On This Day in Middle-earth

February 27th

Aragorn reaches the west-cliff at sunrise

Éomer against Théoden’s orders sets out from Eastfold about midnight to pursue the Orcs

It’s interesting how the Appendices only reference Aragorn on this quest to save Merry and Pippin. We all know that Legolas and Gimli were an important part of his journey, but it’s only Aragorn’s name that is remembered. At Of Blades and Kings, we’re not fans of this, but be warned, we are going to see it often in the Appendices. What’s really crazy is in The Silmarillion, they refer to Sam as Frodo’s servant, which is straight disrespect. I mean, yes, he worked for Frodo like his dad worked for Bilbo but come on, he’s way more than that. Before we go down a longer rabbit hole, let’s get back to today’s events.

Éomer, again, is showing us why he’s a boss, not even the orders from the King can keep him from doing the right thing. Remember, at this moment Saruman has been poisoning Théoden’s mind and Théoden’s son died. Sometimes evil’s influences are so strong we can’t see the difference between right and wrong. We just see the options as doing what we want, or what we don’t want. It’s difficult to break through that line of thinking, and it’s so much easier just to keep going. Even so, we can’t keep falling down that path, let’s try to be better.

Let’s try to be like Éomer and do the right thing, no matter the consequences.

Thank you for your time and remember, renewed shall be the blade that was broken.

– The Wandering One

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