Mittwoch, 11. Oktober 2017

Tuesday, 11 October 2941 T. A.: The end of the boat trip

The Devastation of Smaug may have been inspired
by the No-Man's Land of Flanders

On this day, in 2941 T. A., the Lake-men finally set the Dwarves and the hobbit ashore at the right bank (the text says, on the left and western bank, but since the current was coming from the north, it was actually the right bank) of the river Celduin where the pack-horses and riding ponies sent ahead were already waiting for them. Since the Lake-men refused to camp such close to Erebor, they left even in the late evening, drifiting and riding rapidly downstream, and may have reached the Long Lake before midnight again. 

They left a tent for fourteen, though, which provided for a dry (if noisy) but "cold and lonely" night at the edge of the Devastation of Smaug.