Last post! Well, kind of. I have something special planned for tomorrow, and then I guess we have the drinkalongs for two more weeks, but after that we’re pretty much donezo.
Also? I kinda think I might be done discussing Tolkien for a while.
But, yeah. As much as I’ve loved having all of these fun chats with you guys, I’m a little burnt out. With that being said, I’m totally going to talk about what I want to talk about today, which is probably my second favourite part of everything we’ve read.
Ooooh, what’s she talking about, guys? The whirlwind romance of Faramir and Éowyn? Pffft. No. I’ve already told you I’m not a fan of romance in my epic quests. Blergh, blah. The RETURN OF THE KING? No, wrong again! By the time Aragorn is crowned I’m already waving my hand at the story, telling it to just move along.
No, my second favourite thing Tolkien has written is when our hobbit friends return home. They have a nice stop in Rivendell and get to see Bilbo and fill him in on things, then they stop in Bree and SAM IS REUNITED WITH BILL THE PONY (!!!!) !
Butturbur (which google keeps changing to Butterbur AND THAT is actually an herb used to treat headaches so there goes Tolkien with the awesome names again – hee, I also just got Barliman is Barley-man – nice) tells them that things have been pretty grim in these parts lately.
Hmmmm, I wonder what that’s all about? OH WELL, ON TO THE SHIRE!!!!
Oh, but, um…things aren’t all copacetic back at home. For one, there’s a gate. A GATE, what the snape is a gate doing here? Something about Sharkey and the shirriffs gone wild and all this other nonsense.
SOMEONE has taken over the shire and everyone is all downtrodden, including Sam’s Gaffer! This is unacceptable!
The best part here is seeing our formerly timid hobbits take control and bring down the no-good shirriffs. Oh, and reading that Lobelia actually wasn’t good-for-nothing and stood up to the bad guys, so much so that she was thrown in jail.
So, 19 hobbits were killed in the Battle of Bywater, but they took back what belonged to them. They were all surprised to learn that Sharkey was actually Saruman, and Frodo was all set to let him go! What? NO, FRODO! Don’t you understand that showing mercy at this point is…oh, wait. We don’t have to worry about mercy because SARUMAN GOT SHANKED BY WORMTONGUE! See, I told you guys it was a bad idea to trust someone that people call Wormtongue. Dur.
Also, all the trees have been cut down/dug up/burnt for no reason. Everyone remembers Sam’s box of magic dirt from Galadriel, right? And the little silver acorn? It grows into the Shire’s very own mallorn tree! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? And Sam throws the rest of his magic dirt into the wind and it spreads throughout the Shire and everyone has lots of babies and they’re all healthy and everything is wonderful.
Oh, and Frodo and Bilbo (as Ring-bearers) get to go on their final trip to the Undying Lands, which is pretty cool. But Sam just gets to go home to Rosie and the baby and [sigh] he really deserved the happy ending. Really really.