Faramir isn’t making this easy. Frodo now has to explain exactly why they shouldn’t shoot Gollum, and the easy way won’t cut it. He first explains that Gollum must have no idea the danger that he’s in. He probably doesn’t even know that he’s wandered into a secret hideout. Also, he’s probably been drawn there, by a great power.
The ring? NO! Silly. Fish. Gollum loves him some fish. Frodo explains, to Faramir’s surprise, that Gollum held the ring for a time, but it’s really the fish from the pool that he wants. They watch as he eats.
Still, Faramir is unmoved. Anborn has the shot lined up, and wants to take it, but Faramir continues milking Frodo for answers.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 74 – “Aww, you’re such a simpleton.”
To answer my question from yesterday, Gollum really is just that sneaky. Faramir knew of his existence, clearly, and sent his best trackers after him. They lost him. Only Anborn saw anything, and that was brief. Now, Gollum has turned up in the pool, without anyone realizing that he was coming. Yes, he’s just very, very sneaky, sir.
However, I scoff at the notion that the desire for fish is so powerful as to bring Gollum to this place.
Can he smell fish from miles away? I’d think then he’d always be smelling it. What brought him here? Come on, it’s the ring. I’m not judging, just being real.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Ye olde compound words, causing all the problems.
No one dies today.
“‘And Gandalf, your Mithrandir, he would have bidden…'”