The power of the enemy is growing. Sauron will use his puppet Saruman to destroy the people of Rohan. Isengard has been unleashed. The Eye of Sauron now turns to Gondor. The last free kingdom of men. His war on this country will come swiftly. He senses the Ring is close. The strength of the Ringbearer is failing. In his heart, Frodo begins to understand. The quest will claim his life. You know this. You have foreseen it. It is the risk we all took.

In the gathering dark, the will of the Ring grows strong. It works hard now to find its way back into the hands of men. Men, who are so easily seduced by its power. The young captain of Gondor has but to extend his hand to take the Ring for his own and the world will fall. He is close now, so close to achieving his goal. For Sauron will have dominion over all life on this Earth, even until the ending of the world.

The time of the elves is over. Do we leave Middle-Earth to this fate? Do we let them stand alone?


Today in Middle-Earth:  Frodo and Sam are captured by Faramir and taken to Henneth Annûn (March 7th, 3019 T.A.)

 ’Elves do not walk in Ithilien in these days. And Elves are wondrous fair to look upon, or so ‘tis said.’  

 ’Meaning we’re not, I take you,’ said Sam. ‘Thank you kindly. And when you’ve finished discussing us, perhaps you’ll say who you are, and why you can’t let two tired travellers rest.’ 

   The tall green man laughed grimly. ‘I am Faramir, Captain of Gondor,’ he said. ‘But there are no travellers in this land: only the servants of the Dark Tower, or of the White.’ 

   ’But we are neither,’ said Frodo. ‘And travellers we are, whatever Captain Faramir may say.’ 

One day our paths will lead us there, and the tower guards shall take up the call: “The Lords of Gondor have returned!”

5/8 behind the scenes photos → the two towers

5/8 behind the scenes photos → the two towers


Tolkien read-along: Book II Chapter II ‘The Council of Elrond’

'This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and councils of the Great.'

For Kayley


if aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. if sauron is defeated and aragorn made king and all that you hope for comes true, you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality.

for the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all…