"And what help were the horses? On cue, and somewhat frustratingly, they and whatever help they promised disapeared. So Tolkien. So very Tolkien. The bad so quickly follows the good..."
"A good opening chapter, but talk about a sad one! I actually got a little misty-eyed there for a minute."
"The image of Sam and Frodo in the boat together heading off alone into Mordor is awesome. It's perfect."
"One phenomenal image is the passing of the Argonath. Just absolutely awe-inspiring. Aragorn, 'a king returning from exile to his own land,' now that's big, and probably the origin of the title of the third published volume of LotR. But, where the heck is Minas Anor? I looked at the map and there's no such city in this region."
"They couldn't be better prepared for whatever comes next--at least that's my opinion for now. Inspite of his obvious foreshadowing, you can never be sure what Tolkien will conjure up..."
"The Noldor were much greater elves than the Sindar on account that the Noldor had been to Valinor and the Sindar had not. Add to that the Ring of Power that [Galadriel} is the keeper of, and that's pretty major. She comes across as far more powerful than her chump husband, that's for certain..."
"From the Nimrodel and the mallorn trees to Cerin Amroth, there is a magic about Lothlorien. Tolkien displays a lot of finesse in the way he describes it. Sometimes his use of superlatives to describe elves gets on my nerves, but not here, not so far..."
A thorny road with rich rewards
"Look, I'm telling you! You read it wrong! Gandalf can't die!"
A Middle-Earth version of 'Creeping Death' by Metallica.
"But in the end, the statement that, 'the wildest imaginings that dark rumour had ever suggested to the hobbits fell altogether short of the actual dread and wonder of Moria,' left me unconvinced..."
"The format of their 'fellowship' seems really important. But I don't know what to think of Pippin and Merry's inclusion..."
"No matter what happens, the personage of Evil, the Common Enemy, always reappears destroying the fruitfulness of the sacrifices and heroism of past individuals and groups."
"Finally, as ridiculous as it is, and it is ridiculous, the most surprising thing in this chapter was learning that Sauron is 'The Lord of the Rings'!"
The wiser characters chose correctly, refusing the Ring, aware of their eventual greed, anger, and corruption. While the weak we subdued and captured by the Ring’s authority and power.