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2020 December 03

Today in the Shire is:
December 3

In the year S.R. 1418

October 25
(38 days ago)
moon 98.2% fullWaning

In the early hours Boromir, who yesterday entered the valley of Rivendell itself after more than a hundred days of travel from his home in Minas Tirith, finally reaches the house of Elrond.

With Frodo safe in Rivendell and having regained consciousness yesterday, the Council of Elrond is now called, and decides to attempt the destruction of the Ring in the heat of the mountain in which it was forged.

Through the afternoon following the Council of Elrond, scouts begin leaving Rivendell to determine whether the Nine Riders still linger west of the Mountains. Aragorn leaves with the sons of Elrond, who will head southeast across the Misty Mountains and down the Silverlode while Aragorn himself goes West and hunts with his Rangers.

October 24
(39 days ago)
moon 94.1% fullWaning

Boromir, in the late evening of his hundred and eleventh day of travel, reaches Imladris, the valley of Rivendell, of which he knew only legend, and begins to search for the house of Elrond.

October 20
(43 days ago)
moon 79.2% fullWaning

Early in the morning Glorfindel and Strider wake the Hobbits and set out on a final march east along the Road toward the Fords of Bruinen. As they reach its floodplain, they are overtaken from behind by five mounted Nazgûl, and then four more emerge from ambush as the white horse of Glorfindel carries Frodo toward the Ford. They make it across the Ford; the Lord of the Nazgûl begins to cross after them; and then all Nine are swept away as Elrond and Gandalf release the flood they have been preparing, and Glorfindel and Strider attack from behind and panic the horses of those who remain on the west bank.

October 19
(44 days ago)
moon 75.7% fullWaning

After walking all night, Glorfindel and Strider halt at dawn and allow the Hobbits five hours of sleep. Through the day they accomplish three further long marches, covering almost twenty miles, and reach a point where the road bends right and turns into valley.

October 18
(45 days ago)
moon 72.2% fullWaning

Strider and the Hobbits leave their camp on the ridge in the Troll-fells, enjoying the clear morning after more than two days of steady rain. Frodo is succumbing to the wound of the Morgul-knife he received twelve days ago; a mist occasionally obscures his sight as his perception of the lighted world begins to dim. Winding downhill to the south, back toward the Road, they discover the trolls — long since turned to stone — that Bilbo encountered on his own journey east seventy-seven years ago. Late in the evening they reach the Road, and meet the Elf-lord Glorfindel. After attending to Frodo's wound, Glorfindel leads them in a night march eastward along the road.

After a journey of fourteen days from Weathertop, Gandalf reaches the safety of Imladris. He assists Elrond in preparing a flood of the river Bruinen should the Riders attempt to cross the Ford.

October 17
(46 days ago)
moon 68.9% fullWaning

The rain clears that has been soaking Strider and the Hobbits, and they are able to turn south again toward the Road and they camp atop a ridge. Frodo is becoming very weak, which is making progress through the fells very difficult.

October 16
(47 days ago)
moon 65.6% fullWaning

The Elf-lord Glorfindel, who since crossing the Last Bridge five days ago has been searching for the Hobbits back west of the river Mitheithel, finds their trail which leads him back east across the Bridge and toward Rivendell. He sees their trail turn north into the Troll-fells, but travels straight east along the road hoping to encounter them when they return to it.

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