Christine Danielsson, Book V, Chap. 1 “Minas Tirith”
1) In this chapter the idea of darkness is very present. What do you think the reasons for that are?
2) What do you think are the reasons behind the tension existing between Gandalf and Denethor?
Uni Kim, Book V, Chap. 2 “The Passing of the Grey Company”
1) It is said in the text that the Dúnedain are almost entirely in gray. Why do you think this is? Explain.
2) What were your thoughts on the history of the Paths of the Dead? Explain why you think Tolkien had Aragorn recite this song and the importance behind it.
Jaime Pincin, Book V, Chap. 3 “Muster of Rohan”
1) What is the darkness emanating from Mordor symbolic of? Are there any biblical undertones to this darkness, and if so, what are they?
2) Why do you think Merry so insistent on riding to Minas Tirith? Was there any reason for Tolkien portraying Merry as almost childlike in this insistence?
Keri Hosler, Book V, Chap. 4 “Seige of Gondor”
1) Pippin must trade his clothes for those of Gondor – by order of Denethor. What does this represent? Why does it weigh on his spirits?
2) Denethor seems to hate Faramir by his speech to him, wishing he had died and not Boromir. Do you believe his words to be true? Why would Tolkien put this into his story?
Austin Chang, Book V, Chap. 5, “Ride of the Rohirrim”
1) Think about the Wild Men and how they’re described. How do they differ from other allies against Mordor? Why do you think Tolkien chose to describe them in this manner, and what could they be an analogy for?
2) Théoden looks upon the burning Minas Tirith with his head hung low. All seems low. Then he sees a flash in the distance and is transformed – by proxy transforming the Rohirrim as well. What do you think this flash is? What did Théoden see in it? Are we meant to understand this process at all?