With such fanfare, this very short chapter ends. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum have sneaked into the grove of tress that marks the crossroads. The sun sets over Gondor to the west, and a darkness hangs in the east. In the center of the grove sits a kingly statue. Its head has been torn off, replaced with a grinning red-eyed mockery. However, Frodo sees the old head sitting by the roadside, crowned in the light with a ring of white flowers. With the setting of the sun, blackness envelops all.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 56 – “Nothing wrong here.”
People will always argue about the changes that the movies have made. (Oh, that stop in Osgiliath with Faramir? Nope.) However, some moments are just so perfectly captured. This isn’t a major moment in the book, by any stretch of the imagination. This chapter was short and relatively inconsequential, but the mood of this ending, where Frodo sees the crown on the stone king’s brow, is hit right on the head in the film. I’ve seen book purists ask if Peter Jackson has even read the book. As you can see today, yes, yes he has.
Let’s move along to the next chapter, shall we? This one was pretty boring, anyway.
No one dies today.
“The Sun dipped and vanished, and as if at the shuttering of a lamp, black night fell.”