Part Two of the Fellowship of the Ring
I’m going with Rinn’s format as well and writing a few things I’ve noticed just from these chapters. My posts might be spoilery so if you don’t like that, sorry folks.
- How did Legolas and Gimli become friends? It’s very interesting because there is no true violence between the two. As you read there is some tension there to be sure, but I never saw outright dislike. However, after they enter the safety of Lothlórien there is a note that Legolas and Gimli started wondering around together. This is a bit of a sharp change as the Fellowship enter Lothlórien they have a bit of a squabble about blind folds. So what I want to know, and to read much more about, is where or how did this change take place? What spurned this friendship?
- Bill The Pony is amazing: I do feel that Tolkien was right to write about Bill’s dramatic change from a meek and emaciated pony to one that was full of energy, life and personality. Not only does it bring out Sam’s goodness and his love for all things living- be it plant or animal, it shows how the good treatment of things, people and animals is all we can ever ask for and do ourselves.
- Why don’t you talk about the Elephant in the room? Which is Gollum and his incessant following of the Fellowship. Every time I read about Frodo hearing the soft padding of feet or the gentle sound of a hiss, I cringed. He’s a scary, scary creature and I never liked seeing him on screen nor reading about him. I especially got nervous when Sam noted that a log was moving quite quickly to Legolas and Gimli, I often wonder what might have happened if he were allowed to swim up to Legolas and Gimli.
- Boromir Succumbs: he seems to do well throughout the book despite his slow nudging of the Ring towards Gondor; he never takes it too far though, never too far for people to notice. However, after Lothlórien he takes a slow descent into madness, paddling too close or too far to Frodo’s boat. I do appreciate Sam’s keenness, he alone noticed quietly how Boromir’s eyes trace and follow Frodo. All the same, it is most sad to see this descent- he was a wonderful character.
So these are just a few notes from Part II. Check out Rinn’s page because we have a great and terribly long conversation that I think you’ll like! Also stay tuned for Two Towers.