Frodo has been wounded by the Black Riders at Weathertop and the journey to Rivendell is full of despair, grief, and regret. But the discovery of the stone trolls revives the spirits of the company resulting in song. Join us for a discussion of The Lord of the Rings chapter 12, Flight to the Ford.
Flight To The Ford
In the aftermath of the attack on Frodo the other hobbits are so overjoyed to hear him speak that they took a while to even attempt to answer his question: “Where is the pale king?” They had seen nothing but vague shadowy shapes. Now, at the bidding of Strider, they must move quickly. It was of utmost importance that they get Frodo to Rivendell. Thus began the flight to the Ford of Bruinen – the crossing of the Loudwater River to Imladris and the healing abilities of Elrond Half-elven.
Three Stone Trolls
The journey was fraught with anxiety. Frodo regretted his foolishness in putting on the ring; Sam despaired over his master’s deadly wound; the new country they were venturing into seemed threatening and unfriendly; and all the while they feared that the Black Riders were about to reappear. It was then that they happened upon the stone trolls and a reminder of Bilbo’s first successful adventure on his unexpected journey some sixty years ago. At such a time at this the natural thing to do is to share some prose, tale, or song. And that is what they do thanks to Samwise Gamgee.
Psalms, Hymns, And Spiritual Songs
Story and song have played an important part in the lives of people for many thousands of years. With these history is told and remembered, spirits are lifted, truths are shared, and community is built. They are especially helpful in times of hardship and persecution because they bond peoples together into an even tighter fellowship.
This reminds of of what the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Colossae:
Colossians 3:16 NET
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.
- Weathertop from the album Memories of Middle Earth by Brobdingnagian Bards
- Troll Song from the album The Starlit Jewel by Broceliande
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