Today's Date in the Shire
Fun and Games
Walk to Rivendell
Malbeth the Seer
Aragorn now assumes the leadership of the Company. They begin their march away from the mountains and their path leads them past Durin's Stone by the Mirrormere, deep Kheled-zâram. Gimli takes Frodo to the shore of the pool to have a look.
Before long, Sam and Frodo lag behind due to their wounds sustained during the trouble with the orcs in the Chamber of Mazarbul. Aragorn, full of concern, apologizes for not tending them earlier and takes them to a safe dell beside a stream. Here Bilbo's mithril mail-coat is discovered and marveled at.
When the Company moves on, Frodo once again hears the patter of feet and sees the faint gleam of eyes when he turns swiftly for a look behind. Soon they enter the eaves of the Golden Wood, Lothlórien. They stop for a while beside the stream, Nimrodel, and listen to Legolas tell tales of that land.
In search of a safe place to hide for the night, the Company is surprised by three Elven sentinels of Lórien, Haldir, Rúmil and Orophin. They question Legolas and decide to provide their treetop talans as refuge for the travelers, though they are suspicious of the dwarf. The next morning, the Elves and Gimli almost come to blows as the Elves insist on blindfolding the dwarf as they travel through Lothlórien. Aragorn dispels the violence and compromises that each of them go blindfolded.
A day and a half of walking blind passes before they meet up with a host of Elves marching north to guard against attack from Moria. They bring messages the Company should walk free, even Gimli the Dwarf. They are unbound and behold the wonder of Cerin Amroth about them. Haldir takes Frodo up to the high talan on the hill and shows him the view of Caras Galadhon, the main city of the Elves in Lothlórien, to the south and Dol Guldur in Southern Mirkwood to the east. As Frodo descends the hill, he finds Aragorn lost in some fair memory of this place.