Conjecture! If there’s one character I can trust to make semi-informed predictions on events, it’s Gandalf. Once he and Pippin are back in their room, he explains to Pippin his concerns about Frodo’s chosen path, and why it might be that Sauron is launching his assault now. Gandalf doesn’t like Cirith Ungol (no one does), though he believes that there might be a small window where Frodo can slip into Mordor while Sauron is focused on his army.
Pippin wonders about everyone’s least favorite tour guide: Gollum.
How in the world could Frodo trust Gollum? Gandalf admits that something within him thought that Frodo and Gollum would meet up before too long, but still he can’t trust that the creature won’t try and pull something to betray Frodo. Hint: he already has.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 18 – “Welcome back to your ratings. But don’t think that Gandalf’s hope for your help will earn any trust.”
It’s nice to see the stories coming together, since that way we don’t have to completely pause one line to go hear about the other. Now, I don’t think, time-wise, that Pippin and Gandalf’s story has caught up to where we left Frodo and Sam, but it’s very close, perhaps within a day or two. Synchronicity is nice, but it’s too much to ask for perfection when there’s so much going on at once. What are we up to now, like four separate narratives?
Long story short, it’s hard to manage. Lord of the Rings still has its issues with all the separations, even though it does a really good job with them.
No one dies today.
“The next day came with a morning like a brown dusk, and the hearts of men, lifted for a while by the return of Faramir, sank low…”