Tonight whilst waiting for her singing lesson, we read some of Chapter 3, and I was treated to Lucy’s first audible gasp.
The sound of hoofs stopped. As Frodo watched he saw something dark pass across the lighter space between two trees, and then halt. It looked like the black shade of a horse led by a smaller black shadow. The black shadow stood close to the point where they had left the path, and it swayed from side to side. Frodo thought he heard the sound of snuffling. The shadow bent to the ground, and then began to crawl towards him. [LotR, I, 3, ‘Three is Company’]