Regardless of their problems, Frodo and Sam have to find a place to sleep for the night. That’s exactly what they do, while Frodo bemoans waiting so long to slip away across Anduin. Had he crossed earlier, he could have gone directly south, east of the Emyn Muil. That would have been a much easier route. Now, with orcs patrolling the eastern shores of the river, he and Sam won’t be able to retrace their steps back north to try that option. They’re stuck in the rocky cliffs for now.
Waking up in the morning, the two hobbits have a brief conversation about their other problem, other than being lost: are they being followed? Yep, Gollum has been tracking them. Lately, neither Frodo or Sam has noticed him. They think it must be hard to track them in this unforgiving land.
-Battle Plain: A field where the armies of good and evil fought long ago, just over to the east of the Emyn Muil. That would be a lot easier to traverse than this mountain maze, wouldn’t it?
Also, make a note that Frodo and Sam are down to lembas. And, lots of lembas. Sure, it’s good, but both are wishing they had a change of pace. Remember how Sam packed all of his cooking equipment? It’s been useless, but he’s still lugging it around. Better safe than sorry.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 20 – “Stalking is bad. I should know.”
Ah, the return of the Gollum Meter! This is the time that I was looking forward to, where he’ll go back and forth and back and forth almost every day. Who is this strange little man? Do we like him or not? Right now, with him slinking around in the shadows, he’s more bad than good. Stay tuned.
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I’m really worried that this part of the book is going to get boring. Let’s not have that happen, eh?
“‘In this dry bleak land we can’t leave many footprints, nor much scent, even for his snuffling nose.'”