“Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and six meals a day (when they could get them).” - Concerning Hobbits
'Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!‘
A cold voice answered: 'Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.'
A sword rang as it was drawn. 'Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.'
'Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!'
Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. 'But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.'
‘Hrum, Hoom,’ murmured the voice, a deep voice like a very deep woodwind instrument. ‘Very odd indeed! Do not be hasty, that is my motto. But if I had seen you, before I heard your voices – I liked them: nice little voices; they reminded me of something I cannot remember – if I had seen you before I heard you, I should have just trodden on you, taking you for little Orcs, and found out my mistake afterwards. Very odd you are, indeed. Root and twig, very odd!’
Can I just take a minute to say that this scene legitimately kills me? All I can think about during this is how terrified Merry must be to let Pippin go off on his own for the first time and be away from his little cousin. I imagine Merry desperately wanting Pippin to stay with him, but at the same time wanting Pippin to be able to become stronger and explore the world. Merry would like to keep Pippin by his side forever, watching over him closely, however he knows that Pippin is going to grow older and not need his protection as much as he did when they were children. He loves Pippin so dearly and squeezes his hand, not knowing if they’ll ever see each other again. FUCK MY LIFE AND THESE MERRY/PIPPIN FEELS I’M MAKING MYSELF SOB WHYWHYWHY