Guess what? More walking!
This time, the mountains aren’t so much of an impediment, but Frodo and Sam eventually come to a deep ravine that cuts across their path. It’s too dark to safely leap across, and probably too wide. They’re forced to go back to the edges of the hills, where they pick a way southwards in search of a hollow in which to spend the night. They don’t find one. Finally, they settle down. Frodo agrees to take first watch, but stops suddenly. What’s that on the cliff?
Ah, it’s everyone’s favorite stalker, Gollum. Even though the hobbits thought that taking the rope with them would hamper his descent, he’s climbing down anyway, like a creepy-crawly spider.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 17 – “Climbing and scrambling on walls is creepy. I don’t know one person who would disagree with me.”
And, somehow, I feel like we’re just right back to where we were before. Frodo and Sam are stuck along the mountains, being forced to go this way and that, while fearing Gollum’s pursuit. And now, he’s even RIGHT THERE. The fear is more apparent, but the overall situation hasn’t changed much at all. Let’s get a move on!
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Oddly enough, this is also the second page in a row to end with the three-star page break. That happens occasionally, but I’ve never seen it consecutively before. If that doesn’t say “a little bit pointless”, I’m not sure what does.
No one dies today.
“‘Like a nasty crawling spider on a wall.'”