As I read it at first I thought it was a soldier talking to Gandalf, but then it dawned on me. Excellent way to fill in the scenes we didn't see in the movie! And I have to say that I like your writing style - the descriptions are very lively. :) There are a couple of typos that I think should be corrected, but nothing all that big.
Good work. :)
Author's Response: Oh, thanks, but sorry about the typos. I didn't have time to get it beta read! Thanks for the comments.