It’s laid out right at the top of the page: Sam will take watch for two hours, no more, while Frodo sleeps. Easy, right?
NO. Sam, curious and stupid, pokes Gollum once he’s fallen asleep as well. Between that, and whispering in his ear, Sam decides that he has nothing to fear. Then what? Sam falls asleep himself. Some nine hours later, he awakens, and Gollum is gone. Suspicions reignited, Sam hears Gollum above. He’s off to find food, he says, but Sam doesn’t buy it. He shouts and wakes Frodo.
That’s what, three bad decisions made by Sam today? Is Gollum dangerous? I don’t know! Let’s poke him and try to wake him up! Two hours of sleep you say? How about nine! Gollum seems safe? Let’s yell at him! No! NO! ARGH!
Sam is infuriating. Even while I’m starting to trust Gollum…
Today’s Gollum Meter: 67 – “I’m starting to trust you. Sam is infuriating.”
…Sam has to be off doing the dumbest things imaginable. Gollum might not be the threat that he once was, but there are other things that could happen upon a few sleeping hobbits in this wilderness. Have we thought of that? There’s a point to keeping watch, and he just blows right through it. Sure, sleep is good. Don’t argue with me on that, but too much sleep can get dangerous. Forget about Gollum, he’s lucky a Nazgûl didn’t do another passing flyover.
Again, Sam is proving at every turn that he has no business being on this adventure. He shouldn’t make it. He really doesn’t deserve to. If Gollum is Bear Grylls, Sam is Augustus Gloop, the little fat kid who drowns in the chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s factory.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Yes, unthrottled, as in: Sam was unthrottled, sadly.
No one dies today.
“‘Anything wrong? What’s the time?'”