The proliferation of luminous fungi or iridescent crystals in deep caves where the torchlessly improvident hero needs to see is one of the most obvious intrusions of narrative causality into the physical universe
So I joined a campaign on Roll20, and it’s about our third session. We had gotten to level 4, and our Wizard picked the spell Enlarge/Reduce. He had forgotten to cast it during a battle with the undead, of which my Paladin (Akra, a red dragonborn) is great against. So later, he decides to cast it during a fight with orcs whom are trapped within a cave. Our wizard, casts the spell and our druid is forced to roll a dex save in order to not be crushed. He failed, and the 13’ 4" tall dragonborn (who’s trait is that she must protect her friends) accidentally crushes him a little bit.
Me (OOC): Alright, Akra’s going to be careful and breathe fire into the hole.
DM: Roll a dex save.
Me: Alright (Rolls a 1) ….
DM: Well, Considious, Kithri, make dex checks, and Akra roll damage.
Considious: I have the most hilarious image in my mind.
DM: Alright, so Akra after you’re done, you get off the ground and realize you had crushed your two friends.
Considious: I’m going to roll for how angry my glare is.
And here we are at the beginning of the end of Adventure
Time’s final run of episodes, which will lead until the grand finale!
Although we have already been in Season 9 according to
Cartoon Network, starting with Orb, the Adventure Time crew have intended this
episode called “The Wild Hunt” to be the Season 9 premiere and what a fantastic
episode to start out on!
During the evening, a giant monster that Princess Bubblegum
calls the “Grumbo” starts to attack the Candy Kingdom and kill some of the
Finn tries to slay the monster, but every time he’s about to
defeat it, he feels guilt about Fern’s death from the previous episode, Three
Buckets and starts to hallucinate seeing Fern’s face.
Finn ends up running into Huntress Wizard, who tries to help
him get over his guilt of Fern and take down the Grumbo with him.
Finn and Huntress Wizard find the Grumbo’s cave and Finn
still can’t bring himself to defeat it, to which Huntress Wizard puts herself
in harm’s way and Finn imagines Huntress Wizard as Fern and end up defeating
the Grumbo once and for all.
Huntress Wizard already knew that Finn is in love with her
and gives her a kiss only to see Fern in her and screams.
They find out that the Grumbo was made with artificial candy
and wonder who made it, to which we cut to a mysterious man, being Uncle
Gumbald and plots to create another monster, which we see may be the remains of
Fern he picked up from the previous episode!
This episode really was a wild adventure!
Not only was there a big battle with a giant monster that
Finn had to fight, but the episode sees the return of Huntress Wizard to help
Finn fight the Grumbo!
I really liked how Finn wasn’t able to get over Fern’s death
so quickly and have remained a guilty part of conscience for nearly a month.
The scenes with Finn and Princess Bubblegum were great, as
the joke with PB slipping on a banana peel while talking about how serious
death was quite humorous and show that the series has a great mix of being both
funny and serious!
It was pretty dark to see the Banana Guards getting killed
by the Grumbo, but they had a lot of great lines in the beginning.
I also wanted to talk about how well-made this episode was,
in terms of animation, music, action, pacing and character development!
This might be one of my recent favourite episodes, as there
was definitely a bump in the animation which might’ve had to do with how Erik
Fountain, the storyboard supervisor got to board a few scenes of the episode,
with two other great storyboarders being Polly Guo & Sam Alden.
Sam Alden even mentioned that this was the last episode that
he worked on with Polly and it was quite the amazing episode to go out on!
Special mention to Huntress Wizard playing a great role in
this episode and was quite surprised to see Finn give her a kiss after she
already knew that he was in love with her.
I forgot this wasn’t the first they kissed, which was also
in Flute Spell. However, Finn had matured with his romantic relationships ever
since his breakup with Flame Princess, so as much as I really like Huntress
Wizard and Finn together, I’d hope he wouldn’t make the same mistakes as
However, Finn sees Fern while kissing her, so it could also
mean how Finn has really learned to appreciate himself after all that he’s been
Another one of my favourite jokes was when Finn got burned
near his crotch and his voice goes unreasonably high.
Finn also ended up getting his sword burnt, to which he will
probably be getting a new sword in future episodes. My guess is the one that’s
in the Orb title card.
The ending really raises a lot of the questions, as to what
exactly is Gumbald planning and what is his next creation going to be? I
definitely don’t think that’s the last we’ve seen of Fern or the Grass Squid.
This episode was a blast and a great start to Season 9!
Chapter 6: I’m scared to live but I’m scared to die
Bilbo watched as Elentári walked away from Thorin, the
hobbit also watched as he saw the dwarf king look miserable for the first time
since the day he met him. It was odd to see Thorin so affected by Elen’s
rejection but after all, she had the right to be mad. Bilbo couldn’t believe what
Thorin had said to his friend moreover when she was not a burden for the
company. Elen always tried to help and she was kind and caring toward Bilbo.
The elleth walked past the hobbit, her face flushed with anger and mumbling
something about the stubbornness of dwarves. Bilbo followed after her as she
reached Gandalf’s sides and started to look for the cave.
After a while, Thorin found the troll’s loot and
everyone gathered around the entrance. The smell that came from the large cave
was putrid and Bilbo decided to stay outside. However, a few dwarves, Gandalf
and Elen dared to enter the cave. The dark place was full of treasure the
trolls had been hoarding, it was impressive but Elen did not care as she tried
not to puck because of the smell.
“Oh, what’s that stench?!” Nori asked as he covered
his nose and mouth with his hand.
“It’s a troll hoard. Be careful what you touch.”
Gandalf answered, looking as disgusted by the smell as the others.
As they enter the cave deeper, many of the dwarves
coughed and retched at the pungency of the cave but inside, they found piles of
gold coins and other treasures in caskets. Those abandoned richness caught
“Seems a shame just to leave it lyin’ around. Anyone
could take it.” He said as he nudged some gold coins with his foot.
“Agreed.” Gloin piped in then turned to Nori. “Nori,
get a shovel.”
At the same time, Thorin, Elentári and Gandalf
explored deeper. Elen wandered at the opposite side of the cave, avoiding
Thorin at all costs but the dwarf king found two swords covered in cobwebs and
the swords caught Elen’s eyes. Gandalf approached the dwarf with curiosity.
“These swords were not made by any troll.” Thorin’s
deep voice said as he handed one sword to Gandalf and kept the other one in his
hands. Thorin observed the sword with interest and Elen approached Gandalf.
“Gandalf… Those are no simple swords…” The elleth
breathed out in awe.
“Nor were they made by any smith among men.” Gandalf
added as he drew the sword in his hand out of its sheath a few inches. “These
were forged in Gondolin by the High Elves of the First Age.” Elen nodded her
head, her eyes still focused on the blade.
Realizing that they are Elven swords, Thorin started
to put away the one in his hands in disgust. Elen’s eyes widen at his action
and she scoffed.
“You could not wish for a finer blade.” Gandalf told
Thorin in an exasperated tone. Reluctantly, Thorin held on to the sword. He
drew it out of its sheath a few inches as well and observed it.
Elentári glared at him then quickly stormed out of the
cave. ‘This dwarf will never change.’ She thought as she reached the top of the
cave and went to sit next to Fili and Kili. In the meantime, some of the
dwarves filled a chest with treasures and gold, then burried it in a hole in
the ground near the entrance of the cave. As he saw them, Dwalin looked on in
disappointment, his arms crossed over his chest.
“We’re makin’ a long-term deposit.” Gloin explained,
earning a roll of Dwalin’s eyes as Thorin finally rushed past them to exit the
“Let’s get out of this foul place. Come on, let’s go.
Bofur! Gloin! Nori!” He called as he climbed the stairs that lead out of the
On his way out, Gandalf stepped on something metallic.
Brushing aside the leaves beneath him with his staff, he found another sword. A
much smaller one. The wizard exited the cave and headed over to where Bilbo was
sitting alone. The hobbit looked up at Gandalf as the wizard handed him the
sword he has just found.
“Bilbo.” Gandalf called, taking the hobbit out of his
“Here. This is about your size.” Gandalf said as he
handed the sword to Bilbo who looked completely confused.
“I can’t take this.” Bilbo said after observing the
sword in his hands.
“The blade is of Elvish make which means it will glow
blue when orcs or goblins are nearby.” Gandalf answered, trying to convince the
“I have never used a sword in my life.” Bilbo
whispered as he looked around, afraid for the dwarves to hear. Gandalf smiled
at his friend and bent down slightly.
“And I hope you never have to. But if you do, remember
this: true courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare
one.” Bilbo looked at Gandalf, his mind registering what the wizard had just
said when Thorin’s worried voice shouted near them.
“Something’s coming!” The king warned at the same time
as Elen. The elleth rolled her eyes as Thorin looked at her in surprise.
“Gandalf” Bilbo stuttered in fear.
“Stay together! Hurry now. Arm yourselves.” Gandalf
told the company as he ran ahead with Elen right behind him.
Bilbo slowly drew his sword and looked at it for
several seconds before he finally followed the others, who have run off into
the woods. Elen ran ahead, her ears listening closely to the sound. It wasn’t
any kind of orc or creature. It was… it was a sled.
“A sled?” She asked out loud, making Thorin look at
her as if she was crazy.
As soon as the words left her mouth, Radagast rode at
full speed through the forest on his rabbitdrawn sled and pulled up short by
the Company, screaming and shouting.
“Thieves! Fire! Murder!” The brown wizard shouted as
he stopped in the middle of the company. The dwarves were ready to fight and
Thorin drew his new sword but Elen gripped his forearms to stop him. Thorin
wiped his head to look at the elleth in wonder. Elen kept her eyes focused on
Radagast but shook her head ‘no’ at the dwarf king.
“Radagast! Radagast the Brown.” Gandalf quickly warned
the dwarves, making them all groan in annoyance but also in relief. “Ah. What
on earth are you doing here?”
“I was looking for you, Gandalf. Something’s wrong.
Something’s terribly wrong.” Radagast said, his voice laced with worry and
“Yes?” Gandalf inquired, sharing a look with Elen who
simply shrugged and waited for Radagast to calm down. The odd wizard opened his
mouth to speak, but shut it. He opened his mouth again, but closed it once
“Take your time, Radagast.” Elentári piped in nicely
as she saw the scowling faces of the impatient dwarves.
“Oh, just give
me a minute. Um, oh, I had a thought, and now I’ve lost it. It was, it was
right there, on the tip of my tongue.” Radagast said in irritation, then he
curled up his tongue, and looked surprised. Elen raised an eyebrow as she saw
something in his mouth.
“Oh, it’s not a thought at all; it’s a silly old…” The
brown wizard said and Gandalf pulled a stick insect out of his mouth. “stick
The dwarves and Bilbo looked flustered and very
confused but Elen only laughed at the gentle but odd wizard. Radagast and
Gandalf went off a few paces to speak in private and the company gathered in
the small clearing they were actually in waiting for the wizard. Elen looked at
the two wizards, wondering what they were talking about when someone cleared
their throat. She turned around to be surprised to see Thorin’s deep blue eyes
staring at her. He was really close. Too close.
“Hm… You’re still gripping on my arm…” Thorin suddenly
said a bit embarrassed. Elen’s eyes widen then fell on her hand that was indeed
still gripping Thorin’s forearm tightly.
“Oh!” Elen’s cheeks turned bright red and she quickly
let go of the king’s arm. “Sorry…” She mumbled and turned around to leave but
not before hearing Thorin’s reply.
“There’s nothing to be sorry for.” He mumbled, rubbing
his arm where Elen’s hand had been just a few seconds before.
Elen blushed even more as she made her way toward
Bilbo and past Balin who looked at her with a knowing smirk. She would never
admit that she secretly loved the way his muscles shifted under his thick sleeve
or how the warmth of his skin radiated through the leather of his coat. Elen
shook her head and clenched her fist, trying to make the tingling on her skin
stop. She had to stay focus, only a few minutes before she was yelling at
Thorin telling him to never touch her again and now… She couldn’t get her hands
off of him?! Elen groaned in disappointment in herself.
is sick, Gandalf. A darkness has fallen over it. Nothing grows any more, at
least nothing good. The air is foul with decay. But worst are the webs.” Elentári heard Radagast say.
“Webs? What do
you mean?” Gandalf asked worriedly.
Gandalf. Giant ones. Some kind of spawn of Ungoliant, or I am not a Wizard. I followed
their trail. They came from Dol Guldur.”
But the old fortress is abandoned.” The Grey wizard exclaimed.
it is not.”
‘Dol Guldur?’ Elen thought, wondering what this was
“What are they talking about?” A gentle voice asked
from next to the elleth. Elen looked down slightly to see Bilbo sat next to
her, watching the wizards as well.
“Spiders…” Elen simply answered, earning a confused
and curious frown from Bilbo. Gandalf and Radagast kept talking and Elen
listened. She was scared to say that what Radagast had seen in the abandoned
fortress was not a good sign at all. This kind of darkness couldn’t be a good
sign for Middle Earth. Elen saw Radagast pull out a clothwrapped package from
under his cloak and hand it to Gandalf. The woman frowned as Gandalf untied it
and opened it; upon seeing its contents, the wizard looked concerned and Elen
felt an old and ancient kind of darkness fill the air around them.
“That is not
from the world of the living.” Radagast said.
“I don’t like that…” Elen whispered only for Bilbo to
hear but before Bilbo could ask her what she meant, a howl was heard in the
distance. Elen blinked several times and shot up to her feet. The dwarves
looking around them with their weapons ready.
“Was that a wolf? Are there… are there wolves out there?”
Bilbo asked, stuttering.
“Wolves? No, that is not a wolf.” Bofur answered him
as Elen grabbed the sword tied on he back.
Suddenly, Elen wiped around and she tensed. From behind
a nearby crag, a Warg appeared; it leapt into the midst of the Company,
knocking down one of the dwarves. Elen pushed Bilbo aside and stepped before
him with her sword ready. The warg turned and growled at Elen but Thorin struck
quickly and killed the warg using Orcrist. Elen looked up at Thorin with
surprise and their eyes met but another Warg attacked from the other side; Kili
shot it with an arrow, bringing it down behind Thorin. However, it got back up
and tried to attack Thorin but at the same time as Dwalin, Elen jumped forward
and drove her sword into the Warg’s skull. Thorin wiped his head to look at his
friend and at the elleth with wide eyes. Elen took her sword off the Warg and
smirked at Dwalin who looked unpleased to share his kill with her.
“WargScouts! Which means an Orc pack is not far
behind.” Thorin stated, his eyes still focused on Elen. The elf had saved him
at the same time as Dwalin. Even after what he said to her, the elleth had
tried to keep him safe.
“Orc pack?” Bilbo asked, worriedly as Gandalf
“Who did you tell about your quest, beyond your kin?”
The wizard asked Thorin, his voice waving with anger and agitation.
“No one.” Thorin answered with confusion.
“Who did you tell?” Gandalf raised his voice.
“No one, I swear.” Thorin said defensively.
“Gandalf!” Elen raised her voice. “He said nothing! We
need to go, now!” The elleth glared at the wizard, feeling quite annoyed to
lose some precious time like this.
“What in Durin’s name is going on?” Thorin asked the
wizard, taking a step forward.
“You are being hunted.” Gandalf sighed then glanced at
Elen. The elleth was looking around the company, her eyes scanning the horizon.
“There’s too many…” She muttered.
“We have to get out of here.” Dwalin piped in,
gripping his axe tightly but Ori stepped forward in fright.
“We can’t! We have no ponies; they bolted.” The young
dwarf told the company. ‘Shadowfax…’ Elen thought, suddenly worried for her
“I’ll draw them off.” Radagast said, seing no other
way out for the company and the elleth.
“These are Gundabad Wargs; they will outrun you.”
Gandalf disagreed but the brown wizard smiled proudly at the other wizard’s
“These are Rhosgobel Rabbits; I’d like to see them
Elen looked at Radagast as he got himself ready. She
approached him and looked up as the gentle wizard looked down at her with a
“Be careful, Radagast.” She said, giving him a small
“Do not worry about me, my lady. I can handle a few
orcs.” Elen chuckled at his words and nodded her head then stepped aside to let
In the meanwhile, Thorin observed the elleth and the
wizard. He was close enough to hear their conversation and he couldn’t help but
raise an eyebrow at how Radagast had called her. ‘My lady?’ He thought,
Elentári was a simple elf maiden… not or lady. Thorin was even more confused as
his eyes landed on the sword on Elen’s back. He saw it once when she attacked
the trolls and once again now but he couldn’t understand how it was possible.
Thorin knew who forged that sword, but it was simply impossible.
The dwarves gathered at the edge of the woods while Yazneg,
the orc leader of the Warg Riders, and his Wargs were searching through the
forest for them. Suddenly, Radagast and his rabbits shot out of the forest and
in a flash the Orcs and Wargs were chasing him. Radagast laughed as his plan
“Come and get me! Ha ha!” He exclaimed, looking behind
Gandalf and Elen watched from behind a rock as
Radagast and the Wargs disappeared in the distance. Elen shared a look with the
wizard and nodded her head before running ahead of the company.
“Come on!” Gandalf called for the dwarves to move and
the company rushed across a rocky plain.
Elen waited behind a rock as the company joined her,
she looked in the distance to see Radagast being chased by the Wargs. One of
them crashed while trying to catch him and Elen smirked. The wizard could truly
handle those orcs.
As the Company ran across the plain, they saw the
Wargs not too far from them. Elen gasped and grabbed Bilbo who was running next
to her to hide behind the rocks. The company join her and the hobbit who looked
up in fright at Elen. The elleth squeezed his shoulder and smiled, trying to
give him courage. Gandalf looked in the distance to see if they could move.
“Stay together.” The wizard whispered.
“Move!” Thorin ordered and the company kept running.
Elen looked at Thorin as she ran past him, their eyes met and the King felt a
weird pull at his heart. Something was going to happen.
As the Company ran, Radagast drove his sled beneath an
overhanging projection of rock; he ducks, but the Orc on the Warg behind him
got knocked off. Elen smiled as she heard the commotion Radagast was creating
as the chase continued. Suddenly, Thorin stopped behind a rock, seeing the
Wargs too close but Ori ran out of the cover. Elentári and Bilbo gasped at the
same time but hopefully Thorin grabbed Ori by his collar and pulled him back
under the protection of the rock.
“Ori, no! Come back!” Thorin exclaimed as he grabbed
him. The company waited for a while then Gandalf checked once again and nodded
at the company.
“Come on! Quick!”
The dwarves continued running but Thorin stayed behind
and turned to Gandalf as Elen stepped next to the wizard.
“Where are you leading us?” Thorin asked suspiciously,
making the woman roll her eyes and Gandalf glare at him then move past the
dwarf as he doesn’t answer. Thorin glanced at Elen then gestured for her to
follow the others, not wanting to leave her at the back without protection.
Elen ignored him and start to run behind Gandalf.
As the Warg scouts chased Radagast, one of them
suddenly stopped and scented the air. Elen stopped in her tracks, her eyes
“Take cover!” She whisper-shouted at the company and
they all looked confused until Gandalf sensed the warg scout too.
The dwarves all took cover behind an outcropping of
rock. Elen squeezed herself between Bilbo and Thorin, trying to calm her heart
down as it hammered against her chest. She shared a look with Bilbo who looked
terrified then grabbed her sword at her hips and sighed to focus. The elleth
closed her eyes and listened to the scout and his Warg. They appeared on top of
the outcropping they were hiding behind, scenting the air. Thorin looked at
Kili and nodded his head. The look in the leader’s eyes left no choice at the
poor young brunette dwarf. Bilbo squeezed Elen’s forearm to catch her attention
as Kili readied an arrow. Elen opened her eyes and understood what Kili was
trying to do but before she could stop him the younger Durin brother quickly
stepped out and shot the Warg. However, his arrow hit the Warg’s shoulder blade
and it let out a huge roar. Elen’s eyes widen but Kili quickly shot another
arrow that made the Warg and the orc fell near the dwarves. Some of them
quickly jumped and attacked it. Elen watched as the finally killed the orc and
its beast but she shook her head as the sounds of their fight was carried quite
far. Far enough for the other Wargs and Orcs to hear. They stopped chasing
Radagast as they hear roars and screams from behind the rocks and Elen’s
breathed hitched in her throat.
“They heard us…” She muttered, only Bilbo and Thorin heard
“The Dwarfscum are over there! After them!” Elen heard the Orc’s leader hiss in his horrible language. The Warg
scouts howled as they stopped pursuing Radagast and they began pursuing the
“Move. Run!” Gandalf shouted, now not caring to keep
his voice low. The company ran through a grassy plain; Wargs began to surround
them from all sides. The elleth stopped and tightened her grip on her sword as
she looked around her. Bilbo stayed behind the dwarves, not knowing what to do.
“There they are!” Gloin warned.
“This way! Quickly!” Gandalf lead them through the
plain as they all ran for a while longer, then halted in a clearing as they saw
Wargs on all sides. ‘We’re stuck.’ Elen thought and groaned as she tensed.
“There’s more coming!” Kili screamed and Elen ran next
to him as the young dwarf was a bit too away from the other to her liking.
“Kili! Shoot them!” Elen heard Thorin shout from
Looking around, Gandalf saw a large rock and he
quickly recognized it. He ran toward it and disappeared. The wizard disappeared
into thin air as the dwarves started to get more and more agitated.
“We’re surrounded!” Fili screamed as he came back from
his quick scout ahead.
Kili began to shoot at the Wargs and the Wargriders,
killing some of them. Elen was by his side, ready to fight.
“Where is Gandalf?” The brunette dwarf next to her
“He has abandoned us!” Dwalin roared, accusing the
“Nonsense!” Elen shouted back, knowing that her
dearest friend would abandon them so easily.
The dwarves gathered close to each other near the rock
Gandalf disappeared by. As Yazneg and his Warg approached, Ori shot a rock at
Yazneg with his slingshot, to no effect. Thorin pulled out his sword and stared
at Elen’s back. He didn’t like the fact that Kili and her were far from the
rest of the company.
“Hold your ground!” Thorin shouted to his friends as he
readied himself but suddenly, Gandalf popped up from a crack in the rock.
“This way, you fools!” The wizard exclaimed before disappearing
once again by the rock. Thorin ran and looked down the rock to see a secret
passageway, his head wiped to the side and he called for everyone.
“Come on, move! Quickly, all of you! Go, go, go!”
As the Wargs approach, the dwarves and Bilbo slid into
the large crack in the rock, sliding into a cave. A warg approached Thorin and
tried to attack him but the King killed it easily with a slide of his sword. Kili
shot another another orc and kept shooting with Elen by his side.
“Kili, we have to go!” Elen said, her body shifting to
“Kili! Elen! Run!” Thorin screamed and finally Kili
turned away to run but at the same time Elen saw the orc he was about to shoot
a second before raise his arm. Elen’s body moved out of instinct as the orc
threw his sword at Kili’s back but instead of hitting the young dwarf, the
sword came rushing at Elen. The elleth gasped as she looked down, pain gripping
her entire being as she saw the sword driven deep in her side. Kili turned
around and his eyes went wide but Elen mastered all her strength and turned to
follow him. Her hand pulled the sword out off her skin and pushed hard against
“Run Kili! Don’t look back I’m right behind you!” Elen
said as she pushed Kili forward. The young dwarf looked skeptical but ran
ahead, looking behind at Elen every two seconds.
They quickly joined Thorin before the rock and Kili
jumped into the crack. Elen’s legs were heavy, she had more and more
difficulties to move. Her hand was drenched in blood but she tried to ignore
it. Thorin’s eyes landed on her and his heart stopped for a second. Thorin made
a move to come closer but right as he was about to reach her a high sound
pierced the air around them and Elen screamed in pain.
“No!” Thorin screamed as he saw the arrow pierce
through the back of Elentári’s left shoulder. The elleth’s eyes widen, pain
evident on her features.
She knew that she was too far from the rock to reach
it without putting Thorin in danger, the Orcs were too close. She looked at
Thorin, her eyes filled with tears as she knew what she had to do. The time
seemed to slow down as she heard Thorin’s voice scream her name. She saw him
start to run in her direction, fear in his eyes. Elen’s legs shook as she raised
her right arm slowly in the air. With the last bit of strength she had left,
Elentári pushed Thorin back, a huge wave of white light escaping her hand.
Thorin’s eyes widen as he felt the light push him backward and into the crack
with the other dwarves. Elen sighed, and her eyes closed as a soft smile appeared
on her lips through the pain. He was safe, that’s all that mattered for her.
The elleth’s legs gave way and she fell on her knees,
her breathing shallow and rapid. Black spots started to cover her vision and
Elen fell on he side. ‘Is this it? Is it how it ends?’ Elentári thought as she
closed her eyes. She slowly accepted her fate as she heard Thorin’s voice scream
from far away. In the crack, the dwarves were trying to hold the king back as
he tried to climb back up to help Elen.
“We can’t leave her alone!” Thorin screamed but
Gandalf stopped him once again as he tried to go past him.
Just as Yazneg and his Wargs reach the Elen’s
unconscious body, an Elvish horn sounded in the plain making the dwarves jump
and Thorin look up in confusion. A group of mounted Elves rushed into the fray,
shooting and spearing the Wargs and Orcs. The Company listened to the conflict
from inside the crack. Thorin groaned in impatience but suddenly one of the
orcs, shot by an arrow, fell into the cave. The dwarves jumped and readied their
weapons but the orc was dead. Thorin advanced through the company and plucked
out the arrow and examined its make.
“Elves.” Thorin hissed in disgust and threw the arrow
on the ground. Gandalf sighed out in relief as he understood who had saved them
and consequently, who had found Elentári.
“Gandalf, we have to help Elen.” Kili suddenly said
and Thorin looked up at the wizard with dark eyes.
“We cannot help her, Kili. We wouldn’t be able to heal
her wounds, she might die if…” Gandalf started but Thorin stopped him with a
“We cannot leave her alone! Gandalf, she will die! She
might as well be dead already!”
“This is why she is in better hands with the elves
right now!” Gandalf said, raising his voice. Thorin looked down for a moment
and tried to calm down, the company looked around at each other in worry but
finally Thorin sighed and glared at Gandalf one last time. “We do not have the
choice Thorin. Elentári is one of my dearest friend, I wouldn’t leave her in
the hands of fools. I know that those elves are her best chance.”
Thorin sighed but he had no other choice. He could see
that his friends looked at him with questioning looks at why he cared so much
for the elleth. They all cared but Thorin’s behavior was truly odd. There was a
pathway at the end of the cave, leading away, to a place unknown. Dwalin
wandered in the cave and brought Thorin out of his daze.
“I cannot see where the pathway leads. Do we follow it
or no?” The warrior asked.
“Follow it, of course!” Bofur exclaimed before anyone
could protest, even Thorin. The dwarves started to follow Dwalin and Bofur, Gandalf
staying behind with Bilbo.
“I think that would be wise.” Gandalf mumbled, only
Bilbo noticed the wizard comment.
The Company began to follow the path. It was quite
narrow, and the path was actually a crack between two tall cliffs. At times, the
dwarves had great difficulties going through the narrow pathway. Thorin couldn’t
help but worry, Elen’s hurt face, her hands red from her own blood haunted his
mind. He had to see her, he had to see her alive and well. His heart clenched and
he felt sick, his throat tightened and a strong feeling of grief gripped his
heart. Thorin knew at this instant that if he lost her, if he lost Elentári, he
would never love again.
The pathway eventually opened out into an open area;
there was a valley below, and in that valley, was the city of Rivendell.
“The Valley of Imraldis. In the Common Tongue, it’s
known by another name.” Gandalf said as the dwarves looked at the city in awe.
“Rivendell.” Bilbo breathed out, looking at the landscape
with an admirative smile.
“Here lies the last Homely House east of the sea.”
Gandalf said but Thorin’s anger boiled.
“This was your plan all along, to seek refuge with our
enemy.” The dwarf king hissed.
“You have no enemies here, Thorin Oakenshield. The
only illwill to be found in this valley is that which you bring yourself.”
Gandalf answered, making Bilbo look between the wizard and the dwarf feeling a
“You think the Elves will give our quest their blessing?
They will try to stop us.” Thorin asked Gandalf but in reality, that was more a
statement than a question.
“Of course they will. But we have questions that need to
be answered. If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact
and respect and no small degree of charm. Which is why you will leave the
talking to me. Moreover, if you want to see Elentári again you will have to
follow me.” Gandalf said and started to walk toward the elven city as Thorin
looked down in resilience.
If this was the only way to see her again… Thorin
would deal with the elves of Rivendell.
where’s the wikihow article on how to make your little sisters take down an extremely dangerous fort made of all of the house chairs stacked on eachother (apparently its their “wizard cave”) that could collapse at any minute and is taking up THE ENTIRE LIVING ROOM
A character analysis of Fíli, written in my blood, probably.
If I had a dollar for every time
someone asked me why Fíli is my favorite character, I would be rich enough to
buy the rights to The Hobbit movies, re-write the ending and let the Durins
live, as they deserved.
I made longer post back in September
in which I tried to explain just why I love Fíli so much. But by popular
demand, and because after The Battle of the Five Armies there’s just so much
more to talk about, I decided to write an updated version of my “Fíli is the
light of my life and must be protected at all costs” meta.
So, below the cut you can find the
character analysis that I should attach to all my applications because it’s the
fucking greatest thing I will ever write.