Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Marathon Day XV

The Road to Isengard

Well I've made a terrible miscalculation.  I though I was supposed to read 75 pages each day to meet my goal and finish by the 22nd, but after checking my math today, I realized that I need to read closer to 130 pages for the remaining five days of the book marathon.  

Challenge accepted.

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The most touching part of what I read today was hands-down the song of mourning for poor Boromir.  The whole episode is just so touching...
Aragorn sang: 
Through Rohan over fen and field where the long grass grows
The West Wind comes walking, and about the walls it goes.
‘What news from the West, O wandering wind, do you bring to me tonight?
Have you seen Boromir the Tall by moon or by starlight?
‘I saw him ride over seven streams, over waters wide and grey,
I saw him walk in empty lands until he passed away
Into the shadows of the North, I saw him then no more.
The North Wind may have heard the horn of the son of Denethor,
‘O Boromir! From the high walls westward I looked afar,
But you came not from the empty lands where no men are.’  
Then Legolas sang:  
From the mouths of the Sea the South Wind flies, from the sandhills and the stones,
The wailing of the gulls it bears, and at the gate it moans.
‘What news from the South, O sighing wind, do you bring to me at eve?
Where now is Boromir the Fair? He tarries and I grieve.
‘Ask not of me where he doth dwell – so many bones there lie,
On the white shores and the dark shores under the stormy sky,
So many have passed down Anduin to find the flowing Sea.
Ask of the North Wind news of them the North Wind sends to me!’
‘O Boromir! Beyond the gate the seaward roads runs south,
But you came not with the wailing gulls from the grey sea’s mouth’.  
Then Aragorn sang again:  
From the Gate of the Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls,
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
‘What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the bold? For he is long away.’
‘Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he fought,
His cloven shield, his broken sword, they to the water brought.
His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid to rest,
And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its breast.
‘O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward gaze,
To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.
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I just love Boromir.  He seems so rude at the Council of Elrond, but think about his life behind the scenes trying to please his faltering father, do what's best for his kingdom, and all the while battling the temptation to do what he thinks is right without listening to Elrond or Gandalf.

His parting words with Aragorn make me melt every time.

As I was reading, I thought to myself, if I could say one thing to Frodo and company at this desperate parting on Amon Hen when Boromir dies and the fellowship is split, but I wasn't allowed to reveal that there would be a happy ending or anything like that, if I could only say one phrase, what would I say to them?

I decided I would say:

Non Desistas.

Non Exieris

Never give up.  Never surrender.

What would you say?

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Good job, Benita J. Prins for answering yesterday's trivia question right.  She wins the title "A Lord of Wisdom" after Gandalf's title in The Fellowship.

Today's question is:

What is the name of the Ent who takes care of Merry and Pippin while Treebeard is meeting with the other Ents?  (Hint, this Ent had already made his decision at the Entmoot before the others and that's why he was free to watch over Merry and Pippin).

First to answer this question has "a sacred head" as Gimli says to Gandalf when Gandalf returns.

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  1. I memorized that song that Aragorn and Legolas sing for Boromir... my audio version has a tune for it that I LOVE and I sing it all the time.

    I think I would say the same thing to Frodo, or something very similar.

    Ha! This one I know! It's Quickbeam. :) I really like him, but his original Ent name escapes me at the moment.

    1. Fantastic!

      Very good guess and it is correct :D

  2. LOL, that trivia question is one of the ones in the Tolkien trivia book I'm writing! So I won't answer it :)

    I think I'll have to memorise the Latin version of that (I love Latin) and pull it out for myself sometimes. I would probably say the same thing to Frodo and Aragorn.

    1. Oh cool! I look forward to reading that!

      Ah, I love Latin also--I took a few lessons in it and I hope to continue learning.