Chapter 18 - Lost in Middle-Earth
After the Council that day, the hobbits chatted about the turn of events in Ian's room.
"I can't believe John squealed!" Dom exclaimed.
"Well, I wouldn't say squealed, Dominick, more like, he couldn't help it
because he was in the sleep stage of REM." Sir Ian said expertly. Everyone
turned and looked at him. "Rapid Eye Movement? When you have dreams?"
"Oh." Was the chorused response.
"Well, I've been working on Bilbo's book." Ian said. "I decided to give a
stab at it because, well, hey I'm Bilbo! Elijah, have you thought up any
"Not really, if I do, I shudder everytime."
"Oh come, nephew, you know you'll succeed." Ian smiled. "I'm thinking of
one like, and they floated away to the Grey Havens and were transported back
to the deafening roar of Orlando's party in Reality. The end."
"You forgot the cheese crunchies." Billy smirked.
Sir Ian shook his head. "Fool of a Took."
"Y'know, I think it's a real blessing that we got popped here. It's so beautiful."
Elijah said. Everyone nodded. There was a long silence.
"I wanna go home." Billy said.
They talked and talked and the Rivendell air made all their worries disappear.
Every morning, they'd wake up with out a care in the world.
It had been two months since the Council. November had left, and December
had made its way on stage and brought with it the icy chills of winter.
Elijah and Sir Ian were talking one morning. "Our friends were everywhere
searching. No fresh news. We can't stay any longer. Nearly all the Nazgul
are accounted for." Hugo and the hobbits along with Sir Ian and Viggo were
in the room.
"Well, I could be formal about all of this, or I could just tell you. " Hugo smiled. "You are all going with Elijah."
"We knew that." Billy said. "And we're ready to go."
The sword that Viggo toted was reforged by the Elves and had a design of
seven stars and a shining sun on it. He named it accordingly Anduril, Flame
of the West. The hobbits spent most of their time in the Hall of Fire, sitting
with their friend Ian, for they knew it would be a very long time before
any of them saw him again.
Then they set out, Viggo with Anduril. Sean had a sword just like it, and
the Horn of Gondor. "I wish I did not have to use this, but I know I will."
He said grimly. The hobbits took the swords of the Barrowdowns, and Elijah
took Sting plus the mithril coat (he did not keep it secret, for the whole
Fellowship knew about it). Orli carried his bow and arrows, which he had
mastered at the filming, and a slim white dagger, for close combat purposes.
John carried light, as a dwarf always does, and the only weapon was his trustworthy
axe. Sir Ian carried his powerful staff along with Glamdring. Bill the Pony
followed alongside, as their pack animal, and they set off.
As they walked along, Billy, the youngest of the hobbits, remembered all that was said.
Hugo had nearly cried at saying farewell, and Ian sat there, teeth chattering
in the December wind, mouth pursed, but he could tell the old man was really
sad. He did not want his friends to leave him, and he knew he would not see
Sean again until they got back to Reality (if that ever happened). Once again,
Billy set his jaw and walked forward.
They made for Caradhras, which everyone except Sir Ian and Viggo had nearly forgotten about.
As they sat on a hilltop, they had a silence of what was to come. "Now,"
Sir Ian whispered. "Let us not get ahead of ourselves too far, for that will
A few nights later, they were all sleeping soundly as Sean (Sam) took the
first watch. He nearly dozed off when all of a sudden, a flock of black birds
flew over and startled him. Sean shook awake the entire company and they
headed for what they knew was to come, Caradhras.
"I have a question." John said, using Gimli's dwarf logic. "If we KNOW this
way will work to no avail, and we'll just be walking farther, WHY do we go
this way?" He thundered.
"Perhaps we'd like to be back in our nice penthouses and mansions, knowing
this is a thing of the past." Said Orlando. In any situation, he would have
been upset, but, being an elf, he was the most cheerful one in the entire
They made their way to Caradhras. The snow blew around, and Elijah hallucinated
of being back home, comparing notes with Ian and Sean over the phone. "This
snow will be the death of us!" Sean (Boromir) said. "And I'm to stay alive
until the Breaking of the Fellowship!" He shuddered and realized what he'd
said. There was a grim silence. After a while, he spoke again. "Let's just
A little while further, and Viggo said to let the strongest, he and Sean out ahead.
Orlando knew why he brought this up and smiled as Sir Ian said, "It's freezing.
Why doesn't our Elf-friend go and find us the Sun?"
He replied with a clear, happy voice, "Why send the strongest? Let the ploughbearer
plough, let an otter swim, but for going lightly over leaf or grass, or snow,"
He added as an underthought.
"Send an Elf." The Fellowship muttered. Orli laughed cheerily and lightly sprinted across the snow.
"Where does thou go?" Sir Ian yelled.
"To find the Sun." Was Orlando's response. At that moment, his friends knew
that he was no longer, British actor and surfer Orlando Bloom. He was Prince
Legolas Greenleaf and was totally transformed to his character.
When Orli got back, they sat for a while. "You know, John had a point." Said
Sean, his feet now frozen with cold. "Let's go to Khazadum, where we know
we'll get somewhere." Without further adieu, the cast lept up and walked
the road to Moria, the Black Pit.