After a nearly three-hour flight delay, I’m back home much later than I had expected. Part of me wonders if it would be better to leave today relatively silent, as Sam mourns the death of Frodo.
This is a very emotional moment. Sam remembers seeing this vision of Frodo in Lothlórien, though he had thought then that Frodo was asleep. It is not so here. Frodo shows no signs of life. This leaves Sam in agony, and eventually to realize that he must go on without his master. Sam gathers Frodo as best he can, taking Sting, and says his goodbyes. He will also take the Phial of Galadriel, as darkness will be his only companion. And, honestly, it’s been the most helpful thing so far.
There you have it. This is wrought with feelings, especially if Frodo actually were dead.
Suffice it to say, reading this for the first time might bring tears. Goodness knows that it would be unexpected for Frodo to die, but the text makes it seem as though the emotion and finality are earned.
Let’s move past this for now, and let the story take us to new and interesting places, instead of mourning…well, nothing, really.
No one dies today.
“Now he tried to find strength to tear himself away and go on a…”