With a shout of 'Forth Eorlingas' the host of Rohan rode out of Edoras on what was thought the last ride of Theoden king of the Golden Hall... the galloping of the hooves of the mighty army echoes in the minds of us four Eichers as we are coming to the middle of The Two Towers. What drama, who nobility!
And what imagination a young boy (and his happy Dad) can have when it comes to seeing these characters come to life in Lego!
The King and the Wizard ride forth together - not knowing that the wrath of the Ents has brought the trees of Fangorn to their aid!
With them are three other members of the Company of the Ring.
They have travelled many leagues on foot - hoping against hope to be able to rescue their two small friends - only to find that they seem to have disappeared into the untracked forests.
And what of those two halflings that the company was searching for?
What a happy reunion it was - and how excellent we all felt to have these friends back together again.
You just know when you read Tolkein that you are not just reading a set of idle thoughts by a bookish don who loved language for the joy of making new tongues and writing poetry in them. What we are reading about is a deep look at the very core of who we are - and what the great patterns of truth and meaning do actually play themselves out in our world(s).
In the mean-time - its a joy to have the company of the Ring back together again - at least to have 6 back - and we are wondering what is happening for Frodo and Sam as they move towards Mordor...