The phrase: “I only trust him as far as I can throw him,” should never apply to Gollum. That’s because one could throw him quite far. He’s very light! However, one should not trust him that far.
Sam ends up apologizing to Gollum for being suspicious of his intentions. Of course, Gollum only confirms those suspicions when he admits that he’s been “sneaking.” That’s precisely what Sam thought he was doing, but Gollum wants this to come across as if it’s no big deal. It’s a joke, really. Either way, Sam goes to wake up Frodo, now that it’s time to move out again. Once Frodo is up, Gollum tells him how Sam’s been calling him names. Great. Sam has to backpedal from this, and he doesn’t do a very good job.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 32 – “Ick. I see you there, starting to pit Frodo and Sam against each other.”
Although Frodo understands what’s happened, I can see how eventually he could turn on Sam for something like this. He and Sam just got done (before their rest) talking about how Gollum, though treacherous, may be the best friend they have in these parts. He’s helped them so far, and has no intentions of turning them over to Mordor, even though he doesn’t necessarily want them to continue on their quest. All of a sudden, Frodo now wakes up to Sam berating Gollum, and Gollum begging for mercy in a pitiable sort of way. This doesn’t look good for Sam.
So, the great war between Sam and Gollum has begun. Watch them destroy each other. A new chapter begins in two days, with only a little tiny bit tomorrow. THINGS IS GONNA HAPPEN.
No one dies today.
“‘But now we seem to have…'”