The dreaded words have more or less been spoken: let’s split up, gang!
Legolas and Gimli have already sprung after the three running hobbits, and Aragorn enlists Boromir to go after Merry and Pippin specifically. He himself goes after Sam, who isn’t very far away at all, being…well, not the most athletic.
Aragorn catches up, and urges Sam to stay with him while he goes after Frodo. Perhaps heading to the Seat of Seeing will show them where he’s gotten off to. It’s a good idea, except for the fact that Aragorn runs a bit faster than Sam. Left behind, Sam stops running. He thinks about Frodo, and where he might have gone. Back to the boats!
At the shore, one of the boats is making its way to the water all by itself. Assuming it’s an invisible Frodo, Sam runs after it. He just misses when he tries to vault into it, and starts sinking into the river. Frodo fishes him out.
Fellowship of the LATE: 130 pages
A note on that. I’m stopping the count once we get to the end of Fellowship itself, which is only a few days away. A friend brought up, though, that Tolkien only split (and thusly titled) the three books when pressed by his publisher. So, who’s to say that “Fellowship of the Ring” is actually a term that is used in the text?
With that, then how did we all start calling them “the Fellowship”? Titles have strong powers.
Frodo has strong powers, too, and thankfully he saves Sam rather than letting him drown. And I’m grateful that happens by the end of this page, as opposed to ending the page with Sam hopelessly sinking into the depths of Anduin.
And something ominous is in the air. Aragorn feels it, and Sam hears cries in the distance. Other things are happening right now to everyone else, but we’re not going to hear about them just yet.
I hope you’re enjoying Frodo and Sam right now. We’ll be saying farewell soon. Get ready for the split.
“Frodo was just in time to grasp Sam…”