Book V, Chapter 1: Screwed Right Now

(Pippin and Gandalf RIDE very fast towards Minas Tirith and Gandalf SENDS Pippin to SLEEP with a very LONG-WINDED story about the CUSTOMS of Gondor. They MEET some soliders and Gandalf TELLS them not to bother REBUILDING the wall of Pelennor.)

Ingold: "But it'll be finished in a minute! What about the Riders of Rohan - are they going to grace us with their presence or not?"

Gandalf: "Thanks to me they are - if I hadn't rescued them from certain death, then you'd be screwed right now. I'm going - and no nodding off, you hear?"

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(They REACH Minas Tirith; Pippin is AWED by the city, NO-ONE thinks that SEEING Gandalf is a GOOD thing and Gandalf TELLS Pippin not to mention ANYTHING about the RING to Denethor (The Steward of Gondor). And to keep quiet about Aragorn, because he knows that EVERYONE will be IMPRESSED. Except for Denethor, who won't be.)

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Gandalf: "Hi, Denethor, how's it going?"

Denethor: "Terrible. Where's the person who saw Boromir die? Oh I wish I'd sent Faramir instead!"

(Pippin offers Denethor his SWORD as PAYMENT for Boromir's death.)

Denethor: "Wow! You may be short but you've some got manners - even if you have got a wierd accent! I like you, little man!"

(EGGED on by Gandalf, Pippin swears LOYALTY to Gondor, becomes a soldier, and TELLS Denethor about Boromir's death.)

Denethor: "I rule Gondor! Unless the King turns up, that is."

Gandalf: "Just in case he does, you'd better make sure that there's some kingdom left, eh?"

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(Pippin meets Beregond (a GUARD) who TELLS him some PASSWORDS and about the CUSTOMS of Gondor.)

Beregond: "Wow! You've got some manners - even if you have got a wierd accent!"

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(They visit Shadowfax and Pippin gets treated like a PRINCE. Beregond TELLS Pippin to FIND his son (Bergil) and WATCH the Gate closing. A lot of allies ARRIVE but not as many as HOPED for.)

Gandalf: "We're all going to die."

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