A Fresh Eye on the Fellowship: Chapter 12 - Looking at LOTR from a different point of view


Wild horses could not drag me away...from you!!! Doo doo doo!!!
After the attack of the Black Riders, Strider and the others must take a wounded Frodo to the Ford of Bruinen. During this chapter we find out a little more about Strider and his relationship with the Elves of Rivendell. I can safely say that more will be revealed about this in the next few chapters now that they are at Rivendell.

I was very surprised to discover that the trolls they discovered were the same ones from The Hobbit. This just shows that Tolkien was really thinking when he wrote these books. The continuity in his books is flawless.

The point that I really want to stress is Frodo’s dislike for the Ring. When they discover the trolls, Frodo is reminded of Bilbo’s journey with the Dwarves and wishes that Bilbo had never brought back the treasure, especially the Ring. Then at the end when the Riders attack at the Ford, I could really feel that, after this point, Frodo will have to come to terms with his quest. Does he go forward or backward? Not an easy decision in my mind.

I also have a question that you fans can clear up for me. I know that the answer will be revealed in the next chapter but I won’t be reading again for another few days. Who was behind the river attack, Gandalf or Elrond?

Just some food for thought,
James

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