Rescusing Merry and Pippin

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Moreven Brushwood

I've been getting into Lord of the Rings again lately by listening to the commentary and other special features.  One of my favorite scenes in the book is Stider, Gimli and Legolas chasing after the Uruk-hai who have stolen Merry and Pippin.  It's obviously much longer in the book than the movie.  One thing that always seemed odd to me reading the book is how rarely physically tired this trio got.  Tolkien sometimes felt too blunt about it.  He would sorta write "They were tired and they fell on the ground and slept."  It never really left me with in impression of miserable they might be.  I always imagined that these guys were EXHAUSTED physically and mentally.  They're running for days and sick with worry if Merry and Pippin were alive and if they were how they were being tortured.  There is a point where the night is too dark to follow the orc tracks and Aragorn makes the call to sleep for the night.  He doesn't seem sure about this decision so I imagined him sleepless.Also I had forgotten how inhuman Tolkien elves are.  In this moment where they decide to sleep, Legolas is described as laying on the ground and sleeping with his eyes open looking at the stars so the vision of the stars meld with his dreams.  I didn't really like it.  Mirkwood elves are lesser elves and for whatever reason I always imagined them more human.  I don't really like the image that elves never get dirty and they're always clean.

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