I spend a lot of time there being impressed by Boromir, of course. 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.
I'm heartily amused by Legolas too, running around on top of the snow and making little jokes.
"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).
Gandalf seems to possibly blame Sauron for the freak storm, but Gimli blames Caradhras itself. What/who do you think caused the storm? (In the movie, it's Saruman, but that doesn't seem to be an option in the book.)
Do you agree with Bilbo that books ought to have good endings? If so, what do you consider to be a "good ending"?