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Verses: Sam recites "Gil-galad was an Elven-king"; Aragorn tells the tale of Beren and Tinúviel. This has great personal significance to him: they are the ancestors of him and his betrothed Arwen. (See tolkiengateway.net/wiki/E%C3%A)

This brings us to chapter 1.12.

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 9, 3018): word reaches Rivendell that Frodo is blundering around in the wilderness, with Gandalf still MIA. Elrond sends out searchers in all directions, including Elf-lord Glorfindel along the east-west Road.

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Meanwhile, the hobbits and Strider are trudging through the "cheerless land" south of Weathertop, about two weeks' walk from Rivendell. Things are tense, but there's no sign of Ringwraiths.

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incidentally, I bought a multi-coloured pack of Post-Its and am really looking forwards to sitting down and adding colour-coded tabs for dates and shit

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 11, 3018): Glorfindel reaches the bridge over the River Hoarwell or Mitheithel and drives off five Ringwraiths. He leaves a small green gem ("a beryl, an elf-stone") there as a sign.

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 13, 3018): Strider, Frodo & co. cross the river Hoarwell or Mitheithel. Strider finds Glorfindel's gem. They pass into a desolate country of ancient ruins of a post-Arnor kingdom. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Angle_

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Re-reading LOTR, it's striking how *depopulated* the land is. It's basically like the Roman Empire fell and nothing really took its place. (A similar distance in time - 1400-1600 years ago.)

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 18, 3018): the hobbits and Strider come across the stone trolls from The Hobbit, who were so occupied fighting over how to cook Bilbo and the dwarves that they were caught unawares by the dawn and literally petrified!

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Later, Glorfindel the elf finally finds them, and they begin making their way to Rivendell as fast as they can, barely pausing to rest. This is especially rough on Frodo, who as you recall was stabbed by the head Ringwraith a couple weeks ago.

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A little back-story: the head Ringwraith is the old "Witch-King of Angmar", like Sauron Lite, but in the northwest. He was the major reason the Dúnedain got practically wiped out in the North, reducing their once proud kingdom to wandering Rangers. +

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At the final battle, Glorfindel showed up and the Witch-King turned tail and ran like a little bitch. Glorfindel was like, leave him, because "not by the hand of man shall he fall". WOW I WONDER IF THIS PROPHECY WILL COME UP AGAIN LATER.

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 20, 3018): the hobbits, Strider, and Glorfindel reach the Ford of Bruinen. The Ringwraiths confront Frodo, and as he defies them, they are suddenly washed away in a mighty flood. Frodo blacks out. End of Book 1!

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 24, 3018): Frodo wakes up in Rivendell. Gandalf (who arrived several days ago, I forgot to mention) brings him up to speed. Bilbo recites the Song of Ëarendil in the Hall of Fire.

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Today in LOTR (Oct. 25, 3018): the Councli of Elrond. The history of the Ring is told in full. Frodo volunteers to take the Ring to Mordor. The Company, or Fellowship, is assembled.

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Now everyone fucks around in Rivendell for two months. There will be no further updates until Christmas.

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💍️💍️💍️ Today in LoTR is back, bitches! 💍️💍️💍️

The Fellowship roster has been finalized, the sword of Elendil has been reforged and renamed Andúril ("flame of the West"); and Bilbo gives Frodo his sword Sting and (secretly) a shirt of mithril chainmail.

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Scouts have found that 8/9 Ringwraiths are temporarily out of commission (leaving, of course, our old pal the Witch-King of Angmar).

Elrond's two large adult sons were off in "a strange country" down the Silverlode, i.e. Lothlórien, doing Secret Stuff.

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It's a very special day today! That's right, this day in LoTR (Dec. 25, 3018) the Fellowship of the Ring sets out from Rivendell. Happy holidays to all marking this fateful anniversary.

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T̶o̶d̶a̶y̶ Yesterday in LoTR: the Fellowship, having left Rivendell a few weeks ago, arrives in the desolate country of Hollin. Next they will attempt to cross the Misty Mountains.

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Today in LoTR: the Fellowship heads for the Redhorn Gate, the pass of Caradhras. They anticipate they will be watched, and maybe snowed out. Frodo overhears Gandalf mentioning a backup plan to Aragorn, "a dark and secret way", that they can take as a last resort.

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On the mountain, a massive snowstorm forces the Fellowship to retreat, and an avalanche blocks the pass behind them.

"A cold wind flowed down behind them, as they turned their backs on the Redhorn Gate, and stumbled wearily down the slope. Caradhras had defeated them."

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Today in LoTR: the Fellowship enters the Mines of Moria after Gandalf remembers the password is h̶u̶n̶t̶e̶r̶2̶ "mellon". The Watcher in the Water tries to seize Frodo and then hurls rocks against the door, sealing them in. Pippin throws a rock. Frodo thinks they're being followed.

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Today in LoTR: the Fellowship makes their way through Moria. In the Chamber of Mazarbul they learn the grim fate of the colony led by Balin—shortly before being ambushed by Orcs.

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On the bridge between the First and Second Hall, Gandalf confronts the Balrog. "The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn…you cannot pass." He breaks the bridge and the Balrog falls into the abyss, but takes Gandalf with him. "Fly, you fools!"

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The Fellowship flees through the east gate of Moria. It is daytime. They make their way down the river called the Silverlode. In the night, they meet Elves from Lothlórien, who share their treetop camp with them.

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Side note: I got The Fellowship of the Ring as a gift to read at summer camp. But I could not resist reading it early. When Gandalf died (one of my favourite characters!), I immediately knew it was karmic punishment for my lack of self-control

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The worst thing was that The Two Towers was to be next year's summer camp book, of course, so I had to endure a WHOLE-ASS YEAR thinking Gandalf was DEAD FOREVER. (This was before I had widespread Internet access, or friends who had also read the books!)

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Son of a BITCH, the Bridge of Khazad-dum was supposed to be TODAY. This is what happens when you are a freelancer with no idea what day it is.

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Today (for reals): Elves guide the Fellowship to Lothlórien. The Elves insist on Gimli being blindfolded (security theatre, if you ask me), so in solidarity all the Fellowship gets blindfolded.

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Another great line.

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

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Side note: the Naith is a wedge-shaped area of Lothlórien between the rivers Celebrant & Anduin. "Naith" in Sindarin means "gore", Tolkien tells us. This sense of "gore" means "pointed/triangular patch" (of fabric, land, etc.). en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gore#Et +

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This sense is closely related to "gore" as in "to pierce with a horn/spear", like "gored by an ox". Both are related to Old English "gar", meaning "spear"—a frequent element of Germanic names, e.g. Hrothgar, Edgar, & even Gerald.

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Curiously, "gore" as in "blood & guts" comes from a totally different root word meaning mud/filth, originally derived from a root meaning "heat". One gets a mental image of steaming entrails, no?

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That same root also gives us Greek "-therm-" (heat, as in "thermal").

I just think it's funny that getting gored (like by an ox) results in gore, but the terms are unrelated.

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Today in LoTR: the gang arrives in the City of the Trees, Caras Galadhon. They have an audience with Celeborn and Galadriel and tell them of Gandalf's fall. Galadriel silently tests each of them. Gimli has a crush. Boromir is suspicious and pries at Frodo.

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From here on in we are subject to the mysterious effect of Lothlórien Time Dilation. While the members of the Fellowship feel they've spent only a few days there, they will later realize they were there for almost a month.

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Today in LoTR: after fighting the Balrog "far under the living earth", Gandalf pursues his foe up the Endless Stair, from the lowest dungeon of Moria all the way to the top of the mountain above (Celebdil/Zirakzigil/Silvertine).

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(This is recounted much later, in book 3 chapter 5, "The White Rider".)

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Gandalf vs. Balrog update: they're still fighting

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Gandalf vs. Balrog: Gandalf throws the Balrog off Celebdil, then dies. "'Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads I shall not tell.'"

✨ 💖 It's a very special day everyone!! 💖 ✨

You guessed it—today in LoTR, Gandalf comes back to life. He lies upon the peak for three days before Gwaihir finds him.

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In the evening, Sam and Frodo see strange visions in the Mirror of Galadriel. Frodo sees that Galadriel bears one of the three elven-rings: Nenya, the Ring of Adamant. She wisely turns down the One Ring.

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(From here on the updates will be much more frequent; almost all the rest of the story takes place between now and March 25. Strap in.)

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Today in LoTR: the Company leaves Lothlórien, heading south in boats down Anduin, the Great River, kitted out with sick loot from Galadriel. In a few days they must decide whether to split up and head south to Gondor or east to Mordor.

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Sam and Frodo suspect Gollum has been following them since Moria. Aragorn confirms it; he has been trying to catch Gollum, unsuccessfully.

Also, Boromir is acting p sus.

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i camt really art but if anyone wants to take this and run with it go ahead

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Update: a little bird pointed out I have Minas Tirith on the wrong side of the river, which happened because I second-guessed myself and missed a tiny arrow on the map in the book >_< Still, not gonna go back and redo it all now.

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Today in LotR: at night, the Company reaches the rapids of Sarn Gebir and are attacked by Orc archers on the shore. Legolas shoots down a suspiciously Ringwraith-like flying thing.

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Looking at the moon, the hobbits realize they were in Lothlórien longer than they thought. I include this whole lovely passage on the Elves and time.

"Winter is nearly gone. Time flows on to a spring of little hope." MOOD.

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Today in LoTR, the Company is not up for whitewater canoeing, so they portage their boats and gear down an old trail Aragorn remembers.

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Incidentally, there used to be a portage route running along the Humber River, all the way up to Lake Simcoe and Couchiching (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_). It was used by First Nations like the Mississaugas and Huron-Wendat, and later French traders.

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Today in LotR: the Company pass the Argonath, the Pillars of the Kings.

Offscreen, Théodred, the son of Théoden king of Rohan, dies in battle on the western border of Rohan.

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Today in LotR: as Frodo ponders the Company's next steps, a maddened Boromir tries to take the Ring from him. Frodo leaves alone—but at the last minute Sam catches up with him. They set off eastwards to Mordor.

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Thus ends Book II and the first volume.

Meanwhile, Orcs attack the camp. Boromir dies slaying many, but Merry and Pippin are taken captive. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli set out on the orcs' trail. The Two Towers has begun!

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Today in LotR: the Isengard Orcs that kidnapped Merry and Pippin, in alliance with another band of Orcs from Mordor, are being pursued by some Rohirrim towards the edge of Fangorn Forest. (Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are still days behind.)

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The time-keeping gets a bit snarled here, as according to the calendar of Middle-Earth, February has 30 days. I would like to keep to the same calendar dates, though, so will summarize the next few days now.

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Feb 29-30: Sam and Frodo find a way down from the Emyn Muil to the marshes below. They catch and "tame" Gollum, who promises to guide them through the Dead Marshes.

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Meanwhile, Éomer and his band of Rohirrim kill all the Orcs. On their way back to Edoras they meet Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, and after some debate lend them horses. Aragorn & co. reach Fangorn but cannot find the hobbits, and a mysterious old man scares away the horses.

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Merry and Pippin escape into Fangorn Forest as the Rohirrim attack. They meet Treebeard, who calls an Entmoot to discuss what to do about Saruman and Isengard. It takes them hours to approve the order paper, but that is normal.

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@nev it's funny how often the story is a variation on 'fuck this I'm walking'

@liamvhogan later on there's an incident where aragorn, gimli & legolas's horses get scared away so they have to walk lol

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