Is it me, or have the chapters suddenly gotten way longer? Hmm.
So the fellowship sets out at last, and I start to feel that the story is truly getting started.
A lot happens here, and yet I don't have a lot to say. The bit on Caradhras is very exciting. I spend a lot of time there being impressed by Boromir. He's the one who suggests bringing wood. He's the one who worries that the snow will be "the death of the halflings" (p. 283). He's the one who suggests creating a path back down through the snow for the others to follow. And then he suggests carrying the hobbits through the path. So the last few pages of this chapter in my copy are full of little smiley faces in the margins, and the occasional heart. And sometimes a heart with a smiley face inside it if I'm particularly pleased.
"Books ought to have good endings" (p. 266).
Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song (p. 267).
"May the stars shine upon your faces!" (p. 274).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Why is Aragorn is so against going to Moria? I kind of can't remember. Has he been there before?