I was recently reminded of some parts of the Metroid series of video games. And if that first phrase of the page was uttered in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, it would make some semblance of sense.
Uh…I can make this relevant! Sam’s journey into the tower of Cirith Ungol is not unlike the dark exploration atmosphere of Metroid! There, I did it!
Yeah…so, Sam is in the tower. The creepy statues shriek at him, and then a bell rings ominously. This is the worst kind of doorbell. Thankfully, no one comes to answer it. Sam looks around and sees scads of dead orcs lying all over the courtyard. They appear to be from two separate groups. Moving along, he pokes his head into a dark room which he finds to be lined with many doors and passageways. He assumes that Frodo will be found, dead or alive, in the highest room of the tallest tower. Better start looking! Fear starts to come on again as Sam moves through the torchlit hall.
Ding dong the orcs are dead! I guess that’s the easiest way to summarize everything that happens on this page. There’s a lot to be said about Sam’s courage right now, aided by the ring or not. I certainly would not be okay with venturing into a dark and evil place with bodies strewn about. Heck, I probably wouldn’t be too keen on doing it even without the bodies. Add in the eerie shriek and now the deadly silence? Yeah, this is a bad place.
Still, Sam goes on. If you make fun of him anymore, we can’t stand for it. He may be as desperate as ever, but Sam knows when to bunker down and get stuff done. I would presume that’s why he’s also such a dedicated gardener.
IT ALL COMES BACK TO GARDENING.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 5
No one dies today.
“He had passed beyond the torchlight, almost to a great arched door at the end of the passage, the inner side of the under-gate, as he rightly guessed, when there came from high above a dreadful…”