On This Day in Middle-earth

March 16th

Debate of the commanders.

Frodo from the Morgai looks out over the camp to Mount Doom.

The Battle of Pelennor Fields has ended and now the commanders are planning their next steps. It’s clear that they’ve won the battle and stuck a major blow to Sauron’s immediate plans, but the war isn’t over. If Frodo is ever to have a chance to destroy the Ring, they need to go on the offensive. Attack Sauron, draw out his hidden strength, and keep his attention away from Mordor.

“His doubt will be growing, even as we speak here. His Eye is now straining towards us, blind almost to all else that is moving. So we must keep it. Therein lies all our hope. This, then, is my counsel. We have not the Ring. In wisdom or great folly it has been sent away to be destroyed, lest it destroy us. Without it we cannot by force defeat his force. But we must at all costs keep his Eye from his true peril. We cannot achieve victory by arms, but by arms we can give the Ring-bearer his only chance, frail though it be.” – Gandalf

Frodo in this moment is looking at the long journey still ahead. Each step gets harder to take, but this hobbit strives to keep going.

A slow day after days of fighting and travel, but it’s a day of different strain. The planning and forboding of the next steps for these groups requires a strong will. That will must be able to understand what lies ahead and still move forward. This is a tough day, it’s a day where the doom before them look bleak and grim.

Thank you for your time and remember, a light from the shadows shall spring.

– The Wandering One

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