About a third of the way down this page, Frodo asks a question. Gollum mutters and steps around everything so much that the question remains relatively unanswered by the bottom of the page. So that’s what today’s going to be about.
At first, Gollum describes this secret way into Mordor. It’s a high stair, climbing the mountain pass. It finds itself going into a tunnel before coming out onto the plains of Mordor. This is the way that Gollum “escaped” from Mordor many years ago, and found this passage by accident. Of course, we all are suspicious of the fact that Gollum’s escape may have been planned. Aragorn said so earlier, but the mention of him scares Gollum into more muttering. And that’s how we get to where we get.
Frodo assumes that this path must be guarded, some way or another. That’s what Gollum skirts around answering. As it sounds, he traveled this way so long ago that things may have changed. The stair may have vanished completely!
Today’s Gollum Meter: 63 – “Grumble. Grumble. GIVE US THE INFORMATION.”
Now, one doesn’t even stop to think about the fact that Gollum found this passage while going west. We’re going to need to find it going east, which may not be as easy as you’d think. Two directions are bound to look different each way. Not to mention the whole problem that Gollum took this road so long ago that most of his information could very well be outdated. It’s very much like using an old road map. New roads? What?! That exit is closed now? My favorite were the ones that tried to show you where the construction was on the highways. Sure, like there’s ANY way that that would be accurate. Do you not know how road construction works?
In the end, Frodo and Sam are going to trust everything they know to this vague plan of Gollum’s. But, what else can they do? Again, this entire journey is dumb as it is. Why not? That should be their motto.
No one dies today.
“The name of the perilous place and the high pass he could not tell, or would not.”