For Samwise, Who Never Gets Enough Credit
Along with the release of the classic trilogy based on Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings came the classic meme of Boromir’s line “One does not simply walk into Mordor.”
What amused me the most was the fact that, in real life, many features on the moon are named after fictional people and places. There are even some named for Tolkein’s world, such as Durin’s Bridge over Hadley Rille near the Apollo 15 landing site.
I extrapolated this nomenclature into my own fictional lunar world. On the far side of the moon, under the L2 LaGrange point, is a city called Mordor. It is not only named after Tolkein’s city, they paid homage to the story by building ‘The Eye of Sauron’ which is a large tower at the main entrance.
So I wondered…why would anyone walk into Mordor? It certainly wouldn’t be considered normal to go for a leisurely walk across the regolith. That’s how the story began to foment in my brian. I thought of why this pair would be out on the regolith in the first place, and why they would end up walking back.
I admit, the plot uses some I Love Lucy logic, but it’s good to be inspired by the greats.
Varun should know better than to trust any plan his big sister Usha concocts, but when the plot involves a beautiful girl he has a crush on, he goes against his better judgement and joins a group of their friends for a Diwali party in an empty warehouse out on the regolith. True to form, Usha gets him in trouble again, and the siblings find themselves donning unfamiliar surface suits and attempting to walk back to the city of Mordor alone.