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Old 08-15-2006, 05:54 PM   #1
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How to escape the Nazgūl

When the Fellowship travels from Bree to Rivendell, they are chased by the Nazgūl. They try to escape them by walking along little known paths in the wilderness. they walked during the day and sleeping at night, with a watch by the fire.

Is this really the best way to deal with the Nazgūl? The Nazgūl is stronger during night, would it not make sense to be alert and moving during this time ? It would also be easier to keep a watch during the day.

What do you think would be the best strategy when trying escape the Nazgūl?
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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Well, I think it was the best way because Aragorn thought so and they did make it to Rivendell, even if it almost cost Frodo his life...there really is no easy way to avoid a Nazgūl...they happened to do just the right things to barely escape.
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:35 AM   #3
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Aragorn had two objectives to balance during the flight from Bree to Rivendell: to avoid the Nazgul and to reach Rivendell with the hobbits and the ring as quickly as possible.

Moving through the trackless wilderness at night would have slowed the group down considerably, giving the Nazgul very much more time in which to find them.
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Old 08-16-2006, 05:41 AM   #4
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Aragorn had two objectives to balance during the flight from Bree to Rivendell: to avoid the Nazgul and to reach Rivendell with the hobbits and the ring as quickly as possible.

Moving through the trackless wilderness at night would have slowed the group down considerably, giving the Nazgul very much more time in which to find them.
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I would say that the main objective would be to reach Rivendell safely and without loosing the ring, with time only being a secondary thing. The Nazgūl has yet to show the abillity to track people down in the wilderness, they tend to stick to the normal roads and known landmarks. . . and still with Aragorn's expertice, he and the hobbit would hold a great advantage. Even in the dark.
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:29 PM   #5
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I would say that moving at night, when the Nazgul are strongest, would have been more likely to attract their attention.

When you are hiding at night, you are still in a world where most things (at least humans and hobbits) are still. At night the senses of the Nazgul are as sharply focused as they ever are, and their powers of fear and terror are greatest.

During the day, travellers normally move, hunters hunt, rangers range , and there is all manner of movement in the wilderness. So if you move during the day, at least you don't call so much attention to yourself by doing so.

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Old 08-16-2006, 11:19 PM   #6
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Old 08-17-2006, 08:54 AM   #7
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I think Aragorn had a pretty good strategy. They stayed off the main roads, and went through the marshes. This did slow them down, but the Nazgul didn't like water, or was that deep water... anyways, they weren't caught until they reached Amon Sul.

Truthfully, after that point in the journey, going anywhere but the main road would have taken way too long to be a plausible choice, and that's why the Nazgul caught them. At that time they were on the path the Ringwraiths would look on, and so were caught.
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:12 PM   #9
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Technically, from Bree to Rivendell, they were chased by BlackRiders . The wraiths were on horseback and it is harder to get horses through thick woods, brambles, marshes that's why they kept to the roads.

I agree that it would have been better to move at day when the riders were at a bit disadvantage.
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