Another one I had to dig deep for. It is a great action sequence, giving vivid detail and really putting the reader “there”. I can’t wait to see how Peter Jackson treats this sequence.
One thing that always stood out to me was the idea of the game of riddles being sacred and ancient. I don’t have much in my life that is ancient and sacred, except maybe my favorite pair of boots! What is so hallowed by time/tradition/habit that you hesitate to tread on it? Is it a net good or bad? I am very fond of sacred cow, I like mine rare with a good garlic butter. But we need some things that transcend our own lives. Things we can cherish for their antiquity, their holiness, the fact that they speak deeply to us, just as they spoke deeply to the ancients.
Im a Southerner. I am deeply steeped in history and enough of a historian to know most of it is bunk. But mankind keeps making it and making it holy writ. Why? What drives us to this? What part of the Divine are we really seeking?
There is a pretty riddle….