|(That's Gandalf arriving on Shadowfax -- it looks better on my TV. Huh.)|
Random other note: in the movie, Eowyn leads the women, children, and elderly to Helm's Deep. Here, she's not there at all, she's taken them all to some place called Dunharrow. I totally forgot that.
Even as they looked he was gone: a flash of silver in the sunset, a wind over the grass, a shadow that fled and passed from sight (p. 516).
"Trust not to secret ways," said the king (p. 517).
"Give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me!" (p. 520).
"...oft the unbidden guest proves the best company" (p. 522).
"None knows what the new day shall bring him," said Aragorn (p. 527).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Do you find the eleventh-hour arrival of Gandalf, Erkenbrand, and the forest all together to be totally awesome, or a little too convenient? How do you think the battle would have gone if any one of them had not shown up?