Sam tried stealth! It failed.
Feeling unnerved by the cliffs, Sam mutters to himself (sort of), which easily catches Faramir’s attention. He scolds Sam for following, but doesn’t do anything drastic. He motions for Frodo to come over to look off the edge. Standing there at guard is Anborn, the man who came back into the caves with a strange report of a squirrel or something following them in the forest. He’s found that “squirrel” again, and it’s diving in the pool below. He now awaits Faramir’s orders to fire upon it. Faramir checks with Frodo first…and Frodo begs Faramir to spare this creature. Gollum, of course.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 53 – “And…you’re back. With a blatant disregard for rules? As always.”
Let’s be honest, there’s no point in harassing Sam right now for his mistakes. Until he learns from them, there isn’t a good reason to punish him. Something bad will naturally happen, or at least it should, as the world works things out. Sure, Faramir could have Sam dragged away, or something like that, but I really don’t think it would accomplish anything. What he needs is a solid smackdown from someone who is in the business of doing that sort of thing. Faramir doesn’t want to hurt him, and Sam knows that. So, a good talking to is alright for now. But only for now.
But here’s always my question about this part: how did Gollum manage to get into the pool without anyone noticing? This is a highly guarded area, right? And they only see him once he’s in? Sure, I guess a part of it has to do with Faramir knowing that he’s hanging around with Frodo and Sam, so they let it slide a little bit. But still, I don’t understand how, with heightened security following the ambush, anyone could let anything suspicious even slip through for a second. Maybe he’s just that good. Maybe this was Faramir’s plan all along. Maybe it’s Maybelline.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
If “nightlands” isn’t a word, then where is Khal Drogo riding for eternity? WHERE, I ASK?!
No one dies today.
“If Sam had dared, he would have said ‘Yes,’ quicker…”