Tolkien Read-Along | The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
‘Careful!’ Gollum whispered. ‘Steps. Lots of steps. Must be careful!’
Care was certainly needed. Frodo and Sam at first felt easier, having now a wall on either side, but the stairway was almost as steep as a ladder, and as they climbed up and up, they became more and more aware of the long black fall behind them. And the steps were narrow, spaced unevenly, and often treacherous: they were worn and smooth at the edges, and some were broken, and some cracked as foot was set upon them. The hobbits struggled on, until at last they were clinging with desperate fingers to the steps ahead, and forcing their aching knees to bend and straighten; and ever as the stair cut its way deeper into the sheer mountain the rocky walls rose higher and higher above their heads.
you and I were friends from outer space
afraid to let go
the only two who understood this place
and as far as we know
this ain’t goodbye.
Tolkien Read-Along | The Passage of the Marshes
‘Yes, yes,’ said Gollum. ‘All dead, all rotten. Elves and Men and Orcs. The Dead Marshes. There was a great battle long ago, yes, so they told him when Sméagol was young, when I was young before the Precious came. It was a great battle. Tall Men with long swords, and terrible Elves, and Orcses shrieking. They fought on the plain for days and months at the Black Gates. But the Marshes have grown since then, swallowed up the graves; always creeping, creeping.’
Shelob, by Alan Lee
ShelobEven as Frodo spoke he felt a great malice bent upon him, and a deadly regard considering him. Not far down the tunnel, between them and the opening where they had reeled and stumbled, he was aware of eyes growing visible, two great clusters of many-windowed eyes - the coming menace was unmasked at last.
lotr read-along bingo (week fourteen prompt: shelob)
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring - one gifset per chapter
The passing of the Elves