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Um…Sam. Sam is still awesome and even though the Ring is trying to exert its influence on him (he imagines himself as Samwise the Strong), he remembers his true mission to find his friend and is able to shrug off the thoughts. He’s wandering around the Tower of Cirith Ungol looking for his boy Frodo (after some gate trickery involving Galadriel’s phial). There are a bunch of dead and mostly dead Orcs. It looks like they were fighting amongst themselves. Sam scares an orc who only sees him in shadow, and gives the impression that he’s an “elf warrior.” He laughs to himself as he climbs, but still isn’t able to find where Frodo is hidden. He sings a little song to himself, which causes SOMEONE to reply and hears Snaga shout at Frodo to shut it. That’s when he realizes he missed a trap door in the ceiling. Snaga heads up to whip Frodo some more, Sam follows, Snaga runs at him and falls down the ladder, killing himself.
Frodo is in a bad way and has no clothes. His immediate reaction is to demand the Ring be given back and even calls our Sam a thief! Samwise Gamgee! No way, uh unh. You shut your filthy whore mouth about my Samwise, Mr Frodo.
Of course, he apologizes immediately, but it’s already too late. I’m kind of tired of Frodo’s whinging from this point on. ”Oh, Sam! I can’t go on any further!” ”No problem, Mr Frodo, sir! I’ll carry you on my back! Because I’m Samwise F#@king Gamgee, that’s why!”
I realize I’m skipping a lot, but that’s pretty much what happens for me here at the end. Frodo whines. Sam makes it better and encourages him. Sam even gets rid of his pots and pans for Frodo! What the hell?!
Even after being kinda/sorta captured (when really they’re just going with the flow in an attempt to NOT be captured) and have to run with the orcs, Sam’s the one who keeps them going. I don’t understand why people don’t always love Sam the most, I really don’t.
They escape the orcs and make their way to the Cracks of Doom (heh, I’m totally 12, okay? This still makes me think of someone’s butt). Of course, things wouldn’t be well and truly done unless we heard from Gollum one more time, right? Frodo’s about to swan dive into the lava (with the Ring on), but luckily Gollum starts wrestling with the invisible man and HE falls to his death instead. Well, at least he got the Precious again before he died, right? Right.
Oh, and he bit Frodo’s finger off, so…yeah.
LUCKILY Tolkien’s favourite deus ex machina shows up in the form of the Giant Eagles right before they’re about to be devoured by the molten rock.
MEANWHILE, Gandalf and the rest of everybody else is still hanging out in front of the Black Gate, with battles going on all around them. Then GANDALF sees the eagles and everyone gets a whole bunch of extra hits in cos Sauron…well, Sauron’s just been destroyed by the brave little hobbits hasn’t he?
The whole description of the shadow extending across the sky like a giant hand totally made me think of the hand of god reaching down to smite Trash Can’s nuclear weapon at the end of The Stand miniseries. Anyone else? No? Oh.
Anyway. Sam wakes up and finds himself somewhere that smells nice. Frodo’s asleep beside him and GANDALF IS THERE! AND NOT DEAD! Remember, they didn’t know he came back, so this is pretty awesome for them.
Pippin is super excited to be back with his friends, but they’re all whaaaaaaaaaa about his being so tall now. Everyone is in a really good mood, and Sam remembers how awesome it is to laugh. <3
Oh, and everyone is preparing for Aragorn’s coronation when they get back to Minas Tirith.
- Talk amongst yourselves.