There’s something satisfying about watching Gollum plummet to the ground. He does that, as he loses his grip on the cliff. However, what is head-slappingly unsatisfying is watching Sam leap at the sprawled creature, hoping to bring him to justice, maybe? This fails horribly. Even though he’s been a bit stunned by the fall, Gollum still has the upper hand on Sam, and nearly chokes the life right out of him before Frodo runs up, brandishing Sting.
This leaves Gollum wailing on the ground, and Frodo and Sam now have to decide what to do with him.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 31 – “Extra points for always being on your creepy, creepy toes.”
Did Sam not listen to Frodo saying earlier that Gollum is probably stronger than he thinks? True fact. Remember, this is a dude who’s been hunting orcs in dark caves for generations. An unwary hobbit is nothing to him. Especially one that he’s been hunting already. Sam even blows their cover a little bit by talking right before Gollum falls. He knows they’re close. He’s ready. It’s not that hard for him to expect some sort of attack.
Not to mention, this is Sam attacking. It’s not exactly going to be vicious.
Instead, Sam goes and nearly gets himself killed. AGAIN. When will he learn? If it’s not soon, it’s going to start being a stretch that he remains alive for this whole journey. We can’t get too in love with Sam’s ruralisms to forget that he’s mortal. With this many mistakes mounting up, he would be ripe to be killed off if we didn’t already know that he makes it to the end. So much for tension.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
What, that isn’t the proper plural form of “mice”? Lame.
No one dies today.
“‘Tie it up, so as it can’t come sneaking after us no more, I say.'”