The little company had been arguing for days about which path to take to reach their destination. They were still bickering about it when disaster struck in the darkness, and their wizard fell towards certain death facing a formidable foe. They never understood that his final words were yet further travel directions; they assumed he was issuing a desperate rebuff to the monster that attacked them. And so they opted to follow the dangerous and difficult route through the forest and down the river, rather than the much faster and safer mountain pathway that led through Yew Shell Knot Pass.
Tolkien ‘Bout My Generation (a drabble)19 04 2017