Monday, January 29, 2018

Another LOTR Read-Along: The Uruk-hai (TTT 3, 3)

This is one of the most tense chapters for me. Poor Pippin and Merry, in the grip of a foe so fierce even Boromir couldn't withstand them. What chance do two little Hobbits have?

Anyway, this is the chapter where I really start to be a Pippin fan. Up to now, he's just kind of there, being a bit silly and adorable now and then. With Merry knocked on the head and mostly out of commission, Pippin steps up and shows he has considerable wits and courage of his own. He cuts his wrists free and then makes it look like they're still tied, thinks of dropping his brooch to show any followers that he and Merry are still alive, remembers they can eat lembas for strength if they escape, and messes with Grishnakh to make him think they're carrying the ring. Way to go, Pippin!

And we also learn that Merry is quite fierce -- before Boromir came to their aid when they first encountered the Uruk-hai, "Merry had cut off several of their arms and hands" (p. 434). Wow! I'm impressed.

Favorite Lines:

"What good have I been? Just a nuisance: a passenger, a piece of luggage" (p. 435).

Evil dreams and evil waking were blended into a long tunnel of misery, with hope growing ever fainter behind (p. 440).

Discussion Questions:

Who do you like better, Merry or Pippin? Or do you like them both equally?


  1. I have a hard time deciding who I like better. In general, I like Merry a bit more. But I don't think I could really choose between them if I had to!

    1. RM, I am the same -- I like both of them, but usually Merry just a smidge better. He's more sensible, that's probably why.

  2. I have never been able to tell them apart in the film trilogy and perhaps I haven't been paying enough attention in the books because I still mix them up lol. But I think that the two of them are great - I was already a fan of their film characters.
    But yes, Pippin seems to be proving his worth in this chapter. He wishes he would have learnt more about the maps and stuff in Rivendell and suddenly he starts to take matters into his own hands to escape from those terrible uruk-hai and orcs. So cool!

    1. Irene, when I first started watching the movies and reading the books, the only way I could keep them apart was by reminding myself, "BB plays PT." I could tell Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan apart, but I couldn't remember who played who. So that helped. Hee!


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