- Apr 12, 2003When I taught my Tolkien course this past fall, we speculated about why the
sun comes out so fortuitously at the end of the "Ride of the Rohirrim"
chapter in RotK, thereby conveniently scattering the hosts of Mordor. Even
for Tolkien, the providential coincidence seems a bit thick. But then one of
my students -- very impressively, I thought -- connected this event to Sam's
prayer to Galadriel for "clean water and plain daylight" in "The Land of
Shadow" chapter. She points out that the Tale of Years' entry for March 15
suggests that the two things happen at the same time; in other words, because
Sam prays for sunlight in Mordor, the sun comes out for the Rohirrim, too.
(Another student, before this particular theory was raised, had come up with
a jaw-droppingly complex explanation having to do with weather and
thermoclines and what the winds would have been doing based on some
description of weather *before* "The Ride of the Rohirrim." This earned him
the designation "The Meteorologist of Middle Earth," a nickname he may never
Anyway, I love her theory, and comparing the two passages, it looks as if the
timing could fit. Has anyone else noticed this or commented upon it? Is
this something that every other Tolkien expert knows?
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