They were now on level ground, and the road after much winding lay straight ahead through grass-land sprinkled with tall trees, outliers of the approaching woods.
Clip-clop, clip-clop came the approaching rider.
’Well,’ the farmer continued, approaching his point with slow relish, ’he came riding on a big black horse in at the gate, which happened to be open, and right up to my door.
As they approached he took it out of his mouth and spat.
On either side ahead a darkness began to loom through the mist; and he guessed that they were at last approaching the gap in the hills, the north-gate of the Barrow-downs.
Again Gandalf approached the wall, and lifting up his arms he spoke in tones of command and rising wrath.
They sprang up as the travellers approached, and Frodo saw that they were tall and clad in grey mail, and from their shoulders hung long white cloaks.
He made no answer, he was gazing intently at the sky; but before long Sam could see for himself what was approaching.
Even as he spoke, they saw, as if she came in answer to their words, the Lady Galadriel approaching.
Frodo peering forward saw in the distance two great rocks approaching: like great pinnacles or pillars of stone they seemed.
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Far away a figure came slowly down the road, faint and small at first, but growing larger and clearer as it approached.
When he lay down he quickly went to sleep, but it seemed to him that the dream went on: he heard whispers, and saw the two pale points of light approaching, slowly.
Even as he did so, a dark shape, like a cloud and yet not a cloud, for it moved far more swiftly, came out of the blackness in the South, and sped towards the Company, blotting out all light as it approached.
’Some folk have all the luck,’ they said; but it was not until Frodo approached the usually more sober age of fifty that they began to think it queer.