Sam’s thirsty and weary mind plays games with him as he and Frodo take their rest. In short, today’s page is mostly about Sam arguing with himself, trying to both fortify and dash his hopes of reaching Mount Doom. He seems to be willing to give all that it may take, though he still has very low expectations of success. He also has no idea what to do with the ring once they get to the mountain of fire.
A rumble is felt underground from Mount Doom, and the next day’s march dawns. This appears to be the end.
-the Pool at Bywater: Somewhat of a swimming hole in the Shire. Hobbits don’t much like boats and swimming, though.
-Jolly Cotton: Wilcome “Jolly” Cotton is a friend of Sam’s, and brother to his dear Rosie Cotton.
-Tom: Another Cotton sibling, the eldest of the five.
-Nibs: The youngest Cotton, whose real name is Carl. Carl, Nibs, whatever.
There’s a lot of time spent these last few days in Sam remembering details from the Shire. This is contrasted nicely with Frodo’s dissolution of memory. Sam doesn’t have the same weight that Frodo does, and he’s surviving off of fond memories from his home. If he can complete their task, maybe, just maybe, he’ll get to go back to all of this.
OKAY. OKAY. LET’S GET THERE ALREADY.
The end of this page starts off with the idea that Frodo and Sam are on the last leg of their journey. I want it. FINISH IT.
In truth, I’ve come to the realization that the destruction of the ring won’t be even close to the end for me. The post-climax action of this book continues on for quite a while. I’m sure there will be a big release on my part once we hit that big destruction moment, but don’t you ever get comfortable in thinking that the end is in sight.
No one dies today.
“He was in pain, and so parched that he could no longer swallow even a…”