End of chapter, end of alliance?
Frodo says that it might be time to set Gollum off on his own. After all, they can see the pass, where else is there for him to guide them? No, Gollum won’t have that. There is still the tunnel…yes, the tunnel. They’ll need his help for that.
Today’s Gollum Meter: 24 – “Oh, just go away. Please?”
Yes, everything could be made easier if Gollum were to just walk away. Frodo’s willing to let that happen, so long as he doesn’t run into the arms of the orcs. Of course, Gollum also can’t wander into Gondor, as per the orders of Faramir, so…where can he go? Exiting this valley would take him back into Ithilien, which Gondor calls their own. So…oops. Nowhere to go, anyway.
That’s all. It’s only two short paragraphs on the page, as it is.
No one dies today.
“‘Sméagol must go on. No rest. No food. Not yet.'”