The Tolkien Road – Ep. 36 – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1Ch11 – A Knife in the Dark

Concerning “A Knife in the Dark,” Book 1, Chapter 11 of The Lord of the Rings, wherein the hobbits Strider set out on the long road to Rivendell…

Hey there fellow travelers! Welcome to The Tolkien Road, a long walk through the works and philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien.  On this episode, we continue our discussion of The Lord of the Rings with Book 1, Chapter 11 of Fellowship, A Knife in the Dark, wherein the hobbits depart Bree with Strider, rmake their way to Weathertop, and get attacked by the Black Riders. We also discuss Strider’s telling of the tale of Tinúviel as well as the legendary Gil-galad.  By the way, if you haven’t already, please leave The Tolkien Road a rating and feedback on iTunes. We’d love to know what you think of the podcast. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion include:

  • Tolkien Haiku for Book 1, Chapter 11 of LOTR (6:20)
  • Departing Bree (20:00)
  • The Journey to Weathertop (23:30)
  • Gilgalad (37:10)
  • How the Black Riders sense things (42:30)
  • The Tale of Tinúviel (46:00)
  • The Attack of the Black Riders (55:30)
  • Favorite passages (1:05:30)

And much more!

By the way, to see the Tolkien haiku(s) that didn’t make it onto the podcast, scroll down.



Here’s a bonus haiku from me:

Leaving Bree; headed
Into a wilderness. The
Road leads to Mordor.
And here’s Mary Grace’s longer poem that we shared on the podcast:
Listen, young folk, and you shall hear
Of four Hobbits, a Ring, and Ilsildur’s Heir
In the Third Age, in which Sauron rose to power again
There are some in Middle-Earth who are able to say
They can recall that dangerous event and year
Ringwraiths rode down the gate
Into Bree where they came
Passed silently into tavern where Hobbits had stayed
They stabbed the Hobbits, with their blades, in their beds
But a trick, this time by Strider, had been laid again.
Strider had Hobbits hidden,
Safely hidden in his room
It was a dark night with no stars and no moon
They all fled the next day, with only one baggage pony
And fleeing Riders had found those “dead Hobbits” were phony
The travelers left by the Road
But cut to the woods
“A shortcut” said Strider, “It’s for your own good.”
As the hills drew near, they camped down by the night,
And Sam sang of Gil-Galad under faint starlight
They came upon Weathertop
And fire did light
Which the Ringwraiths’ horses perceived in the night
They came to the hill and let loose their attack
A knife through the Ring-Bearer, in the night so black
Strider defended them bravely
Flaming branches in hand
That sent the Black Riders scattered out through the land
And as Frodo had fallen, crying, “Githoniel! Elbereth!”
And had struck at the enemy, before consciousness he left
The end of this tale
Is grim, that I know
But it shows to be brave one must have stout soul
And until the next time, when I write once again
May we remain safe, until the day ends.

2 thoughts on “The Tolkien Road – Ep. 36 – The Lord of the Rings – Bk1Ch11 – A Knife in the Dark

  1. Been listening to back episodes for some time now and enjoy the haiku segment.

    In all seriousness, I would like to hear your take on Harry Potter. As far as I know there isn’t a Harry Potter chapter-by-chapter podcast with haikus.


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