Back to the grind today, after Sam finishes the poem. He reiterates how wonderful it would be to see an oliphaunt, and that he would have done anything to get a look, even if that meant taking a risk to break their cover. Gollum maintains that he has no idea what Sam’s talking about.
Frodo, lightened by the laughter from Sam’s poem, finds the effort to make a decision. He agrees to try Gollum’s secret way.
And that’s the end of this chapter!
Today’s Gollum Meter: 74 – “Okay. Things are good.”
Once again, Sam is the least intelligent one here. Alright, I won’t debate how cool it would be to see an oliphaunt come striding their way, but is it really worth giving away their position? What if the entire quest to destroy the ring was derailed because Sam needed to see an oliphaunt? That won’t win you any awards. Especially when you’re dead.
Cool image: Frodo wishes that they had an army of oliphaunts to ride and break down the Black Gate. And give Gandalf a white one to ride at the head.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Long story short: if it’s a capitalized compound word beginning with “s”, it’s probably not a real word. Be on the lookout for that.
No one dies today.
“‘Soft and quick as shadows we must be!'”