I would like to apologize for the delay in this article coming out but I really took my time to read this lengthy chapter and absorb all the information. I had to read it three times through just to piece together the entire story so far.
In this chapter, we have “The Council of Elrond” which comprises of all of the races of the West: Elves, Men, Dwarves, and Hobbits. After reading all of the back stories as told by Boromir, Elrond, Gloin, and Gandalf, it took me a while to fit in when everything takes place, chronologically. About halfway through Gandalf’s story about Saruman, I realized Tolkien’s genius of using a powerful ally against our heroes. While I don’t feel that Saruman is truly evil at this point, I’m sure that he believes his reasoning is sound, though others may not see it that way.
I would like to make a comment about Tolkien foreshadowing history a little. With the Council of Elrond, Tolkien has brought together all of the races of Middle-earth, except those under Sauron’s shadow, to discuss issues that concern the world. Could it be that Tolkien foresaw the formation of the United Nations? I would be very interested in your comments on this question.
I have another comment about this chapter that really shocked me. First of all let me say that I was raised on the animated versions of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Now in the animated version of the Hobbit we see that the Elves of Rivendell are human in appearance and the Elves of Mirkwood are really skinny, not-quite-so-human looking. In the animated version of LOTR, we see Legolas, an elf from Mirkwood, looking like the Elves of Rivendell. My question is do the Elves of Rivendell look the same as the Elves of Mirkwood? If that is the case then what were the animators thinking when they drew the Elves differently?
Just some food for thought,