubt you will wish to know. And for my part, I would learn of you also... ...you are a friend of Mithrandir. Do you know him well?'
...'Well,' said Pippin, 'I have known of him all my short life... ...and lately I have travelled far with him. But there is much to read in that book, and I cannot claim to have seen more than a page or two. Yet perhaps I know him as well as any but a few....'

...'...Come!' [said Beregond] 'We will walk a little and then go find us some refreshment, and eat and drink on the battlement, and survey the fair morning.'
...'One moment!' said Pippin blushing. 'Greed, or hunger by your courtesy, put it out of my mind... ...Gandalf, Mithrandir as you call him, asked me to see to his horse—Shadowfax, a great steed of Rohan, and the apple of the king's eye... ...though he has given him to Mithrandir for his services. I think his new master loves the beast better than he loves many men, and if his good will is of any value to this city, you will treat Shadowfax with all honour: with greater kindness than you have treated this hobbit, if it is possible....'
... '...You shall make me acquainted with his good horse. I love beasts, and we see them seldom in this stony city; for my people came from the mountain-vales, and before that from Ithilien...'
......Pippin found that Shadowfax had been well housed and tended. For in the sixth circle, outside the walls of the citadel, there were some fair stables where a few swift horses were kept, hard by the lodgings of the errand-riders of the Lord...
......Shadowfax whinnied as Pippin entered the stable and turned his head. 'Good morning!' said Pippin. 'Gandalf will come as soon as he may. He is busy, but he sends greetings, and I am to see that all is well with you; and you're resting, I hope, after your long labours.'
...Shadowfax tossed his head and stamped. But he allowed Beregond to handle his head gently and stroke his great flanks.
...'He looks as if he were spoiling for a race, and not newly come from a great journey,' said Beregond. 'How strong and proud he is! Where is his harness? It should be rich and fair.'
...'None is rich and fair enough for him... ...He will have none. If he will consent to bear you, bear you he does; and if not, well, no bit, bridle, whip, or thong will tame him. Farewell, Shadowfax! Have patience. Battle is coming.'...Shadowfax lifted up his head and neighed, so that the stable shook, and they covered their ears. Then they took their leave, seeing that the manger was well filled."



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