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The Muster of Rohan
Theoden and his men are met by Eowyn, who tells them of Aragornís departure to the Paths of the Dead and who asks once again to be permitted to join them. Again, she is refused. The Lord of Minas Tirith, Denethor sends a messenger to Theoden asking or assistance at once in defending Gondor. Theoden then promises that he himself will ride with six thousand to Minas Tirith.
During the course of the night a great cloud of darkness engulfs the land. As the riders from Rohan prepare to enter Gondor, Merry is told he must not go. He hitches a ride with a desperate soldier named Dernhelm and makes his way in to the battle regardless.
Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas have gone to Minas Tirith. Gandalf and Pippin are already there. Frodo and Sam are off on their quest. Merry, who feels all along like a burden to others, feels even lonelier.
Plot twists begin to merge and characters come together after many pages of separation. As a character, Merry emerges more thoroughly. He is excited, loyal, and ready to prove himself. But no one gives him the chance. The mysterious soldier is a welcome opportunity for Merry, and an exciting and mysterious diversion for the reader.