An easy night of sleep – that’s good for anyone. Sam allows Frodo to sleep first, and Sam keeps himself awake by laying at Frodo’s side and staring up into the night sky. Far up within the dark shadows and clouds, Sam sees a single star shining bright. He realizes that the darkness is merely a cover, and can pass.
With that, Sam falls into a deep sleep himself. He and Frodo wake together, though Frodo’s sleep wasn’t as restful.
They find a place to scramble east up the Morgai, where the realm of living things comes to an end. Passing between crags, they gaze out over the barren plain where they shall next journey across.
That single star is inspiration. If nothing else, Sam is mentally stronger for having seen it. I think Sam has spent so long wandering about in this darkness that he’s forgotten the possibility for good in the world. Seeing that the shadows and clouds are just a cover for the beauty of the world can give him the motivation to continue fighting. It’s a pity that Frodo didn’t see the star, as he’s dealing with even more weight.
However, you have to commend the fact that Frodo isn’t angry when he wakes up to find Sam fast asleep beside him. Sam isn’t good at staying up on watch.
Thankfully, there hasn’t been any sign of anything other than insects for quite some time. The one good thing about Mordor being so desolate is that there just aren’t folks passing through every which way. The closer you are to danger, the further you are from harm.
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God of tunder.
No one dies today.
“Below them, at the bottom of a fall of some fifteen hundred feet, lay the inner plain stretching away into a formless gloom beyond their sight.”