Sam makes one of his better decision today. That’s a rare thing. Instead of hopping up and surprising Gollum, trying to catch him in his plotting, Sam opts to pretend to wake. He yawns loudly, to which Gollum hisses and skitters away from Frodo. When Frodo comes to, he sees a happy Gollum, eager to please. Frodo smiles and tells him that he must take them to the Black Gate of Mordor. Once there, they will not require his guidance any further. They move out at dusk.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 43 – “Feeling better. But you’re still sketchy.”
Believe it or not, it’s not a far stretch to say that they’re getting close. If everything were to go according to plan, Frodo and Sam could sneak into Mordor in the next few days. Think of how much easier things would be if that happened! Not only would they already be in Mordor, but Gollum would be set free, so there wouldn’t be that whole issue with Shelob later. Of course, Sam rightly recognizes that setting Gollum loose wouldn’t necessarily be the best option right now. Is he more dangerous in the shadows, or right in front of them? It looks like he’s alright for now.
With not much else to say about this very page, I want to bring up my dream from last night. I had a dream that I was simply walking into Mordor! I think I dreamed that I was Frodo, I guess, and Sam and I were at about the same place in the journey where they actually are right now. Somehow or another, we made it to the Black Gate, and Gollum just swung the whole thing open from the inside. Easy! However, instead of going straight to Mount Doom, we took the eastern way around it, because I guess we thought that would keep us out of sight more? I don’t know. That’s when we ran into the giant crabs guarding Mordor from the hilltops.
Yes. Crabs. Unfortunately, we alerted them, and they all ran down and surrounded us. That’s how it all ended. Thanks for playing.
WHAT. Sometimes, I get bored.
No one dies today.
“They had not gone far…”