Basic day, with Frodo and Sam being led by Gollum towards the marshes. They come back to that ravine that stopped them earlier in the night, but now at a point where it’s much narrower and not as deep. This is, according to Gollum, where one can slip down from the hills into the marsh. He found it himself, running from orcs.
As they splash across the creek at the bottom of the dell, Gollum sings a little song to himself.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 64 – “Singing? I like singing. Singing is cool.”
Need proof that Gollum is a happier little creature right about now? Look no further than his singing. Only happy people sing. Fact of life. Let’s take a look.
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
The song is surprisingly easy to follow, for such a twisted guy.
“The cold hard lands
they bites our hands,
they gnaws our feet.
The rocks and stones
are like old bones
all bare of meat.
But stream and pool
is wet and cool:
so nice for feet!
And now we wish—“
In a normal voice, I present:
(Digital Love – Daft Punk)
Notably, Gollum cuts off the song abruptly and starts talking a little maniacally. He laughs at himself, and brings up Bilbo. Where is this going?
But, such is our time with Gollum. Sometimes he’s good, and sometimes he’s bad, but he’s always unpredictable. In some ways, he’s the metric by which we can measure how things are going. Things are good right now, and look, the Gollum Meter is pretty high! You see, there’s a reason for everything I do here.
No one dies today.
“‘He guessed it long ago, Baggins…'”