Things get better. Less death around. That is, until Sam stumbles into a burned pile of death.
Frodo, Sam, and Gollum have found a nice little hollow with a stream coming out of a clear pool. The plant life is vibrant around here, much to Gollum’s dismay. With a cool drink and a bit of a wash, everyone wanders off to find a good resting place. You can’t deny that the site is under the sway of Sauron, however, with markings cut into trees. This is when Sam finds a clump of charred bones, probably the dump site of an orc meal. He scurries back to Frodo, and, instead of bringing that up, decides to point to higher ground for their rest.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 79 – “The fact that you can’t stand fresh plants is funny to me.”
That’s our road for now – a fair country with hints of an evil presence. Something is rotten in the state of Ithilien, and it’s not just the bodies.
Oh…wait. That’s kind of what Hamlet refers to in regards to his father’s dead body. It’s all about bodies.
AND, what’s more, that line is spoken by Marcellus. The more you know.
Even with that, we can take a rest and not worry too much about the danger that is so close at hand most of the time. Hey, and that’s exactly what the hobbits are planning on doing! Seems like a good place for it.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
I don’t like them either.
No one dies today.*
(*TODAY, that is. Some people we’ve learned about have died previously. But no one dies TODAY. Not today.)
“Sam had been giving earnest thought to food as they marched.”