Instead of buckling down and trying to get started across this wasteland, the hobbits decide to find a place to rest. I guess I can’t fault that. However, finding that place to rest is part of the problem. At first they shelter under an overhanging rock mound, but there are fumes pouring out of it. That doesn’t last long.
They scuttle away, led by Gollum, to find a crater of sorts, with an oozing puddle at the center. They stop here, and Frodo and Sam take turns to sleep and take watch. Neither can find much sleep, but when Sam finally does, Frodo goes a bit crazy. He sees dark faces in the sky before falling prey to sleep himself. Sam wakes to see Gollum standing over Frodo, creepily talking to himself.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 53 – “Woah there! This looks bad. Very bad. Don’t push it.”
Like I said, things are going to get worse before they get better. There isn’t even a safe place to rest anymore! When your best option is a wrecked crater-like hole with a poisonous pool at the bottom, things aren’t going very well for you. Add to that, Frodo hilariously slides down the slope of the hole when he falls asleep. Whoops.
The end of the page leads us into something that will be fun to watch tomorrow: Gollum’s chat with himself. Will that be confusing? The movie did a pretty good job with that, I thought. I’ll compare it to what it’s based on in the first place.
No one dies today.
“‘Yes, yes, my precious,’ came the answer, ‘we promised: to save…'”