This really is a bad place. In addition to the punishing darkness (more on that later), the stench is overpowering, and a feeling of dread is slowly dulling the senses of Frodo and Sam. Eventually, all they have left is smell, and that’s not what you want right now. The hobbits try to keep one hand on each side of the walls, but even that gets hard.
They hold hands going forward, only walking with the pure drive to get out of here. That, and at least the main way seems straight and even, so they don’t have to work too hard.
And where’s Gollum? In front.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 21 – “I have a bad feeling about this.”
So. Darkness. I really got a good feeling for this last night. After work, at, you know, good old 2:30am, I discovered that I needed to make a quick little jaunt into Indiana to save some folks (girlfriend, of course) from a dead van stranded on the side of the highway. I learned two things: first of all, that the state of Indiana desperately needs to invest in some streetlights, and, second, how it feels driving in near complete blackness. It was the middle of the night, but also there was dense fog EVERYWHERE. I totally got what Frodo and Sam might be feeling right now. In my case, instead of walking into a stinky, scary cave, I was hurtling down a slightly unfamiliar highway. At least, I thought it was similar. And it was a little frightening.
Of course, not as frightening as what Frodo and Sam are really going through. They don’t even understand it fully yet. However, the oppressing feeling of doom is certainly there. That’s always a bad sign of things to come in this book. You should always trust your instincts here. Always.
No one dies today.
“Almost he fell sideways into the emptiness. Here was some…”